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

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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Mask Up to Move On

Calvin says, wear your mask! As families venture out more and things open up, it’s important that children wear masks. Here are some resources for introducing (or reintroducing) masks. Face Masks for Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Tips … Continue reading

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General Public: Vaccination Information

Thank you for your interest in Pfizer COVID19 vaccinations. We are accepting appointments starting Monday 5/17/2021 for all approved ages.  Please follow our vaccine availability online at http://www.vaccinefinder.org The link to patient JOTFORM registration for the COVID19 vaccine that must … Continue reading

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COVID 19 Vaccination Game Plan: for Patients

Thank you for your interest in COVID19 vaccinations. We are accepting appointments starting Monday 5/17/2021 for all approved ages.  Please follow our vaccine availability online at http://www.vaccinefinder.org Fill out the JOTFORM patient registration for the COVID19 vaccine BEFORE the shot … Continue reading

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Baby Steps: 2 Months Get Ready to Roll

Baby Steps: 2 Months Bound to RollBack to sleep is the safest position for babies, but since the change from sleeping on their tummy to their back, babies started rolling over a little later. Twenty-five years ago we expected babies … Continue reading

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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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