Dr. Matin Hemmat, MD is the Medical Director of Peninsula Health Center (PHC). He is a physician board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is currently the only board-certified Addiction Medicine consultant on staff at the three community hospitals located in the South Bay area: Providence Little Company of Mary (PLCOM) Torrance and San Pedro, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He has won numerous awards, including Physician of the Year at each of the three hospitals. He is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Chair of the Medicine Quality Review (MQR) for PLCOM Torrance and San Pedro.
Dr. Hemmat grew up in Palos Verdes, California. He is fluent in Farsi, English, and Spanish. He completed his undergraduate education at University of Southern California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and received highest honors majoring in biopsychology. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He completed training at USC/LAC Hospital and Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) in Rancho Mirage, CA. He received additional training at the world-renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Dr. Hemmat places an emphasis on listening and providing honest communication with patients. He believes that treatment for substance use and mental health disorders must be tailored to each individual and utilize a multi-disciplinary approach that includes holistic care, therapy, nutrition, lifestyle optimization, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). He looks forward to the challenge of changing the stigma that our society has placed on addiction and mental health disorders. He recognizes the void and dire need for quality behavioral health treatment in the South Bay area, now more than ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.