Mara Sweeney MD | About
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About Dr. Mara K. Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She attended UC San Diego, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Chemistry and History. She graduated from New York Medical College in 2002. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 2005 and received Board Certification in Internal Medicine in August 2005.

Dr. Sweeney’s Internal Medicine clinic is located in beautiful Montecito, where she currently lives with her husband and three children.

Internal Medicine is first and foremost the practice of preventive medicine.  Dr. Sweeney strives to help patients maintain their good health and even achieve better health, just as much as she strives to help improve the health of those patients with disease.

Dr. Sweeney believes the doctor-patient relationship is built on trust. She believes trust is earned by doctors who take the time to listen to their patients as well as explain to their patients what options they have in every health-related situation.

Time is critical and valuable.  Dr. Sweeney does not believe in rushing through visits at the expense of her patients’ understanding of their own health issues.  She wants to empower her patients with the knowledge of their own health situation so that they can participate actively and daily in maintaining and improving it.


Regular exercise or physical activity helps many of the body’s systems function better, keeps heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases at bay, and is a key ingredient for losing weight. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, being physically active on a regular basis

  • Improves your chances of living longer and living healthier
  • Helps protect you from developing heart disease and stroke or its precursors, high blood pressure and undesirable blood lipid patterns
  • Helps protect you from developing certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial (uterine lining) cancer
  • Helps prevent type 2 diabetes (what was once called adult-onset diabetes) and metabolic syndrome (a constellation of risk factors that increases the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes; read more about simple steps to prevent diabetes
  • Helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis
  • Reduces the risk of falling and improves cognitive function among older adults
  • Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood
  • Prevents weight gain, promotes weight loss (when combined with a lower-calorie diet), and helps keep weight off after weight loss
  • Improves heart-lung and muscle fitness
  • Improves sleep

how much exercise do you get a day?

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Stats brought to you by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies 2012