Neurology Associates of Santa BarbaraNeurology Associates of Santa Barbara

our Doctors

 David Frecker, M.D.

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Dr. Frecker received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

After taking his internship here at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, he returned to UCSD where he completed his neurology residency in 1989. Dr. Frecker remained at UCSD for fellowship training in Electromyography (EMG) and neuromuscular disease. Dr. Frecker is board certified in Adult Neurology.

Dr. Frecker remains interested in neuromuscular disease, and therapeutics in general neurology. He also devotes time to teaching in the residency program at Cottage Hospital.
Married, and the father of two sons, Dr. Frecker enjoys gardening and bicycle riding.


Robert Harbaugh, M.D.

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Dr. Harbaugh has practiced neurology in Santa Barbara for over 25 years. A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Harbaugh received his medical degree from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and completed his fellowship in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, in 1982. While there, he completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (EEG & Evoked Potentials). Dr. Harbaugh is board-certified in Adult Neurology and in Clinical Neurophysiology.

He has been the president of the local chapter of the American Heart Association, received the 2001 Leadership Award of the Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, and is presently involved in the organization of an area integrated dementia care system. Dr. Harbaugh is married and has two daughters. He enjoys reading, travel, and a variety of outdoor activities.

 Philip R. Delio, M.D.

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Dr. Delio joined Neurology Associates in 2001. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University. A graduate of the Georgetown School of Medicine, he completed his neurology residency at Stanford, where he received additional specialty training in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. He is currently Medical Director of the Cottage Hospital Stroke Program, and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology. He participates in various medical research projects at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he holds an adjunct professor position with the Department of Psychology.

He is Board Certified in Neurology and has broad interests in general neurology as well as stroke. He takes an active role in teaching residents at Cottage Hospital. Dr. Delio is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys personal fitness, tennis and mountain biking.