Note: Independent providers are not Coastal Kids providers.

Child Therapy

At Coastal Kids, we take the mental health and well-being of our young patients very seriously. Which is why we offer stellar therapeutic services for your children.

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Dr. Hayley Pedersen, MS, PsyD

Dr. Hayley Pedersen is the founder of The Child and Family Connection. As a licensed child and family psychologist, Dr. Pedersen works in partnership with Coastal Kids Pediatrics to deliver a holistic approach to health care.

Dr. Pedersen utilizes empirically supported therapies and assessments for children, adolescents, and families; as well as provides therapeutic services for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety-related stressors, depression, emotion dysregulation, ADHD, impulsivity, and behavioral issues.

Dr. Pedersen ensures collaboration with parents and caregivers throughout the entire process.

Dr. Pedersen can be contacted at (949) 236-6155 or at

Breastfeeding Consulting

We are proud to offer Orange County’s best breastfeeding and lactation support services, for you and your growing family.

Coastal Kids provides lactation and breastfeeding support to Orange County’s families from birth through weaning, with Dawnita Wicks, RN, BSN, PHN IBCLC, – certified lactation consultant. We are thrilled to provide you with the help and support you need to ensure a positive feeding experience for both mother and child.


RN, BSN, PHN, IBCLC Certified Lactation Consultant

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Dawnita is an IBCLC internationally board-certified lactation consultant, a registered nurse, a certified public health nurse as well as a board-certified nursing instructor. She received her education from Loma Linda University with an emphasis on social and cultural diversity. While working with at-risk populations, traveling to Botswana, Africa and providing health care on the Navajo Indian Reservation a deep appreciation was formed both in recognizing important differences and connecting on common ground with patients. Her most important life achievements have come at home with a full family of four children and a best friend for a husband.
Specializing in her career as a maternal health nurse, Dawnita has well-rounded experience with the birthing process, newborn care, maternal recovery, and breastfeeding. She has had the valuable opportunity to work as an IBCLC in the hospital setting and in her private lactation practice in the comfort of many mothers’ homes. Dawnita receives referrals from several pediatric and obstetrics practices in Orange County and values her good relationships with the physicians she has worked with for so many years.
She is honored to have played such an important role in so many memorable moments of childbirth, and looks forward to passing along her knowledge and encouragement to your family as well.

Schedule an appointment with Dawnita Wicks: (949) 431-4598

9 A.M to 9 P.M: Monday – Saturday

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Clinical Social Worker

Parent Counseling

At Coastal Kids, we understand that the well-being of our parents is just as important as the well-being of our kids, which is why we offer counseling services for women, couples, and new families.

Shira Kfir is a licensed clinical social worker whose great passion is working with women and couples on their journey to becoming parents, and in the transition into becoming a family. She received her master’s in social work at NYU and was licensed as an LCSW 10 years ago. Shira Kfir has had a private practice in both Newport Beach and Irvine for the past 9 years.

As a therapist, Shira works alongside her clients as they prepare to start a family, throughout the challenges of pregnancy and the postpartum period, and during the transition into parenthood. Early in her career, she developed an interest in helping mothers through this emotional and physical transition into motherhood.

While so much of parenthood is full of joy and excitement, there are also difficult periods of time when parents seek guidance and direction. I am here to provide that much-deserved assistance to help make this journey as smooth and joy-filled as possible.”  – Shira Kfir

Learn more about Shira Kfir and her services: visit  

Schedule an appointment with Shira Kfir: (949) 943-0445

Pediatric Nutrition Services

At Coastal Kids Pediatrics, we believe that good health comes from good nutrition – which is why we offer the best in pediatric nutrition services for your growing children.

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Janice Dada, MPH, RD, CDE

Janice Dada is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with a private practice in Newport Beach. She specializes in helping individuals and families optimize their health, well-being, and eating behaviors. In her pediatric work, she helps parents implement best practices for infant and child feeding, whether it’s introducing solids, combating “picky” eating, or working through a health challenge. In addition, she works with teenage athletes and those struggling with eating disorders. Her goal is to help parents raise children that grow into adults that have a healthy relationship with food and their body.

To learn more about her work, please visit Click on the “schedule” tab to schedule a complimentary phone call or an in-person appointment.

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Melanie Silverman, RD

Melanie Silverman is a pediatric registered dietician, who spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk follow-up clinic. Melanie also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. She is a preceptor for various dietetic internship programs around the country and has lectured at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the March of Dimes, and the Prader-Willi California Foundation.

Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. Melanie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, and is an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Melanie’s services include picky eating, poor weight gain, food allergies and intolerances, weight/obesity management, Prader-Willi syndrome, grocery tours, and group education sessions.

To schedule your appointment with her call: (949) 607-8248

Visit Melanie’s website to learn more