Dr. Lilia M. Pacini, F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. She completed her residency in University of Texas in Houston in 2004 and relocated to Palm Springs at that time. She is passionate about both Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Pacini offers minimally invasive surgery including procedures with the da Vinci Robot. Dr. Pacini loves the desert area and as one of the practice owners, she is committed to staying in the area. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two daughters. She is very active and enjoys yoga, dancing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, traveling, spending time with her dog Bono.

Dr. Jolyn Fergon, NP, CNM is a Certified Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife, and is also one of the practice owners. She completed her doctorate of Nursing Practice at Duke University. She has been providing healthcare to women in the valley for over 20 years. She grew up in the state of Washington and moved to the desert during high school. After working as a labor and delivery nurse for six years, she decided to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner; inspired by the positive, close relationships that are built between patients and providers. Her professional interests include all aspects of women's healthcare with an emphasis and passion on infertility treatments. She is able to provide infertility treatments including but not limited to Intrauterine Insemination. She provides routine obstetrics and gynecology, and currently has privileges to perform low risk deliveries at Desert Regional Medical Center. In her free time, she is actively involved in volunteering in children's services at Southwest Community Church. She enjoys reading, scrap booking, and spending time with her husband and two children. You might run into her hiking the local bump & grind trail in Palm Desert.

Sandra Moran, NP was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After working as a nurse for ten years she completed her Masters in Science nursing program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. During her graduate program, Sandy had the opportunity to train under the expertise of Stanford University physicians in obstetrics and gynecology enhancing her clinical experience in prenatal care and preventative women’s health. Sandy has four sons and enjoys spending time with them and enjoying the weather that southern California provides. She is a seasoned runner and runs yearly half marathons, training regularly with her dedicated running partner, her German Shepard.

Barbara Welty, NP, has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for more than 30 years. She and her husband have been married for over 30 years, and they raised their 2 children here. She practiced as a RN for more than 18 years at JFK Hospital as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, and was also the Perinatal Educator for 5 years. Barbara received her BSN from the University of Phoenix, and then continued her education to earn her MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Phoenix in February 2010. After her graduation, she worked locally as a Women's Nurse Practitioner. You can spot Barbara and her husband walking her Great Dane and her Lhasa Apso in the desert.

Dr. Maria Teresa Datan Benitez, F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She joined our team in December 2013. She enjoys obstetrics and gynecology alike. Dr. Benitez is originally from the Philippines, and graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine. She did her first OBGYN residency program in the Philippines and worked as a doctor there for 10 years before coming to the United States. She then completed her second OBGYN residency program at State University of New York at Buffalo. She worked as a physician in Michigan for 5 years before relocating to California to be closer to her family. In her spare time, Dr. Benitez likes to relax at home, spending time with her husband, kids, and 2 dogs. She enjoys baking, doing needle work, and scrapbooking.

Dr. Zanita Kassam, F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She received her medical school degeree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and then moved to Massachusetts where she completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kassam is excited to provide a full complement of both obstetric and gynecologic care to women in the Coachella Valley, with special interests in high-risk obsterics, minimally invasive surgery and Da Vinci robotic surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring the outdoors. She has a passion for travel and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Deepti Nahar, F.A.C.O.G. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist specializing in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. She is fellowship trained in her specialty, having completed a 2-year AAGL-certified program at the Northwell Health System in New York (formerly North Shore - Long Island Jewish). Prior to completing her fellowship training, Dr. Nahar received her residency training at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical Center, where she first discovered her compelling interest in state-of-the art laparoscopic and robotic techniques and how they can be used to improve outcomes and patient recovery. Dr. Nahar applies her avidity for women's healthcare to a wide array of skills including everything from routine obstetric care to some of the most complicated surgical procedures in the field. She is especially enthusiastic about offering single-site and minimally invasive surgery options for our patients. During her free time, Dr. Nahar enjoys traveling, experiencing other cultures, cooking with her husband, dancing and exploring the outdoors.

Courtney Van Valkenburg, NP is originally from Oregon and received her BS in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!) A year later, she attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where she received her BSN. After working as a charge nurse on a Medicare licensed skilled nursing and rehab unit, Courtney decided to continue her education and earned her Master’s in Science with a Women’s Health degree at Boston College. Clinical placements at MIT, Boston Medical, MGH and Women’s and Infants provided a wide variety of patient experiences that she plans to incorporate into her practice at AWHC. Courtney received the Clinical Excellence Award in Women’s Health in her graduating class at Boston College and promises to continue providing excellent, individualized, and holistic care to all of her patients. She is thrilled to be back on the west coast and closer to her family in Oregon, as well as explore the desert area. In her spare time Courtney likes to stay active by running, hiking, swimming or playing her two favorite sports soccer and tennis. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, as well as spending time with friends she has made across the country.

Dr. Lara T. Hasan, MD is pleased to offer services in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University, a top 25 US medical school, in Cleveland, Ohio. She then continued her residency training at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center, where she received an award for enhancing patient-physician relationships. Having lived in seven countries on three continents, she relates to patients from diverse backgrounds, speaks multiple languages, and is committed to providing quality care for all patients. She is passionate about obstetrics as a natural life process and minimally invasive approaches to gynecological issues. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes, taking Zumba classes, and watching foreign films.

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All Women Caring for Women

Our all female staff offers a nurturing environment where women can feel safe and comfortable.

Dr. Lilia Margarita Pacini, F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. Lilia Margarita Pacini, F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. Maria Teresa Benitez, F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. Maria Teresa Benitez, F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Zanita Kassam
Dr. Zanita Kassam, F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. Deepti Nahar, F.A.C.O.G
Dr. Deepti Nahar, F.A.C.O.G

Dr. Lara T. Hasan
Dr. Lara T. Hasan
Dr. Jolyn Fergon, NP, CNM
Dr. Jolyn Fergon, NP, CNM

Sandra Moran, NP
Sandra Moran, NP
Barbara Welty, NP
Barbara Welty, NP

Courtney Van Valkenburg, NP
Courtney
Van Valkenburg, NP

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