Our Physicians

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The best pediatric care is based on a friendly and mutual understanding between the physican and the parent, and between the physician and the child.

Our practice has roots going back to Dr. Hubert Long, the first pediatrician to open a pediatric office in Berkeley. From the 1940’s to the 1970’s, he was active in leadership roles at both Children’s Hospital Oakland and Alta Bates Hospital, and was revered by colleagues and patients. We now have ten pediatricians, all of whom are Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Physician Profiles

Richard Oken, M.D.

Richard Oken, M.D. was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Boston College and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. He completed his pediatric training at the H.C. Moffitt Hospital in San Francisco and served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Oken is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates Hospital, President of the Medical Staff at Alta Bates Hospital, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Alta Bates-Herrick Hospital. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Alta Bates Corporation in 1986, and has served as the President of Alta Bates Medical Group for the past several years. Dr. Oken has been a teaching attending physician at Children’s Hospital Oakland and San Francisco General Hospital and is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF.

Dr. Oken and his wife, Judith, reside in Piedmont and have two grown children, Erik and Kelly. He enjoys long distance running, reading, traveling with his family, and enjoying time with his five grandchildren.

Dr. Oken joined East Bay Pediatrics in 1975, after a year of practice in Montclair.

 

Myles Abbott, M.D.

Myles Abbott, M.D., was born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Miami, Florida. After attending undergraduate school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Abbott received his Doctorate in Medicine degree from the University of Miami in 1972. His pediatric training, including Chief Residency in Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital was completed in 1976. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Abbott joined East Bay Pediatrics in 1978, after teaching in San Francisco at Mt. Zion Hospital and UCSF. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates Hospital, President of the Northern California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a board member of the American Board of Pediatrics. He is now Chair of District IX of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA) and sits on the Board of Directors of the National AAP. Dr. Abbott is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Dr. Abbott and his wife, Ida, live in Oakland. They have two grown sons, Jordan and David.

 

Mary Jones, M.D.

Mary Jones, M.D., was born in Ogallala, Nebraska. She graduated in Nursing from the University of Nebraska. She received her Master's degree in Public Health from Tulane University, and worked as a public health nurse in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Doctorate in Medicine degree at Louisiana State University and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas, Galveston.

Dr. Jones joined East Bay Pediatrics in 1982. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is active in the Alta Bates parent education program. She has served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates Hospital and currently serves as a pediatric peer review representative. Currently, Dr. Jones is the Medical Director of Katie's Clinic for Rett Syndrome at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland.

Dr. Jones and her husband, Clay, have three grown children, Trevor, Jennifer, and Seth. Her interests include music, travel, and spending time with her family.

 

Marcia Charles-Mo, M.D.

Marcia Charles-Mo, M.D., was born in Jackson, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University and received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her pediatric training at Children's Hospital, Oakland.

Dr. Charles-Mo joined East Bay Pediatrics in 1984 after finishing residency. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates Medical Center and co-Chairperson of the Medical Education Committee of the Northern California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served on the Board of the Down Syndrome League. Dr. Charles-Mo has been a teaching attending at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. She has also served on the Board of Alta Bates Medical Center and Alta Bates Medical Group.

Dr. Charles-Mo and her husband, Douglas Mo, reside in Sonoma and have two grown children, Matthew and Benjamin. She enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining friends, cooking, gardening, and travel.

 

Sarah Cahn Handelsman, M.D.

Sarah Cahn Handelsman, M.D. was born at Alta Bates Hospital, and was raised in Walnut Creek. She attended Harvard University, where she received a B.A. in English, and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. She completed pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital, Seattle.

Dr. Handelsman is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently served as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates Hospital.

Dr. Handelsman and her husband, Mike, live in Piedmont with their daughters, Mina and Evie. She enjoys reading, running, and cooking.

 

Tracy Evans-Ramsey, M.D.

Tracy Evans-Ramsey, M.D. was raised in the Bay Area and graduated with a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed her medical school education at the University of Illinois in Chicago and her pediatrics residency training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California.

Dr. Evans-Ramsey was Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2001. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is currently a planning group member for the National Conference and Exhibition, the largest annual pediatrics educational event.

She resides in Orinda with her husband, Okorie Ramsey. Tracy and Okorie have two children, Alexander and Avery. Dr. Evans-Ramsey’s interests include cooking, traveling, and exercising.

 

Juliana Damon M.D.

Juliana Damon M.D., grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She attended Harvard College and graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her pediatric training was completed at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts. She moved to the Bay Area in 2001. Prior to joining East Bay Pediatrics, she worked in a group practice in Fremont.

Dr. Damon is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the co-Chair of the Northern California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adoption, Early Childhood, and Dependent Care.

Dr. Damon has special interests in adoption and holistic medicine. She enjoys Zumba, gluten-free and dairy-free cooking, and enjoying the outdoors with her girls.

She lives in Moraga with her husband, Paul Espinas, and daughters, Mia Parker and Clementine Isadora.

 

Christina Vo, M.D.

Christina Vo, M.D., grew up in Menlo Park, California. She attended Princeton University where she received her bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. While completing her undergraduate work, she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China.

Dr. Vo completed her pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and was Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2004. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has served as the co-Chair of the Young Physicians Committee for the Northern California chapter of the AAP. Currently, Dr. Vo is immediate past Chair of the national AAP Section on Young Physicians and is a member of the Board of AAP California.

Dr. Vo's medical interests lie in auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, arthritis, and diabetes.

She currently resides in Piedmont with her husband Tan, daughter Eleanor, and son Jordan. The Vo family enjoys hiking, skiing, and scuba diving.

Jennifer Miller, M.D.

Jennifer Miller, M.D., received her Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her Doctorate in Medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. A Southern California native, Dr. Miller happily relocated to the Bay Area to complete her pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital Oakland where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Miller is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of the Sinkler Miller Medical Association and continues to work with the FACES for the Future Program, a medical career mentoring pipeline for at-risk youth in Oakland. She has served as the president of the Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland Residency Program Alumni Association.

Dr. Miller has special interests in adolescent health care as well as international health and medicine. She continues to find time to teach residents and medical students as she has done over the last several years.

Dr. Miller currently resides in Oakland with her husband, Mario Reyes and her daughter Mari. She has a stepson, Justin. Dr. Miller loves to travel and takes every opportunity to do so. In her free time she enjoys salsa lessons, spending time with her family, reading, and seeing great movies.

 

William Rhea , M.D.

Dr. William Rhea was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in Washington, D.C. He attended Georgetown University for his college degree and obtained his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After a year of internship in Washington, D.C., he spent two years as a general medical officer in the Air Force. Upon completion of his service obligation, he came to the East Bay to serve as a pediatric resident at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, being Chief Resident in his last year. He then entered pediatric practice in Berkeley in August 1964, continuing activities at Children's Hospital as a teaching attending, a term as chief of medicine,and as President of the Medical Staff.

In 2007, he was awarded an honorary professorship to mentor and teach first year residents in the clinic. Awards to Dr. Rhea included the Bronze Bambino, Attending Teacher of the Year selection, and the Robert Gerdsen Community Service Award. The American Academy of Pediatrics presented to him a Special Certificate of Appreciation for Headstart Consultation. The city of Berkeley awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation for service on the city's Child Health and Disability Committee.

Dr. Rhea formally retired in 2005, but works an occassional day in the office. He and his wife, Helen, have seven adult children and twelve grandchildren, most of whom live in the Bay Area. They enjoy family acitivities, attending operas and plays, and participation in East Bay Community life.