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My Mother

My mother, Reiko Shimada, suffered a massive stroke the day before mother’s day in 2014. It was also the day before she was going to retire from her beloved restaurant, Seaward Sushi Bar that she worked at every single day for over 30 years. My mom was heliported to Cottage Hospital and was blessed enough to have Dr. Zauner perform surgery on her to save her life. After the initial surgery, she had several more all for the sake of saving her life and ability to survive. After leaving Cottage she went to a subacute facility that we were less than pleased with. I contacted Dr. Zauner and he immediately took action and had my mom returned to his care. Dr. Zauner and his team are amazing human beings and incredible professionals.
We are so thankful that he saved my mother’s life and cannot thank him enough!
Thank you.
June Millan
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I couldn’t have asked for a better Doctor!

Today is my three year ANEURversary!! Three years ago today, on the morning of my brother’s wedding day, I suffered from a brain aneurysm at 19 years old. I was sleeping next to my sister when she heard/felt me begin to have a seizure. My family called the ambulance and they took me to Arroyo Grande Hospital. They ran numerous tests to try and figure out what was wrong with me. They did a Lumbar puncture to check for Meningitis, and that is how they found out my brain was bleeding (because the fluid was pink/redish rather than clear). The doctors made the decision to send me to Cottage Hospital where Dr. Zauner specializes in this type of thing so I was rushed in an ambulance all the way from Arroyo Grande to Santa Barbara. Dr. Zauner and his team performed the coil embolization procedure on me. I vaguely remember anything about that entire day until I came to in the angiography suite. I remember how sweet everyone was and helpful in informing me of everything that happened and assuring me that I was okay. I was taken to a room in the ICU, where I stayed for a week or so. Dr. Zauner and all of the nurses were AMAZING to my family and I. He explained everything to us in a way that made sense and we knew what was going on. He came and checked on me a couple times a day to make sure I was okay. Through out my whole stay at the hospital and even when I went home, I was able to ask him anything and he would explain it to me or assure me that I was okay. I couldn’t have asked for a better Doctor. Dr. Zauner will never know how much appreciation and respect I have for him.


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