Welcome to GetzWell Pediatrics! We are San Francisco’s premier pediatric practice providing thoughtful, progressive medical care. We have shrugged the bureaucracy and shredded the red tape. In refusing to recognize any interference with the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, we have returned pediatrics to its root values of clinical excellence and compassionate care of every patient. We are the only integrative pediatric practice in San Francisco and work diligently to provide a patient experience that is very personal and tailored to your family. At GetzWell our highly trained staff is unhurried, listens to you, and focuses on your child’s and family’s unique needs. We love it, our patients love it, and we think you will too.
Julia Getzelman, MD
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. top
Nicole Glynn, MD
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.
Negar Sheibani, MD
Negar Sheibani, M.D. is originally from Iran. She moved to the U.S. as a child and grew up in California and Ohio. Dr. Sheibani attended medical school at Wright State University, completed her pediatric residency training at University of California, Irvine, and then went to Harvard for fellowship in pediatric critical care. Ultimately she became board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric critical care and worked at Kaiser Oakland for many years.
Recently she made a career change to practice integrative medicine, as all her life she had felt strongly about its role in keeping people healthy. As a first generation immigrant she grew up with traditional Middle Eastern remedies and wondered why western allopathic medicine does not incorporate practices that have been used in various cultures for thousands of years. During her time as a critical care doctor, she became very interested in mind body medicine, particularly neurofeedback and biofeedback. When she was introduced to Dr. Getzelman she knew she’d found the perfect home to practice smart, integrative pediatrics.
In her free time Dr. Sheibani enjoys traveling, cooking, and the outdoors. The biggest accomplishment of her life is raising her two children who are socially conscious, creative, and independent. top
Rachel Lynch, RN, MSN, CPNP
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 son, and traveling. top
Alexa Knorr, BSN, RN, MSN, CPNP
Alexa Knorr’s career path was initially inspired by her aunt, a registered nurse caring for children in the ER and ICU settings. When she attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate, Alexa continued to explore her interest in pediatric health and wellness by earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in Child Development.
Subsequent to Vanderbilt, Alexa attended Columbia University’s School of Nursing to pursue her Master’s degree and become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).
Upon completing Columbia’s program, Alexa worked for four years as a PNP at a well established community health center in Manhattan and practiced in two different clinical settings: the Women and Children’s center on the Upper West Side and within several school based health clinics. Later, she was promoted to a supervising role, providing administrative and clinical oversight to six school based health centers serving several thousands of children per year.
While she greatly enjoyed her fast-paced employment in New York City, Alexa is thrilled to be able to spend more valuable time with patients and families at GetzWell. She believes that shared decision making and establishment of strong relationships between care providers and families help children meet their best wellness potential. Moreover, through her various clinical experiences she is convinced of the environmental, social, and nutritional impacts that play a fundamental role in children’s physical, emotional and mental development.
On her own time, Alexa enjoys stopping to pet every dog she comes across on the street, trying new restaurants, traveling, exercising, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vanderbilt Commodores. top
Genevieve Handy, RN, MSN, ACPNP, PCPNP
A Bay Area native, Genevieve graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College with a bachelors degree in nursing. She spent several years working as a pediatric intensive care nurse in a variety of hospitals around the U.S.
Throughout her nursing career Genevieve volunteered with Operation Smile, a not for profit which specializes in the surgical repair of children born with cleft palates and lips around the world. Her volunteer work is the perfect pairing of her passion to serve those who might not otherwise receive medical care and her love for travel. Operation Smile has taken her to over 30 countries and some of the most remote corners of the world.
Genevieve’s experience abroad motivated her to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner and in 2011 she graduated from UCSF as a Global Health Clinical Scholar with a Masters in Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Post-Masters in Primary Care. After graduation, Genevieve worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where she co-directed the Newborn Follow-up Clinic and specialized in the care of recently immigrated children. Genevieve has dual board certification by PNCB as ACPNP and PCPNP.
Following her work at General Hospital, Genevieve spent a year in Honduras running a pediatric clinic, in conjunction with UCSF School of Medicine. Strapped by limited resources and a scarcity of medications, she became curious about ways to optimize health outside of the traditional pharmaceutical toolbox. It was here she began to truly realize the importance of environmental factors and nutrition on health. Later experiences in India profoundly convinced her of the connection between environmental exposures, stress and nutrition on health outcomes and caused her to become keenly interested in functional medicine.
Upon returning to the U.S. her growing passion for integrative care led her to GetzWell Pediatrics. She could not be more excited to work in a setting that values a slow approach to medicine, focusing on the children and their families as unique beings and prioritizing optimal immune function over pharmaceuticals. top