Office Hours

By appointment only
Monday-Friday: 9am - 5:15pm
Saturday: 10-
Sunday: closed


(562) 426-5551


2921 Redondo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806

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About PMC

The Pediatric Medical Center provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Learning Disorders
  • Allergy Diagnosis & Management
  • Complex Diagnostic & Management Problems

Learn more about PMC


John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Louis P. Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Lori Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P.


The center was originally founded by H. Milton Van Dyke, M.D., F.A.A.P. in 1933. Subsequently it was directed by Richard D. DeGolla, M.D., F.A.A.P. and Alexander Van Dyke, M.D., F.A.A.P.

The current office location was opened in 1963 and originally designed by renowned architect Edward Killingsworth. He was essential to the Southern California Mid-Century architectural movement.


John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.

There are a certain number of children who habitually miss school or are tardy. How can this problem be resolved, and who is to blame? Continue reading »

  • Catherine S. Tolnai, M.A.T.

    Fostering Independent Reading At Home

    Independent reading is not a passion that all kids are born with. A lot of children learn HOW to read but lose interest in continuing to read for a variety of reasons. Find out more about the first steps to fostering an appreciation for independent reading at home. Continue reading »

  • Louis P. Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    Facts About Fluoride

    Fluoride drops used to be a common procedure for our growing children. Why has this been discontinued? Continue reading »

  • Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    The Worry-Wart

    What is a parent suppose to do when the child refuses to go to school, crying and having an upset stomach every morning? Why is he so afraid to leave home? Continue reading »

  • Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    It’s Flu Season

    The flu generates a lot of attention every year; from your family and friends, from the media, from your doctor, from your child’s school, and on and on. It’s confusing and sometimes scary. Should you really be worried? What do you really need to know? Continue reading »

  • John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    Time To Parent

    But I coach my son’s soccer team and she drives them to ballet and piano lessons. Isn’t that enough to qualify us as good parents? NO! It takes one-on-one TIME. Continue reading »

  • Carolyn Warnemuende, M.S.

    Keeping Baby Happy

    Babies need time to be babies--that is who they are. In busy families, providing that time easily gets overlooked. When parents know what leads to a baby’s happiness they can better meet those needs within the context of the rest of the family. Continue reading »

  • John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    What’s Up Doc?

    Dr. Samson reviews the literature and looks at: 1. The value of the current rotavirus vaccine as compared to the previous vaccine. 2. The importance of minimal formula intake while waiting for mother’s breast milk to mature. Continue reading »

  • Is There Really A Santa Claus?

    At what age should we tell our kids there is no Santa? Continue reading »

  • Carolyn Warnemuende, M.S.

    Happy Holidays

    While anticipation for the holidays is often joyous, sometimes we end up trying to do too much in preparation. Learning how to simplify while still creating a feeling of festivity increases enjoyment for the entire family. This year I am taking my own advice and requested a reprint from a previous December Informed Parent. This will help me enjoy my holidays more! Continue reading »

  • Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    Dislocated Elbow: Nursemaid Elbow

    Often you will see two adults swinging a child between them by her arms as they pass down the street. This can easily lead to Nursemaid Elbow! Continue reading »

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