Meet the Doctors
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.”
Kaitlin Phelan, CPNP
Kaitlin is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of San Diego. She began her career in Boston, MA, working with children with developmental disabilities and complex medical needs, where she learned first hand from incredible families, children and experts on the importance of family centered care. Kaitlin is passionate about approaching each child and family with an individualized approach to ensure they receive high quality, evidence based care that meets all of their unique needs. Kaitlin has a broad range of experience in community and public health, mental health, palliative care, and pediatrics, and is particularly passionate about promoting resilience in children. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new places with friends and family, and doing yoga.
Danielle Patterson, CPNP
I have been practicing Pediatrics in San Diego for 20+ years, both at Rady’s Children’s Hospital and outpatient. I enjoy seeing my little patients grow into young adults and helping in the process. As a mother of 3 girls, I love to combine my Medical, Nursing and Mother’s experience to help my patients and parents achieve their goals as healthy families. I strive for parents to leave each visit well informed, empowered, and with the resources to better care for their kids. I love kids and feel so blessed to be a part of their lives.