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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 Kelly V. Sidhpura, 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: Noël Salyer, M.D., Robert Hamilton, M.D., Leian Chen, M.D., Kelly Sidhpura, 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., Noel Salyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. and Kelly V. Sidhpura, 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.



Meet the Doctors

Meet the Doctors

  L-R:   Noël Salyer, M.D.. Robert Hamilton, M.D., Leian Chen, M.D., Kelly Sidhpura, M.D.

L-R: Noël Salyer, M.D.. Robert Hamilton, M.D., Leian Chen, M.D., Kelly Sidhpura, M.D.

Robert C. Hamilton, MD, FAAP. has been in practice in Santa Monica for the past 26 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from University of California, Davis and from there he came to UCLA for medical school and pediatric residency. He remained for an additional year and served as Chief Resident for one year before going into private practice in Santa Monica.

After 12 years of practice with Santa Monica Pediatric Group, Dr. Hamilton ventured off to form his own practice, Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, in the fall of 1996. He has hospital privileges at Providence-St. Johns Health Center and UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. In addition to Dr. Hamilton's practice, he has also been active in overseas humanitarian medical missions. In 1998 he founded Lighthouse Medical Missions and has led 22 medical mission teams to Africa.

Dr. Hamilton and his wife Leslie are the proud parents of six children and seven grandchildren. For leisure, Dr. Hamilton enjoys biking, reading and political involvement. He also has an eclectic taste for all kinds of music.

Dr. Hamilton's Days: Mon, Tues, Wed, and Fri

Leian Chen, MD, FAAP grew up in Plano, Texas, but has called Los Angeles home since 2004.  She attended college at Harvard where she studied History of Science, and then went cross country to UCLA for medical school and stayed for her pediatric residency and additional year as Chief Resident.  She has been with Pacific Ocean Pediatrics since 2012, and is on staff at Providence-St. Johns Health Center and UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center.

Leian lives in Redondo Beach with her husband, Ed, their sons, Brandon and Ryan, and their "puggle" (half-pug, half-beagle), Piglet.

Dr. Chen's Days: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Noel H. Salyer, MD, FAAP was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles and then completed her medical degree at University of California, Davis. She did her internship and pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University.

After eight years in Northern California she moved back to Santa Monica and joined Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in 2010. She is excited to be working at POP alongside her father, Dr. Robert Hamilton.  She is on staff at Providence-St. Johns Health Center and UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center.

Noel lives in Culver City with her husband, Kyle, and their three young children.

Dr. Salyer's Days: Mon (AM), Wed, Thurs

Kelly V. Sidhpura, MD On July 11, 2017, Dr. Kelly Sidhpura joined our practice. Dr. Sidhpura comes to us from UCLA where she worked as a pediatric hospitalist from 2014 - 2017. 

She lives in Marina del Rey with her husband and their two little girls.  She will return from maternity leave on May 8, 2018.

Dr. Sidhpura's Days: Tues, Wed, Fri


Tammy E. Yuen, MD grew up in Toronto, Canada. She attended Cornell University as a Presidential Research Scholar in computational neurobiology. After completing her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, she flew to Los Angeles for a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA. Further specializing with a pediatric neurology fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Yuen is Board Certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. She enjoys the whole spectrum of pediatric neurology from tics, developmental delay, autism, epilepsy, migraines to sleep disorders, ADHD and movement disorders. She believes in working with families to personalize their care and helping her patients reach their full potential. Tammy lives in Westwood with her husband, two children and her cat, Whiskey.

Covering Doctors: 

Ramona Davoudpour, MD grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She then received her medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles, where she also completed her pediatric residency.

She has been a covering doctor at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics since 2015, and we love every minute she's in the office!

She lives in Beverlywood with her husband and two young children.

Harvey Harris, MD completed his undergraduate program at UCLA and his medical schooling at Stanford. He then completed his internship at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, his residency at University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital, and his mini-fellowship at the University of North Carolina. He also served in the military as a First Lieutenant and Captain with the U.S. Air Force. He was with Buenaventura Medical Group until they were bought out by Kaiser in 2006. In the years following, Dr. Harris worked in both private and clinic practices in California and Army Medical Centers in North Carolina and Washington state. He has been married to his wonderful wife Jessica for 57 years and has two children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Harris will be covering Dr. Chen's maternity leave May 2, 2017 - July 28, 2017. 


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 afternoons at 1:00 PM.
  • Kelly V. Sidhpura, M.D. is available for prenatal visits on Friday 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 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 $375/year
  • 2 children $425/year
  • 3 children $475/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 9040





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? 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 48-72 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: 9:30AM - 12:00PM

*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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