Tamalpais Pediatrics is an experienced, caring and well-trained group of pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants. This page will help you learn more about us.
Dr. Jan Maisel MD, PhD, FAAP
Dr. Jan Maisel is originally from Michigan. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and then moved to California for graduate study in the basic sciences. She received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work with genetics patients led to a desire to pursue the more clinical aspects of medicine, which led to medical school at the University of Miami. She then returned to UCSF for her internship and residency in Pediatrics. After a Chief Residency and fellowship in Ambulatory Medicine at UCSF, she joined Tamalpais Pediatrics in 1984. Over the years Dr. Maisel has been active with the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Marin County Nutrition Wellness Consortium, and is also a past chair of the Marin General Hospital Department of Pediatrics. She currently volunteers for several Bay Area nonprofit agencies that serve families and children. Dr. Maisel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. She and her husband live in Tiburon with their labradoodle Molly, and have a grown son. When not seeing patients or volunteering, she participates in 2 book groups, and also enjoys open-space dog walks, travel, interesting cuisine, and Bay Area cultural events.
Dr. Erin Heath, MD, FAAP
Dr. Erin Heath is a Bay Area native, growing up and attending public schools in Hayward, where her family still lives. She attended Bryn Mawr College, majoring in Cultural Anthropology. Dr. Heath then returned to the Bay Area, getting her medical degree at UCSF. She remained there for residency, and also did a chief residency at the Mount Zion and San Francisco General campuses at UCSF. After completing residency, she joined Tamalpais Pediatrics in 1991, and in 2008, had the pleasure of seeing her first patient from her San Francisco and then Marin practice head off to college.
After spending 20 years in San Francisco, she now lives in San Rafael with her husband and daughter. She keeps up her Spanish both at the office and working at her daughter’s school. Dr. Heath is a past Chair of the Pediatric Department at Marin General Hospital, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF.<
Dr. John Harvey, MD, FAAP
Dr. John Harvey is originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He attended Williams College for his undergraduate degree and the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. He moved to California in 1992 for his residency at Childrens Hospital Oakland, and subsequently joined Tamalpais Pediatrics in Marin County. Dr. Harvey is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. Outside of pediatrics, he is a gardening and Jack Russell enthusiast.
Dr. John Lee, MD, FAAP
Dr. Lee is originally from Maryland and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He then moved to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Following medical school, he did his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern – Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
After finishing his residency, he moved to Marin and joined Tamalpais Pediatrics in 2000. Dr. Lee’s special interests include sports medicine and international adoption, and he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. His hobbies include fly fishing, golf, home projects, traveling and photography. He is married and lives in Marin with his wife and two children.
Dr. Nelson Branco, MD, FAAP
Dr. Branco is originally from Massachusetts and attended Boston University for both his undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as medical school. He moved to California in 1995 for his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. After finishing his residency, he and his wife Nell moved to Shiprock, New Mexico to work for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation. He spent three years there, practicing pediatrics in a rural site in northwestern New Mexico, learning about Navajo culture and health as well as enjoying the beauty of the Southwest.In 2001, they returned to the Bay Area and moved to Marin.
Dr. Branco began working at the Marin Community Clinic and spent four years practicing there, caring for uninsured and underinsured residents of Marin County. He has also worked for the Pediatric After Hours Clinic and at Marin General Hospital as a Pediatric Hospitalist. In 2005, Dr. Branco joined Tamalpais Pediatrics. He works in both the Novato and Greenbrae offices and is also very active with the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Branco is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. Dr. Branco speaks Portuguese and Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to care for children and families in the language they are most comfortable with. Dr. Branco and his wife have three children and live in Marin. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, traveling and reading.
Dr. Julie Bokser, MD, FAAP
Dr. Julie Bokser was born in Minnesota and then spent most of her childhood in southern California. She moved north to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, receiving an undergraduate degree in Human Biology. Dr. Bokser went to medical school at UCSF, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her pediatric residency training at UCSF and was selected Chief Resident. Prior to joining Tamalpais Pediatrics in 2010, Dr. Bokser practiced in the pediatric clinic at San Mateo Medical Center. She has also worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Marin General Hospital. Dr. Bokser is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF.
After 15 years in San Francisco, Dr. Bokser now lives in Marin with her husband, three children, and dog. Her interests include cooking, gardening, speaking Spanish, and enjoying the Bay Area with her family.
Dr. Jeanette White, MD, PhD, FAAP
Dr. Jeanette White recently moved from Annapolis, Maryland to Northern California with her husband and two boys. As the oldest of five children in a military family, she has many places that she can call home.
