A New Approach to Women's Health
Our dedicated staff offers a nurturing environment where women can feel safe and comfortable.
3 Convenient Locations serving the Coachella Valley and High Desert
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, Milo.
Dr. Jolyn Fergon, NP-C, CNM earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Duke University and has been a founding member and active practitioner at Advanced Women's Healthcare since its start in 2003. She obtained her degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Harbor UCLA, and another Master’s as a Nurse Midwife from Philadelphia University. She is originally from Washington State, but has lived in the Coachella Valley since age 15, and graduated from Palm Springs High School. She is passionate about all aspects of women’s health and performs both OB and gyn services, including infertility. She loves everything outdoors, traveling, reading, music worship, and values time with her husband and children above all else.
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, F.A.C.O.G is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist from Fort Lauderdale, FL. who joined 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 who joined 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.
Dr. Jennifer Mikhail is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist who joined us in September 2022. She grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She completed her undergraduate degree at Westmont College. She went on to medical school at Liberty University in Virginia and completed her residency at Mercy Health Muskegon, Michigan. After 8 years away, she is very excited to be back in sunny and warm southern California. She loves building relationships with her patients and feels honored to be able to serve the women of Coachella Valley through OB-GYN care. She is passionate about her family, being outdoors, and exploring new places, food, and cultures.
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.
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!