Are you getting your regular bi-annual checkups from the dentist? The fear of going to the dentist may haunt you as a child, but it is such a vital craft that these dentists have practiced years and years for. Having strong and healthy teeth should be viewed as much of a priority as the rest of your health. If issues go untreated and you ignore the warning signs of a small toothache, this could lead to a greater build-up of more severe dental issues over time.
Word of Health would like to take the time to highlight a few of these individuals. Below is a list of the top ten dentists in the Anaheim area.
1. Dr. Hang Pham, D.D.S.
Dr. Pham was born and raised in Orange County. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology at California State University Long Beach. She then attended the renowned University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Before opening her own private dental practice in Anaheim, CA in 2010, Dr. Pham was managing a family private practice in Las Vegas Nevada where she treated patients of all ages. Her invaluable experience in Las Vegas has allowed her to gain clinical confidence in a very fast pace environment. While taking in everything that corporate business had to offer, Dr. Pham knew that she would one day want to start her own private practice. After two years, Dr. Pham decided that she was ready to move home to be closer to the family. Anaheim Dentist Dr. Pham strongly believes in continuing her education, always making sure to take time off to attend lectures pertaining to all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Pham is also a faculty member of the highly prestigious Spears Education campus in Scottsdale, AZ. She has also completed advanced training at the prestigious Las Vegas Nevada Global Institute, a post-graduate dental learning institute. She is also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS). When away from the office, Dr. Pham and her husband, Bobby, enjoy spending quality time with their two daughters. Dr. Pham also enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, reading and watching Korean dramas.
2. Sharon J Lee, D.D.S.
Sharon Lee grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She left the east coast about 20 years ago to come out west to attend the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry. Dr. Sharon has been practicing dentistry for over 17 years in Orange County. She loves her job and loves making smiles for children and adults. Dr. Sharon is the proud mother of two young girls and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. She understands the importance of family and oral health and maintaining a happy, healthy smile.
3. Dr. Thomas Bae, D.D.S.
Dr. Bae graduated from UCLA and then obtained his dental degree from the UCSF School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Spears Dental Education Study Club. He has extensive experience in restorative dental care, cosmetic dentistry, and is an Invisalign Premier Provider. His approach to dentistry is built upon a minimally invasive philosophy that stresses prevention. He has a passion for giving back to the community and loves to spend his time contributing free dental work to the homeless and is passionate about international medical and dental mission work. He and his wonderful wife, Susan, and daughters, Kelsey and Seylah, live in Orange County.
4. Chris Fotinos, D.D.S.
Considered one of the best dentists in Orange County, Dr. Fotinos is committed to providing top-quality cosmetic & general dentistry to patients. He achieved the designation as a “Super Dentist” of Southern California in 2015, which is determined through peer selection and independent research. Dr. Fotinos was the team dentist for both the Anaheim Angels and the Mighty Ducks from 1993 to 2004, and now he devotes his time to his practice, patients, and his family.
5. Dr. Tae Hyung Kim, D.D.S.
Dr. Kim’s extensive and unique training background has made him an excellent and well-rounded dentist who is able to provide his patients with the most comprehensive care possible. Dr. Kim offers many customized services, from diagnosis and treatment planning to post-operative care. Dr. Kim earned the status of sub-captain on his high school rugby team and graduated as the valedictorian with numerous honors. He was then admitted to a dental program at the most prestigious university in South Korea. After getting his first Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Yonsei University, South Korea, Dr. Kim served in the army for three years as the director of the Oral Health Department in Anseong where he was also named the president of the Public Health Doctors Association. During that time, he went through an orthodontic training program at the Yonsei Esthetic Orthodontic Specialty Clinic. After receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, Dr. Kim was appointed to the faculty at the USC School of Dentistry. His extensive experience and knowledge have led him to teach in the Oral Surgery, Fixed Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Departments at USC. Dr. Kim is extremely delicate and pays extra attention to detail while caring for his patients. He demonstrates a great depth of knowledge and passion for excellence.
6. David H K Tran, D.D.S.
Dr. Tran has over 15 years of experience as a general dentist. He has served as a volunteered faculty at USC School of Dentistry. As a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Orange County Dental Society, he knows what it takes to achieve the highest standard of care and is committed to providing his patients with the utmost in dental care. However, he still believes that taking the time to talk and listen to his patient is the most important part of dentistry.
