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About Us

About Us


Pacific Ocean Pediatrics is a pediatric practice located in the heart of Santa Monica, California.  Founded in 1996 by Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.A.P., the practice is now comprised of Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.A.P., Leian Chen, M.D., F.A.A.P., Noel Salyer, M.D., F.A.A.P., and Casey Sherman M.D., F.A.A.P.

Our Philosophy:

Our practice is committed to providing excellent medical care to our patients in a warm and caring environment. We are dedicated to the health and development of children from birth through early adulthood.  Our desire is to partner with you to raise healthy and well-balanced children.

Meet Our Doctors:

L-R: Casey Sherman, M.D., Robert Hamilton, M.D., Leian Chen, M.D., Noël Salyer, M.D.

Click HERE for more information on Doctors. 

A Commitment To Service And Teaching:

In addition to serving our patients, we believe it is important to serve children in need locally and abroad.  We are active participants in the following organizations:

A Team Approach:

At Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, we believe in a team-based approach in caring for your child.  We have an exceptional team of accredited pediatricians, Robert Hamilton, M.D., F.A.A.P. Leian Chen, M.D., F.A.A.P., Casey Sherman M.D., F.A.A.P., and Noel Salyer, M.D., F.A.A.P.  Each member of our team has their own unique style, but we all share the same general philosophy in treating patients.

For your Well Child visits, you may choose to see the same physician each time to maintain continuity and foster a closer relationship.  When your child is ill, we want him or her to be seen as soon as possible, and that may mean seeing the ‘covering’ doctor from our team.

We also have a wonderful team of nurses and support staff that is here to help you and your child.



New Patient Info

New Patient Info

Meet our Doctors

Click HERE for doctor bios.  

Prenatal Visits

Congratulations - you are about to be parents!  This is a very special time for you and your family and choosing the right pediatrician for your child is an important decision. If you would like to interview one of our physicians, please call (310) 264-2100 or email to schedule an appointment. Click HERE for doctor bios. 

We encourage you to schedule these appointments early!  

  • Robert C. Hamilton, M.D. is available for prenatal visits on Wednesday evenings at 5:15 PM.
  • Leian Chen, M.D. is available for prenatal visits on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 PM
  • Noel H. Salyer, M.D. is available for prenatal visits on Thursday evenings at 5:00 PM.
  • Casey Sherman, M.D. is available for prenatal visits on Thursday evenings at 5:00 PM.

Please note we have hospital privileges at SM-UCLA (all doctors), Providence St. John's (all doctors), and Cedar-Sinai (Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Sherman only).

Check out our MEDICAL TOPICS for hospital, newborn, and delivery information.  

Administration Fee

There are many services that we perform in the workday that we do not individually bill for. Instead, as opposed to some practices that do charge for these services separately, we have opted to charge an annual comprehensive fee that covers these items.

These services include:

  • Access to a Board Certified pediatrician for telephone consultation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Same-day appointments for emergent care
  • Saturday office hours, Sunday and holiday availability
  • Pharmacy call-ins for refills and new prescriptions
  • Camp, school and sport participation form completion and submission
  • Prenatal interviews. Expectant moms and partners can come meet with preferred physician and tour the office

Our Administration Fee allows us the liberty to provide the kind of care that our patients have come to appreciate without individually charging for the services we (happily) provide.

Fees are:

  • 1 child $325/year
  • 2 children $375/year
  • 3 children $425/year

The annual administration fee is a non-contractual fee that your insurance company will not cover.

For any questions regarding our office policies, please call our office at (310) 264-2104.

New Patient Paperwork

Before your first visit, you can download and complete the following forms to save time at your first appointment (must be completed for all new patient visits). Please do not email completed form as it contains sensitive information. 

Immunization Schedule

We offer a unique immunization schedule that minimizes injections at each well-baby visit. Click HERE for our immunization schedule. You are welcome to follow the general AAP schedule if you prefer. 


Click here for INSURANCE info. 


We are conveniently located across the street from St. John's Hospital and Health Center on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of Santa Monica. Paid parking ($1.75 per 15 minutes or $12 max) is available in the lot directly behind our building. Metered street parking is also available in the neighborhood south of our office. There is an ATM on the corner of 23rd and Santa Monica Blvd if you're in need of cash!

