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Xin Guan, MD

Dr. Guan was born and raised in Tianjin, China and immigrated to Southern California in 2000. She went to UC Berkeley for undergraduate school and majored in Public Health and Public Policy. While in college, she worked on many projects with the California Program on Access to Care and the School of Public Health that focused on initiatives to effect health equity and improve access to health care for underserved communities. She was a clinical researcher at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for one year before going to Albany Medical College in upstate New York for medical school in 2012. She then completed her OB/GYN residency at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in 2020. She took care of patients at the Bellevue Hospital in New York City during the peak of the COVID pandemic, and it had proved to be an experience of a lifetime. After 8 years on the East Coast, she decided to return home to California to be closer to family.

Dr. Guan is a passionate advocate for her patients and believes that everyone deserves to have the best quality of care regardless of their ability to pay. She enjoys taking care of a diverse patient population and learning about their different cultures and perspectives. She wishes to care for women of all ages and to support them through the different phases in their lives. Her specific OBGYN interests include family planning, low and high-risk obstetrics, medical and surgical management of gynecologic conditions. She obtained the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) certification in 2019 and is trained in the Da Vinci Xi Robot. She is committed to performing minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. Having grown up under the influence of her father who is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Guan is interested in integrating herbal medicine and acupuncture into the care of her patients as well.

While not at work, Dr. Guan enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling, hiking, swimming, being outdoors and going to national parks, movies and theater and trying out new recipes and restaurants. She is fluent in English and Mandarin, and knows basic Spanish.

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Mandalay Bay Women and Children’s Clinic

2000 Outlet Center Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036

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Frederick Kelley, MD

Dr. Kelley grew up in Pennsylvania, attended college at Penn State University, then migrated west to attend the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. After completing a Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura CA, he worked as a small town family doctor in rural South Carolina for 5 years before deciding to focus on women’s health. He completed his second residency, this time in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nevada’s University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and returned to join the Ob/Gyn department at Ventura County Medical Center in 2001. Dr. Kelley has been the Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital since 2018.

His professional interests include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, implementing evidence based safety protocols to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality in labor and delivery, and training family physicians to provide high quality maternal health care in low resource settings and underserved communities.

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Santa Paula Hospital Clinic

845 North Tenth Street
Suite 3
Santa Paula, CA 93060

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Academic Family Medicine Center

Academic Family Medicine Center

300 Hillmont Ave Building 340
Suite 201
Ventura, CA 93003

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Emily Scibetta, MD

Dr. Scibetta is proud to provide high risk pregnancy services as Ventura County Medical Center's Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.

Dr. Scibetta was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She made her permanent trek to California in 1999 to join the UCLA Women's swim team. After college, she worked in global health in South Africa and Burma before returning to medical school at University of California San Francisc (UCSF). She she also completed her residency in OBGYN at UCSF in 2015. She then returned to UCLA for fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. During her fellowship, she focused her research on innovative prenatal care services to improve health outcomes for underserved patients in LA County.

Dr. Scibetta provides pregnancy ultrasound services and inpatient consultation for women with high risk pregnancy conditions at Ventura County Medical Center. She also sees patients for primary prenatal care at Mandalay Bay Clinic in Oxnard. She directs the VCMC High Risk Obstetrics Fellowship, with the help of her OBGYN colleagues, to provide specialty training in obstetrics for dedicated Family Medicine physicians with an intent to practice in underserved communities.

When she's not hanging out with pregnant women and her wonderful work colleagues, Dr. Scibetta can be found at home in Ojai where she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and generally spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Scibetta speaks English and Spanish.

Ira Silverman, MD

Dr. Silverman received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1976 and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA in 1981. He has been an active member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ventura County Medical Center since that time.

His professional interests include obstetrics (including high risk conditions and high risk pregnancies), pediatric, adolescent, and adult gynecology, and minimally invasive and conventional surgery.

When not at work, Dr. Silverman enjoys golf, skiing, travel, live theater, exercise at the gym, and spending time with his large extended family.