7. Krystal Pham, D.D.S.
Dr. Krystal Pham is the owner of Oceanic Dental. In 2010 she and her husband, Victor Pham, who assists the practice as Office Manager, decided to open Oceanic Dental in Huntington Beach to be where their family and community are. Dr. Krystal Pham was born into a household of healthcare providers. Her father is a physician and her mother and sister are both dentists. Growing up, she spent many happy hours in her mother’s dental office and began assisting her when she was 13. She always loved dentistry, and watching her mother transform patients’ lives by giving them beautiful, healthy smiles just deepened that love. At Oceanic Dental, Dr. Pham is fulfilling her goal of providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care with everything a patient wants and needs to be provided under the same roof. Dr. Krystal Pham said, “As a dentist, I can get my patients out of pain, educate them about maintaining good oral health, and most importantly, transform their smiles and improve their confidence and quality of life.”
8. Chris Hatae, D.D.S.
Dr. Hatae received his Bachelors of Science from the University of the Pacific and has over 500 hours of courses including Endodontics, Implants. He is an active member of the Orange County Dental Society, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He stays up to date with the most current dental technology through continuing education courses in all aspects of dentistry. As a licensed Invisalign, Velscope, and ZOOM! Whitening provider Dr. Hatae works hard to provide patients with high-end quality products and services along with customized personal attention. Dr. Hatae not only practices dentistry in Fullerton, but he also lives in Fullerton with his wife. Both Dr. Hatae and his wife are Southern California natives. When not practicing dentistry, you can find Dr. Hatae rooting for his local sports teams, the Lakers and Dodgers. He also plays basketball in multiple adult leagues. A newly acquired hobby is hitting the golf links with his friends.
9. Mariam Soldin-Wasfi, D.D.S.
Dr. Mariam Soldin-Wasfi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is a part of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, American Dental Association, American Association of Women in Dentistry. “When it comes to a persons smile, every patient has different needs and goals. Whether its cosmetic or restorative, I strive to help my patients become healthier and happier people. I love what I do and the sense of gratitude I get from my patients brings a smile to my face.” Dr. Soldin loves spending time with her husband and her beagle, Buddy. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and traveling to other countries. She loves trying new food and is always in search of new restaurants in her neighborhood. Dr. Soldins favorite TV show is Mr. Robot, her favorite vacation destination is Florence, Italy, and her favorite foods are desserts.
10. Dr. Jerry Kronquist, D.D.S.
Dr. Jerry Kronquist has been practicing dentistry in the same office for almost 35 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science at USC and a Doctor of Dental Surgery at UCLA in 1982. Dr. Kronquist has extensive training in Cosmetics, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Implantology. Additionally, he is certified in Conscious Sedation therapy and the Pinhole Surgical Technique. In his practice, Dr. Kronquist focuses on providing his patients with the most advanced techniques that allow for patient comfort and convenience. He is known for his expertise, kindness, passion, and gentle touch. Dr. Kronquist enjoys kiteboarding, snowboarding, golfing, and riding his Ruckus with his wife and three dogs.
11. Dr. Jennifer Messenger, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Messenger was born and raised in southern California! She attended UCLA for dental school, graduated in the top 10% of her class with Cum Laude academic honors. She is a Board Certified Orthodontist and completed a 30-month orthodontic residency at OHSU in Portland, OR. She is active in multiple professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics, the Orange County Women’s Dental Society, and the Junior League of Orange County. Dr. Messenger is a Board Certified Orthodontist-a distinction held by less than 20% of practicing orthodontists. When she is not straightening teeth, Dr. Messenger loves to enjoy the outdoors in sunny Southern California with her husband and their 2 daughters. Dr. Messenger believes that every person can have their dream smile and that straight, healthy teeth contribute to your overall dental health and well-being.
