STACIA LANSMAN KENET, MD
Stacia is the founder of Pediatric Alternatives, opening the office in 1998. She graduated from Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, in 1989 and completed her pediatric residency at Oakland Children Hospital, Oakland, CA, in 1992.
In addition to her training in western medicine, Dr. Lansman studied herbal medicine at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine and is experienced using homeopathic medicine and energy medicine techniques in her practice. Her focus is promoting wellness through proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of illness.
"Early on in my pediatric career I realized that the disease-focused care I was trained in did not fit my beliefs of how to best care for children, and that we needed a new model. Since that time my goal has been to create a model that is wellness-based. The knowledge of what is true health, combined with the insights I have gained through my own experience being a mother, guides me in my practice of medicine."
LINDY WOODARD, MD
A Board Certified Pediatrician, Lindy graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1979. After completing her pediatric residency at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital in 1982, she raised her children Sam and Abby and practiced pediatrics in Milwaukee, WI, until moving to California in 1995.
A desire to learn another system of medicine led her to the Institute of Classical Homeopathy, where she completed course work in 2001. “I found my way to integrative medicine through my stomach. My love of food, a brother with celiac disease and a sensitive stomach sent me to my laboratory, the kitchen. I have always felt that food is medicine and can be the cause and cure for many childhood diseases such as allergies and eczema. I consider homeopathy, nutrition and gut health to be the framework for understanding wellness and curing disease.”
SARABENET SEQUEIRA, MD
Sarabenet is a Board Certified pediatrician, graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, in 2000. Dr. Sequeira completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was selected Chief Resident in Pediatrics. She also has completed her certification in Primary Care Homeopathy from the American Board of Homeotherapeutics, and from the European CEDH.
"Growing up in Marin, my mother used everything from homeopathy to Bach flower remedies to Ayurvedic dietary principles to keep us well. I
discovered early on the healing powers of many alternative systems of medicine from firsthand experience, so I always knew that I wanted to practice in an integrated medical model. I chose to go to medical school so that I would have a broad knowledge base with which to evaluate and utilize other forms of medicine. I love having so many tools at my disposal to help the families I care for."
MARIA SHIKARY, MD
Maria graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2010 and completed her Pediatric Residency at University of California San Francisco. She will be completing her certification in Homeopathy from the European CEDH this fall. Having been raised in Ohio, the daughter of a doctor, and coming from a traditional Indian family, the home remedies of Ayurveda have always been part of her upbringing. Throughout her career, she has been interested in integrative medicine and how it can be applied to the pediatric community. She is a wonderful addition to our unique model of healthcare.
“There are many different ways to heal and keep people healthy. Through my training and life experiences, I have realized that conventional medicine, although essential, does not provide all the answers when it comes to optimizing our health and well-being. Eastern and integrative approaches to healthcare have withstood the test of time and I’m excited to combine these with the latest advancements in Western medicine when caring for the families in our practice."
HELEN CHANG, MD
Graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2003 and completed pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco Fresno education program in 2006. Since then, working as a
pediatric hospitalist in California Pacific Medical Center from 2007 to the present. She felt compelled to change her view of healthcare from one of illness to that of restoring health.
In recent years, Dr. Chang has been pursuing her integrative medicine education by completing her certification in Homeopathy from the European CEDH in June 2013 and then was certified by American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine in February 2014. She also completed Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice through the Institute of Functional Medicine in September 2014 and will continue to take advanced courses in functional medicine. Functional medicine is a system of medicine that addresses the whole person rather than just the symptoms by looking at the underlying causes of disease.
" I grew up in Korea where integrative medicine is widely accepted and practiced, including my family. My mother had annual visits to the Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and made us drink bitter herbal tonics regularly. I was very personally introduced to the concept of food and disease when my father was battling stage !V stomach cancer and we all decided to go on a Macrobiotic diet to support him. This ignited my passion for cooking and healthy eating so that nowadays I spend most of my free time experimenting with healthy recipes that will intrigue the discerning palates of my two growing children, Ansel and Amelia. There is so much unknown about the intricate workings of our body and love learning about different diagnostic and healing modalities so that I can share them with my patients."