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,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit

Baby Got Shots?

Baby Got Shots? Here’s the 2021 schedule for birth through kindergarten. Seem complicated? It’s not! We’re happy to review it with you at the next well care visit.

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Drive-In: Now Open

We are resuming urgent morning sick visits. This includes COVID19 testing with rapid and PCR tests. Patients should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. As these are drive-in appointments, there may be a wait. Patients will be triaged for … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: Read to Your Bunny

Babies learn language the way you and I learn new languages: by repetition. Talk to your baby and child! The more words they hear, the more they learn. Talk about what you’re doing, name the items that you see and … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: 1 Month

Mix it up to keep baby moving! Starting tummy time early and scheduling routine tummy times—like after diaper change—can make baby accept and enjoy this time “face down.” Change up the surface for baby: different textures, different colors. Sing and … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: Week 1

Babies love to look at overhead mobiles. Change the hanging toys with different shapes and colors to keep baby’s interest. If the mobile has music, sing a long. Baby will listen! Toys must be attached with very short cords to … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: Day 1

Get your newborn off to the best start with tummy time, tummy time, tummy time! Aim for 15 minutes with 4 repetitions daily. A great way to start is to put your baby tummy to tummy with you–but make sure … Continue reading

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COVID19 Vaccination Game Plan

The news that an immunization for COVID19 has been approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EAU), is encouraging! Other vaccines will likely follow, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged researchers to include the pediatric population … Continue reading

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Open through December Stay at Home Order 2020

We are open for all your sick and well care needs in-office, in our satellite area outside, and via telemedicine. COVID19 testing available with rapid antigen in-office and send-out lab PCR tests. We have access to full PPE and a … Continue reading

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Flumist? What’s that?

Flumist is a live, inactivated attenuated flu vaccine. There’s no needle! It’s sprayed in the nose. You can read about this option for vaccination against influenza here. See how the small amount of liquid vaccine is sprayed in the nose … Continue reading

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99072 is for PPE

We’d like to provide families with information about the personal protective equipment (PPE) billing code, 99072. This code was developed by the Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services specifically for the pandemic. The code addresses the increased PPE required to … Continue reading

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