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.”
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
Top Optometrists in San Diego
Sight is one of the most powerful senses that allow us to perceive and experience the world around us. The field of optometry strives to maintain optimal eye health by testing for visual acuity, depth, eye pressure, and color perception. Word of Health would like to recognize the important work that top optometrists are doing in
Dr. Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda Dexter received her training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was the class of 2010’s Valedictorian and former President of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dexter completed residency training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla where she gained an extensive clinical experience in ocular disease, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dexter is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society where she actively participates in local vision screenings for underprivileged children. She is a current Candidate for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, a distinguished association of accomplished eye care providers.
Dr. Olivia Do
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Olivia Do completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, Class of 2008 in Boston.Dr. Do
Dr. Rambod Esfandiari
Raised in San Diego, Dr. Esfandiari did his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego. He received his doctorates in optometry from New England
Dr. Jared Hagan
Dr. Jared Hagan was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where he attended Mayo High School. Shortly after
Dr. Gary A. Klein
Dr. Klein is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and has been a San Diego “native” since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University in Atlanta and Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he completed his internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. With over 35 years of experience in various clinical settings including multi-specialty group practice, Dr. Klein has remained a clinical investigator and professional consultant for various companies in the ophthalmic industry responsible for bringing new eyecare technologies to fruition. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. In 2007, Dr. Klein opened Urban Optiks Optometry with a mission to provide San Diego with the highest level of
Dr. Melanie Langford
Dr. Melanie Langford received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She also chose to complete a residency with the University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where she specialized in primary care and low vision. Dr. Langford practices full scope optometry and she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation.
Dr. Jason Tu
Dr. Jason Tu received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, a Trustee of the California Optometric Association (COA) Board, a past member of the Education & Clinical Practice Committee of the COA, and a Past-President of the San Diego County Optometric Society.
Dr. Meredith Walton
Dr Walton received her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Following graduation she moved with her husband who is in the Navy to his new duty station in Italy. While in Italy, Dr. Walton worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital-Naples, Italy providing eye exams for active duty military members and their families. Additionally, she lectured as an adjunct professor at the Italian optometry school, Universitá Frederico II and served local communities by participating in multiple free eye-care clinics throughout Europe. After relocating to San Diego, CA, Dr. Walton opened Heights Optometry in her own neighborhood of Normal Heights in the spring of 2015. She is passionate about serving her community by delivering quality care, providing thorough eye examinations and educating her patients about the importance of routine eye health. Dr. Walton is committed to helping every patient see to the best of their ability. Dr. Walton is a participating member of the national, state and local Optometric Societies and volunteers locally to help patients with limited resources have access to eye exams and glasses.
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