Alana Epstein, LCSW
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Alana Epstein, LCSW, is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care. Alana developed the initial model for MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care, site selection, implementation, and a mental health service program that lays the foundation of MVP Pediatric Urgent Care. She is responsible for the strategic development, management, and day to day operations. She received her BA in Psychology from York University in Toronto, followed by a Bachelors in Social Work Degree, then a Master’s of Social Work degree from CSULA. She is currently adjunct faculty at University of Southern California (USC) in Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. As a licensed mental health professional, Alana has experience in frontline health care. She has worked in health care since 2006, including employment at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles from 2007-2013, and has also been working in private practice providing mental health services since 2007 to children, families, individuals, and couples.
Her pediatric experience at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and personal journey with the logistics of healthcare services has been most valuable to her current desire and commitment to improving healthcare access and to providing the highest quality of care to children and their families. As a mental health professional, Alana has extensive experience in dealing with crisis, trauma, chronic and acute illness, and helping families cope with stress.
Alana strongly believes in the process of enhancing communication between the patient, the family, and the medical providers; empowering patients and their families to be active partners, participants, and collaborators in their own care; and providing psychoeducation for informed decision making, improved adherence, and for potentially better health outcomes.
David Epstein, MD
David Epstein, MD is Co-founder of MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care. Dr. Epstein attended the University of California, San Diego for undergraduate schooling, then received his Medical Doctorate from Georgetown University, School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Epstein obtained further subspecialty training in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. After completing his training, he worked as a pediatric intensivist in the ICU at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA from 2003 – 2006, caring for critically ill children in both the general pediatric ICU and the cardiothoracic ICU.
Dr. Epstein returned to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2006 and has been a member of the Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine since then. In addition to treating critical illness in the ICU, Dr. Epstein also has extensive experience with performing deep sedation and analgesia for children (sedation and pain management for procedures without requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation).
With his experience and clinical expertise, Dr. Epstein’s mission is to provide a higher level of care to the children of the San Fernando Valley, to reduce the severity of illness, and promote individual and community health for children. The goal is to improve access to care and provide the highest quality of care for children during urgent medical situations. An important part of achieving this goal is to provide more comprehensive urgent care through an integrated care model and collaborate with the primary care physicians and community organizations who currently care for children and their families. Dr. Epstein’s vision is to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of children in the San Fernando Valley… a place where he, his wife, and three children currently reside.