Katrin Lalezarzadeh, DO, FAAP

Dr. LalezarzadehDr. Katrin Lalezarzadeh

Dr. Kathy was born in Iran and moved to Southern California at the age of 13. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology at UCLA and received her medical education at Western University of Health Sciences, earning her DO and a Masters degree in Health Professions Education. She completed her pediatric internship at Kaiser Sunset and her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Prior to coming to Boulevard Pediatrics, Dr. Kathy worked at CHLA in their Kids Care urgent care and as a hospital-based NICU physician at UCLA/Olive View hospital. She loves hiking, yoga and travelling and is currently accepting newborn patients, and older children transferring into the practice. Please call the office to arrange an interview with Dr. Kathy.

 

You might want to know, "What is a DO?"

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a physician licensed to practice medicine, perform surgery and prescribe medication.

Like allopathic physicians (or M.D.s), osteopathic physicians complete 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300-500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.

Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopathic physician will often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (also called OMT or manipulation) -- a hands-on approach to make sure that the body is moving freely. This free motion ensures that all of your body's natural healing systems are able to work unhindered.

Osteopathic physicians hold to the principle that a patient's history of illness and physical trauma are written into the body's structure. The osteopathic physician's highly developed sense of touch allows the physician to feel (palpate) the patient's "living anatomy" (the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup).

Like M.D.s, osteopathic physicians are licensed at the state level. Osteopathic physicians who wish to specialize may become "board certified" (in much the same manner as M.D.s) by completing a 2- to 6-year residency within the specialty area and passing the board certifying exams.

D.O.s practice in all specialties of medicine, ranging from emergency medicine and cardiovascular surgery to psychiatry and geriatrics. A majority of osteopathic doctors use many of the medical and surgical treatments that are used by other medical doctors.