A Woman’s World
Helping women of the Valley with their medical needs is what these female physicians are all about.
Photographed byTameka Jacobs, Monica Orozco, Shane O’Donnell
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Facey Medical Group and its more than 200 physicians throughout the San Fernando, Simi and Santa Clarita valleys have built a reputation for providing connected, patient-centered care to generations of Southern California residents. As a result, they’ve been voted the best medical group by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News for the last 14 years. Facey Medical is affiliated with Providence, a nonprofit health system that serves seven western U.S. states.
The seven female doctors at Facey’s Tarzana office offer primary and specialist care in a modern, welcoming space. Here, they share the joys of their careers.
Dr. Dafna Trites is an OB-GYN who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and joined Facey in 2016 after 17 years at a private practice in Northridge. “OB-GYN is such a broad, exciting field of medicine,” she shares. “I love seeing the different generations of women, and my passion is helping them navigate the enormous changes of menopause with expert advice and treatment. My greatest joy is helping empower women to feel vibrant and healthy and lay the foundation for the most optimal second half of their lives!”
Dr. Tina Verder earned her doctor of medicine degree at Chicago Medical School, interned at USC School of Medicine and completed residency training at Danbury Hospital. “I have more than 25 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology in the San Fernando Valley,” Dr. Verder explains. “I specialize in minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci robot for disorders of the female genital tract. Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing medical missions in the Philippines and being able to provide surgery for women who might otherwise not be able to afford it.”
Dr. Diana Wong has been an OB-GYN in Tarzana since 1994. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University and performed a residency at USC L.A. County Women’s Hospital. “I initially wanted to be a pediatrician,” she shares, “but while doing my rotations as a medical student I realized I loved surgery and really enjoyed working with women. The positive of being an OB-GYN is that you get to see the babies you delivered— years down the road when they come in with their moms for appointments. After 24 years of practice, I feel like I have seen everything!”
Dr. Hitasha Singh, a rheumatology specialist, volunteered at Tarzana Hospital as a teen before attending Virginia Commonwealth University and earning her medical degree. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at the University of Southern California. “Rheumatologists are the Sherlock Holmes of medicine; we listen carefully to our patients and assess the clinical scenario with the help of lab testing and imaging,” she shares. “I enjoy helping patients gain control of their diseases with a personalized care plan so they can live their best lives.”
Dr. Mina Moussavian-Assadi is a pediatrician who practiced in Boston for 13 years before joining the Facey team. She received her medical training at the University of Montpellier School of Medicine in France and completed a residency at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey. “Our pediatric group at Facey Tarzana has the feel of a private practice,” says Dr. Moussavian-Assadi. “I consider myself an extension of my patient’s family. Being a parent of a child with special needs has raised my level of compassion for all my patients, and I try to help patients and parents by being their advocate through their emotional or physical challenges.”
Dr. Jody Levy has practiced internal medicine for 39 years. She attended medical school at UCLA and completed residencies at Baylor College of Medicine and LAC-USC Medical Center. Her area of interest is the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke. “I have practiced medicine in this community for 21 years,” says Dr. Levy. “I enjoy working with so many outstanding colleagues. I’m extremely happy to have joined Facey Medical Group almost three years ago and honored to have so many of my previous patients join me at Facey for continued care.”
Dr. Loren Leshan has practiced medicine for the past four decades in Mexico, Wisconsin and Florida, as well as here in her home state. She has worked with Facey Medical Group for four years as a family medicine practitioner. In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, she focuses on disease prevention and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“I educate patients to take good care of themselves,” says Dr. Leshan. “I try to integrate physical and emotional and spiritual health for myself and my patients.” Facey Medical Group, along with Providence, is a convenient, compassionate choice for all your health care needs. Connect with them at facey.com and discover why so many of our neighbors choose a Facey doctor.