Pediatricians Sacramento Pediatrics Providers

 

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Ravinder S. Khaira, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,
Board Certified

Our founding doctor and clinical director, Dr. Ravi Khaira is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Khaira attended the University of California at Davis graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences in 1990, he then attended St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his clinical cores at Yale and Cornell Medical Centers. Dr. Khaira completed his post-doctoral training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Khaira also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University. Along with patient care Dr. Khaira is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Public Health and the Director of the Pediatric Clerkship at the California Northstate University College of Medicine.

Dr. Khaira is a vocal advocate for children’s health issues, and can often be heard educating his patients, staff, and students throughout the halls of all our clinics. With over 24 years of clinical experience Dr. Khaira is a dynamic, caring and thoughtful provider. Choosing him along with any of our providers will prove to be one of the best decisions a parent can make in order to obtain the best possible healthcare for their children.

Dr. Khaira is an avid exercise enthusiast, enjoys the outdoors, a huge Star Wars fan and relishes spending as much free time as he can with his wife and twin daughters.

 

Celine Zehnder,
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Celine Zehnder is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor.  She received a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2001.  She then received a B.S. in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 2003. She worked as a pediatric RN from 2003-2007, when she ultimately graduated with a M.S.  from the Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing Program at the University of California, San Francisco.   Celine’s special interests include educating and supporting first-time parents, breast feeding and lactation support, and asthma.  She is married with two children of her own, and feels that parenting has significantly added to her understanding of pediatrics and breastfeeding.

 

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Kamaljeet Khaira, Director of Partnerships

Kamaljeet has over 20 years of experience in management, non-profit leadership, youth engagement and health promotion. She is responsible for external relations and business partnerships for Capital Pediatrics, and provides training and support to our employees, as well. She interfaces with key stakeholders and the broader medical community throughout Northern California, on behalf of Capital Pediatrics.

Prior to her work with Capital Pediatrics, Khaira held management roles with the Public Health Institute (PHI), leading their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) – Education Programs, and prior to her work with PHI, she was with the American Heart Association (AHA), Western States Affiliate, as Senior Vice President for Youth Markets.

Her passion for working towards a healthy and more just society for young people was recognized in June, 2012, when she was named the recipient of the Ted K. Bradshaw Memorial Alumnus Award which honors a University of California, Davis alumnus who exemplifies passion, humanity, and devotion for community empowerment. She holds a bachelor degree in exercise physiology, with a minor in nutrition, and a master’s in community and regional development, both from the University of California, Davis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband, taking long walks at McKinley Park in East Sacramento and playing volleyball.

 

Ivy Li-Garzona,
Certified Nurse Practitioner

Ivy is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development at UC Davis. She was a registered nurse for two years at a travel vaccination and consultation office, in which she has become proficient in travel medicine. Ivy received her Master’s in Nursing (specializing in family) at Samuel Merritt University in 2011. Her interests are nutrition/weight management and working collaboratively with families, providing anticipatory guidance to parents and children. She is married with one young child of her own. Ivy speaks fluent Cantonese.

 

Saffron Hackett,
RN, MSN, FNP-C

Saffron Hackett is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated with distinction from United States University with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she completed her undergraduate degree at Orebro University and further obtained a Master’s Degree in Midwifery at Linkoping University in Sweden.

She acquired skills and knowledge through 20 years of experience practicing as an RN, Nurse Midwife, and Nurse Practitioner. Saffron’s work has included a wide variety of settings; surgical, labor & delivery, postpartum, aesthetics, fertility, and now enjoys caring for children of all ages. As a mother, she recognizes that each child is unique and she is passionate about providing collaborative care that facilitates and supports the health and well-being of children.

 

Yolanda Santana Tejeda, M.D., F.A.A.P.,
Board Certified

Dr. Tejeda, a board eligible pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics member, attended University of California, Berkeley having graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health, attended University of San Francisco School of Medicine and completed her pediatric training at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Dr. Tejeda enjoys working in both a clinic and hospital setting, is passionate about working with underserved communities, preventative health, patient education, and community health and engagement. Having grown up in the Sacramento area, she is enthusiastic to apply her knowledge, skills and passion to promote the health and well-being of the families and children in her community.

In her spare time, Dr. Tejeda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying physically active both indoors and outdoors, and exploring the Sacramento dining scene.

 

Megan Thomas, FNP-BC

Megan Thomas is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 2001, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. After completing her undergraduate work, she worked as a staff nurse for over 19 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit in both Chicago and most recently Arizona. In addition, she worked in a Level One Trauma Pediatric Emergency Department for the past few years, while finishing her graduate degree.

