John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC as well as the UCI School of Medicine. He teaches pediatric residents and medical students at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach. He completed his pediatric training at L.A. Children’s Hospital and spent an extra year as Chief Resident. Following that, he completed a two-year tour of duty as Chief of Pediatrics for the 862nd Medical Group in Minot, North Dakota. He then joined the full-time faculty at L.A. Children’s Hospital as Director of the Intern-Residency Training Program and Director of Inpatient Services. In 1970 he joined the staff of the Pediatric Medical Center, Long Beach, California in the private practice of pediatrics while maintaining his faculty appointments as Clinical Professor to the present time. He and his wife Carol have been blessed with 13 children.
Louis P. Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the UCI School of Medicine. He supervises and instructs medical students and pediatric residents at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach. He spent 3 years at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center as a pediatric resident. Following this tour, he stayed an additional year as Chief Resident of Pediatrics. In 1984 he joined the medical staff of the Pediatric Medical Center, Long Beach, California. Since joining this group, he has been in the private practice of pediatrics while maintaining his faculty appointments at both Keck (USC) and UCI. Dr. Theriot and his wife Patricia reside in Long Beach and have raised three sons.
Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at both Keck School of Medicine of USC and UCI School of Medicine. He supervises and teaches pediatric residents and medical students at LAC-USC Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, California. After completing his pediatric training at LAC-USC Medical Center he joined the staff of the Pediatric Medical Center in the private practice of pediatrics while maintaining his faculty appointments at Keck (USC) and UCI Schools of Medicine. He has been a contributing child care columnist for the Long Beach Press Telegram and other publications. He and his wife Anne have raised four lovely daughters.
Carolyn Warnemuende, M.S., writes, facilitates seminars and workshops in communication skills and parenting, and had a private counseling practice. For 11 years she taught mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students from the primary grades through the community college level. She helped develop and taught in the special education aide certification program at Long Beach City College and held an assistant professorship in the Educational Psychology Department at California State University Long Beach. Carolyn lives with her husband and two daughters in Redding, California.
Sandra Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Long Beach, California, specializing in the disorders of children and adolescents. She completed a doctorate program in Humanistic Existential Psychology at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) in 1985. She subsequently completed an internship program at a private clinic in Los Angeles. She concurrently taught graduate practicum courses as adjunct faculty at U.S.C. in the doctoral program from which she graduated. Dr. Smith has served as a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California, and presently serves as an Oral Examination Commissioner for the Board of Psychology. She and her husband Edward have two daughters and their first (and very beloved) grandchild.
Lori Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCI School of Medicine. She supervises and teaches pediatric residents and medical students at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Livingston graduated from the University of California, San Diego summa cum laude with a degree in Animal Physiology and a minor in Dance. Subsequently, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine where she received her doctorate. Dr. Livingston completed her pediatric training at UCI and became a member of the Pediatric Medical Center staff in 2007. She resides in Seal Beach with her husband Jason and their two young children.
Brenda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCI School of Medicine. She supervises and teaches pediatric residents and medical students at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Singh graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature. After volunteering for a year with AmeriCorps in inner city Boston, she returned to her home state to attend medical school at The University of Oklahoma. She then moved to California to complete her pediatric residency at UC Irvine serving an additional year as chief resident. She spent the next 8 years as a hospitalist at Miller Children's Hospital caring for acutely ill children before joining the staff of Pediatric Medical Center in 2014. Dr. Singh and her husband Brian reside in Huntington Beach with their two sons.
Nicolas Ripp, M.D., is a Southern California native and grew up in Orange County. After attending Brea Olinda High School he went to Rice University in Houston, TX where he obtained a B.S. degree in Bioengineering. From there he moved to Chicago, IL where he attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. After medical school he moved back to Southern California to complete his pediatric residency at UC Irvine where he worked at Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County. He became a member of the Pediatric Medical Center staff in 2015.
Catherine Tolnai, M.A.T., is an experienced teacher with 8 years of elementary and secondary instructional and administrative experience in private, public, and charter schools throughout San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles. She has plied her trade in the blackboard jungles of Manhattan Island to the independent circuit of Pasadena all while developing as a critical educator, inquisitive learner, and reflective leader. She will give us an insight into your child's educational process from a very broad base.
Suzanne S. Peredo, M.S.W., has been added to our staff of writers to explore homeschooling and to make our readers INFORMED PARENTS.
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