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Dr. Rivera is a board certified pedicatrician in General Pediatrics and Pediatrics and Infectious Disease. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and completed her fellowship at the University of Arizona in Integrative Medicine. She furthered her education by continuing a second fellowship at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine at the University Western States in Oregon. She served as past President of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. She is a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics affiliated with Family Care Specialist and the Keck School of Medicine.
She has worked at White Memorial Medical Center for over twenty five years and recently opened up her own private practice. She teaches training residents in family practice and physician assistants from Keck USC. She precepts PA students from USC and SCU (Souther California University of Health Science). She works in a busy practice in an under-served area near downtown. She trained at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles where she completed her internship and residencey followed by fellowship training in Infectious Disease. She worked in the emergency room as an attending during her stay at Children's but felt a commitment to return to the community. She has done research and published articles in vaccine related, infectious diseases, general pediatrics and integrative issues.
She is vested in helping the community where she was raised. Her mission is to treat patients in a respectful manner that is nurturing to the mind and body. Using both allopathic and integrative medicine, this healing process empowers the patient to understand that choosing wellness and whole person care influences the patient to achieve overall optimal health. The tools learned in Integrative Medicine and nutrition can decrease the increasing rates of chronic diseases and improve overall health.