Meet the doctors
David Kittams, M.D., F.A.A.P.
David’s early years were in Yellowstone National Park, where his father was a park biologist and elk-range manager. His mom was church organist and pianist. David then returned to his native Minneapolis for high school (Blake School, which fellow-wrestler Al Franken attended about ten years later.) David studied chemistry, especially biochemistry, in undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Before medical school (U of N, Omaha ’71) came a year at S. F. Theological Seminary (San Anselmo) given to social ethics, systematic theology, and biblical studies.
Dr. Kittams interned at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, and completed a pediatric residency at Childrens Hospital and Research Center, Oakland. During a two-year stint in a low-income clinic and another year in a private practice south of San Francisco, he became interested in preventive oral health, international families, and health care financing.
In south Berkeley, less than a mile from Children’s Hospital, he opened his own office in 1979. Dr. Winokur joined him eight years later, and they opened a second office in northwest Berkeley. Dr. Salsburg signed on in 2002, just before David and his family left for an eleven-month trip through Latin America (with months in Brazil and weeks in southernmost Patagonia.)
He continues to be interested in the biology of breast milk and promoting breastfeeding. He likes romance languages, minerals, playing handball, mountain biking, skiing, espresso, birds, jazz piano playing, and brewing beer. His two sons are capoeiristas (Brazilian martial artists), Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and great with kids. Arturo is also a graphic artist and father of David’s perfect grandsons, Ray and Ravi. Lee is currently studying at Cal Berkeley.
Robin F. Winokur, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Winokur came to California to attend Stanford University in 1973 where she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. There she met her husband, Peter. After graduation she enrolled at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor to complete her medical studies and receive her M.D. degree. In 1981, she and her husband decided to move back to California where Dr. Winokur continued with a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. There she met her future business partner, Dr. David Kittams, whom she “admired for his compassionate care for his patients”.
In 1985, Robin began her long-time career at Kiwi Pediatrics joining Dr. Kittams at his practice on Alcatraz Avenue in south Berkeley. She became Board Certified in 1986 and became an official partner of the practice in that same year. The two of them have been an influential pair devoting a lot of time to the needs of the underprivileged and children with special healthcare needs in the Berkeley and Oakland areas.
Since that time Dr. Winokur has had several positions in Medical Staff leadership at Children’s Hospital in Oakland including Chair of the Department of Medicine. She has also accumulated several awards including one of the Best Doctors of the East Bay in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, the Robert Gerdsen award at Children’s Hospital for her commitment to Primary Care and Community Service, the Resident Teaching Award at Children’s Hospital, a Special Achievement award in 2008 by the American Academy of Pediatrics for her advocacy for children with special healthcare needs, and most recently the Bronze Bambino award from the medical staff of the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
In her personal life, she loves to spend time with her husband, her two children, Brian and Lauren, and her extended family that still live in Ohio. Robin dabbles in cooking, gardening, and bird-watching. She enjoys hiking and attending live music (folk, rock, jam-band) with her husband.
Elizabeth Salsburg, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Salsburg joined Kiwi Pediatrics in 2001 hailing from Connecticut. After completing medical school and her pediatrics residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, she worked as a registrar at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Liz left her glorious flat overlooking the Pacific Ocean and moved back to the U.S. In 1995 she became Board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her first experience in California was as a pediatrician for a private practice in Pleasanton. Then in the late 90’s Dr. Salsburg returned to her native New England to practice medicine in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. But the wonderful weather and beautiful scenery soon lured Dr. Salsburg back to the Bay Area in 1999. Liz is now a Californian transplant but she will always root for the New York Yankees, buy only Vermont maple syrup, and continue speaking with her native Connecticut accent.
Her medical interests are promoting breastfeeding, caring for special needs children, and pediatric hospice care. She is now the Chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics at Alta Bates, chair of the Alta Bates Lactation Excellence committee, on the Alta Bates Ob-Gyn Executive Committee, the Alta Bates Credentialing Committee, and a member of the Children First Medical Group Credentialing Committee.
In her free time, Liz enjoys hiking and biking in Yosemite, traveling with her husband and her children, writing in her journal, and playing the piano.
Nanci Tucker, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Melissa DeLaMora, P.N.P.
Melissa is one of our most recent additions to Kiwi Pediatric’s provider roster. Melissa moved back to the Bay Area in February of 2013 with her husband, Adrian. She previously worked as a pediatric nurse at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA and as a nurse practitioner at The Healthy Child, a pediatric practice in Darien, CT.
Melissa has always had a passion for working with children and families. Prior to becoming a nurse she worked as a preschool teacher in Berkeley and as a nanny in San Francisco. She continues to have a special interest in working with new parents, teenagers, and patient's with obesity. Melissa came to Kiwi with a lot of clinical experience, and a compassionate outlook on taking care of children.
During her off hours from work she enjoys playing soccer, cheering for Cal Football, and the SF Giants, and spending time with her husband and family.
Kun Lu, P.N.P.
Kun started with Kiwi Pediatrics in the spring of 2010. She obtained her Pediatric Primary Care credentials at Yale University. Later she received her Acute Care certification from UCSF.
She was born and raised in Columbia to chinese parents and has family in Taiwan. Kun speaks fluent spanish and mandarin. Since coming to Kiwi, she has taken a special interest in assisting children with obesity issues and teaching the aspects of healthy eating.
When she's not working, Kun enjoys running, surfing, cooking and spending time with her husband and playing with their dog, Stella.
Mark Thomas, P.N.P.
Kaitlin Hale, P.N.P.
Erin Shuster, P.N.P.
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