Meet the Providers
Meet the providers
Robin F. Winokur, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Winokur, (aka Dr. W, Dr. Robin, or Robin) came to California to attend Stanford University in 1973 where she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and met her husband, Peter. After graduation, in 1976, she attended the University of Michigan Medical School. In 1981, Robin and Peter came back to California and Robin continued her training with a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. There she met her future business partner, Dr. David Kittams, whom she “admired for his compassionate care”. In 1985, Robin began her career at Kiwi Pediatrics joining Dr. Kittams at his practice on Alcatraz Avenue in South Berkeley. She became Board Certified in 1986. The two of them have been an influential pair known for devoting much effort to the needs of the underprivileged and children with special healthcare needs in the Berkeley and Oakland areas.
Since that time Robin has had several positions in Medical Staff Leadership at Children’s Hospital in Oakland including Chair of the Department of Medicine. She has also accumulated many awards including being named to the “Best Doctors of the East Bay” in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010-2015, the Robert Gerdsen Award at Children’s Hospital for Commitment to Primary Care and Community Service, the Resident Teaching Award at Children’s Hospital (twice), a Special Achievement Award in 2008 from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Advocacy for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, and the Bronze Bambino Award for career achievements and service from the Medical Staff of the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
Robin also provides pediatric care at the George Mark Children’s House for children with complex medical needs receiving respite or end-of- life care. She is also involved in several projects to improve collaborative care with Mental Health providers.
Robin and Peter are the proud parents of 2 grown children, Brian ( a “Techie”) and Lauren (on her way to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner). They are proud longtime Oakland residents and enjoy exploring Oakland and the area, hiking, gardening, cooking (eating, too) and music. Robin also enjoys photography, reading, playing guitar and nature watching.
Elizabeth Salsburg, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Salsburg joined Kiwi Pediatrics in 2001 hailing from Connecticut. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Wellsley College and completed medical school and her pediatrics residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She worked as a registrar at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia and eventually left her glorious flat overlooking the Pacific Ocean and moved back to the U.S. In 1995 she became Board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her first experience in California was as a pediatrician for a private practice in Pleasanton. In the late 90’s, Dr. Salsburg returned to her native New England to practice medicine in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. But in 1999 the wonderful California weather and beautiful scenery soon lured Dr. Salsburg back to the Bay Area. Liz is now a Californian transplant but she will always root for the New York Yankees, buy only Vermont maple syrup, and continue speaking with her native Connecticut accent.
Dr. Salsburg is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding, caring for special needs children, and facilitating pediatric hospice care. She is a former Chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates and member of the Ob-Gyn Executive Committee and credentialing. She currently chairs the Alta Bates Lactation Excellence committee, is the Division Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and is a member of the Children First Medical Group Credentialing Committee. Liz also provides pediatric care at the George Mark Children’s House for children with complex medical needs receiving respite or end-of- life care. In 2017 Dr. Salsburg was named the GOLD award recipient by Berkeley Parents Press for one of the area's best pediatricians.
In her free time, Liz enjoys hiking and biking in Yosemite, traveling with her husband and her children, writing in her journal, and playing the piano.
Nanci Tucker, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Nanci graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in computer science. After working in the computer industry for a short time, it was apparent that medicine was the preferred calling. Nanci attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. While in medical school, she participated in community programs, including Health Care For The Homeless and a student outreach program, Serving the Underserved. She also founded a medical student newsletter, “Borborygmi” and co-created a conference for regional medical students on women in medicine.
Nanci became a Californian in 1990 when she arrived here for her residency at the University of California, San Francisco. These pediatric training years included working in a variety of clinics, mostly at San Francisco General Hospital, including the refugee clinic, the AIDS ward and several months of obstetrics delivering babies. Upon completion of her training in 1994 and through to March, 2016 she practiced in San Francisco at Stonestown Pediatrics, where she enjoyed watching her pediatric patients grow from newborns to college students. In 2012-2013 she was voted First Place for pediatrician in SF and Marin by Bay Area Parents magazine.
It was bittersweet departing from her SF practice after so many years, but her life took a turn with a move to the East Bay followed by marriage and raising a family . She is now putting the Bay Bridge commute behind her since joining Kiwi Pediatrics in April, 2016, an opportunity for which she is exceedingly grateful.
Nanci's other interests include behavioral medicine, adoption medicine (for which she traveled to Kazakhstan) and community involvement including serving as a long time board member with La Casa de Las Madres, a San Francisco crisis center that works to end domestic violence.
She enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking and more recently, learning about music from her husband Bob, a professional musician.
