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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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Robert Lefkowitz, MD

Dr. Lefkowitz lived in New York City through college, at the Queens college campus of the City University of New York, and medical school at State University of New York Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn. He escaped NY and drove to Los Angeles in 1973 to attend the residency of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA.

After completing his training on June 30, he joined the very small, full time staff at General Hospital Ventura County on July 5, 1977. He served as Director of OBGYN from 1981-2018, President of Medical Staff in 1980, Medical Director of Magnolia Family Medical Clinic from 1995-2007, and Medical Director of Ventura County Medical Center from 2000-2002.

His passion in OBGYN is partnering with women to make safe decisions about their healthcare through life’s transitions.

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Magnolia Women’s Specialty Clinic

2220 East Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036

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Emily Scibetta, MD

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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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