12. Susan H Lee, D.D.S.
Dr. Lee, Founder of Healthy Teeth Dental has been in business for over 25 years handcrafting her practice and tailoring it to best serve the hard-working people here in Southern California, especially Anaheim, CA. She brings the highest quality service to meet the needs of her patients. Dr. Lee makes herself personally available to active patients in need of emergency services and is grateful for every one of her dedicated patient base that put their trust in her. She often shows her appreciation through gifts and goodies and has even started a referral program called ‘Share the Love!’ Dr. Lee’s Christian Integrity shines through all of her work as she goes the extra mile to take care of her staff and talk patients through treatment options. Every patient is unique, and Dr. Lee takes the time to draft a personalized treatment plan to not only help patients get to their best smile but to keep it for life. Dr. Lee prides the practice on never cutting quality short, and will work with patients on an individual basis to work out the best payment structure with insurance and financing to ensure that necessary treatment does not get delayed.
Top Physical Therapists in Los Angeles
Whether it is a sports injury or pain in the lower back, it is crucial to obtain the right treatment plan just for you. Everyone’s healing process is different and so complex that it is important to consult a physical therapist rather than depending on the natural body to heal on its own.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who are passionate about medical healing treatments and pain management. Physical therapy seeks to restore the body’s function and promote proper recovery.
1. Dr. David Fabrizio, P.T., O.C.S.
David Fabrizio, one of the most sought-after orthopedic/sports manual physical therapists in the Los Angeles area, is celebrating his 31st year in physical therapy and his 22nd year as founder of Fabrizio PTSM. David started his physical therapy and sports medicine career in the United States Air Force. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. His training included internships at the top medical facilities in the Cleveland area, including an inpatient orthopedics rotation at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After graduating from CSU, he took a staff physical therapist position at the Great Lakes Regional Rehab Center. Here, he developed his treatment philosophy of functional and comprehensive physical therapy. He treated acute, cardiac, and neurological patients during day-time hours while treating orthopedics and sports medicine patients in the evenings. David was selected as one of two physical therapists at Great Lakes qualified to teach Biomechanics, Ergonomics, and Back School. David has completed over 1,000 hours in athletic training rooms across the country treating both college and high school athletes. In 2000, he completed a year-long Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy course with Joe Godges, DPT, MS, and OCS and became board-certified in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. His memberships
2. Dr. Courtney Mitchell, D.P.T., O.C.S.
Dr. Courtney Mitchell grew up in the Westchester/Playa Del Rey area where she attended St. Bernard High School. After high school, she attended Loyola Marymount University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science with an emphasis in pre-Physical Therapy. Courtney excels at manual therapy and correcting movement coordination impairments with exercise. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. After Physical Therapy school, Courtney decided to complete an orthopedic residency at Kaiser Permanente, the number one orthopedic residency in the nation. During the residency, she completed research that was able to optimize treatment of whiplash injuries quickly and with fantastic results. In addition, she was able to volunteer her time at the Venice family clinic, giving back to patients that are unable to pay for treatment. After completing the residency she passed her specialty exam and is currently a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics. Although her specialty is in Orthopedics, she has experience in pediatrics working at various pediatric neurological clinics in the Southern California Area and completed research during PT school, lowering body fat percentage and preventing injury with inner-city pediatric patients. She loves playing soccer, hiking and playing beach volleyball in the summer.
3. Dr. John Pennella, P.T., D.P.T., Owner
Dr. John Pennella was born and raised outside of New York City, in Westchester NY. He attended State University of New York Purchase, where he received his B.A. in Economics. He had a strong interest in exercise and movement science; thus becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. John then sought further education and moved to southern California to pursue a higher degree in kinesiology and physical therapy. He attended the University of Southern California receiving his Doctorates in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. John is a Board Certified licensed physical therapist in the state of California. He has worked with high school to professional athletes throughout his clinical rotations in graduate school, as well as children and elderly in home health care services. Through his clinical education, doctorate training, and experiences in orthopedics, sports medicine, acute care, neurology, pediatric care and manual therapy he has developed his own style of physical therapy. He is now the co-director of physical therapy at The LAB.