After attending Dartmouth College, Dr. White completed medical school at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and then a residency and chief residency at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. She then returned to Johns Hopkins, where she finished a three-year fellowship in pediatric critical care . While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. White also earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation. Though she spent the beginning of her career as an academic pediatric critical care physician and researcher, in 2009, she decided to join Annapolis Pediatrics. In her first year in practice, she was chosen by Chesapeake magazine as one of Annapolis' " Top Docs". Dr. White is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF. When not at the office, Dr. White is spending time with her husband and two busy boys, baking bread and trying to figure out how to grow tomatoes in the fog.
Dr. Stephen Santucci, MD, FAAP
Dr. Santucci is a Bay Area native with many family ties to Marin and the East Bay. He was born in San Francisco, and after growing up on the Peninsula he seized an opportunity to complete his undergraduate studies in New England at Dartmouth College. There he played intercollegiate football while pursuing a degree in biology.
Dr. Santucci then returned home to spend a year at UCSF assisting in neuroscience research and went on to complete his degree in medicine at UCSF, where he met his wife Peggy. After medical school Dr. Santucci crossed the bay to finish a pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. He was selected to spend an extra year there as Chief Resident, in which he collaborated with the teaching of pediatric residents and supervised the care of admitted inpatients.
After completing residency Dr. Santucci initially worked as an Attending Physician in the newborn nursery at Highland General Hospital, Oakland's county hospital. He later became partner and co-owner of a busy private practice in the East Bay, serving many monolingual Spanish-speaking families. He spent 15 fulfilling years at that practice, and now Dr. Santucci is very excited to direct his professional energy into serving Marin families beginning the summer of 2015. Dr. Santucci has twin daughters and a younger son, and when not spending most of his time trying to keep up with them, he enjoys trail running, snowboarding, camping, and traveling.
Brenda Evans, PNP, CLC
Brenda Evans has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Lactation Consultant for over 20 years, the majority of them at Tamalpais Pediatrics. Brenda completed her training as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of California San Francisco.
In 1988 Brenda trained as a lactation consultant at UCLA. She was one of the first lactation consultants in Marin County and co- founded Breastfeeding Consultants. In 1991 Brenda received her Masters in Adolescent Reproductive Health, also from UCSF. Brenda uses her extensive and excellent experience and training to serve the patients of Tamalpais Pediatrics.
Brenda lives in Kentfield with her husband and has two adult children. In addition to working at Tamalpais Pediatrics, she also works part-time as a Nurse Practitioner at the City College San Francisco Student Health Center.
Crystal Cox, PA
Crystal Cox, PA has many years of experience caring for children. She trained at the Stanford Primary Care Associate Program and became a Physicians Assistant (PA) in 1990. She then spent three years working in Family Practice at community clinics in Merced and Los Banos, CA. In 1992, she became an exclusive Pediatric provider and began working at Natividad Medical Center, both as a primary care provider as well as teaching Pediatrics to Family Practice Residents.
These early experiences led Crystal to return to Stanford as a clinical instructor for the PA program for the next 2 years, while also working at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In that position, she was given the opportunity to work in the community with the school based mobile clinic as well as within the juvenile justice system medical ward. While working at Stanford, she met and married Dr. James Pyskaty. It was his job as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Marin General Hospital that brought her to Marin County. She has been a part of the Tamalpais Pediatrics team since 2000, and is an important part of our efforts to provide your children with excellent care.
In her spare time Crystal enjoys llamas, planting, tending to her pumpkins, and planning her next Halloween party. She has a son in college and 2 fabulous cats.
Sara Koenig, PNP
Sara is a life-long Bay Area resident. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Mill Valley, spending her childhood in the shadow of Mount Tam. College was also close by, down the coast to UC Santa Cruz, to earn a degree in Sociology.
Sara's nursing path started years ago when a close friend passed away from cancer. She realized through that experience that she wanted to work in healthcare. She got a job working at UCSF as a clinical trials coordinator in Pediatric Oncology. It was there that Sara met two wonderful nurse practitioners, who, in her eyes, had mastered the art of blending medical knowledge with a compassionate human touch. They soon became her mentors, and she started going to night school to complete the prerequisites for nursing school. During her years at UCSF, Sara also spent time volunteering in the Child Life department helping chronically and acutely ill children try to forget about their illnesses through play therapy.
After three long years of working and going to school at night, Sara left the Bay Area for New Haven, CT, and earned her RN and MSN from Yale. To add to the challenges of graduate school, she got pregnant after the first year of the program, gave birth two days after final exams of her second year, and had an infant for the remainder of her education. The challenges of breastfeeding, lack of sleep, and the illnesses and hospitalizations she encountered in her son's first year added to the experience and made her a better clinician.
After graduating, the strong pull of friends and family (and the 70 degree February weather) enticed her back to the Bay Area. She has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the East Bay, Sonoma, and now Marin. Sara lives in San Rafael with her husband and two energetic young sons. When not working, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, exploring the beautiful surroundings of the Bay Area, and, when life allows, doing yoga.