Author Archives: Lisa M. Asta, MD

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com

COVID vaccine for ages 5-11 Update

The county will not be able to get us COVID19 vaccines for children under 16 years of age until the second week of November, which will not give us time to schedule and administer the vaccines to children under 16 … Continue reading

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Choosing a Pediatrician

I appreciate all the kind thoughts and wishes from so many patients and families! While I am not retiring, the new year will likely find me practicing farther west than is convenient for your routine care. When I have the … Continue reading

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Changes at Casa Verde Pediatrics, Inc.

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Patients, Fall is a time for growth and new beginnings with children of all ages going back to school. After twenty-five years in private practice serving families in Walnut Creek and its surrounding communities, this Fall … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccines 2021-2022 Season

Flu vaccines for 2020-2021 season have arrived.   We have influenza injections as well as the nasal influenza spray (Flumist).   We recommend getting the flu vaccine here so that we can review your child’s health record and update them … Continue reading

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Morning Urgent Care update Summer 2021

We offer early morning appointments which include COVID19 testing with rapid and PCR tests. Patients MUST CALL the office at 8:30 a.m. at (925)939-7334 and speak with staff. Plan on arriving between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Patients will be … Continue reading

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Care for Kids: Health Insurance through MediCal

We can’t say enough good things about Children’s First Medical Group. They offer health insurance for babies, children, and teens through Anthem Blue Cross MediCal and we accept it. They contract with excellent pediatric specialists at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: 4 Months

Time to move! Babies will reach out and grasp toys, bring their feet to their mouth for play. They’ll raise their head and chest when on their belly. They should roll from tummy to back and back to tummy by … Continue reading

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COVID19 vaccines at our Office

12-15 year Pfizer COVID vaccines: please call for info to schedule at our office starting 5/17/2021. 16 years and up also welcome! Appointment patient information JOTFORM link must be completed before appointment.

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The Big Chill

News today is that local health jurisdictions may be moving Pfizer COVID vaccines to offices. We’ll be ready with our ultracold freezer. ❄️

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Baby Steps: Language

  There are two parts to language and communication:   Receptive language is the language you receive. This is when you baby listens to what you are saying.   Expressive language is what your baby can say with words, motions, … Continue reading

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