Pediatric Staff

Meet our team at Surfside Pediatrics! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled practitioners and our friendly, nurturing staff.

At Surfside Pediatrics, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are Board Certified by the American Boad of PEdiatrics and are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent pediatric care, in the Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard, Fillmore, Santa Paula and Camarillo areas.


Meet Our Providers

Dr. White, the providers and staff at Surfside Pediatrics focus on health promotion and health maintenance, trying to teach families how to raise healthy, confident, well-balanced children while providing excellent care for your child from newborn infants through childhood, and adolescence.

Kevin White, MD FAAP 

Ventura, CA Pediatrician

Surfside Pediatrics

Dr. Kevin White is the founder of Surfside Pediatrics. He has a passion for providing the best family centered pediatric care in Ventura County. He trained originally in Nutrition and Dietetics. He attended medical school at the prestigious Dalhousie University Medical School in Canada. He completed a pediatric residency at University of Western Ontario and the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He then went on to do advanced training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the IWK Grace Health Center in Halifax, Canada. He worked in Newfoundland (northern Canada) providing pediatric care in remote locations. Prior to opening Surfside Pediatrics, Dr. White practiced in group practices in Ventura and Santa Monica.

Dr. White Serves on the board of several charitable organizations. He is active in medical missions work and is the founder of West Africa Medical Missions. He is a nationally recognized speaker on infant nutrition. He is the past department of pediatrics Chair at Community Memorial Hospital. Dr. White is married, and father of four children and one grand-daughter. His hobbies include cooking, music and travel.

Undergraduate Education:
University of Ottawa, Canada: BS Nutrition and Biochemistry, 1990

Graduate School Education:
Dalhousie University, Canada: International Development Studies, 1992

Medical Education:
Dalhousie University Medical School, Canada: Doctor of Medicine, 1996

Residency:
University of Western Ontario, Canada: Pediatrics, 1999

Fellowship:
IWK Grace Health Centre, Canada: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2001

Professional Qualifications and Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics
Advanced Pediatrics Life Support Certified
LMCC, Part I
LMCC, Part ll
Neonatal Advanced Life Support

Languages other than English:
French and Italian

Affiliations:
Ventura County Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, 2001
Community Memorial Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, 2001
St John's Regional Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, 2001

Honors and Awards:
Chair of Pediatrics, Community Memorial Hospital, 2004
IWK Board of Governors Fellowship Award, 1999 and 2000
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Award, 1990


Stacey Lowen, MD FAAP

Ventura, CA Pediatrician

Surfside Pediatrics

Dr. Stacey Lowen joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2015. She completed her undergrad, medical school and residency at UCLA. She has a passion for providing well child and urgent care to children of all ages. She has extended training in newborn breastfeeding care. She also serves on the board of the South Bay Eating Disorder Coalition and mentors Pediatric residents at UCLA. Prior to joining Surfside Pediatrics, Dr. Lowen worked at a private pediatric practice in Palos Verdes.

Dr. Lowen also works at After Hours Pediatrics in Thousand Oaks. When not working, Dr. Lowen spends her down time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys photography, nature hikes, going to the beach and travel.

Undergraduate Education:
UCLA: BA in Political Science, 1999

Graduate School Education:
UCI Post-Baccalaureate Program: Biology, 2003

Medical Education:
UCLA/Drew School of Medicine: Doctor of Medicine, 2007

Residency:
UCLA: Pediatrics, 2010

Professional Qualifications and Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics
PALS

Languages other than English:
Medical Spanish

Awards:
Chairman's Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, UCLA College of Medicine, 2007
Letter of Distinction: Pediatrics, UCLA College of Medicine, 2006
Letter of Distinction: Medicine, UCLA College of Medicine, 2006
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, 2006


Gary Winston, MD

Ventura, CA Pediatrician

Surfside Pediatrics

Dr. Gary Winston joined Surfside Pediatrics in November 2019. He came to us after a 42-year career in the SF Bay Area. His practice which he founded in 1977 grew to 8 pediatricians in three cities. Besides managing the practice, he also was a city councilman, president of the local IPA and served on the board and other committees of Hill Physicians Medical Group.

Dr. Winston enjoys the diagnostic aspects of pediatrics and following families and their children through the many phases of a child’s growth and development. He focuses on anticipatory guidance and preventative medicine as well as acute care. He strongly believes in evidence-based medicine. Specifically, he works with families on the chronic issues that affect us all: sleep, nutrition, weight issues, acne, chronic headaches and stomach aches, asthma and allergies, school issues, developmental concerns and more. He moved to Ventura with his wife to be close to their first grandchild. They have three daughters who live in LA and one daughter in Portland. Dr. Winston enjoys music, the beach and ocean, reading and art.

Undergraduate Education:
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania BA in Biology, 1971

Medical Education:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City Doctor of Medicine, 1974

Residency:
Oakland Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, 1974-1976
Guest Doctor Zurich Children’s Hospital in Switzerland, 1976-1977 after Guest Doctor Zurich Children's Hospital in Switzerland


Julie Schreiner, DNP, FNP, MSN, PMHS, RN

Ventura, CA Pediatrician

Surfside Pediatrics

Julie Schreiner joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2013 and we are so excited to have her as part of our wonderful pediatric provider team! Julie completed her nursing school at Johns Hopkins University and received her Master's in Nursing and Doctorate in Nursing. She has volunteered in refugee camps and HIV clinics in Uganda, Africa and completed part of her pediatric residency hours in Tanzania, Africa. Julie has also joined Dr. White and his Africa missionary team to provide medical care to the children of Sierra Leone and The Gambia. She specializes in preventative care for infants, children and adolescents. Julie is also a Psychiatric Mental Health NP and specializes in mental health issues to include: ADD/ADHD, behaviors problems, depression and anxiety and eating disorder care.

