Postdoc Recommended List

 

Have a great doctor, dentist, or other recommendation for your fellow postdocs?
Email us their information with a few words about why you recommend them and what campus you’re at, and we’ll list them here! Also, if you find any of the contact information is out of date, please let us know as well.


Berkeley Recommendations

If you live in “The City” be sure to check out the San Francisco Recommendations!

Doctors:

Alfred Rothman, MD Pediatrics and Family Medicine Website | (510) 845-2422
“He is a considerate doctor, takes time for the patients and doesn’t rush through. Will prescribe antibiotics if necessary and ONLY then, he won’t pump you with medication that is not necessarily needed.”
Jonathan Noble, MD Internal Medicine Website | (510) 848-7070
“Approachable, easy to schedule appointments.”
Annemary Franks, MD Pediatrics Website | (510) 848-2566
“Great doc — smart & kind”
Jill Foley, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Website | (510) 204-8180
“Great doc — smart & kind”
Jonathan Hollander, MD Internal Medicine Website | (510) 849-2636
“Direct, thorough, likeable, science-based, follows-up”

 
Dentists:

Cortese Joseph L, DDS General Dentistry Website | (510) 524-6045
“The atmosphere is very low key (possibly too unprofessional for some tastes), but the hygienists are very good. I have a lot of trouble with tea stain on my teeth and they have done a great job removing it at each visit.”
Thomas Smithers, DDS General Dentistry Website | (510) 843-2902
“Direct, thorough, likeable, science-based, follows-up”
Louie Mendoza, DDS General Dentistry Website | (510) 526-8311
“He’s very friendly, as are the rest of the staff. Tries to get to know you a little as a person. Doesn’t condescend or lecture. However, not a part of the dental HMO.”

 
Child Care:

Gloria Urbina
Little Architect Daycare
Website | (510) 524-6045
“Small, family-based, close to campus, friendly, caring, home-made food.”
The Orange House Website | (510) 841-9047
“A wonderful, calm environment for little kids. Our son loves it there. Feels like a great place. Near north gate too.”
Blueskies For Children Website | (510) 261-1076
“Top-notch preschool for children ages 6mo to 5yrs. Sliding scale payment plans, and the staff is absolutely excellent.”

 
Other:

Marley Habel
Metro Dog
Pet Sitter Website | (510) 524-3647
“Very friendly, great with dogs.”

 


Davis Recommendations
 
Doctors:

Chill Yee, MD Sports and Family Medicine Website | (530) 758-1122
“Very nice person and always concerned about treatments. Explains treatments very well and ask for once own opinion.”
Doria Easter, DO Family and Community Medicine Website | (916) 442-1011
First Recommendation – “She has a rational approach to medicine and is easy to talk to.”
Second Recommendation – “She is very courteous and professional. I’ve never had a long wait at her office. There is also a lab in her building so you can get tests done right after your appointment. She also performs PAP smears for women getting annuals exams (you don’t need a referral for a gynecologist).”
Elizabeth Pham, MD Family Medicine Website | (530) 758-1122
First Recommendation – “Dr. Pham is a very friendly person who always takes the time to talk to me and tries to answer all my questions/ concerns. However, since I am in Davis I have not faced any serious issues and thus cannot say anything about her with respect to uncommon medical situations.”
Second Recommendation – “A fantastic family doctor she treats our whole family and has been my baby’s doctor since birth. She understands the challenges of parenting and childhood illness very well, I would especially recommend her for people with young children.”
Ron Cotterel, MD Complementary/Integrative Medicine Website | (530) 758-1122
“Generally efficient but empathic service and takes a more holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment.”
Thomas Alan, MD Internal Medicine Website | (530) 747-3000
“Dr. Alan is chill, he explains everything very well but doesn’t ‘dumb it down’, and he seems to be up to date with the current new tests, for as far as I could assess.”
Anika May, MD Family Medicine Website | (916) 734-3630
“Very Professional.”
David Honeychurch, MD Pediatrics Website | (530) 757-7057

 
Dentists:

Arina Hung, DDS General Dentistry Website | (530) 753-2600
“The atmosphere at their dental practice is very friendly and relaxing, which is an important point if you are afraid of the dentist. She always did a good job with my dentistry work and she always takes a lot of time to explain her treatment plan and to work with me. It is easy to get an appointment and in case of an emergency, she would see me the same day!”
Woodland Smiles General Dentistry and Orthodontics Website | (530) 662-7592
“Appear to be honest and reasonable in their charges and provide good service”
Hassan Dezham, DDS General Dentistry Website | (916) 441-3311
“Very Professional.”

 
Child Care:

Discovery Preschool Website | (530) 756-2231
“My child has thrived there and seems to love the place.”
Russell Park Child Development Center (CDC)
La Rue Park Child Development Center (CDC)
Website | (530) 753-2487 or (530) 753-8716
“Amazingly educated, trained, and loving staff. Takes children from birth to 3 years, low child to caretaker ratio, clean new facility and toys. My daughter is thriving here and the curriculum for the older kids toddlers and preschoolers is to inventive and fun, I am always so impressed with what she comes home knowing.”

