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Santa Cruz-Main Clinic
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Occasional Saturdays and Sundays West Side Clinic
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our pediatric office at the Main Clinic is staffed by at least one pediatrician Monday through Friday until 9pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 5pm. PAMF urgent care has several locations, all of which are open until 9pm every day. After 9pm, patients can reach a pediatric advice nurse by phone or seek care at Dominican's Emergency Department.
Education & Training
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, WI
Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center, IL; Pediatric Chief Resident, Rush University Medical Center, IL
Chief Residency - Rush University Medical Center
Acid reflux, Acne, Adolescent health, Allergy, Anemia, Asthma, Breastfeeding, Child abuse, Child development, Childhood leukemia, Children of LGBT couples, Eczema, Foster care, Gastrointestinal diseases, Immunization, Infectious disease, International travel, Neonatal/perinatal medicine, Newborn care, Newborns/infants, Nutrition,
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Whole-food, plant-based nutrition, evidence-based medicine, appropriate antibiotic use, community education, vegetarian, vegan
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics Speaking engagements and panel discussions at local schools Instructor for monthly parenting class: What to Expect with Your Newborn
My family keeps me busy! We have a 1-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old golden retriever. I enjoy biking, hiking, traveling, cooking, and yoga.
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Co-authored chapters: "Complex Cyanotic Heart Disease: The Heterotaxy Syndromes", "Hypolastic Left Heart Syndrome", "Obesity and Dyslipidemia". Heart Diseases in Children: A Pediatrician's Manual. R. Abdulla (Ed.)
Philosophy of Care
I love taking care of children and their families and am honored to be a part of my patients' lives. Kids are fun, energetic, resilient and generally healthy! A big part of my job is taking care of healthy kids. Preventive medicine is the cornerstone of pediatrics and I am passionate about two of the most important aspects of preventive care: nutrition and vaccination. Together with active lifestyles and a happy, stable environment, they can help ensure a lifetime of good health for our children. Specifically, I strongly endorse a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle and have a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I always try to stay up-to-date with latest evidence-based medicine and am happy to help parents wade through what can be complicated medical facts and recommendations to make the right decision for their child. I believe in judicious use of antibiotics and always try to avoid unnecessary use. As a department, we follow our patients in the hospital and I will make sure there is good coordination of care with specialists when needed. My goal is to work with parents as part of the healthcare team.
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