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McHenry Specialty Care Center - Modesto

Dr. Elliott with a childProviding children and families access to some of the world’s finest pediatric subspecialists in an environment that is close to home, the Modesto Specialty Care Center has served Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties since 2003.

The Center is owned and operated by the Specialty Medical Group (SMG), in affiliation with Valley Children’s Healthcare. In support of the region’s pediatricians, family practice and obstetrical physicians, SMG’s pediatric specialists provide care for newborns, children and adolescents with congenital, acquired and acute conditions in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties.

Our experienced specialists have been committed to supporting primary care physicians and patients in the North Valley since the Center opened in 2003, and have served patients from the region at Children’s Hospital since the group’s establishment in 1997.

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Phone: (209) 572-3880

Subspecialty Services


Our pediatric cardiologists are members of the Willson Heart Center at Valley Children’s Hospital which offers advanced technology and state-of-the-art therapeutics for congenital cardiovascular disease and pediatric acquired cardiovascular disease. Heart Center programs include: Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, the Cardiology Testing Center, and the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory.

Modesto Center Physician:  Robert Appleton, MD


Our pediatric endocrinologists specialize in providing expert diagnosis and management of endocrine disorders in infants, children and adolescents. We bring a complete multidisciplinary approach to patient care with experts on staff in many fields who become part of your child’s care team.

Modesto Center Physician: Nedim Çakan, MD; Animesh Sharma, MD


Our pediatric gastroenterologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with gastrointestinal and nutrition disorders. Services include diagnosis and appropriate medical and surgical treatment for conditions such as chronic abdominal pain, malabsorption syndromes, chronic constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, acute and chronic hepatitis, short gut syndrome and pancreatic disorders.

Modesto Center Physician:  Michael Finch, MD; Philip McDonald, MD


Our pediatric hematologists specialize in the diagnosis and management of  hematological disorders. We provide care for a large pediatric patient population with iron deficiencies, Thalassemia and Fanconi Anemia. We are also treating a handful of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia patients.

Modesto Center Physicians: Vinod Balasa, MD; Wendy Tcheng, MD, Daniel Ozeran, MD, PhD, Faisal Razzaqi, MD, Ruetima Titapiwatanakun, MD; John Gates, MD, Latha Rao, MD 


Our pediatric nephrologists specialize in a multidisciplinary approach to the care of infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired kidney disease.

Modesto Center Physician: Julia Tzeng, MD


Our pediatric neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and management of patients who have suspected or confirmed neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy/spasticity due to brain injury, spinal cord injury or congenital brain abnormality; seizure disorder and epileptic syndromes; chronic migraine headaches and suspected neuromuscular disorders.

Modesto Center Physicians: Malavalli Seetharam, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons specialize in the treatment of patients with conditions such as scoliosis, spinal deformities, sports related injuries, various syndromes and neuromuscular diseases. This scope includes sports injuries, fractures, reconstructive surgery for cerebral palsy, idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis and other spinal disorders, hip dysplasia and upper and lower extremity deformities.

Modesto Center Physicians Jon Oda, MD; Gary Arends, DO; Thu-Ba LeBa, MD; Kerry Loveland, MD; David Ebenezer, MD

Otolaryngology (ENT)

Our pediatric otolaryngologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents with head, neck and airway disorders. Commonly, these include recurrent ear infections, tonsil and adenoid disease and head and neck masses. The Center offers a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) program for children with congenital ear deformities that result in hearing loss.

Modesto Center Physicians:  Mark Rowe, MD; Angela Martin, MD; James Barrese, MD; Victor Duarte, MD

Pediatric Surgery

Our pediatric surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and the surgical treatment of the head, neck, chest and abdomen. Surgical treatment of other conditions includes oncology and trauma. Our pediatric surgeons utilize minimally invasive techniques whenever appropriate.

Modesto Center Physician: Cindy Tai, MD; James Pierce, MD


Our pediatric pulmonologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complex respiratory conditions and disorders. Our practice has expertise in asthma, sleep apnea and managing patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Other conditions treated include allergies, valley fever, croup and bronchiolitis.

Modesto Center Physicians: Reddivalam Sudhakar, MD; Mary Anne A. Tablizo, MD 


Our pediatric urologists provide specialized care for common and complex problems affecting the urinary tract and genitalia. Services include diagnosis and appropriate medical and surgical treatment for conditions such as hernia, hydronephrosis, hypospadias, phimosis, recurrent urinary tract infection, undescended testicles, urinary reflux and varicocele.

Modesto Center Physician: Esequiel Rodriguez, MD

How to find us

Modesto Pediatric CenterThe Modesto Specialty Care Center is located in The Fifteen 24 Professional Center at 1524 McHenry Ave. Suite 570 in Modesto, just south of McHenry Village. The Modesto Center direct phone number is (209) 572-3880.

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Specialty Medical Group Central California, Inc. (SMG)

Specialty Medical Group Central California, Inc. (SMG) is a hospital-based medical corporation associated with Children’s Hospital Central California. SMG was established in 1997, and now includes more than 70 pediatric subspecialist physicians practicing in numerous locations from Visalia to Modesto, and the Central Coast. SMG doctors have more than 120,000 patient encounters a year.