Mike believes that caring for a patient involves more than curing disease. Instead, he believes that wellness encompasses the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. With children, in particular, caring includes incorporating the family and the child’s environment.
Mike started his career as a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA), where he worked as a Pediatric Neurology nurse, researcher, and clinic nurse. There, he helped establish the protocols for Diastat, a pediatric epilepsy medicine.
After helping set up the Pediatric Seizure Clinic at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, he went back to CHLA. He worked for eight years in their Pediatric Emergency Department as a trauma nurse and charge nurse.
From CHLA, Mike moved on to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, CA, in a new role as Pediatric Emergency Department Nurse Manager. At St. Joseph’s, Mike was overseeing the entire pediatric population. Children’s Hospital of Orange County contracted with St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide emergency services to all children who presented there. During his time at St. Joseph’s, Mike facilitated the care and admission of ill and injured patients and was heavily involved in the State and National Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). During his time with ENA, Mike participated in establishing a pediatric certification exam committee for pediatric emergency nurses. As a result, pediatric emergency nursing is now recognized nationally as a specialty care service.
While working with ENA, Mike continued his training by attending California State University, Long Beach, to achieve his pediatric nurse practitioner certificate. Mike graduated in 2012 and is now a practicing certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Mike sought out experiences with pediatricians who specialized in alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) during his training. As a result, Mike is uniquely trained in traditional pediatrics, CAM, and the holistic philosophies of pediatric nursing. Mike’s training, experience, and expertise allow him to work with patients and families to bridge traditional and naturopathic care services in his practice.
Mike enjoys travel, exploring how other cultures and indigenous people raise and care for their kids, and incorporating these ideas in his practice and how he cares for patients. He is married to a very supportive pediatric nurse practitioner and has four children.
After starting her nursing career in 1991 with an RN from Long Beach City College, Nancy worked for ten years at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA) as a pediatric intensive care nurse.
Nancy has experience as an emergency room nurse at both CHLA and Long Beach Memorial Hospital and registry experience at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital of Orange, St. Mary Medical Center, Cedars Sinai Hospital, and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
Nancy is incredibly proud that her two teenage sons, Jason and Justin, have progressed spectacularly with behavior therapy and nutrition. Jason is finishing up his lower division coursework in physics to transfer to university to study nuclear physics, and Justin is working at Universal Studios and has a steady girlfriend.
Nancy grew up in Long Beach and is raising her family in the house where she was raised. She enjoys spending time with her two boys, and her dogs, Gara and Bella! Gara is a beautiful 8-year-old Bullmastiff who is currently undergoing cancer treatment and being a trooper! Bella is rowdy 21-month-old Great Dane baby!
She started her nursing career as a licensed vocational nurse. AunaLee received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Long Beach and her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in pediatrics.
She participated in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program at CHLA, where she had the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary team to offer age-specific care to adolescent patients in the community. AunaLee has experience working bedside in the Pediatric ICU, which she continues to do part-time.
Marchelle believes in positively impacting the outpatient pediatric community by reducing inpatient admissions with preventative care. Her passion for preventative care means she strives to provide the correct information to help families grow strong and stay healthy. Each visit with Marchelle should be fun, comfortable, and collaborative. She believes that caregivers’ concerns should be heard and validated. Patients and families should feel confident with the health plan when leaving their visit with Marchelle.
While hospitalized for appendicitis as a child, Marchelle had an incredible experience with the kind, friendly nurses caring for her. Her hospitalization gave her a passion for patient care.
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