Meet Our Doctors



Years Practicing Medicine: 43 years – Joined Las Palmas OB/GYN Medical Group in 1982. In 1988 the name changed to Bednar and DeMersseman Medical Assoc. Inc. and in 2009, the practice changed the name to Las Palmas OB/GYN.
Area of OB/GYN Specialty: Post-menopausal hormone therapy, infertility and primary prevention and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in women.
Previous Clinics/Hospitals: Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI; Silas B Hayes Hospital, Monterey, CA; Desert Regional Medical Center; and Eisenhower Medical Center.

  • Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Internship: Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Medical School: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Born/Raised: Born in South Dakota; raised in Denver, CO
Family: Wife – Leslie; two children, Scot and Shali; and five grandchildren.
Personal Interests: Music, woodworking, aerobic exercise and sports.
More Facts: John has resided Palm Springs since 1979 and has been working in the area since 1982. He was one of the pioneers of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Desert Regional Medical Center.



Years Practicing Medicine: 15 years – Joined Las Palmas OB/GYN in 2005.
Area of OB/GYN Specialty: Pelvic organ prolapse, female incontinence, DaVinci Robotic procedures, hysterectomy, minimally invasive procedures, myomectomies, endometrial ablation, Essure, laparoscopy, contraception management and menopause management.
Previous Clinics/Hospitals: Kaiser Permanente Hosptial – Sunset.

  • Residency: Kaiser Permanente Hospital – Sunset, Los Angeles, CA
  • Medical School: New York Medical College
  • Undergraduate: St. Mary’s College of California

Born/Raised: Indio, CA
Family: Wife, one son, Sebastian and twins, Lila and Xander born August 2013.
Personal Interests: Traveling, golf, reading and spending time with family.
More Facts: Dr. Garza was born and raised in the desert and has been extremely happy to return to help care for this community. He says the desert is, and always will be, his home.