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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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