Meet the Doctors
Joel M. Snyder, M.D.
Dr. Snyder is a board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in zoology from the University of Maryland. Then he received his medical degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. His pediatric training was done at Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado in Denver Colorado. He also spent a year there as chief resident in pediatrics. Dr. Snyder then went on to do a two-year fellowship in child development at Children’s Hospital Medical Center/Harvard in Boston Massachusetts. He then moved his wife and three children to San Diego to take a position as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
In 1983 he began in the private practice of pediatrics which he continues today. In the intervening years, in addition to an active clinical practice, Dr. Snyder has been Chief of Pediatrics at Grossmont Hospital, Chief of Staff of Pediatrics at Alvarado Hospital and chairman of the bioethics committee at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Snyder is currently senior staff at Rady Children’s Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
“My job is to be your consultant, to try to keep you as informed as possible about your child’s health, illnesses, and development. Each age, from infancy to the young adult, is unique, filled with amazing behaviors and challenges for the children as well as their families. My joy is to be a partner with you in this process. There is no such thing as a silly question. Any question you have is important.”
Karen A. McGowan, M.D.
Dr. McGowan is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at University of California, San Diego. She received her medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine where she graduated with honors. She then completed her internship and residency training at University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Dr. McGowan is on the Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children with Disabilities.
“I enjoy working with both my patients and their parents. I strive to treat my patients and parents as I would like to have my daughters and myself treated- with respect, intelligence, and a bit of humor.”
Diana Stafford, M.D.
Dr. Stafford is a Board Certified pediatrician who earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She then completed her residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her primary areas of interest include behavioral health, ADHD, endocrine disorders, and preventative medicine. She has attained professional working proficiency in Spanish. She loves spending time with her family and friends, playing music, and doing art.
“I love the practice of medicine and find children to be fascinating! My heart is in helping families navigate the experience of raising healthy and happy children.”
Jennifer Kaufman, C.P.N.P.
Jennifer Kaufman is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and went on to work as a registered nurse in various children’s hospitals in a variety of areas including pediatric intensive care and emergency department. She then went to University of San Diego where she completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on pediatrics.
“My focus is on health promotion and preventative care. I try to provide compassionate care to all the children and families I see. I hope to create a partnership with you to provide quality healthcare in a comfortable, friendly environment. “
Aimee Yager, C.P.N.P.
Aimee Yager is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She became a registered nurse in 1997 and has spent her entire career in pediatrics. She received her MS and NP with a focus on pediatrics from the University of San Diego. She has worked in a variety of areas in pediatrics to include community care, acute/critical care, palliative care as well as in clinical research.
“My focus is on the growth and development of children of all ages. My goal is to work with your family to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to help raise happy and healthy children.”
Emily Thurston, F.N.P.-C.
Emily Thurston is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology and nutrition from the University of Georgia. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University. She worked as an RN in various settings, including pediatric acute care and psychiatric care. She then attended Frontier Nursing University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner.
“Children amaze me every day. I am passionate about keeping them healthy and believe in the power of prevention through nutrition, physical activity, and emotional wellbeing. I have a natural, gentle approach to both well and sick kids with a goal of minimizing the need for medications. I am honored to be a part of your journey through parenthood and am excited to serve your little ones.”
Lyndsey Restelli, C.P.N.P.
Lyndsey is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She completed an accelerated BSN program at Saint Louis University after graduating with a psychology and studio art degree from University of Montana. She worked as an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital while she completed her Master of Science in Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about providing medical care to underserved populations and travels to Haiti every January for a medical mission trip. She worked in the PICU at Rady Children’s Hospital before becoming a team member of San Diego Pediatrics.
“Children brighten up this world and it is both a privilege and a joy to be their health advocate. It is my duty to work with you and your child to maintain their health and wellness by providing quality, holistic medical care. I am committed to working with you and your child throughout their youth and adolescence to ensure they live their best lives.”