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Mandalay Bay Women and Children’s Clinic

2000 Outlet Center Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036

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Academic Family Medicine Center

Academic Family Medicine Center

300 Hillmont Ave Building 340
Suite 201
Ventura, CA 93003

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Juan Vega, MD

Dr. Vega attended UC Irvine Medical School and received his Medical Degree in 1989. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Fresno-UCSF program in 1993.

He grew up in Oxnard, CA and his goal was to return to his community to provide obstetrical and gynecological care to his patients. His professional interests include teaching residents at the Ventura County Medical Center, high risk pregnancies, adult gynecology and surgery.

Some of his personal interests include traveling, playing piano, swimming, gardening, and spending time with his family in Oxnard.

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Mandalay Bay Women and Children’s Clinic

2000 Outlet Center Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036

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Academic Family Medicine Center

Academic Family Medicine Center

300 Hillmont Ave Building 340
Suite 201
Ventura, CA 93003

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Minako Watabe, MD

Dr. Minako Watabe decided to become an obstetrician-gynecologist while attending medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. What drew her to the speciality was the ability to care for women of all ages and to be able to advocate for their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

She completed her OB-GYN residency at University of California, Los Angeles and has been at Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital since 2010.

Dr. Watabe enjoys caring for patients from the time they are young women just learning about their bodies through pregnancy (if they choose), through the many other transitions before and after menopause. What she enjoys most about her job is caring for patients from all walks of life, each of whom have a unique story to share. She has a special interest in LGQBT health, minimally invasive surgery, and community health.

She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, running, and she is pursuing a Masters in Public Health. She speaks Spanish and Japanese.

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Santa Paula Hospital Clinic

845 North Tenth Street
Suite 3
Santa Paula, CA 93060

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Valerie Yuan, MD

Dr. Yuan received her B.S. at the University of Southern California and continued her studies at UC Davis School of Medicine, where she received her medical degree in 2014. She then returned back to sunny southern California and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Harbor UCLA in 2018. Since then, she has enjoyed working at Ventura County Medical Center with the rest of the OBGYN faculty.

Her specific OBGYN interests include family planning/infertility, obstetrics for low and higher risk pregnancies, as well as a wide range of gynecologic conditions. She is committed to providing minimally invasive therapies when possible. Dr. Yuan also has a special interest in trying to incorporate music therapy into medicine, and specifically, during patient procedures.

Dr. Yuan was born and raised in southern California and loves all that it has to offer. During her free time, she enjoys connecting with friends and family, snowboarding and more recently skiing, watching football (fight on!), hiking, healthy eating, and exploring new places and activities.

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Sierra Vista Family Medical Clinic

1227 East Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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Denise Ellison, CNM

Denise received her midwifery training from the USC School of Medicine Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in 1993. She has worked as a midwife in private practice in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. She loves working with the entire family, especially children, during pregnancy and birth. Her favorite season of the year is summer where she can be found teaching someone to swim or water ski. When she isn't at work she loves spending time with her 9 GRANDs, sewing, running and hiking.

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Santa Paula Hospital Clinic

845 North Tenth Street
Suite 3
Santa Paula, CA 93060

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Jodi Watson, CNM

Jodi Watson was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miami Florida. She attended Georgia State University to complete her Bachelors in Nursing , and began her first nursing job at Community Memorial Hospital, here in Ventura. In 2015, Jodi began pursuing her passion for Women’s Health, attending Georgetown University to complete her training as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health NP.

Jodi began her career as midwife at Naval Medical Center in San Diego. After a 3 year tour there, Jodi, alongside her husband , a service member in the USN has returned to Ventura, a place that feels like home to her.

Jodi is passionate about patient education and family centered care. She is an advocate for women’s health and strongly believes in the improvement of maternal and neonatal outcomes in this country.

When she is away from work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband, connecting with friends and family, hiking, reading, or listening to a good podcast.

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Santa Paula Hospital Clinic

845 North Tenth Street
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Santa Paula, CA 93060

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West Ventura Medical Clinic

133 W Santa Clara St Entrance A & B,
Ventura, CA 93001

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Las Islas Women's Clinic

2400 South C Street,
Oxnard, CA 93033

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