Katie Hale, PNP
Katie is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has experience in primary care, adolescent medicine, pediatric urology and pediatric orthopedics. She graduated with honors from UCSF’s MEPN and Master’s of Science Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also works at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland at Katie’s Clinic for Rett Syndrome and other related disorders.
Prior to joining Kiwi Pediatrics, Katie worked at a pediatric primary care practice in Napa. Katie has worked in family planning research, HIV/AIDS, mental health and domestic and international public health. Her professional interests include environmental health, mindfulness, adolescent mental health and childhood obesity.
Mark Thomas, PNP
Mark joined Kiwi in the summer of 2014, after completing the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at UCSF. Mark grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and French, Summa cum Laude, in 2004 from the University of Arkansas. He moved to the Bay Area in 2005. Before entering the healthcare field, Mark worked for several years as a early childhood literacy educator and an after-school program director for children and teens.
Mark is particularly interested in the field of adolescent and young adult health, having completed the Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Program during his studies at UCSF. He is also active both locally and nationally in the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine. On his off days from Kiwi, Mark works at a youth clinic within the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Mark is a fluent Spanish speaker, having lived in Mexico and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.
When he is not at work, Mark loves to experience the vibrant cultural diversity of the United States and the world through travel, dining, reading and film. He also loves dogs.
Erin Shuster, PNP
A Bay Area-native, Erin completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner training at UCSF and joined Kiwi Pediatric's provider team in April of 2016. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Erin earned a Master's degree in Education and taught elementary school. Her passion for working with and educating children made specializing in primary care pediatrics an obvious choice. She continues to have an interest in educating children and families, especially around issues relating to mental health.
When she's not working, Erin is busy with her husband, raising their two young girls, and trying to find time to swim on the El Cerrito Community Pool's Masters swim team.
Benjamin Jarrahi, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Jarrahi, or Dr. Benjamin, as most patients call him, is back to Kiwi after a break.
He finished his Medical School in Germany and did his pediatric training at New York Methodist Hospital, affiliated with Cornell University.
After finishing his pediatric training, he worked for 2 years at the Newborns Intensive Care Unit, then he moved to Berkeley in 2008 and started working at Kiwi.
Besides practicing medicine, he likes to travel and learn languages. His current challenge is learning Mandarin ( Chinese).
And so far he has kept his lifestyle relatively simple : no smart phone, no TV and no car.
He is very excited to be back at Kiwi.
David Kittams, M.D., F.A.A.P. Retired, Founding Physician
David’s early years were in Yellowstone National Park, where his father was a park biologist and elk-range manager, and his mom was church organist and pianist. David returned to his native Minneapolis for high school (Blake School, which fellow-wrestler Al Franken attended about ten years later.) David studied chemistry, especially biochemistry, in undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Before medical school (U of N, Omaha ’71) came a year at S. F. Theological Seminary (San Anselmo) dedicated to social ethics, systematic theology, and biblical studies.
Dr. Kittams interned at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, and completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland. During a two-year stint in a low-income clinic and another year in a private practice south of San Francisco, he became interested in preventive oral health, international families, and health care financing.
He opened his own office in 1979 in south Berkeley, less than a mile from Children’s Hospital. Dr. Winokur joined him eight years later, and they opened a second office in northwest Berkeley. Dr. Salsburg signed on in 2001, just before David and his family left for an eleven-month trip through Latin America (with months in Brazil and weeks in southernmost Patagonia).
He continues to be interested in the biology of breast milk and promoting breastfeeding. He likes romance languages, minerals, playing handball, mountain biking, skiing, espresso, birds, jazz piano playing, and brewing beer. His two sons are capoeiristas (Brazilian martial artists) and Spanish and Portuguese speakers. Arturo is also a graphic artist and father of David’s perfect grandsons, Ray and Ravi. Lee is recently graduated from Cal Berkeley.
What is a PNP?
A PNP or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner is a nurse who has completed advanced training in the field of pediatric health care. A PNP holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has an education that focuses on the health care of infants, children and adolescents. Much like a pediatrician, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners work with patients from infancy to young adulthood, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medication. PNPs focus on the “whole child”, including well child care and guidance for physical, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects of development. PNPs are able to treat acute illnesses as well as chronic illnesses. The pediatricians and PNPs work in collaboration to ensure quality care and access.
Healthcare Student Training Program
The doctors and nurse practitioners at Kiwi Pediatrics support the various medical and nursing schools in the community. We frequently host these students at our offices to help them further their educational goals. From time to time, the provider will have the students assist them by seeing our patients in the exam room and presenting their findings to the doctor/nurse practitioner. This is always followed with a one on one consultation with the provider and the patient. The medical staff will ask the family if they are comfortable with the student seeing their child and, as always, encourage those that are not to please let us know.