D. Dawn Motyka, M.D.
Host and Co-producer, Ask Doctor Dawn, KUSP,
FM, Santa Cruz, CA
Family and Functional Medicine Physician and Acupuncturist at Optimage Health, Inc.
Faculty Member for the Masters LAC degree program at
Five Branches Institute,
Santa Cruz, CA
- Dominican Dialogue
- Health Dialogue
(nationally syndicated on Talk
1989-1991 Medical Director, San
Benito Health Foundation
THE DNA FILES – episode one. Special guest appearance
ADDRESS: California Association of Health Insuring Organizations,
1990 - 2006 Board Certified by the American Academy of
M.D. 1987 University of California, Davis
B.S. 1981 Psychobiology, with honors and
Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles
1987 -1990 Family Practice Residency, San Bernardino
County Medical Center
Additional Post-graduate Training:
2001 American Medical Acupuncture, Helms Institute,
UCLA School of Medicine.
1997 American Academy of Clinical Hypnosis.
10/86 - 4/87 Bioethics Research - Center for Ethics and Religion,
Baylor College of Medicine.
1986 Acupuncture Practice & Theory of Chinese
Medicine with Mark S. Fields, C.A.
1985 - 1986 (UCLA) Ethics in Medical Resource Allocation: Extensive
guided research Dr. Paul Von Blum and Aviva Bergman, J.D. Formal
presentation to U.C. Davis School of Medicine.
1980 - 1982 (UCLA) Research in Chronic Pain/Endogenous Opiates. See
In addition: created and taught a seminar in descending pain inhibitory
pathways and alternative anesthesia techniques.
Administrative and Managerial Activities:
1994 - 2002 Member, Board of Directors,
Santa Cruz Hospital
1999 - 2002 Treasurer, Santa Cruz County Medical
1994 - 2002 Chairman, Physicians Services, Inc
1992 - 2002 Chief Physician, Western Service Workers
2000 - 2002 Member, Quality Assurance Committee,
Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital
1992 - 2000 Bioethics Committee - Dominican Santa
1999 - 2001 Physician Advisory Board, Santa Cruz
1995 - 2000 Member, Board of Directors, Physicians
1995 Chair, County Medical Society
Bioethics Task Force
1988 - 1990 Quality Assurance Committee, San
Bernardino County Medical Center
1987 - 1990 Bioethics Committee, San Bernardino
County Medical Center
1982 - 1986 Curriculum Planning Committee, U.C. Davis
School of Medicine
1988 - 1990 Editor - The Central Line (housestaff
1988 -1989 Program Coordinator - Annual Housestaff
and Faculty Awards Banquet
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Medical Women’s Association
California Medical Association
International Developmental Ethics Association
Physician Services, Inc. Chair of Board of Directors
Santa Cruz County Medical Society - Board of Directors -various
4/87 - 6/87 Community Health Research - Costa Rica (Baylor College of
Medicine and fieldwork in Costa Rica); Analysis of epidemiological and
demographic statistics and field observations of village-based primary
care centers utilizing trained para-professionals in several sites.
Formal presentation 6/87 at Baylor College of Medicine.
6/85 - 7/85 International Health Worker’s Training Course, University
of Arizona, Tucson 7/84 - 9/84 Clinical Ophthalmology - Capital
Hospital, Bejing, China.
6/84 - 7/84 AMSA Health Study Tour to the Peoples Republic of China.
6/83 - 7/83 American Medical Students Association Health Study Tour to
9/79 - 8/80 Exchange student at University of Bordeaux, France.
Publications and Lectures:
Motyka, D. (2001) Patients as Partners: Achieving Compliance through
Patient Education (lecture), KEYNOTE ADDRESS: California Association of
Health Insuring Organizations, Annual Meeting, May 2001.
Motyka, D (1998-1999) Understanding and Managing Migraine:
Series of community lectures given under a statewide lecture
program sponsored by Glaxo-Welcome.
Motyka, D. (1995) Good News, Bad News about Menopause. Community
Health Bulletin, May 1995.
Motyka, D. (1995) Menopause Fact and Fiction (lecture) Cabrillo
College Annual Women’s Leadership Conference.
Motyka, D. (1989) Hierarchical Triage in Primary Care (lecture). The
Second International Conference of the International Developmental
Motyka, D. (1989) International Health Care: A contrast of Two
Paradigms. Proceedings of the Second International Conference of IDEA:
Ethics, Development and Crisis.
Brechner, T., Motyka, D., Sherman, J. (1982) Growth Enhancement of
Prolactin Sensitive Mammary Tumors by Periaqueductal grey stimulation.
Life Sciences. 32:525-530.
Motyka, D., Valbona, C. Contrasts in Implementation of Community Based
Primary Care, a Critical Review. (lecture).
French (Fluent - able to carry out
Spanish (Fluent - able to carry out professional
Indonesian (in process – currently not at professional level)