She brings wonderful multi-cultural experience, a passion for wellness care and a friendly personality to Surfside Pediatrics. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, trail running, traveling, fishing and enjoying the quiet and beauty of her home with her husband and two miniature dachshunds.

Undergraduate Education:
University of California, Davis: Bachelor of Science in Psychology & International Human Rights, 2007

Medical Education:
Duke University, School of Nursing: Doctor of Nursing, 2014
Duke University, School of Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner, 2013
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 2009

Professional Qualifications and Certifications:
Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist

Awards:
Together We Care Scholarship award, 2013
Duke-Johnson & Johnson Fellowship, 2015

Membership:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
California Association for Nurse Practitioners - Chapter President
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners


Melissa Wilkey, CPNP, MSN, RN

Ventura, CA Pediatrician

Surfside Pediatrics

Melissa joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2021 and we are so excited to have another wonderful Nurse Practitioner as part of our pediatric provider team! Melissa completed her nursing school at Southern Utah University and her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Colorado. She did her clinical training at Children's Hospital Colorado. Melissa is trained in neonatal, child and adolescent care, along with surgical and trauma specialties. She is passionate about lactation education as well.

Melissa and her husband Clark meet at Southern Utah University and moved to Colorado for Clark to pursue his medical degree. In 2020 they moved to Ventura where Clark was accepted into the resident program at Community Memorial Hospital. Melissa is very excited to be at Surfside Pediatrics. She enjoys photography, hiking, sports, cooking and seaglass hunting at the beach. Melissa and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors with their daughter Mia.

Medical Education:
University of Colorado, School of Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing, 2020
Southern Utah University, School of Nursing: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 2016

Professional Qualifications and Certifications:
Certified Nurse Practitioner- PALS, CPR, BLS, ACLS, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Certification

Membership:
California Association for Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners
California Association for Nurse Practitioners


Meet Our Staff

Danica Cugnoni, Office Manager & Billing Coordinator

Danica has been at Surfside Pediatrics since 2007. She is the office manager for Surfside Pediatrics. She is also part of our billing department assisting our patients with insurance and patient account questions. Danica has been on two mission trips with Dr. White to Africa and has a passion for international mission work. Danica lives in Oxnard and is married and has two boys. She enjoys reading, hiking and cheering on her sons at their football, baseball and water polo games.


Shannon Coronado, Billing Coordinator

Shannon joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2017. Shannon helps with the insurance and patient billing. Before joining Surfside Pediatrics she was worked at an ENT office in Santa Barbara for 7 years and at a OB/GYN office for 10 years. Shannon lives in Ventura and is married and has four children. She enjoys crossFit, gardening and spending time with her family.


Adriana Becerra, Front Office

Adriana joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2019. She is one of our front desk schedulers. She worked for many years at another pediatric medical office in Ventura before joining Surfside Pediatrics. She is fluent in Spanish. She lives in Oxnard and is married and mother of a daughter and son. Adriana enjoys spending time with family, watching her son play baseball and cheering on the Dodgers.


 

Taylor Bradley, Front Office & Referral Coordinator

Taylor joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2020. She is one of our front desk schedulers and handles all our insurance referrals. Before joining Surfside Pediatrics she worked at Community Memorial Hospital. Taylor lives in Santa Paula and is mother to an active little boy. She enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

 


Kaitlyn Karluk, Front Office

Kaitlyn joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2018. She is one of our front desk schedulers. Before joining Surfside Pediatrics she worked as a medical assistant at Community Pediatrics in Westlake. Kaitlyn lives in Ventura with her boyfriend and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding dirt bikes and camping in the desert and going to Dodger’s games.


Nuvia Silva, Back Office Medical Assistant

Nuvia has been with Surfside Pediatrics since we opened our doors in 2006. Nuvia is our lead back office medical assistant. Before joining Surfside Pediatrics she was worked at another pediatric office for six years as a medical assistant. She is fluent in Spanish. Nuvia lives in Oxnard and is a mother of twin girls and a boy. She is a Dodgers sport fanatic and loves going to Dodgers games. Nuvia has been on a couple medical mission trips with Dr. White to Jamaica and enjoyed sharing the volunteer experience with her teenage daughters as well.


Paola Garcia, Back Office Medical Assistant

Paola joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2013 as a back office Medical Assistant. Prior to Surfside Pediatrics she worked at a family practice in Fillmore. She is fluent in Spanish. Paola lives in Santa Paula and has a daughter. She loves to go to the beach and park and watch movies. She is an avid shopper at the 99cent Store and Thrift Stores. 


 

Fatima Alvarado, Back Office Medical Assistant

Fatima joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2019. She worked as a medical assistant at Primary Medical before joining Surfside Pediatrics. Fatima lives in Oxnard with her husband, son and daughter. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and binge watching shows.


Laura Tapia, Back Office Medical Assistant

Laura joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2017 as a back office Medical Assistant. Before joining Surfside she worked as a medical assistant for a Pediatrician at Clinicas del Camino Real in Moorpark. Laura lives in Oxnard and is married and keeps busy with her active son & daughter. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and watching the Dodgers and professional soccer games.


Yeraldy Lopez, Back Office Medical Assistant

Yeraldy “Yari” joined Surfside Pediatrics in 2018 as a back office Medical Assistant to help us while Laura is out on maternity leave. Before joining Surfside she worked as a medical assistant at Anacapa Surgical Associates, Perinatal Diagnostic Center and St. John’s Hospital. Yari lives in Oxnard and has two boys. She likes to keep active with soccer, swimming and going to the gym.


For more information on our Pediatrician in Ventura, CA call Surfside Pediatrics at (805) 643-7500!

Contact Us

Office Hours
Monday:8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed