Recommended Reading:

See what books our Doctors recommend for reading.


Dr Brockett

Dr Mike   

Dr K

dr mandell 


Dr Sethi






About Our Doctors

They are all certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Health Care Practioner Information

Loraine Stern, MD

Was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago for college and medical school. Her pediatric training was at UCLA, where she came to get warm in the winter. She wrote a regular feature magazine for 20 years and wrote for Pampers.com for twelve years. She has two stepchildren and has absolutely no interest in football because Chicago did not have a football team.

Kathy Brockett, MD

Was born in Los Angeles, went to college and medical school at UC San Diego and did her pediatric residency at USC-Los Angeles County Hospital. She is married and has one child. She has been with Valencia Pediatrics since 1988. She does not care who wins the USC-UCLA games. Her daughter’s golf handicap is .7.

Michael Schoenwetter, MD

 Is a native Californian who went to college at UCLA, medical school at UC Irvine and did his pediatric training at UCLA. He was chosen to be chief resident for an additional year. He is married and has two children. He is an avid fantasy football player and is a truly “handicapped golfer."  He and Dr Stern have created NewbornCare101, a website and instructional DVD for new parents.   He is the resident pediatrician for Modernmom.com.

Brian Kirschner, MD

Was born in New Jersey. He attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency at UCLA, as well as being chosen to be chief resident. He is married and has two children. Enjoys football, fantasy football and hockey.

Rebecca Whitney Mandel, MD

Was born in New Hampshire, resided in Maine and attended Harvard University. She went to Tulane for medical school where she obtained her MD and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She then saw the light and came to California for her residency at UCLA and spent an extra year as chief resident. She is a runner and spends all the extra time she can in movie theaters. She is married and has two children.

Neela Sethi, MD

Dr. Neela Sethi was born and raised in Palos Verdes, California.  She attended the University of California at Los Angeles for her undergraduate training, and graduated both Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Psychobiology.  She stayed a loyal Bruin and continued at UCLA  medical school, where she graduated with honors.  She completed her residency in Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  Her special interests include childhood obesity, nutrition and breastfeeding advocacy.  She is also trained as a certified lactation educator.


Recommended Reading

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

Birth to Age 5th Edition

Dealing with sex:

Where Did I Come From?  Peter Mayle, Lyle Stuart Books, 1977

What’s Happening to Me: Peter Mayle, Kensington, 1975          
A guide to the changes of puberty.

Although these are old books, they are classics. They explain without being clinical and use a little humor.

Let’s Talk About S-E-X, Sam Gitchel and Lorri Foster, 2005                    
A guide for children 9-12 and their parents

Dealing with a sick newborn:

Supporting Siblings and Their Families During Intensive Baby Care; Baltimore MD; Paul H Brooks, 2007

Children whose siblings are in neonatal intensive care units have an array of feelings. Parents are often so overwhelmed with the sick baby that it is hard to pay attention to the healthy ones. This book helps to allay some of the confusion and anxiety that families have to deal with.

Vaccines and Autism:

Do Vaccines Cause That?!;  Martin G. Myers, M.D. and Diego Pineda, 2008

Autism’s False Prophets:  Paul A. Offit, M.D., 2008

For concerns about eating disorders:

Your Dieting Daughter  by Carolyn Costin

Life Without Ed  by Jenni Schaffer


For Parents

Rauch PK, Muriel AC. Raising an emotionally healthy child when a parent is sick. New York, NY: McGraw-Hili; 2006.

McCue K. How to help children through a parent's serious illness. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press; 1994.

Harpham WS. When a parent has cancer: A guide to caring for your children. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers; 1997.

For Children

Clifford, C. Our Family has Cancer, Too! Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Harpham, WS. Becky and the Worry Cup. New York, NY: HarperColI'ns; 1997.

Numeroff, LJ. The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer. New Yprk, NY: Simon & Schuster; 2001.

Speltz, A. The Year My Mother Was Bald. Washington, DC: Maginatlon Press; 2002.



www.mghpact.org. Massachusetts General Hospital: Parenting at Challenging Time program

www.lotsahelpinghands.com. Offers an online organizing tool an private group calendar to assist communities of helpers

http://www.cancer.org/index . American Cancer Society: "Patients, family, and friends" section

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/when-someone-you-love-is-treated/page6 . National Cancer Institute: "When someone in your family has cancer" section

http://www.cancer.net/coping-and-emotions/communicating-loved-ones/how-child-understands-cancer . American Society of Clinical Oncology: "How a child understands cancer" section