Dr. Lilia M. Pacini, F.A.C.O.G. is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist and is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. She completed her residency at University of Texas in Houston in 2004, and then relocated to Palm Springs. She is passionate about both Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Pacini offers minimally invasive surgery, including procedures with the da Vinci Robot. Dr. Pacini loves the desert area and as one of the practice owners, she is committed to staying in the area. She is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two daughters. She is very active and enjoys yoga, dancing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Sampson.
Dr. Jolyn Fergon, DNP, WHNP, CNM is a board-certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, and completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Duke University. She is one of the founders and practice owners and has been providing healthcare to women in the valley for over 20 years. She grew up in the state of Washington and moved to the desert during high school. After working as a labor and delivery nurse for six years, she decided to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Her professional interests include all aspects of women's healthcare with an emphasis on infertility treatments. She is able to provide infertility treatments including but not limited to; Intrauterine Insemination and Clomid/Gonadotropin induced cycles. She provides routine obstetrics and gynecology. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and two children. You might run into her hiking the local bump & grind trail in Palm Desert.
Dr. Maria Teresa Datan Benitez, F.A.C.O.G. is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist. She joined our team in December 2013. She enjoys obstetrics and gynecology alike. Dr. Benitez is originally from the Philippines, and graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine. She did her first OBGYN residency program in the Philippines and worked as a doctor there for 10 years before coming to the United States. She then completed her second OBGYN residency program at State University of New York at Buffalo. She worked as a physician in Michigan for 5 years before relocating to California to be closer to her family. In her spare time, Dr. Benitez likes to relax at home, spending time with her husband, kids, and 2 dogs. She enjoys baking, doing needle work, and scrapbooking.
Dr. Lara T. Hasan, F.A.C.O.G. is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist. She completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio; a top 25 US medical school. She then continued her residency training at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center, where she received an award for enhancing patient-physician relationships. Having lived in seven countries on three continents, she relates to patients from diverse backgrounds, speaks multiple languages, and is committed to providing quality care for all patients. She is passionate about obstetrics as a natural life process and minimally invasive approaches to gynecological issues. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes, taking Zumba classes, and watching foreign films.
Dr. Valerie Valero is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist from Fort Lauderdale, FL. who is joining us in August 2020. With strong family ties in San Bernardino County. She is excited to be back in California. Dr. Valero graduated from the University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Science. She then went on to study medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Valero trained at LSU-New Orleans for residency. Here she earned numerous honors including being inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society as well as being a resident research award recipient. Dr. Valero is fluent in English & Spanish. She enjoys OrangeTheory fitness workouts, traveling to new places, and at one point was even a Zumba Fitness Instructor! Dr. Valero looks forward to taking care of the women of the Coachella Valley.
Dr. Jahan Jadauji is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist joining us in August 2020. He was born in the United Kingdom, but grew up in Calgary, Canada. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in Neurosciences at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, publishing his thesis research in the Journal of Neuroscience. He then attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school. Dr. Jadauji trained at LSU-New Orleans, where his research focused on the medical management of endometrial hyperplasia and malignancy in patients who are poor surgical candidates. He loves to travel, and has so far travelled to 18 countries and lived on 3 continents. He is fluent in both English and French. Dr. Jadauji is also a big hockey fan and supports his hometown Calgary Flames.
Dr. Gabriel Evaristo is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist joining us in September 2020. He was born and raised in Venezuela, where he completed medical school at the most prestigious university of the country (Universidad Central de Venezuela). He then quickly relocated to New Jersey, to do residency in OBGYN at RWJBH/Jersey City Medical Center, where he served as an elected Chief Resident during his last year of training. Being able to speak 3 languages (English, Spanish and French), detail-oriented, caring and always eager to learn are part of his qualities. His passions include women’s health, learning new techniques in the OR, and building strong bonds with patients. He is also invested in personal growth while traveling, trying new cultures and experiences, as well as visual arts and music. He is looking forward to exploring the Coachella Valley next to his husband and adorable Jack Russell - Mr. Mimo.
Barbara Welty, NP-C is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for more than 30 years. She and her husband have been married for over 30 years, and they raised their 2 children here. She practiced as a RN for more than 18 years at JFK Hospital as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, and was also the Perinatal Educator for 5 years. Barbara received her BSN from the University of Phoenix, and then continued her education to earn her MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Phoenix in February 2010. After her graduation, she worked locally as a Women's Nurse Practitioner. You can spot Barbara and her husband walking her Great Dane and her Lhasa Apso in the desert.
Tatiana Shidaki, NP-C is a board-certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, and was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai'i. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Biology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and received her Master's in Science specializing in Women's Health from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Prior to joining this team, she worked as a nurse on the cardiac and labor and delivery units at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha since 2010. She loves the unique relationships that she is able to build with women throughout the many changes in their lives and enjoys assisting women in making personalized healthcare decisions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and gardening. When possible, she returns to her home on Oahu to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the beach, and the local cuisine.
Chantel Bachman, FNP-C is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner joining us in mid-July 2020. She was born and raised in Canada, with recent relocation to California. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree through Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta in 2010 and her Master of Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Athabasca University in 2020. She has worked in emergency departments across Canada and the US, as well as primary care outpost clinic nursing in remote, underserved communities in northern Canada. During her clinical rotations she discovered her true passion working in women’s health leading her to her new home in Palm Springs. In her spare time, she enjoys playing or spectating sports, especially hockey and baseball. You can also find her at the gym, hiking, paddle boarding or at the beach, most often with her German shepherd rescue dog Charlie.
Kari Sower, MSN, WHNP-BC, RNFA is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and APRN surgical first assistant. She was born in Fresno, CA but grew up in Minnesota and went to St. Olaf College where she earned a BA in Studio Art. She then moved to Chicago, IL and started working at a women’s health clinic where she was inspired to go back to school for nursing. She completed her BSN and MSN at Loyola University Chicago, graduated with academic honors, and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a nurse, she continued working in women’s health and family planning, and worked on a women’s oncology unit at Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. Prior to joining this team, she spent the last 5 years working as a nurse practitioner and RNFA at a surgical gynecologic oncology practice in South Bend, IN. Kari has a special interest in global women’s health and has traveled to several countries doing medical mission work & teaching. She is passionate about empowering women to make healthy choices and live their best lives. Kari moved to the desert with her longtime boyfriend and they are excited about exploring the area, trying new restaurants, and hiking!
Madeline Rodriguez, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has a passion for obstetrics and gynecology. She attended Michigan State University, where she graduated with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology and Nursing. While working as an OR Nurse at a Level 1 trauma center in central Illinois, she pursued a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is licensed to practice in the State of California. Madeline was born and raised in the Coachella valley and is eager to serve her own community. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, cooking, traveling and is passionate about health and wellness.