 
Other:

Freewheeler Bicycles Bike Shop Website | (530) 758-5460
“This is, in my opinion, the best cycle shop in Davis for both service and sales. Though the bikes they sell are on the more expensive end (Trek and Giant brands), their maintenance rates are lower and their turn-around for service is faster than other shops.”
Rafael Aguilera
Sacramento Yard Farmer
Handyperson Website | (916) 752-2929
“Great Handyman and Permaculture Gardener in the Sacramento/Davis Area!”
Davis Motorsports Motorcycle Mechanic Website | (530) 753-3466
“The guy who works there is really good and honest when it comes to motorcycle/scooter repair.”
Elizabeth’s Pet Sitting Pet Sitter Website | (805) 708-1064
“Elizabeth’s pet sitting is reasonable priced and very reliable. She has excellent reviews from a variety of animal owners (even chickens and rats).”

 


Irvine Recommendations
 
Doctors:

William K. Armstrong, MD Family Medicine Website | (949) 644-1025
“Good service at practice. Friendly. The whole family can register to see him. Understands the European model of healthcare!”

 
Dentists:

George Ko, DDS General Dentistry Website | (626) 284-8022
“Dr. Ko has been my family’s dentist for decades. He is extremely gentle with dental work and very friendly. He never pushes pricy services that you don’t need, unlike other dental offices. His office is in San Gabriel, CA. It’s a bit of a drive from UCI, but it’s well worth the trip!”
Ming Su, DDS General Dentistry Website | (562) 809-3899
“Located in Artesia, CA. Speaks English and Chinese. Works to not take all your money.”

 
Other:

Mark DiBella
MD Automotive
Auto Mechanic Website | (714) 891-1113
“Mark runs his own independent car shop “MD Automotive” in Westminster, CA and has been my mechanic for many years now. He is honest, fair, and experienced with cars of all makes and models. I highly recommend him for car maintenance and repair services.”
“Located in Artesia, CA. Specializes in Toyota. Works to not take all you money, tell them you were recommended!”
Stonecreek Animal Hospital Veterinarian Website | (949) 726-1800
“A good veterinarian!”
Hertz Rent-To-Buy Car Sales Website | (888) 674-3309
“I’d like to recommend for buying used cars to use Hertz Rent-To-Buy program. I just got a great deal on a used car from them. No-haggle prices and excellent, easy sales process with the paperwork completed by mail. This is a national program, so it is good for postdocs at any UC campus, but I am at UCI.”

 


Los Angeles Recommendations
 
Doctors:

Pamela Boyer, MD, PhD Obstetrics and Gynecology Website | (310) 208-4492
“Very good.”
Blake Alban, MD Pediatrics Website | (310) 231-9150
“Very good.”
David Hartenbower, MD Internal Medicine and Nephrology Website | (310) 208-7777
“He’s simply great!! He solved a problem I had with my stomach. He’s very professional with a great experience.”
Timothy Wong, OD Optometry and Ophthalmology Website | (310) 464-3228
“Good manner of interaction, genuine concern about patient vision.”

 
Dentists:

Arthur Nordon, DDS
Gary Blankstein, DDS
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Website | (310) 657-9373
“Unlike other dentists, they have never sold me any services other than my regular check-up and cleaning.”
Cynthia Cheung, DDS
Joyce Cheng, DDS
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Website | (310) 470-7200
“I would like to provide a strong local (UCLA) recommendation for Dr. Cynthia Cheung’s Family & Cosmetic Dentistry group located just south of the UCLA campus. Myself and a fellow postdoc colleague have had received wonderful service from this group as they are extremely friendly, have been very accommodating to patient needs and busy schedule (as is the case for postdocs), and have provided honest feedback as not to promote services (e.g. discouraged investing $$$ in professional teeth whitening as the “cost-to-benefit” ratio was deemed low for me). Again, all staff I have encountered are extremely friendly, helpful, and have been a pleasure to interact with, making “trips to the dentist” very easy. I would highly encourage to my postdoc colleagues.”
Yasuhiro Matsumura, DDS
Premiere Dental Clinic
General Dentistry Website | (310) 575-8828
“Excellent care, does not overcharge.”

 
Child Care:

Jaime’s Playhouse Website | (310) 475-1431 or (310) 487-0033
“Excellent care at a very reasonable price. Close to UCLA.”

 
Other:

Jay’s Automotive Auto Mechanic Website | (323) 828-8616
“Trustful, efficient and very persistent on repairing all issues.”
LA Dancefit Fitness/Gym Website | (310) 473-3530
“It’s a great way to work out and take the stress away.”
Venice Farmer’s Market CSA Groceries/Household Goods Website | (310) 399-6690
“Get the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box of fresh organic vegetables, every week for $25. Great service, outstanding quality.”
Frank Lavac, DVM
VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital
Veterinarian Website | (310) 828-4587
Tony’s Motor and Brake Clinic Auto Mechanic Website | (310) 231-0123
“This guy runs small business on auto repairs, make his job quickly, with competitive prices and good quality. The only Con is that this service works Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm.”

