Welcome to Kiwi Pediatrics, Your Pediatrician in Berkeley, CA


Is someone into small birds? No. Is someone from New Zealand? No. Does someone really like fuzzy fruits? Maybe, but irrelevant. So why the kiwi?

Dr. David Kittams opened his practice on Alcatraz Ave in 1979, and was joined by Dr. Robin Winokur six years later. With the establishment of the new practice, they cleverly combined their names: Ki(ttams) + Wi(nokur) = Kiwi!

Welcome to Kiwi Pediatrics, where children come first, and where pediatricians and patients work together to provide exceptional medical care for kids in the area. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, comprehensive services to children from birth through adolescence, and we're glad you've chosen us as your child's medical home.

Please take a few moments to read through our website to get a better feel for Kiwi Pediatrics' capabilities and services. Services and treatments we offer include breastfeeding, newborn care, mental health, behavioral health, travel medicine, and more. Our website provides you with the important background about our pediatricians, staff, office hours, financing policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office in and other useful information.

We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible for your family. We want you to feel confident that when you choose as your child's primary physician, you're working with professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We do this by equipping you with the support and resources you need to make the most educated decisions about your child's health.

We want to thank you for choosing for your child's medical care and welcome you to our practice. We can assure you that you'll feel confident in our ability to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Office Hours

Alcatraz Ave Office

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday:

See San Pablo Office

Sunday:

Closed

San Pablo Ave Office

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Our Location

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Meet Our 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.

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  • 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 Wellesley 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 ’90s, 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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 a 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.

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Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.


Q: What is a Pediatrician?

A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.

Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.


Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?

A: Yes, in fact we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parent's page for more information.


Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?

A: Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.

Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child's development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.

Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?

A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours, or by requesting an appointment online.


Q: Is your office accepting new patients?

A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.


Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?

A: Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you're apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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