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About

The clinic’s mission has always been to provide the highest quality imaging services for the radiologist and referring physician to effectively care for their patients. To help as many women afford a mammogram as possible in a caring environment – because we care.

The American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology recommend women begin routine annual mammography at age 40. Ask your Primary Care physician if you are uncertain about your mammogram or DXA osteoporosis scanning recommendation.

That Mammography Center of Monterey has won many awards for their service to the community. They have been recognized by several local organizations for their commitment to providing a special place for women by women. In 1994 Mary Lou received the Monterey County Outstanding Woman of the Year award.

Melissa Gerlach, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Melissa GerlachDr. Melissa Gerlach is a board certified diagnostic radiologist. She begain her education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA where she graduated with honors with dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Anthropology. After college she performed cancer biology research at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Cambridge, MA. She received her MD degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago where she was a James Scholar. She completed her medical training at the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School: her internship at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA; her Radiology Residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA; and her Women’s Imaging Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Gerlach is passionate about breast health and early detection of breast cancer, and greatly values prompt and clear communication of her findings and recommendations to patients and referring physicians.

 


Mary Lou Catania, RN

President

Mary Lou CataniaMary Lou Catania, RN founded the Mammography Center of Monterey, Inc in 1989. Mary Lou recognized the importance of quality imaging for women. It was in her own need of a mammogram that led her search for the latest in mammography, It was after contacting many major centers in the U.S. that she discovered the latest in mammography and at that time wasn’t being used in her area.


Antonette Kahn

Receptionist

Antonette Kahn Antonette has been with the Mammography Center of Monterey since August of 2008. She is a lifelong resident of Monterey where she lives with her husband Steve of 30 years. Together they have raised 3 wonderful children, Nina, Joseph and Stefanie. Antonette loves people and enjoys the interactions she shares with our patients. Her passions are spending time with her family and friends, gardening and travel.


Patricia Roark

Receptionist

Patricia RoarkPatricia joined the team at the Mammography Center of Monterey in March of 2016. A Monterey native, she brings a strong background in medical and financial services to the position. Social, energetic and knowledgeable, Patricia loves working with people and helping patients. She loves spending time with her husband and has a passion for the outdoors, traveling to new places and enjoying the laughter and company of friends.


Riki Thoreson-Schaefer BRST ARRT (M)

Technologist

Riki Thoreson-Schaefer BRST ARRT (M)Riki joined the team in March 2017 and has always loved working on the cutting edge of radiology and mammography. She brings an impressive resume to the Mammography Center of Monterey. A Monterey native, Riki was present at the world’s first artificial heart transplant, the Jarvik 7, with Dr. William DeVriesat the University of Utah. She worked on the world’s first digital “Mammo Van,” and joined nowLieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom on television to promote breast cancer awareness in honor of his mother. Riki promoted breast cancer awareness as her platform in the Mrs. American pageant, played a critical role in setting up the first mammography services on the Marshall Islands and was the first to see and experience water-based breast ultrasound technology. Another one of Riki’s passions is “All Women Matter,” a breast cancer prevention foundation through Lifesaving Images to provide care for the underserved.Now, she is grateful to be working with Monterey’s first 3D mammography unit for early detection.