In 1960, Dr. Eichhorn announced the opening of his practice for “The Treatment of Women” and “Family-Centered Obstetrical Care.” The 1960’s were a time for major change in the country. This was true with many new ideas and concepts regarding preparation for childbirth as well as early child development. Both Dr. Eichhorn and his wife, Donis, were sensitive and responsive to these “new ideas” and started the first practice-based “preparation for childbirth” ( Lamaze) classes in Northern California. He was also the first in this area to advocate having husbands in the delivery room. As these concepts became more popular, the Eichhorns taught nurses, childbirth educators, Ob/Gyn residents, and medical students these “new ideas.”
In the 1970’s, the practice grew to include Severon Buechel, M.D. and Stephen Hiuga, M.D. They continued the philosophy started by Dr. Eichhorn of “Family Centered Obstetrical Care” and were strong advocates of having fathers supporting their partners in the labor room and sharing in the experience of childbirth, which had been considered taboo before this concept of prepared childbirth was introduced to Sacramento by Dr. Eichhorn. Dr. Buechel, Dr. Hiuga and Dr. Eichhorn were active in patient discussion groups to make their entire obstetrical experience more memorable and gratifying. It is because of these tireless efforts that there is still a family atmosphere in our practice. It is quite common for our practice to deliver the grandchildren of patients who were delivered by us a generation ago. Needless to say, it is both a pleasure and a tribute to our practice to be a part of this whole experience.
Additionally, during these early years the three doctors spent hours working with UCD Ob/Gyn residents as well as the UCD family practice residents at Sutter Hospital in their training to inspire and encourage them. Dr. Hiuga volunteered for over a decade as a guest lecturer at CSUS nursing class in their Ob/Gyn rotation and was chief of the Sutter Ob/Gyn Department. As the years passed, it was obvious the practice needed to grow. In 1998, Laurie Gregg, M.D. joined the practice, followed by Mary Finegan, M.D., who became a partner in 2004. Judith Mikacich, M.D. returned to California to practice here in 2009 and Kathleen Rooney, M.D. joined the practice in 2015.
Each of these superb physicians brought their own expertise with all the new medical technology that the practice of Ob/Gyn has to offer. Dr. Gregg is very active in the politics of Ob/Gyn in her work with ACOG (American College of Ob/Gyn), our national practice organization. She has a full practice and has a special interest in hysteroscopy. She has served as Chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at Sutter Memorial Hospital. Dr. Finegan has made robotic surgery her passion and is active in the development of Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery for our patients in the Sacramento area. Dr. Mikacich has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and works closely with the pediatricians and pediatric surgeons who may need her expertise. She has also worked extensively in reproductive mood disorders, such as PMS and perinatal mental health. Dr. Rooney has an interest in minimally invasive surgery. In summary, this practice has evolved over the past 50 plus years with 5 excellent full-time physicians and one part-time physician who offer the very best in obstetric and gynelogical care. The women of the Sacramento area have come to us for many years out of respect, knowing they will be welcomed with open arms into a truly family atmosphere, with the highest quality of care available.