About Us

GetzWell Pediatrics has been redefining the practice of primary care medicine for children since opening its doors in San Francisco in 2008. We are the doctors of choice for families seeking a more progressive approach to health care and provide an unprecedented level of accessibility and personalized attention. At GetzWell we categorically reject the usual ‘fast food’ approach to medical services, as it isn’t the best way to care for kids, or anyone.

Our mission is based on the conviction that parents and talented health care professionals, not insurance companies, should decide how kids are cared for. This is why we are out of network.

 


Julia Getzelman, MD

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Julia Getzelman, M.D. founded GetzWell Pediatrics in 2008 with a passionate commitment to bring integrative pediatrics to San Francisco.

Dr. Getzelman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned her medical degree from Yale University and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Thereafter, she was an attending physician in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric clinic at Highland, Oakland’s county hospital and also worked at After Hour Pediatrics in San Mateo. In the 5 years before founding GetzWell, she practiced at Sutter-Saint Luke’s Health Care Center in San Francisco’s Mission District where she provided whole kid care to over 1200 patients. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Getzelman believes that many factors contribute to health and illness: nutrition, physical activity, emotional/psychological stresses, and the environment, among others. She has a special interest in how nutrition and intestinal health contribute to overall wellness. To that end, she completed the core curriculum of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2007. Dr. Getzelman has additional training in homeopathy and applied nutritional biochemistry/food as medicine.

Dr. Getzelman grew up in California and is the oldest of five children. She loves the outdoors and is fascinated by nature. She comes from a musical family, has sung in a variety of venues over the years, and recently recorded Asturiana, a compilation of soothing classics and lullabies. She has a passion for romance languages and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Getzelman lives in San Francisco with her husband.

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Nicole Glynn, MD

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Nicole Glynn, MD grew up in Santa Cruz California where she was first introduced to the idea of integrative medicine. Dr. Glynn’s father, a pediatric dentist, influenced her to become a pediatrician. She received her bachelor’s degree in Combined Sciences at Santa Clara University and before attending medical school was involved in research at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and Stanford University Center for AIDS Research. She earned her medical degree from Creighton University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. During her residency she provided care to many underprivileged children and became especially curious about the growing pediatric epidemics of asthma, eczema and obesity. After becoming a mother her interest in nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and integrative medicine deepened. During her pregnancy she made changes to “green the womb” as her awareness of the impact of environmental toxins on fetal development became more personal.

Dr. Glynn and her husband live in San Francisco where she has practiced at a variety of locations including Kaiser, Noe Valley Pediatrics, and most recently Stonestown Pediatrics. She also remains a part-time hospitalist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Glynn joined GetzWell Pediatrics in part because she loves taking more time with patients and their families, building strong relationships and providing personalized holistic care.

She is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a mother, she is an active member of Golden Gate Mother’s Group. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spinning, yoga, barre classes and nurturing her young daughter.

 

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Colleen Panina, MD

After graduating from Stanford University, Colleen Panina, M.D. taught high school geometry at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco. Later Dr. Panina earned her medical degree at St. Louis University and graduated cum laude. She went on to complete her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she was named Outstanding Intern. While at Children’s Hospital Oakland she also completed a two year fellowship in infectious disease. Most recently, she has been a member of the pediatric hospitalist service at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Panina is a native San Franciscan. She is married and the mother of five children. In her spare time she likes to coach high school women’s basketball.

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Rachel Lynch, RN, MSN, CPNP

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Rachel Lynch is a Washington DC native and she earned her bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Tuft’s University. During her college years, she cultivated an interest in the relationship between the mind and body, which was later strengthened by her involvement in research at UCSF. While Rachel quickly fell in love with Northern California, she migrated back to the East Coast to complete her nursing and advanced practice nursing degrees at Columbia University. Rachel was drawn to nursing for its emphasis on whole-person care, which, in addition to physical health, prioritizes mental health, social and environmental factors, and nutrition. She was a Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society member and spent a month volunteering at one of the largest HIV clinics in the Dominican Republic.

Rachel returned to the Bay Area with her husband after finishing her advanced nursing education. She accepted a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner for a private practice in Orinda and simultaneously worked at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland on an enzyme replacement study for a very unique group of kids born without this necessary component of intracellular metabolism. She later accepted a position as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Rehabilitation Department at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Rachel is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves working in pediatrics as it affords a unique opportunity to build relationships with children and their families. She joined GetzWell Pediatrics to practice a more inclusive style of medicine and to spend more time with families fostering these meaningful relationships. In her free time, Rachel loves to be outdoors, hiking and biking in the Oakland hills, camping with her husband, and traveling.

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Sonaz Safari, RN

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Andrea Creighton, Patient Services Assistant

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