Anita is a board-certified Physician Assistant. Originally from Southern California, she started her career in public health, focused on quality and patient safety at large health systems. Identifying her underlying passion for direct patient care, she pursued an MS in Physician Assistant Studies at CUNY School of Medicine in New York City, where she gained significant clinical experience working with diverse populations including children and adolescents in emergency, acute, and chronic settings. As a PA, she strives to provide high-quality, patient-centered, and compassionate care to her patients and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, exploring new cuisines and restaurants, and traveling.
What brought you to work at SoCal Food Allergy?
The science, the culture, and the patients. I was inspired by SCFAI’s cutting-edge clinical care and research that enables us to not only treat patients’ medical needs but also address and enhance the quality of life for them and their families. Secondly, I was drawn to SCFAI because of the collaborative culture and spirit across the organization. And last but certainly not least, the unique ability we have to build deep relationships with our patients and their families. The program is nothing short of a journey, and witnessing the progress that patients make from start to finish is incredibly fulfilling!
What is your most memorable SoCal Food Allergy moment?
Having the opportunity to build relationships with families – celebrating successes and working through challenges – as they progress through treatment is always meaningful. But one of my fondest memories is of a patient’s final challenge appointment. Once anaphylactic to tree nuts and peanuts, he successfully ate 75 peanuts in the office with his family cheering him on. After his challenge, his mom surprised him with a custom-made shirt. On the front was a collage listing all of his milestones and accomplishments along his 2.5-year journey to food freedom. From the total numbers of each nut he had eaten to the exact number of days he was in active treatment, it captured the dedication and commitment of our patients and their families so perfectly, and his joy as he held his shirt up was palpable.