Dr. Thomas Brugman
Dr. Brugman was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the University of California Irvine as a biology major assisting in research in diabetes. He subsequently attended medical school at UC Irvine, graduating cum laude and received several awards for academic excellence. He was nominated in his junior year of medical school to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical Society. Following graduation from medical school, he completed a 3 year residency in internal medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University and continued on as the Oregon Lung Association fellow in pulmonary diseases. In February, 1984 he moved to Ventura and founded Ventura Pulmonary and Critical Care Medical Group. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is a member of the American Thoracic Society. His interests include scuba diving, snow skiing and annual hiking trips to Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Dr. John Handley
Dr. Handley completed his internal medicine training at LA County/USC Medical Center (internship) and Wilford Hall Medical Center (residency) in San Antonio, Texas,followed by five years of internal medicine practice with the U.S. Air Force and CIGNA health plan. He completed his pulmonary fellowship at good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the practice in July, 1989. Dr. Handley is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of chest physicians and a member of the American thoracic Society.
Dr. Robert Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein graduated cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts. He is a native of the Philadelphia area and was awarded his medical degree with honors from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He distinguished himself in medical school and received awards for achieving the highest grade point average in his medical school class as well as awards in internal medicine, neurology, and medical microbiology. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of California at Los Angeles. He continued his postgraduate training at the University of California at San Diego where he was a Will Rogers Fellow and completed a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship. He was mentored by Kenneth Moser and performed research in pulmonary vascular diseases including original investigation in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Dr. Bernstein is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Critical Care Medicine and continues to maintain his certification status. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and holds memberships in the American Thoracic Society and California Thoracic Society. Dr. Bernstein is married and has three sons. His interests include exercise, music, snow skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Dr. Amir Arfaei
Dr. Arfaei received his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran in 1994. He completed his internal medicine residency at St Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Arfaei completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at State University of New York (SUNY) downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn in 2004. He joined Ventura Pulmonary and Critical Care Medical Group in 2008. Dr. Arfaei is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He has a special interest in treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Arfaei is a Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians. Together with his wife and two sons, they live in Camarillo. He enjoys playing tennis, hiking and skiing.
Dr. Jonathan LaMee
Dr. LaMee was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended medical school at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, graduating in 2015, and moved to New York to complete his medical training. He spent three years in Long Island at Northwell Health where he completed his Internal Medicine residency. After completing residency, he underwent training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. LaMee graduated from his fellowship in 2021 and moved to Ventura to join the practice. He is currently board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. His interests include traveling, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Gordon Pelegrin
Dr. Pelegrin was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia where he earned a bachelor of science degree before completing his master’s degree in physiology at Georgetown University. For medical school, he matriculated at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating in 2016. He stayed on for another 3 years at the Georgetown University Hospital for his Internal Medicine residency. Looking to further his education, he underwent fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx during the height of the COVID19 pandemic, graduating from the program in 2022. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Following fellowship, he moved to Ventura to join the practice. In his free time, he enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, spending time at the beach, and touring local breweries.