Our Pediatric Doctors

Board Certified Pediatricians

Cindy Luu, MD

Dr. Cindy Luu is a board-certified pediatrician who completed her medical training at the University of Southern California, and pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  She is currently completing a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.  Her research interests include sepsis in oncology patients, as well as education for pediatric residents.  In her spare time, she likes to try out new food, watch Game of Thrones, and play board games.

Albert Melaragno, MD

Dr. Albert Melaragno attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and traveled to Los Angeles for medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles. He did his pediatric training at UCLA Medical Center and started in practice in 1979. Since then he has won Pediatrician of the Year in the Daily News poll multiple times and has become a staple within the San Fernando Valley.

Pediatric ER Medicine at CHLA

Andrea Vo, MD

Dr. Andrea Vo was originally from Los Angeles. She completed her medical school education and general pediatrics residency in New York City, and has now returned to sunny Los Angeles for specialty training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys a good game of tennis, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and traveling with her husband.

Kaberi Mozumder, PNP

Kaberi is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in both the primary care and acute care setting.  She received her nurse practitioner degree from Yale University in 2008 after which she returned to her native state of California. She worked in the hospital setting specializing in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery for 8 years at a number of academic medical centers including Stanford Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  She then returned to the outpatient setting in 2016 working in primary care with an underserved community in Long Beach. She joined MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care in March of 2018. Kaberi enjoys working with children of all ages and also has a passion for medical relief work abroad. She assisted in disaster relief work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and in Greece during the migrant crisis of 2016. Kaberi is fluent in Spanish and enjoys hobbies such as travelling, cooking, and spending time with her shih tzu Timmy.  

Kathryn Salinero, DO

Dr. Kathryn Salinero was born and raised in Miami Florida. She attended the University of Miami for her undergraduate degree and LECOM-Bradenton for medical school. She completed her residency in pediatrics and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Miami Children’s Hospital). She moved to Los Angeles following residency to begin her career in pediatric urgent care.

Panthea Pedoeim, PNP

Panthea Pedoeim is originally from Los Angeles California. Her love of science combined with her love of helping others led her to pursue a career in nursing. She received her Bachelors of Nursing in 2009 and went on to achieve a Masters of Science degree from UCLA School of Nursing with an emphasis in Pediatrics in 2011.

She began her nursing career as an RN on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. In 2012 she began her advanced practice as a Nurse Practitioner in general pediatrics in busy primary care pediatric clinic in Sherman Oaks. Her role included performing physical exams, vaccinations, and developmental assessment and anticipatory guidance for healthy children from the newborn stage up until young adulthood.  

In 2013, she was hired to work in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  As an advanced practice Nurse Practitioner, Panthea managed the pre operative and post operative care of patients undergoing open heart surgery.
Panthea’s love of pediatric patients continues as she now joins the MVP team.  She enjoys taking care of kids as well as educating parents and families about common childhood illnesses.  Her belief is that open communication with parents and ongoing assessments are essential in caring for the health and well being of children.

Panthea lives in the Tarzana area with her husband and daughter. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Brian Santacrose, MD, FAAP

Brian Santacrose, MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician at the Children’s Medical Clinic of Santa Barbara.

He grew up in upstate New York, studied Human Development at Cornell University and then went on to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  In medical school, Dr. Santacrose was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. After surviving many long winters, he decided to move west to a more hospitable climate.

Dr. Santacrose completed his Pediatric Residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), which is consistently voted the Best Children’s Hospital on the West Coast.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Santacrose is a partner of Children’s Medical Clinic of Santa Barbara and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Diana. He also serves as the Santa Barbara Area Representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In his spare time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, golf and tennis.

Krysten Chin, MD

Dr. Krysten Chin is originally from the island of Jamaica, then moved to New York to attend college and medical school. After surviving the snow and cold, she moved to Miami to complete her pediatrics residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) and stayed an additional year as the Chief Resident. Krysten is currently completing her fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in pediatric emergency medicine. Her academic interests include international medicine and identifying barriers to providing care in underdeveloped countries.