4. Dr. Greg S. Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian is board certified in spine surgery that emphasizes minimally invasive techniques. After earning his medical degree from the University of Southern California, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency in New York City. As he grew adept at treating a variety of orthopedic problems, ranging from sports injuries to broken bones to arthritic joint conditions, Dr. Khounganian developed an interest in spine and spine-related disorders. He returned to his home in the San Fernando Valley to expand on his spine surgery training with a fellowship at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Here Dr. Khounganian learned some of the most innovative orthopedic techniques available to patients, including treating spine conditions with non-operative techniques and utilizing microscopic and other minimally invasive procedures. His use of these state-of-the-art practices means patients can return to their regular activities as quickly as possible. Customizing his approach to match each patient’s specific needs, Dr. Khounganian performs procedures involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His extensive list of procedures
5. Dr. Brynilla Pacheco, P.T., D.P.T, M.C.M.T.
Dr. Bryn Pacheco earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has a mastery certification in Manual Therapy and provides consistent quality service with her specialties in orthopedic, sports and geriatric rehabilitation. Dr. Bryn has extensive experience in inpatient, sub-acute, private and home health settings. She decided to focus on outpatient settings and became the Regional Physical Therapy Director for a Southern California Medical Corporation. During seven years of employment, she opened and managed five successful clinics. In 2011, Dr. Bryn opened BSP Physical Therapy in Burbank. The practice expanded with a second office in Culver City in January 2018. She is also certified in Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), which qualifies her to assess
6. Dr. Walker Ozar, D.C.
Walker Ozar, D.C. serves the Beverly Hills area and the surrounding communities. The seeds for Walker’s career were planted early on as teenage athlete growing up in Los Angeles. He has always been very interested in fitness, massage therapy, and nutrition. When Dr. Ozar turned to physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustment to assist in his recovery from a sports injury, he fell in love with all of the healing modalities. Dr. Ozar went on to study health and science at the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. His desire to combine physical therapy and chiropractic care led to a focus on chiropractic rehabilitation and he earned a professional degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Upon starting his practice in 1996 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he continued formulating his philosophy of healing for a few more years. Dr. Ozar soon realized that whenever he had been going through rehab (for various sports-related injuries), he always found himself driving from offices to gyms and other studios and back and forth again, and thought: “What if I could create a facility where everything could take place under one roof?” The rest is history. The original Beverly Hills Posture & Rehabilitation Institute was founded in 1999 (now known
7. Dr. Martina Fogt, M.P.T.
Co-Founder Martina Fogt is an experienced physical therapist specializing in women’s health at Bebé PT. Martina is a co-founder of Bebé PT, the first and only rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles to cater exclusively to pre and post-natal mothers. Martina works with pregnant and post-natal women addressing musculoskeletal impairments, pelvic pain, postural dysfunctions, and pelvic floor disorders in addition to treating patients with common orthopedic conditions. She utilizes her strong dance, yoga and Pilates background in her clinical practice on a daily basis. Martina received a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in physical therapy cum Laude both from California State University, Long Beach. During studies in her native Germany, she gained extensive experience in teaching therapeutic group exercise classes. She was also a long time instructor at Golden West College in Fountain Valley, California. In her free time, she loves playing with her dog and cats, enjoys yoga, running and competing in triathlons. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is active in the women’s health section.
8. Dr. Dana Clark, D.C.
Dr. Dana Clark grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri, moving to California at the age of 18 to attend and graduate from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a degree in business administration. After working in the personally unfulfilling corporate environment for several years, he decided to return to school to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He graduated Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles in 2001. Dr. Clark’s decision to become a Chiropractor was motivated by a life long appreciation for a profession that was integral in resolving severe pain he experienced as an adolescent. He finds great personal fulfillment in helping others achieve personal success in ridding their bodies of debilitating pain and in helping them down a path of life long health. Personally, he is a competitive triathlete and 6-time IRONMAN finisher who enjoys surfing, skiing, and scuba diving in his leisure time.
9. Dr. Debra Hagel-Wollman
Debra graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University, Northridge and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Physical Therapy. She founded Lifestyle Physical Therapy in 2011 and has been a practicing physical therapist in a wide variety of clinical settings for more than 20 years. In addition to her vast knowledge of orthopedic and sports-related injuries, Debra received her Certification as a Pilates Instructor from Pilates and Beyond Institute in 2002. Her career highlights include that of former Director of Physical Therapy at Granada Hills Community Hospital, as well as, Facility Administrator and Spine Program Coordinator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation. Debra is an active member of both the California Private Practice Special Interest Group and the American Physical Therapy Association. When she is not helping patients get back to their lifestyle of activity, Debra enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling.
