Physicians

“Physick, for the most part, is nothing else but the substitute of exercise or temperance.” – Joseph Addison

Shannon O’Connor, M.D.

Board-Certified American Board of Family Medicine

Who had the greatest impact on your life? Was it a parent or a coach? Was it possibly a teacher? Throughout history, it has been our teachers that have often had the greatest influence on our lives. Dr. Shannon O’Connor, Board Certified Family Physician, has built her philosophy of medicine upon seeing herself as a teacher. As with all great teachers, she is a great listener and excels at respecting the cares and needs of all she serves. She is gifted at graciously and confidently addressing the questions and concerns that come her way each day in Family Medicine.

Dr. O’Connor’s love for caring for others in the context of medicine started as a child. Her father, a respiratory therapist, would often take the young O’Connor to visit children’s hospitals in Virginia. O’Connor reminisces that as a young child she was moved to help other children “feel better so they could go outside and play.” Dr. O’Connor is motivated to this day by that same desire to see those under her care experience the best quality of life possible.

After graduating from Laguna Hills High School, Dr. O’Connor started her college career locally at Saddleback College. Working her way through college as a waitress, she went on to graduate with honors from University of California at Los Angeles. Continuing her training on the West Coast, she attended medical school at the University of California at San Diego.

In medical school Dr. O’Connor discovered her love for Family Medicine. While a medical student planning to go into pediatrics, she would often volunteer at the Free Clinic in the San Diego area. It was at the Free Clinic that she observed and was greatly moved by her favorite teachers caring for adults and children alike. Emulating her mentors, with commitment and zeal, she continued her training as Chief Resident at the highly esteemed Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program. It was her broad training in various specialties that well equipped her for family medicine.

In Family Medicine, Dr. O’Connor finds extreme delight caring daily for patients of all ages. Her patients enjoy the same level of care and expertise that Dr. O’Connor would give to one of her own family members. Valuing long lasting relationships, she places a great deal of respect in the trust her patients place in her care. With an equal commitment to solid research and the latest in technology, she continues to grow in her readiness to give life-long care.

Dr. O’Connor joined the team at SCMG in 2006. She was drawn to SCMG by the atmosphere of what she calls a “true family practice.” She continues to be energized working with patients regularly with all their health needs – minor illnesses, well check-ups and chronic medical issues alike.

Dr. O’Connor is married and is mother to a toddler-aged son. She enjoys sports of all kinds, but is most enthusiastic about football and hockey.


John Cheng, M.D.

Board-Certified American Board of Family Medicine/ Fellowship Sports Medicine

From where does a doctor gather and shape his “bedside manner?” Dr. John Cheng’s “kind manner” began it’s shaping in his childhood, while growing up in a small hospitable town in the southern United States. That shaping continued on through his residency and fellowship at the prestigious University of California at Los Angeles Kaiser Programs in Family and Sports Medicine. Today, as he maintains his Board Certification and continues to research and utilize the latest technologies, his admired manner continues its shaping.

As the son of a physician who practiced medicine the old-fashioned way, Dr. Cheng’s personal and caring approach to medicine was being shaped long before he studied at Texas Tech School of Medicine. Likewise, his lifelong love for the Martial Arts, that began in his childhood, was preparing him to become a Family Physician widely respected for his knowledge of Nutrition and Sports Medicine. Dr. Cheng, a sports enthusiast , is an accomplished master Martial Arts Instructor. In addition to serving in the past as team physician for several local high schools, he is sought out by both amateur and professional athletes alike.

It is rare to find a family doctor so well able to give quality care in such a wide variety of situations and arenas. His commitment to care conventionally and holistically for his patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs continues to delight his new patients and long-term patients alike.

