effrey R. Polito, M.D.
Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine
(805) 681-1490
5333 Hollister Ave. Suite 225
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Jeffrey R. Polito, M.D. ® 5333 Hollister Ave, Suite 225, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 ~ Phone: (805) 681-1490 ~ Fax: (805) 681-1593
Welcome About Us Information

"The body heals itself, but it appreciates the help of a good doctor."
Melanie Van Lieshout, PA, C.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Polito, M.D.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Polito attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree. Continuing his education, he successfully earned his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and honored with the Deans Academic Scholarship. After completing his medical residency in Internal Medicine, Dr. Polito moved back to Southern California and practiced for 4 years in a multi-specialty group, Valley Medical Group. In 2003, he decided to venture out on his own, starting a solo private practice in Santa Barbara. He hung a shingle and opened his front doors with no patients, but after one year he had developed a successful Internal Medicine practice. Dr. Polito continues to enjoy working in primary care where he can treat his patients fully and attend to all of their medical and physical needs. Dr. Polito also attended courses at Stanford University’s School of Sleep Medicine and became the medical director of the Santa Barbara Sleep Clinic. With backgrounds in both internal and sleep medicine, he strives to promote a full and healthy life morning, noon, and night. 

Dr. Polito is happily married to Teresa Polito, and together they are busy raising four energetic children, one boy and three girls. As a family they enjoy music, hiking, traveling, and going to the beach.

Board Certified - Internal Medicine & Sleep Specialist
Physician Assistant 
Born and raised in Minnesota, Melanie decided to head to warmer weather and attended Florida State University for pre-medicine. During her studies, she was introduced to a physician assistant (PA) who mentored her and introduced her to the field. Melanie quickly realized that a career as a PA was exactly what she was looking for. After graduating from FSU, Melanie continued her education in the Physician Assistant program at Northeastern University in Boston, graduating with a Masters of Medical Science.

Melanie became a licensed and board certified PA in 2008 and spent her first two years working at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has been with our practice since relocating to Santa Barbara in 2010 and has become an integral part of the team. 

In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking. One of her greatest accomplishments was completing the Boston Marathon in 2009, and she tries to encourage her patients to set personal health goals and challenges to keep them excited about being active.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Polito, M.D.
Melanie Van Lieshout, PA, C
About Us
Our Services:

​•​Preventive Medicine
•Annual Physicals
​•Women's Wellness Exams
•Men's Wellness Exams
•Chronic Disease Management

•Acute Illness Management
•Weight Management
​•Pain Management
​•Pre-Operative Evaluations

•Vaccinations & Injections
​•Hospital Follow Up
​•Specialty Referrals
​•Small Biopsies & Excisions
​•Small Biopsies & Excisions

> For more information about Dr. Polito's sleep medicine practice and the Santa Barbara Sleep Clinic, please visit www.sbsleepclinic.com