2216 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 204

Santa Monica, CA 90404





Insurance is complicated, but at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics we aim to make this process as simple as possible. We recommend to always call your insurance company to confirm that we are in-network. Give us a call, and we'll give you our TAX ID# to confirm with your insurance.

As of February 2016, we are contracted with the following PPO insurances: Aetna, BlueCross*, BlueShield, Cigna, HealthNet, and United Healthcare

*We are only contracted with certain BlueCross plans. We are not contracted with Anthem Tiered or Pathway plans. Go to ANTHEM website to check eligibility using your ID #. 

Our office is not contracted with any HMO health plans. We do not accept MediCal.

For all insurance or billing questions, please contact Lisa Kessenich at or (310)-755-8848




Local Emergency Rooms:

Santa Monica - UCLA - 1255 15th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Hospital Map)

Westwood - UCLA  - 757 Westwood Plaza , Los Angeles, CA 90095 (Hospital Map)

Beverly Hills - Cedars-Sinai - 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: (310) 423-8780

We do not recommend going to Providence St. John's ER as it does not have a pediatric unit. 


  1. Are you accepting new patients? Yes, all of our physicians are accepting new patients, but please note that Dr. Hamilton is only accepting newborn new patients. Click HERE for New Patient Info.. Click HERE for New Patient Info.
  2. Do you accept walk-ins? We are always available for same-day sick visits, but we request that you please give us a call so we can prepare your chart ahead of time. If you are not a patient of our practice, please note that appointment times are reserved for our patients. If we do have room in our schedule, you may be seen by one of our doctors, but your visit will be a "cash" visit. We will supply you with the superbill to bill your insurance. 
  3. What insurances do you accept? We are contracted with the following PPO plans Aetna, BlueCross*, BlueShield, Cigna, HealthNet, and United Healthcare. We highly recommend that you call your insurance and confirm that we are in-network. We are happy to supply you with our tax ID #. *We are only contracted with certain Anthem BlueCross PPO plans. Please click HERE for more info. 
  4. What is the Annual Admin Fee? We do charge an annual fee to be a part of our office. Click HERE to learn more about our Annual Administrative Fee. 
  5. What hospitals are you on staff with? Providence St. Johns Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.
  6. What is the parking situation? We are located at 2216 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 204, Santa Monica, CA, and you can park in the back parking lot. Enter from Santa Monica Blvd. Parking cost is $1.75/15 minutes and $12.00 max. There is an ATM on the corner of 23rd and Santa Monica Blvd.
  7. I'm expecting and would like my baby to be a patient at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics. What do I do? That's wonderful! You can schedule a Prenatal Meeting to meet with your preferred physician and get to know the office a little bit (not required). Click HERE for more information about this process. 
  8. How do I prepare for my first newborn visit? When you are admitted to the hospital, be sure to inform Labor and Delivery of your preferred physician. Once you deliver your baby, the hospital will give us a call to inform us of your baby's arrival. We will visit you in the hospital within the first 24 hours for your baby's first check-up. In the meantime, you can start New Patient paperwork by clicking HERE.
  9. Can I call to get a same day sick appointment?  For sick visits, yes. For well check-ups we recommend calling 2-3 weeks ahead of time.
  10. Do you do camp forms? Please email with patient's name, DOB, what you'd like sent, and to whom it should be sent. Please allow 36-48 hours for task to be completed. Also note that in order to complete a sports or camp form, patient must have had a physical within the past year.
  11. I'd like to request medical records to be emailed or faxed to me. What can I do? Please click HERE and email with patient's name, DOB, what you'd like sent, and to whom it should be sent. Please allow 36-48 hours for task to be completed.
  12. I used to be a patient back in the day. Can I still request my medical records? If we have them on file, yes. We do charge $35 if you are not a current patient. Please note that we properly dispose of records if the patient is 21 or older AND hasn't been seen in 10 years. Please email to request records. 

Check out our MEDICAL TOPICS for more information.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Hours of Operation: 

Mon: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tues: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Wed: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thurs: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Fri: 9:30AM - 5:00PM

Sat: 9:00AM - 12:30PM

*There is a doctor on-call 24/7.

Pacific Ocean Pediatrics

2216 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 204

Santa Monica, CA 90404

TEL (310)-264-2100

FAX (310)-264-2108


Would you like to schedule a prenatal visit, inquire about joining our practice, or request medical records? Drop us a line, and we'll get back to you right away!

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