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An experienced Medical Oncologist, Dr. Robert Dichmann has provided superior medical oncology services in the Santa Maria community since 1996. He is the founder of Central Coast Medical Oncology (CCMO), which is currently one of the largest and most respected hematology/oncology groups in the Northern Santa Barbara area, and is an affiliate of UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center. He also serves as Medical Director of Marian Cancer Program and chairs the weekly Tumor Board.


It was due to the vision of Dr. Dichmann for his patients’ needs that Mission Hope Cancer Center was built. He wanted to provide state-of-the-art, integrated oncology care under one roof to the people of the Central Coast to ease the burden of going through cancer treatment.


Dr. Dichmann earned a Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. He completed Fellowships in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Oncology and Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplants from the University of San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Dichmann is board certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.









Dr. April Kennedy is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. She provides compassionate care for patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center, and works collaboratively with all departments to provide patients with all aspects of cancer care under one roof.


As an affiliate of UCLA Jonsson Center, Dr. Kennedy is able to offer patients the most advanced treatment with enrollment in cutting edge clinical research studies. She has experience in the treatment and diagnosis of all cancers and provides her patients with individualized care for the best possible outcomes.


Dr. Kennedy received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of California Davis, and Hematology-Oncology fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Dr. Kennedy joined Central Coast Medical Oncology and Dr. Dichmann in 2007. She is board certified in Hematology, Oncology and Internal Medicine.








Dr. Erickson received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Medical Doctorate from the University of Illinois. He has received multiple awards during his training including being named a James Scholar during medical school. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Hawaii.


In 2004, Dr. Erickson began his practice as a hospital-based Internal Medicine physician at a large Denver medical center. He subsequently completed a combined fellowship in both Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Colorado. Since then, he has been a partner in a busy hematology and oncology practice at an award winning regional medical center in Michigan.


Dr. Erickson is a strong advocate for clinical research and serves as lead investigator for several clinical trials and is a principal investigator with the Southwest Oncology Group. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Areas of special interest to Dr. Erickson are malignant and benign hematology, breast and lung cancer as well as gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Erickson is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.


When not working, Dr. Todd Erickson enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Erine Erickson (an internal medicine physician) and their three boys. He and his family are excited to join the community and welcome the move to Santa Maria.




DR. Steven Vara



Dr. Stephen Vara, the most recent addition to the expert staff at the Mission Hope Cancer Center, received his medical degree from the University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago and was fellowship trained at the University of Texas Southwestern.


Dr. Vara is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Vara looks forward to collaborating with his colleagues to provide the highest level of care and expertise to Central Coast residents utilizing the most advanced technology. His approach to health care coincides with the comprehensive, patient-centered care given at the Mission Hope Cancer Center.


Dr. Vara is pleased to practice in a specialized, comprehensive facility that encompasses the entire spectrum of cancer care and offer his patients a collaborative approach to treatment.


He brings valuable experience and education to the team of physicians and staff at the Mission Hope Cancer Center.



Dr. Keith Ayrons, MD



Dr. Keith Ayrons grew up on Long Island, New York, and completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Albany while volunteering at the local hospital in the Pathology department.  His passion for science and early learnings in the experimental and clinical based approach inspired him to complete first, a Master’s in Microbiology from Adelphi University and then his medical degree from Wayne State University.  He then completed his Internal Medicine residency, and combined fellowship in Oncology and Hematology at Stoney Brook University.


In 1995, Dr. Ayrons joined a growing oncology and hematology practice in Gastonia, North Carolina, where he was a partner for 23 years.  He is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine and served as past president of the Internal Medicine department.  For 25 years he developed excellent patient and family relationship skills that created a loyal patient following.

In 2018, Dr. Ayrons relocated to the Central Coast and is excited to be a part of the Mission Hope Cancer Center where he can continue to fulfill his passion of serving the community through providing quality care.



Stacie Fulcher, PA



Stacie Fulcher, PA, was born and raised in a rural community in the Midwest.  She received a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007, graduating with Distinction.  Later she became fascinated with the vast spectrum of oncology and emerging therapies, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 where she joined a Medical Oncology and Hematology group.


Stacie believes in building strong interpersonal relationships with her patients and providing individualized care.  She advocates for sharing knowledge in a compassionate way and believes that adequate education aids patients and their families in decision making – and ultimately improves outcomes.

Stacie is excited to be a part of the Mission Hope Cancer Center and care for patients here on the Central Coast.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her active, outdoor-loving family, camping, running, mountain biking and skiing.




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