Siri Kjos, MD
Dr. Kjos leads the WellHealth Quality Care High Risk Team as the Director of Perinatology. She has over 25 years experience as a Board Certified Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist as a Professor first at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and then at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she was Chief of Obstetrics and the Program Director of the OBGYN Residency Training Program.
Dr. Kjos is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer in diabetes in pregnancy and medically complicated pregnancies as well as preconception care and contraception for women with medical diseases. She has published extensively, conducted numerous clinical trials, has edited and written medical texts and chapters, and has held leadership positions in the American Diabetes Association and Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Dr. Kjos brings her leadership to create a new model of Integrated Obstetrics-High Risk Care in the Las Vegas Valley. Her High Risk Team of diabetes educators, sonographers, perinatal nurses and nutritionists into your Obstetrician’s office to work together to make your pregnancy safe and help you deliver a healthy baby.
Patricia Carney, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, CDE
Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked in the professional theatre and dance world in a variety of venues from Los Angeles to New York City. Holding a BFA in Theatre and a MFA in Dance, I have taught for numerous universities and professional dance companies across the United States and in Europe. My choreography has won awards and has been highlighted on television, stage, and screen.
While working in New York, I had the honor to know and care for a very special person during their fight with a terminal illness. I found new meaning to what “living” meant; I wanted to give back and help people. I had my 15 minutes of fame and now it was my turn to “pay it forward.” I returned to Los Angeles, enrolled in nursing school and set forth to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Upon graduating as an RN, I worked in the Med/Surg/Telemetry unit. But, my love for OB/GYN was sparked when I took a job at a Beverly Hills Birthing Center. Working with the CNM’s was exciting as I assisted with natural childbirth, water births, and mom-baby visits! I knew I wanted to be a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. In 2000 that dream came true!
For over 13 years I have practiced in OB/GYN as a Nurse Practitioner. I earned my MSN in 2003 and have since been on the clinical nursing faculty for UCLA, Cal State-Long Beach, Cal State-Dominguez Hills, and Harbor-UCLA’s Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program. In addition, under the guidance of Dr. Siri Kjos, I have taught the Harbor-UCLA OB 1st and 2nd year residents low risk OB for 8 years.
Special Teaching Experiences:
In 2005, I had the opportunity to work in Al Ain, UAE as the Outpatient Clinic Manager/Nurse Practitioner. Running the Urgent Care 24/7 and 5 other specialty clinics proved challenging as I learned and worked with a multicultural staff. This experience opened my eyes to international health care and paved the way for additional teaching experiences not only in the UAE but also in India, Oman, and Egypt.
Our first concern is to ensure the health of you and your baby. Our doctors and nurse’s are experts in their field knowing all of the latest research and treatments.
We understand that excellent care requires more than just the most current advances in treatments and medicine. It also requires compassionate care and a safe environment for our patients.
We offer many care options to meet the needs of our patients and their babies.
Care For and Management of:
- Maternal diseases, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, hypertensive disorders, systemic lupus erythematous, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiac disease, thrombophilias, and liver disease.
- Fetal based modified diabetes glycemic management: modifying medical management of gestational diabetes using monthly ultrasound growth of the baby to determine glucose targets, a protocol which reduces by 50% babies who grow too large.
- Fetal conditions, such as intrauterine growth restriction, genetic disorders, multiple births, isoimmunization.
- Obstetric conditions, such as recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm labor, placenta previa/accrete, cervical incompetence, previous preterm birth, premature rupture of membranes.
- Nutritionist: Individualized counseling for medical nutritional therapy for diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders, renal disease, inherited metabolic disorders.
- Genetic testing: Non-invasive testing for chromosomal abnormalities and First and second trimester prenatal screening
- Ultrasound: First trimester ultrasound, detailed second trimester anatomy exam, monitoring of growth disturbances
- Antepartum testing: Non-stress tests, amniotic fluid determination, Doppler assessment