She was born and raised in the Midwest and is a Hoosier at heart. She recently relocated to Northern California and is excited to share her passion for pediatrics at Roseville Pediatrics. She understands the physical and emotional needs of these young growing patients. She believes it is important to create an alliance between herself and the child’s caregivers to support every step of the child’s clinical management. She believes that building a trusting and ongoing relationship with her patients is key. She is passionate about educating new mothers and prides herself on building an inviting atmosphere for the adolescent patients she cares for.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two young children and husband. She loves working as a nurse practitioner and feels she can create a perfect life/work balance as an NP.

 

Mey Dominguez, Clinical Administrator

Mey Dominguez is the Clinical Administrator who oversees the operations and functions for our clinics. Mey began her externship as a Medical Assistant in our West Sacramento Pediatric Medical Clinic in 2004. Over the years, as well as being a Medical Assistant, she took on a series of administrative duties. In 2011, her position was transitioned to Clinical Administrator. She has excelled in all the clerical and administration positions in our offices over the years. She is responsible for general problem solving, overseeing staff, managing office work flow, and making sure staff provides excellent patient care and services. Mey is married and has a young child. She enjoys working in our clinic because of her love and passion for providing the best possible care for our patients and families.

 

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Sheri Rickman Patrick,
DNP, APRN, FNP-BC 

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, Sheri knew she wanted to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from UCD, Sheri went on to earn a BSN from Bethel College. Her nursing career began in critical care working in ICUs. And after a decade of bedside nursing, Sheri returned to school earning her Masters of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner and is board certified in her specialty, family practice. During the course of her NP career, Sheri has worked in a variety of specialties from women’s health, obstetrics, nuclear cardiology, forensics and pediatrics. She is currently the sole provider for the family practice (Capitol Family Medical Associates) which began 2 years ago. After 20 years as a FNP, Sheri earned her doctorate of nursing practice from Northern California Consortium (a partnership between Fresno State University and San Jose State University). Sheri enjoys caring for patients across the age span, but her focus is adolescent medicine and diabetics in her adult patients.

 

Michelle
Gabrielli, FNP

Michelle Gabrielli is a family nurse practitioner with a Master’s degree in nursing from Samuel Merritt University. Prior to nursing, she was a bilingual Spanish second grade teacher in Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in Spanish, and a multilingual/multicultural elementary teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento.

She has extensive clinical experience with transgender youth and teens. She has a passion for children’s health and development. Her hobbies include Lego, American Girl dolls, playing video games, watching movies and making things with her family.

Gilbert Simon, M.D., F.A.A.P.,
Board Certified

Dr. Gil Simon  has been a physician for more than 50 years. After graduating from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and dentistry, he  practiced Pediatrics and taught at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and the University of California, Davis Medical School. He was a Research Fellow in Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical School and  an Epidemiology Intelligence Officer in the Communicable Disease Center

In addition to writing The Parents Pediatric Companion, Dr Simon authored or co-authored twenty articles for peer reviewed journals and written for lay magazines. It was his 26 years at the head of a network of ten clinics.   For that, the California legislature gave him their Health Hero award.

 

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Christine Gallo,
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Christine Gallo, CPNP is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing. Prior to nursing school, she completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UC San Diego and worked in clinical research. Christine received her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has nursing experience in adolescent health. She is especially interested in dietary counseling and ear, nose, and throat concerns. In her spare time, Christine loves to spend time with her young nephews in San Francisco.

 

Jean Alarcon Gatmen,
Certified Nurse Practitioner

Jean graduated from Samuel Merritt University and received her Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to Nursing school, she received her Bachelor’s in Biology with a Chemistry Minor from the University of San Francisco. After her undergrad, she worked at a Pediatric clinic in San Francisco as a front desk receptionist. She has always had a special interest in children’s healthcare which prompted her to pursue her Master’s in Nursing. Her interests include focusing on nutrition and diabetic management. Jean enjoys exercising, playing tennis, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Kyle Possemato,
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Kyle Possemato is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with prior experience as a certified critical care Registered Nurse at Mississippi’s only Level 1 trauma center and academic medical center. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, he went straight into the adult Medical Intensive Care Unit, caring for the sickest patients in the state of Mississippi. It was there where he developed a passion for primary care after seeing the effect of lack of access to healthcare on the community. This prompted him to complete his Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Kyle enjoys taking care of every member of the family but has a special passion for pediatric care and taking pride in giving kids a healthy start at life.

 

Ashley Nguyen,
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Rico is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry with a minor in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Davis.  She then received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University.

Prior to nursing school, she taught middle school science classes and directed after school educational programs. During nursing school, she worked as a school nurse. Ashley is passionate about educating, supporting, and advocating for families in their health and healthcare needs. She wants to ensure every child has the tools and information necessary to live their healthiest lives possible. She hopes that she can make a small impact in every child’s life in one way or another.

Ashley is a recent newlywed. In her spare time, she loves dancing, playing tennis, swimming, and spending time with family.