10. Dr. Rahim Kanji
Rahim’s journey in the field of rehabilitation started early in childhood. His grandmother suffered from chronic low back pain and would frequently ask him to step on her back or make herbal patches using ingredients such as turmeric and eggs. This piqued his curiosity of how the body functions and heals, driving his educational pursuits to find the most effective approach to heal and maintain the body at its best – free of dis-ease. In college, he began working with patients in cardiac rehabilitation and from there delved into the areas of chiropractic care and physical therapy. He received his Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University and Doctor of Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. In addition, he was voted best instructor at the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Southern California University of Health Sciences. He received his Master of Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge. As a clinician, he specializes in conservative management of the neuromuscular system. He has worked in the field of rehabilitation for 14 years, integrating various approaches to providing the best treatment for his patients.
11. Larry Halem, M.D.
Dr. Larry Halem, M.D., grew up in sunny Thousand Oaks, California. He attended University of California, Riverside, and earned a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences. He then attended University of California, Los Angeles, and achieved his medical degree in 2003. Dr. Halem trained at Harbor-UCLA in Emergency Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Halem began working at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center in the Emergency Room and is currently the Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department. He has been a board certified Emergency Medicine physician since 2006. In 2014, Dr. Halem partnered with Dr. Farbenbloom to start the ProHealth Physical Medicine clinic. Personally, his interests include scuba diving, snowboarding, and beach volleyball.
12. Dr. Dawn McCrory
Dr. Dawn McCrory is an expert in the field of physical therapy, movement dysfunctions, and
Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists in Orange County
A woman’s reproductive health is one of the most critical health concerns and requires a specialized doctor to assist with urinary tract problems, pregnancy, menopause and more. Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Ob-Gyn) are trained to do all these things, and finding a doctor you can trust with the most sensitive parts is crucial.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who make their patients feel comfortable and trusted. Women should visit an Ob-Gyn annually to check if their reproductive system is healthy, and these doctors have great expertise on how to best treat patients.
1. Dr. Yonatan Mahller, M.D., PhD
Dr. Mahller is a native of Southern California, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in physiology and a Master’s degree in molecular biology. He then relocated to the Midwest to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he completed a dual degree program (MD/Ph.D.), obtaining a Ph.D. in developmental biology. He returned to California and completed his
2. Dr. James Kurtzman, M.D., FACOG
Dr. James Kurtzman is the Medical Director of OC Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a private perinatal diagnostic center located in Irvine, California, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. For over 15 years, Dr. Kurtzman has specialized as a perinatologist (Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist). He has extensive patient care experience and clinical research expertise in the management of high-risk pregnancy, particularly in the area of prediction and prevention of preterm delivery and disorders of cervical function. Dr. Kurtzman is a Board Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who has served as an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center in the Department of OB/GYN,
3. Dr. Wayne Lin, M.D.
Dr. Lin completed his residency in OB/
4. Dr. Rhonda M. Flora, M.D., FACOG
Dr. Rhonda Flora moved from the midwest to southern California to pursue her dream of providing obstetric and gynecologic care for women. She completed her training at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and joined her current practice in 2004. Since then she has had the privilege of guiding women through multiple stages of their lives from the single years, to the joy of the first pregnancy, through motherhood, and finally assisting them through the transition to menopause. She also enjoys assisting women with the initial stages of fertility treatments. She is skilled in providing minimally invasive surgical solutions such as laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy and hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation for issues such as heavy periods, fibroids, and endometriosis. Dr. Rhonda Flora is board certified and has an exclusive affiliation with Hoag Hospital. She is an active member of the medical staff there. She believes in promoting a healthy lifestyle and maintains her personal wellness by surfing, traveling and doing yoga.
5. Dr. Yen H. Tran, D.O.
Dr. Yen Tran completed her medical education at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and finished her residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in 2013. Dr. Tran also was the sole recipient of the Edward Mittelman Memorial Scholarship in 2003 from the University of California, Irvine based on her ability to demonstrate compassion. Dr. Tran truly believes in the core principles of osteopathic medicine that a person is a unit and that the body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and its own maintenance. Dr. Tran was consistently praised for extraordinary surgical skills and excellent bedside manner with preventive care in mind. This year, the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery has named Dr. Tran a member of “The 300 Club,” which recognizes the best 300 GYN/General Surgery Minimally Invasive surgeons in the country. Dr. Tran provides compassionate care for her patients every day. One of the patients she recently cared for wrote to the hospital’s CEO, “Dr. Tran never failed to serve her patients with generosity and compassion. She listens to patient concerns very closely and patiently and advises what is best for her patient. She is open for any questions and provides information and answers based on her great knowledge.”
