Our Team

Stephen Ashwal, MD

Dr. Ashwal

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology; Chief, Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Stephen Ashwal has been a member of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital since 1976 and currently serves as Chief of the Division. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1970, did his pediatric training at Bellevue Hospital in New York and completed his training in child neurology at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in pediatrics and in adult neurology and psychiatry with special competence in child neurology. Dr. Ashwal has been an active member of the Child Neurology Society since 1975. He has also written or edited several books in the field of child neurology and does research related to areas of acute brain injury in children. He also serves as co-director of the Pain Assessment Clinic. Dr. Ashwal is committed to the care of children with serious neurological disorders as well as helping families optimize their long-term potential.

Sarah Roddy, MD

Dr. Roddy

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Sarah Roddy has been a member of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital since 1996. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1980. She completed her pediatric training and pediatric neurology training at Loma Linda University. She is board certified in pediatrics and in neurology with special competence in child neurology. From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Roddy was a member of the Division of Child Neurology at the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Roddy sees patients will all types of neurological disorders but has a special interest in Tic Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and learning disabilities. She serves as the Director for the Tourettes Syndrome Clinic.

Standford Shu, MD

Dr. Shu

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Standford Shu has been a member of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at LLUCH since 1997. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1992 and completed child neurology at LLUCH in 1997. He is board certified in pediatric neurology. Dr. Shu sees patients with a variety of neurologic disorders including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscle disorders, headaches, congenital malformations of the brain, movement disorders, and learning disabilities. Dr. Shu's research interests include acute brain injury due to trauma and asphyxia as well as neurologic issues in newborns.

David Michelson, MD

Dr. Michelson

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. David Michelson attended medical school at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, completed pediatric residency at Kaiser Hospital Oakland, California, and child neurology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital’s Division of Child Neurology. He is board certified in Pediatric Neurology. He serves as Medical Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic and the Complex Epilepsy Team Center Program at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Dr. Michelson is active is providing clinical neurology lectures to residents and medical students. His research interests include diagnostic and prognostic brain imaging of children with brain injury.

Gregory Aaen, MD

Dr. Aaen

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Gregory Aaen graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2003. He obtained two years of general pediatric training and then finished three years of pediatric neurology training at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in 2008. Dr. Aaen did further training in pediatric demyelinating diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Aaen obtained a Master's degree in Psychology from Loma Linda University in 2000. Dr. Aaen is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. He is a member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and the International Pediatric MS Study Group. He is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. He also serves as the director of the pediatric neurology service at Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

Allison Przekop, DO

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Allison Przekop completed her child neurology residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in 2008. She then completed a one year fellowship in pediatric movement disorders at Stanford Children's Hospital under the direction of Dr. Terence Sanger in 2009. Dr. Przekop sees general child neurology patients on the hospital ward and in clinic. She is the Medical Director for the Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic, in which she will manages patients with deep brain stimulation, and a dystonia clinic in which she provides therapeutic intramuscular botulinum toxin injections.

Teresa Serna, MS, RN, PCCNP/CNS, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Neurology Nurse Practioner / Clinical Nurse Specialist

Teresa Serna is the pediatric nurse practitioner for the Child Neurology Team. She completed her master's program at Loma Linda University School of Nursing specializing in pediatric critical care clinical specialty and her pediatric critical care nurse practitioner certification in 1992. In 1998, she received an additional post master's program certification specializing in pediatric primary care. Teresa has been an employee of LLUCH since 1992 and had nearly a decade of clinical experience in pediatric neurosurgery prior to joining the Child Neurology Team in 2001. She enjoys assisting in the total spectrum of care surrounding the vast variety of pediatric patients who attend the Child Neurology Clinics. Teresa serves as our Pediatric Neurology Nurse Pracitioner as well as our Pediatric Neurology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Wilhelmina Hernandez, MD

Dr. Hernandez is an assistant professor of pediatrcs at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  She is passionate about pediatric development disorders and has pursued advanced training in this field.  She collaboratively worked with the team of pediatric neurologists, neurophychologists, primary care, genetics, and pediatric developmental specialists to open the Autism Assessment Clinic of Excellence in October 2015.

Joshua Loeb, MD

Dr. Loeb graduated from Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2009. He completed his pediatrics and child neurology training at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Children's Hospital of Orange County/UC Irvine. Dr. Loeb is the medical director of the Complex Epilepsy Team Center and has a special interest in epilepsy in childhood. He has particular interest in surgical, dietary, and neuromodulation techniques for treating children with complex epilepsy.  He is board certified in Pediatric Neurology.

Pilar Pichon, MD

Dr. Pichon is a graduate of Albany Medical College in New York.  She did her Pediatric and Child Neurology Residency Training at Loma Linda University.  She obtained her Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology with Emphasis in Pediatric Epilepsy from Emory University in Atlanta.  Her special interests include Epilepsy, Epilepsy Surgery, and Autism.  She collaborated with UCLA researchers to study the visual processing  of children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. She  was awarded a research grant to study neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with congenital heart disease.

Gamil Fteeh, MD

Dr. Fteeh is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He joined the child neurology faculty in October 2015. He completed his child neurology training at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital then completed three months as a visiting physician in pediatric neuro-critical care at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Fteeh’s clinical interests are pediatric neuro-critical care and pediatric stroke.