Genetics Northern California

Craniofacial Program

Our Mission Statement: The Kaiser Northern California Craniofacial Program is a Regional Center of Excellence that utilizes an integrated, multidisciplinary, culturally sensitive, family-centered care model to provide optimal personalized care and make lives better for our members with craniofacial conditions.

About Our Program:  The Northern California Kaiser Permanente Craniofacial Program is accredited through The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), which is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who care for people with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. The Northern California Kaiser Permanente Craniofacial Program is certified to the highest level by the ACPA, including both the Cleft Palate team and the Craniofacial team levels.

Currently the Craniofacial Program provides coordinated care to approximately 1,700 babies, children, and adults.

Co-Directors of the Northern California Regional Craniofacial Program 
    Medical Director: Katherine Dawson, MD
    Surgical Director:  Robert Menard, MD, FACS

Coordinators and Craniofacial Care Managers:

Craniofacial Speech Pathologists:

The Craniofacial Program provides team evaluations at Oakland, Sacramento and Santa Clara 

Regional Craniofacial Clinic at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Main Phone: (510) 752-5101     Clinic secretary: Medelene Obligacion
Location and Parking: Clinic is held at 3505 Broadway (Mosswood Building). The closest parking lot is directly across Broadway at 3510 Broadway.

This clinic is intended for individuals with more complicated medical, surgical and/or developmental concerns.
Throughout the year, there are speciality/focused clinics including clinics for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, Craniosynostosis, and Microtia/Craniofacial Microsomia.

Families and providers come from all over the Kaiser Northern California Region. Many of the providers from the Oakland Craniofacial Clinic, Sacramento Craniofacial Clinic and Santa Clara Craniofacial Clinic attend on a regular basis.

Meet the Regional Craniofacial Team:
Craniofacial Speech and Language Pathologists
Nurses
Plastic Surgeons
Pediatric Head and Neck Surgeons/ Otolaryngologists
Audiologist
Medical Geneticists
Genetic Counselors
Social Workers
Developmental Pediatricians
Pediatric Neurologist
Maxillofacial Surgeons
Consulting Orthodontist
Consulting Pediatric Dentist
Nutritionist
  Clinic Coordinator: Ellen Peterson, RN, CPNP, MSN

Oakland Craniofacial Clinic
Main Phone: (510) 752-5101    Clinic secretary: Bethany Easiley
Clinic is held at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, 3505 Broadway (Mosswood Building). The closest parking lot is directly across Broadway at 3510 Broadway.

Clinic Day Experience

Oakland Craniofacial Team
Craniofacial Speech and Language Pathologists
Nurses
Plastic Surgeons
Pediatric Head and Neck Surgeons/ Otolaryngologists
Audiologist
Medical Geneticists
Genetic Counselors
Social Workers
Developmental Pediatricians
Pediatric Neurologist
Maxillofacial Surgeons
Consulting Orthodontist
Consulting Pediatric Dentist
Nutritionist
  Clinic Coordinator: Jennifer Bond, RN, CPNP, CNS, MSN

Sacramento Craniofacial Clinic
Main Phone: (916) 614-4075
Clinic is held at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, 1600 Eureka Road, Medical Office Building 2C

Throughout the year, there are specialty/focused clinics including: Microtia and Hemifacial Microsomia Clinic, Microtia Baby Group, Neurosurgery Clinic, and 22q11.2 Deletion Clinic.

North Valley Craniofacial Team
Craniofacial Speech and Language Pathologists
Nurse
Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon/ Facial Plastic Surgeon
Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon
Otolaryngologist/Neurotologist
Audiologists
Medical Geneticist
Genetic Counselors
Social Workers
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Maxillofacial Surgeons
Consulting Orthodontists
  Clinic Coordinator: Robin Imagire, MS, LCGC 

North Valley Specialty/Focused Clinic Providers
We have additional providers scheduled for some of the specialty/focused clinics:  
Neurotologist
Hearing Aid Specialist
Developmental Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine

Santa Clara Craniofacial Clinic
Main Phone: (510) 752-5101    Clinic secretary: Bethany Easiley
Clinic is held at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, 710 Lawrence Expressway, Medical Office Building, 2nd floor, Department 290

Santa Clara Craniofacial Team
Craniofacial Speech and Language Pathologists
Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon
Pediatric Head and Neck Surgeon/Otolaryngologist
Nurses
Medical Geneticist
Genetic Counselor
Social Worker
Psychologist
Maxillofacial Surgeons
Consulting Orthodontists
Consulting Pediatric Dentist
Clinic Coordinator: Dalisay Delgado, MS, LCGC

Regional Craniofacial Program Follow-Up Clinics
The Regional Craniofacial Program offers several types of Specialty Follow-Up Clinics:

Infant Cleft Palate Clinic (For unrepaired cleft palate)
This clinic focuses on the medical needs of infants with a cleft palate before palate surgery is done. In Oakland, it is scheduled as a group visit. In Sacramento, it is scheduled as an individual visit.
ICP clinic is held 4 times per year at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. The format of this clinic is a group/class for parents and infants 6-9 months of age with a cleft palate or submucous cleft palate (with or without a cleft lip). The families meet with the Social Worker, Registered Dietician, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Speech Pathologist in a group setting. This is a 2-hour clinic. Recommendations are provided for speech development, hearing, weight gain, feeding, surgical planning, long-term planning and follow-up.

Craniofacial Program-Speech-Audio-Nursing Clinic (Ages 1 year to 4 years)
Speech clinic is for follow-up and/or post-op speech evaluations. These speech evaluations can be scheduled at any of our satellite clinics (Kaiser Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael or Sacramento). Speech recommendations and speech therapy plans are given to the family and other specialists/providers involved in the child’s care. Follow-up appointments are scheduled, as needed (typically every 6 months to 2 years).

Craniofacial Speech Clinic
Speech clinic is for follow-up and/or post-op speech evaluations. These speech evaluations can be scheduled at any of our satellite clinics (Kaiser Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael or Sacramento). Speech recommendations and speech therapy plans are given to the family and other specialists/providers involved in the child’s care. Follow-up appointments are scheduled, as needed (typically every 6 months to 2 years).

Craniofacial Nasoendoscopy Clinic (Ages 4 years and older)
Nasoendoscopy Clinics take place at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center. Patients are referred for Nasoendoscopy when they have been evaluated by their Craniofacial Speech Pathologist and exhibit “hypernasal resonance” or “palate dysfunction” (i.e., air leaking through the nose when talking). Patients must be at least 4 years of age to be scheduled for Nasoendoscopy. This is an imaging procedure in which a small endoscope is inserted into one side of the patient’s nose to view the velopharyngeal mechanism from above, showing movement of the soft palate (velum) and the posterior and lateral pharyngeal walls as the patient is talking. The endoscope is attached to video and audio recording equipment. The video is reviewed with the team of surgeons 1 week later, and surgical recommendations are made.



Last updated: November 16, 2017

Reviewed by:
Dalisay Delgado, MS, LCGC
Kimberly Barr, MS, LCGC