6. Dr. Catalin Marinescu, M.D. F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. Catalin Marinescu specializes in pelvic surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive
7. Dr. Jeffrey Illeck, M.D.
Dr. Illeck is originally from New Jersey and received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University.
8. Dr. Caroline Conner, M.D.
Dr. Caroline Conner earned her medical degree at University of Texas at Houston, and completed her residency at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Conner is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Medical Association. She provides a full range of obstetrical and gynecological care and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques including robotic surgery and endometrial ablations. She has been practicing in the Orange County area for approximately ten years. Her patients like her non-intimidating nature and feel comfortable discussing their personal needs in her office. She is a native Texan and likes spending time experiencing the outdoors. She also enjoys taking care of her young daughter Aspen.
Top Pediatricians in Los Angeles
A child’s most critical ages in healthy development are when they are the youngest and need the most care. That’s why these pediatricians specialize in working with infants, teens, to early adulthood.
Word of Health would like to recognize these few individuals who are expertises in the physical, emotional, and social development of children.
1. Lawrence Kagan, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Lawrence Kagan is a UCLA honors graduate, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. He received his medical training at USC Keck School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to passionately studying neonatal, general pediatrics, and adolescent medicine at CHLA, he had the opportunity to train under some of the greatest minds in subspecialty pediatrics, diagnosing and managing the rarest and most complicated childhood ailments. Prior to opening Westside Pediatrics, he worked as an attending physician at the CHLA Emergency Department as well as at Cedars Sinai Urgent Care. Dr. Kagan is a native of Los Angeles. He and his wife, Cathy, currently live in Pacific Palisades with their two children, Reese and Colin.
2. Leila Bozorgnia, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Leila grew up in Fresno, California. She attended UC Irvine for her undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences. She then completed a masters in Applied Physiology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Science & Medicine in Chicago and continued there to complete her medical degree. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to complete her residency training at LA-County USC. All throughout her training Dr. Leila has been involved in research. Dr. Leila believes that critical thinking in medicine is a crucial aspect of optimal care. After training, she practiced in various private practices and at Kaiser Permanente Urgent care in West Los Angeles. In 2012, she decided to begin her own practice. Dr. Leila is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She speaks Farsi and Spanish as well. When she is not practicing Medicine, Dr. Leila’s hobbies include, spending time with her husband and their dog, cooking, running on the beach or the Santa Monica stairs, and Skiing.
3. Cigal Shaham, M.D., M.Sc, F.A.A.P.
Dr. Shaham received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Inter-Disciplinary Studies, Environmental Science. Afterward she obtained her Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. This led to a position in clinical research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. While working there, Cigal realized research was not enough for her and she decided to go to medical school. Dr. Shaham says, “I love medicine because it allows me to be a scientist, teacher, and detective every day, as well as help the next generation of children grow up healthy and happy.” Dr. Shaham received her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Upon graduation, she was presented with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Medical School for International Health. After completing her training, Dr. Shaham was overjoyed to move back to Los Angeles with her family, and obtain privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she sees newborn babies. She spent the first 5 and a half years working with Dr. Guy Efron and Dr. Kimberly Klausner at Roxbury Pediatrics in Beverly Hills. Dr. Shaham is now practicing with Dr. Monica Asnani at Miracle Mile Pediatrics. Dr. Shaham spends her spare time being the Class Mom, watching her son do Kung-Fu, building structures and inventing science projects with him, reading fiction, wasting time on the internet, and exploring Los Angeles.
4. Dr. Guy Efron, M.D.
Dr. Guy Efron received his Medical Degree from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty School of Medicine after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the highly acclaimed Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Efron is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was given the distinguished honor of being named Cedars-Sinai’s Pediatrician of the Year, 2008. Dr. Guy Efron is an extremely well trained pediatric physician who treats his patients with the same care and sensitivity he provides for his own children. He demonstrates his passion for personal care by visiting newborns in the hospital within a day of their birth and by making sure that everyone who calls his office can speak to him personally. Dr. Guy Efron is committed to providing his patients with quality health advice, guidance, and treatment.
