Wellness Oncology & Hematology: Our Doctors & Team
At Wellness Oncology & Hematology
, Dr. Omid Shaye
, Dr. Ashkan Lashkari
and Dr. Christopher Ho
believe in using a team approach to manage your care. Our Medical Oncologists, Hematologists, Certified Oncology Nurses and patient support specialists all share a common goal to provide you with advanced care that is close to home.
Our offices are conveniently located in the San Fernando Valley, adjacent to the recently renovated West Hills Hospital and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. We take great pride in being able to provide our patients with advanced treatment and care of cancers and blood diseases in a state-of-the- art facilities with an on-site pharmacy.
In addition to our Medical Oncologists, our team
includes Oncology Certified Nurses, who are available 5 days a week, as well as medical assistants and a complete support team specializing in patient advocacy.
In an effort to assure that your treatments and visits are as uncomplicated as possible, we have made our facilities a central location for your visits, infusions, injections and medications. Our office
is also easily accessible for participation in our clinical trials
Oncology and Hematology are wide reaching and integrative fields of medicine that are constantly changing in response to new treatments and drug therapies. To keep pace with the advances that may benefit you, we have a large and friendly staff who will be more than happy to speak with you anytime, whether it is to answer questions or to schedule an appointment
Omid Shaye, M.D. - Medical Oncologist & Hematologist
Dr. Omid Shaye
was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. After graduating from high school at Birmingham Charter High School, he matriculated to the University of Southern California. Dr. Shaye earned both his undergraduate and medical degree from USC.
He then began his medical career at the renowned LAC/USC medical center, wherein his interest in hematology and medical oncology was cultivated. He was selected to be a fellow at the Norris Cancer Center at USC, one of the original Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1973. In recognition of his dedication and leadership, Dr. Shaye was chosen to be Chief Fellow of Medical Oncology in 2006.
After his experience at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Shaye sought to replicate the excellence and commitment had had come to know to his neighbors and friends in the San Fernando Valley. He quickly teamed with Dr Ashkan Lashkari to form Wellness Oncology to combine the experiences of the two of the best known comprehensive cancer centers in Los Angeles. Of his particular interest was the establishment of clinical trials at Wellness Oncology, thereby bringing cutting edge therapeutic options to patients in the San Fernando Valley.
Ashkan Lashkari, M.D. - Medical Oncologist & Hematologist
Dr. Ashkan Lashkari
is a Southern California native, and spent his formative years in Santa Monica. He double majored in Art History and Genetics while at UCLA, graduating with honors and matriculating into UCLA Medical School, one of the top ten medical schools in the country.
While completing his residency at UCLA Medical Center, Dr Lashkari built his reputation as a caring, detailed internist. His brother, Saman, is a well-respected and busy internist and nephrologist in the San Fernando Valley. In adjacent offices, it is not difficult for them to collaborate on patient matters. Dr Lashkari chose to complete his subspecialty training at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, arguably the most well-known cancer center in Los Angeles.
After his experience at the City of Hope, Dr Lashkari sought to replicate the artful combination of compassion and cutting edge medicine he had experienced. He returned to West Hills to form Wellness Oncology with Dr. Shaye to combine the experiences of the two of the best known Comprehensive Centers in Los Angeles. One of the recent products of Dr. Lashkari's hard work and determination is that of our clinical trial program, bringing state of the art treatment options to patients in the West Hills and Tarzana communities.
Christopher Ho, M.D. - Medical Oncologist & Hematologist
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Ho
matriculated to Baltimore for his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Philadelphia for his medical degree at Temple University where he clerked at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and developed his interest in medical oncology research.
Dr. Ho completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis and sub-specialty training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Chris was selected to serve as Chief Fellow of Medical Oncology at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2008.
In joining Dr. Lashkari, Dr. Shaye, and Dr. Ho at Wellness Oncology, Dr. Ho hopes to continue our goal of supporting the wellness of both our hematology and oncology patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Ho is devoted to his wife and two young boys. His favorite authors right now include Bill Martin, Jr. and Margaret Wise Brown. He has a passing interest in the art of Eric Carle. Chris is an avid sports fan, and enjoys travelling and cooking. Dr. Ho is fluent in Spanish and Chinese.
On-Staff Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®)
Wellness Oncology & Hematology is dedicated to the complete care of patients with cancer and blood disorders. As part of our overall objective, we have a full time Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®) on staff five days a week.
With all the rapid scientific and technological advances in cancer care, we feel it is important to have an OCN who is able to handle the demands of this ever evolving field of medicine and who can help educate patients about their disease, administer chemotherapy and advise about the possible side effects of treatment. In addition, our OCN is available to provide psychosocial support before, during and after treatments and throughout continuing care. Our OCN also assists in our patient advocacy efforts, and serves as a figurative navigational system helping to map out treatment.
Everyone on the team at Wellness Oncology & Hematology cares about your overall health and well-being. Together, we make every effort to make your cancer treatment as comforting as possible.
Patient Support Team
At Wellness Oncology & Hematology, we have a large Patient Support Team dedicated to making your cancer care as comfortable as possible. Patient advocacy is our specialty. We are happy to serve as a liaison between you and your insurance provider(s), most of which we readily accept at Wellness Oncology & Hematology. We are also here to help you with additional opportunities for financial assistance when necessary. Our team has built relationships with many outside foundations that can lend support to patients and families undergoing cancer treatment at Wellness Oncology & Hematology. Grants and donations are available to those who qualify, and our Patient Support Team will be happy to discretely assist you in finding organizations eager to help.
You may reach any member of our Patient Support Team by calling (818) 346-1773
For your added convenience, located just two floors below Wellness Oncology & Hematology's office is an on-site pharmacy. Woodlake Pharmacy accepts most prescription drug plans, and is open during normal operating hours of Wellness Oncology & Hematology (M-F 9:00-5:30pm).
Prescriptions can be filled by the friendly staff while you wait. The pharmacy is located in Suite 100 of our office building at 7320 Woodlake Avenue, West Hills, CA 91307.
For full hours of operation, call 818-999-1111
Anna HerreraPractice Manager
Dina CasciatoInsurance Coordinator
Nadia MezaInsurance Coordinator
Erling GuzmanPatient Care Coordinator
Maria RomoPatient Care Coordinator
Adriana MaderoPatient Care Coordinator
Mary MauClinical Trial Coordinator
Aurea TraquenaLab Technician
Natalie HerreraLab Assistant
Mayra MolinaMedical Assistant
Dolly MugaMedical Assistant
Pearl BensonMedical Assistant
Daniel BolandMedical Assistant
Tamara LaCagnina, CPCCertified Professional Coder
Denise Rebbie-GalpinCertified Oncology Nurse
Sylvia CardenasCertified Oncology Nurse
Marylen RoldanPharmacy Director
Robin SantellanoOncology Nurse