 


Merced Recommendations
 
Doctors:

Frank Baudino, MD Family Medicine Website | (209) 722-0831
“I feel he is taking care his patient very well.”
Christian Gallery, MD Family Medicine Website | (209) 725-3122
“He is caring, professional and knowledgeable. Had no trouble getting referrals for appropriate specialists.”

 
Child Care:

Early Childhood Education Center at UC Merced Website | (209) 228-5437
“It seems good to me.”

 


Riverside Recommendations
 
Doctors:

Jana Webb, DO Pediatrics Website | (951) 213-3450
“She is very care and listen our problems and explain the things.”
Allen Felix, MD Sports and Family Medicine Website | (951) 248-0485
“Friendly, Competent.”

 
Dentists:

Quinn Yu, DDS General Dentistry Website | (951) 354-9999
She was very nice and professional. They are kind of pricey, but is around the average for Riverside and they did a good job. I got done some regular cavities and a root canal with standard crown, plus general cleaning. At the time I had the HMO plan, which could have influence my price then.
 
This place was very close to where I used to live, which was the end of Riverside bordering Corona. So, it’s far if you live around campus. My appointments were always in the morning, since I lived so closed, and usually they were at least 2 hrs with waiting and procedures. So, if anyone not living close by decides to go for this place plan on having 1/2 day off.

 


San Diego Recommendations
 
Doctors:

James Sinclair, MD Hematology and Oncology Website | (858) 552-1410
“Expertise, commitment and reliability.”
June Melin, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Website | (858) 581-0081
“She is a wonderful doctor because she seems truly concerned about your well-being and takes plenty of time to answer any and all of your questions. She’s very thorough! “
Kendall Roberts, MD Pediatrics Website | (858) 457-2043
“Excellent bedside manner for my infant/toddler; practice is connected with Rady Children’s hospital, which is where you would want to go if anything were seriously wrong.”
Wendy Buchi, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Website | (858) 455-7520
“Expertise, commitment and reliability.”
William Bigham, MD Ophthalmology Website | (858) 457-3010
“Great skill, thorough, calm, friendly.”
Chuck Ferrante, DC
Center for Health & Wellbeing
Chiropractic Care Website | (619) 814-5500
“He’s great and fixed my back!”

 
Dentists:

James Lovell, DDS General Dentistry Website | (858) 459-0077
Shohreh Tourian, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Website | (619) 582-3000
“Commitment, expertise and reliability.”
Tom Massarat, DDS, MS Endodontistry Website | (619) 621-5000
“Commitment, expertise and reliability.”

 
Other:

Leila
Bark Brigade Pet Care
Dog Sitter Website | (858) 822-9550
Rob Rye General Contractor Website | (619) 464-0757
“Expertise, commitment and reliability.”

 


San Francisco Recommendations

If you live in “The Eastbay” be sure to check out the Berkeley Recommendations!

Doctors:

Carlin Senter, MD Primary Care and Sports Medicine Website | (415) 353-2808
“Excellent doctor, who explains results and treatment options clearly.”
Michael Treece, MD Pediatrics Website | (415) 641-2179
“Thorough, good manner (but NOT the other doctors at this practice – too little time spent and subsequent misdiagnosis).”
Nicole Appelle, MD, MPH Primary Care and Internal Medicine Website | (415) 353–7900
“Young and dynamic. Within the UCSF Mount Zion clinic so in case not available many other doctors can be seen on short notice.”

 
Dentists:

Greg Chong, DDS General Dentistry Website | (415) 681-0668
“He makes me look forward to going to the dentist. He is amiable and always does an excellent job taking care of my teeth. He also always recommends new and better ways to take care of them.”
William Shea, DDS General Dentistry Website | (415) 391-2929
“Fair, cautious.”
Elias Qare, DDS Family Dentistry Website | (415) 282-5340
Preston Brown, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry Website | (415) 288-4849
“Very pleasant practise downtown, newest equipment, short wait time at point of arrival, focus on the well-being of the patient with follow-ups by phone on days after major procedures.”

 


Santa Barbara Recommendations
 
Doctors:

Rachel Kernoff, MD
Sansum Clinic
Family Medicine and Primary Care Website | (805) 681-7500
“Dr. Rachel Kernoff at Sansum clinic in Santa Barbara is great. She is my primary care doctor (internal medicine) and is smart, friendly and conscientious. I always feel like she listens to what I have to say and really cares about solving any medical issue I’m having. No complaints!”

 
Dentists:

Kimberly Pham, DDS
Smile Design
General and Cosmetic Dentistry Website | (805) 683-4444
“Dr. Kimberly Pham at Smile Design Dentistry is efficient and friendly. She’s no nonsense and does a good job. She also works with the insurance to make sure I don’t end up getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the bill.”

 


Santa Cruz Recommendations
 
Dentists:

Michael Raffo, DDS General Dentistry Website | (831) 476-8700
“His practice is very clean and efficient. His manners and communication skills are excellent.”