As a parent of two, Dr. Cheng has a unique ability to empathize with a parent’s concern for a young child’s cough. His athletic endeavors and his prestigious sports medicine studies have prepared him extensively for numerous other situations. He often gives appropriate and valued advice to both the second grade aspiring soccer star and the most serious of adult athletes. His reputable knowledge and understanding of nutrition serves both the individual growing in commitment to weight management, as well as the cancer survivor training for her first triathlon. When it comes to the care that Dr. Cheng consistently gives, it is not uncommon to see the same level of excitement and appreciation from a mother expecting her first child and a grandparent committed to staying healthy long enough to someday attend a great grandchild’s wedding.

Within moments of meeting Dr. Cheng, one will be assured that he values long-lasting relationships. His relationships with his patients continue through the years due to his ability to relate well with people from many backgrounds. Additionally, Dr. Cheng, Board Certified as a Physician and Surgeon, has gained a reputation for being gifted and adept at assessing challenging cases. Like a seasoned detective still energized by new challenges, he creatively engages with his patients to come to solutions for each individual situation.


Eric Clark, M.D.

Board-Certified American Board of Family Medicine

I was born in Laguna Beach, California the same year my father, Aldon Clark, started his new pediatric practice. Growing up with a father as a pediatrician was unique and educational. Watching him reassuring parents over the phone in the middle of night taught me early on that there is more to medicine than giving shots and pills. Although medicine was always interesting to me it wasn’t until college that I decided to become a doctor. Besides taking premed courses at USC where I majored in Exercise Science, I also played on their intercollegiate volleyball team for four years. The year after graduating from USC was a busy year. I took additional science classes at UCI and worked full time in a USC orthopedic research lab, coach a junior Olympic volleyball team and got married to the girl I dated since high school.

Over the next four years, I attended medical school at UC Davis and decided to go into the specialty of Family Medicine. My passion for caring for the whole person and their family influenced that decision. I then spent the next three years getting specialty training through a UC Davis Medical School program located in Redding California. The program provided the opportunity to work in both a hospital and community office setting in Redding as well as various rural practices in Northern California. I was Chief Resident of the program my final year.

During and shortly after my residency training, I worked in urgent care centers in Redding, Chico, Woodland and Monterey. I joined a family practice group in 1996 in Medford, Oregon where I worked for 10 years doing pediatrics and adult medicine. In 2006, I decided to move back to Orange County and work with my father. Over the last eight years the practice evolved from just a pediatric practice to a blend of adults and children. As expected, my father made the decision to retire and I became interested in joining a larger group.

Outside of the “medical world” I have been fortunate enough to participate in several other interests of mine including a variety of outdoor recreation activities, coaching various sports and doing sports photography. My most rewarding “non-medical” accomplishment was helping raise my three children who are now ages sixteen (twins) and twenty one.

I am excited to be a new “team” member of South Coast Medical Group. I look forward to meeting existing patients of South Coast Medical Group, new patients seeking care from the office and to continue to care for patients whom I have already gotten to know in the prior practice.


doctor_bhogillDr. Bhogill

Board-Certified American Board of Family Medicine

After completing her Family Medicine Residency in St Louis, MO, Dr. Bhogill had the privilege to serve as a Family and Urgent Care Physician in the Midwest before relocating to beautiful Southern California. She enjoys caring for the whole family from pediatrics, adults, to seniors.
Dr. Bhogill’s professional experiences have enabled her to develop a kind and “down to earth” demeanor with her patients. Whether caring for an injured child with a sprained ankle, the anxious parent, or helping a senior better understand her medications, Dr. Bhogill’s warm and affable personality provides comfort to her patients.

Being exposed during her childhood to Yoga and the traditional healing arts of India sparked her interest with the human mind and body; thus defining her pursuit into the world of medicine. Prior to joining South Coast Medical Group, she was in practice at Saddleback Family and Urgent Care serving the communities surrounding Mission Viejo.

Dr. Bhogill is also a mother to 2 teenagers. She enjoys cooking, Bollywood dancing and Zumba. Walking with her husband around Mission Viejo Lake is the best way to end her evenings.