5. Dr. Lydia Elias, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Lydia Elias has been practicing Pediatric medicine since 2005. She graduated from UCSF-Fresno Pediatric Residency and is board certified in Pediatrics. She is also on Clinical Faculty at Western University of Health Sciences Medical School. Dr. Elias is on the medical staff of both Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Dr. Elias has more than 10 years of pediatric practice experience. She is well versed in all areas of pediatrics and has a special interest in Child Behavior and Development. She is the Founder of the fast-growing Practice Lighthouse Pediatrics in 2011. Now that she is married and has 3 young children, she is excited to be a mother and a pediatrician where she is able to relate to her patients better. Dr. Elias also speaks Spanish, and she works hard to accommodate every patients’ healthcare needs, by being available and more educational.
6. Andrew Krasnoff, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Krasnoff is a Board Certified Pediatrician, practicing in Encino since 1985. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, attending El Camino Real High School. He was a Biology major at Stanford University and studied medicine at U.S.C. He then did his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine, also at C.H.L.A. He was one of the three founding doctors of this practice in 1987, which has since grown to eight Pediatricians and a staff of 20 dedicated and wonderful nurses, front office and business personnel. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married over 30 years and has raised two strapping young men, now in their 20’s. Dr. Krasnoff sees patients from the day of birth through the age of 24. He feels blessed with his life and his career and plans to continue in practice for many years to come.
7. Catherine Jin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Catherine Jin grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in pediatrics early on, she received her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she had the opportunity to work with children with rare and complex medical conditions at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She later moved to California to join her husband and completed her residency training at the University of California, Irvine and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Jin enjoys caring for children of all ages and guiding patients and their families to create the best possible environment for healthy growth and development. She believes strongly in promoting healthy lifestyles, counseling on preventative medicine, and practicing family-centered care. Outside of work, Dr. Jin enjoys spending time with her husband, playing tennis, and exploring new restaurants around her home in Los Angeles.
8. Kaberi Mozumder, P.N.P.
Dr. Mozumder is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in both the primary care and acute care setting. She received her nurse practitioner degree from Yale University in 2008 after which she returned to her native state of California. She worked in the hospital setting specializing in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery for 8 years at a number of academic medical centers including Stanford Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She then returned to the outpatient setting in 2016 working in primary care with an underserved community in Long Beach. She joined MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care in March of 2018. Kaberi enjoys working with children of all ages and also has a passion for medical relief work abroad. She assisted in disaster relief work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and in Greece during the migrant crisis of 2016. Kaberi is fluent in Spanish and enjoys hobbies such as traveling, cooking, and spending time with her Shih-Tzu Timmy.
9. Houman Kashani, M.D.
Dr. Kashani (on the left) began his undergraduate studies at UCLA where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his graduate studies at the Northwestern School of Medicine, in Chicago, IL, which at the time was rated the top 10 medical schools in the nation. He then successfully completed his internship and residency at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in family medicine. After he graduated from residency, Dr. Kashani worked in various Emergency Rooms and Urgent care departments of Hospitals. He has treated over tens of thousands of patients.
10. Edmond Sarraf, M.D.
Dr. Edmond Sarraf, better known as “Dr. Ed”, graduated his residency program from Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio in 2004. He later went on to complete and get certified as a homeopath as well as finish several courses at the Institute of Functional Medicine in order to do sub-specialized testing and get to the root cause of disease. Dr. Ed started his career as a “traditional doctor” in very busy traditional practices. During that time, he knew that simply prescribing medicines was not his only calling as a doctor. That is when he decided to leave everything behind and move back home to LA, start over, and create So Cal Integrative Wellness Center. Since 2008, Dr. Ed found his true calling when he started combining Naturopathic and Western medicine. His desire and passion are to see families use food, herbs, homeopathy as “medicine” and to change the very spoken language of what is called “medicine” at home from a very early age. He cut down his prescription medications by 85%. He believes in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection and balance. Having become one of the premiers, best established integrative centers in Los Angeles, Dr. Ed’s motto has become gratitude, love, and growth in good health. “I am so privileged to work with so many amazing families from the beginning, creating a grass root change where they grow up thinking of food, herbs, homeopathy, and mindfulness as their primary medicine.”
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