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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.


Michael Gibbs, M.D.

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Dr. Gibbs joined Neurology Associates after completing his fellowship training at UCLA Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Neurology and enjoys seeing patients with both common and rare neurologic conditions of all types. He spent two additional years learning to treat complex seizure disorders and is adept at evaluating patients for epilepsy surgery.

He completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he became interested in understanding factors that determine quality-of- life of patients with neurologic diseases and how to measure it for research studies.

Dr. Gibbs’ favorite aspect of medicine is teaching patients about their illness and empowering them to become active participants in their recovery. He is firmly devoted to ‘patient-centered care’ and the idea that each patient is an individual with a unique way of navigating the medical system and coping with illness.

Dr. Gibbs is married and has a young daughter. He is a former collegiate triathlete and now engages in swimming, cycling and running for fitness. He has a soft spot for mid-century furniture design.

 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.