What We Do

What We Do

Why does a person become a medical professional? For many reasons, of course, but the most important reason for us was to be able to help people. The next question is: why do we choose pediatrics? 
We did it because we love children and families. We turned our backs on more technical specialties because, for us, nothing matches the satisfaction of becoming friends with a young family, and helping them to grow up as healthy and happy as possible. We think that we can help you in two different ways, one way when your child is well, and another when he or she is sick. 
Preventive Medicine 

When your child is well, we think in terms of preventive medicine. One type of preventive medicine is health promotion: how to live in a healthy way, what to expect for development, nutrition, discipline, temperament, and so on. A second type of prevention is avoiding disease: for instance, advice on how and when to baby-proof the house, and also giving the child immunizations. A third type of prevention is early detection: looking for early signs of disease, so treatment can be started early. 
In our practice, we try to emphasize prevention a great deal. We try to schedule frequent preventive visits to check on growth and development, to answer your questions, and to give you some handouts for health education. In many ways we feel that these are our most important services.



Bayside started as a solo pediatric practice in Oakland in June of 1979, when Budd Shenkin, MD, hung out his shingle. No patients, and not a lot of experience yet. He spent the next eight years building a practice and learning to be a pediatrician. Then in 1987, Janet Perlman, MD, joined Bayside. They expanded to a shared office in Alameda that year, and two years later, they were joined by Charlie Woodard, MD. Two years after that, Beverly Estes joined them, becoming the fourth doctor at Bayside. In that year Bayside expanded to another office in Pinole. Over the following years, others joined the practice, and in 1995 the Walnut Creek office opened. 

Up until this time Bayside had grown by simply establishing new offices. But in the late 1990’s we made practice acquisitions. First we acquired a small family practice in Berkeley, and moved it to where it is today, just around the corner from Alta Bates Hospital. Then we added a wonderful pediatric practice in Pleasanton and Livermore, which had been in existence for about 20 years. In subsequent years we enlarged both of those offices, and established new ones in San Ramon in Tracy. Along the way, we got too big to put our billing and administrative offices in the back part of one of the offices, so we established an administrative office in a business park in Dublin. In 2009, Richard Ash, MD, joined Bayside as Medical Director, a position we created as part of our continuing quality improvement mission. In 2010, we also added an Antioch office. 

In recent years, we expanded beyond primary care and added some pediatric specialists to our roster. From 2008 to 2011, a pediatric surgeon, Steve Yedlin, MD, worked in Bayside offices. From 2010-2011, we had our own Allergist/Immunologist and Pediatric Rheumatologist at Bayside, Steve Song, MD. Dr. Song helped us develop and expand our Bayside Asthma Program. From 2010 to 2013, we had our own Sports Medicine specialist, Melissa Rose, MD, with special expertise in concussion care. In 2010 we also added a pediatrician with Pulmonology training, Albert Yu, MD. We think these specialists have given us an added dimension of service for our patients, and have provided wonderful educational opportunities and support for our clinicians. 

In 2013, our group was acquired by Packard Children’s Health Alliance (PCHA), the medical network of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Now that we are part of the Packard Children’s network, we also have closer access to a large group of pediatric specialty services. 

We now have the expertise and support of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford University.