Today we discuss the courage to overcome great challenges and change what’s not working.


We’re all here learning, growing, evolving, and trying to understand who we are. Within all of us is a force that can heal the mind, body, and spirit if we start to acknowledge and understand what needs to change in our lives. As we start to look at these things, we start to make room for healing to occur.

If you want to heal whatever ails you, then approach healing as a quest. Think about the multitude of solutions and possibilities that you have at your fingertips. It takes commitment, determination, and consistent efforts to recover from whatever you’re dealing with, whether it’s mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually.

My guest, Dr. David Epstein, is the co-founder and medical director of MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care in Tarzana, CA. He joins us today to share his insight on misinformation about vaccines and why patient-physician relationships and treatment in the pediatric ICU should be approached differently than adult care.


We Discuss:

  • The healing force we all have within ourselves that can heal the mind, body, and spirit
  • Why treatment and patient relationships in the pediatric ICU should differ from adult care
  • Viewing vaccines from a pediatric ICU perspective and the misinformation about vaccines
  • The research and surveillance systems that go into vaccines administration and safety
  • Shifting the lens from a pediatric ICU to servicing the community on the front lines
  • Tried-and-true strategies for changing the things that are not working in our lives


“When it comes to vaccines, children are receiving exposure to antigens to try to build up immunity. Even though it seems like a large number of vaccines, it’s very small compared to the number of things their bodies are exposed to every single day that their immune system has to fight against.”  –  Dr. David Epstein


About Dr. Epstein:
Dr. David Epstein Headshot

David Epstein, MD is the co-founder and medical director of MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care.

Dr. Epstein attended the University of California, San Diego for undergraduate schooling, then received his Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University, and, finally, a Medical Doctorate from Georgetown University, School of Medicine.

His area research has focused on healthcare disparities, as it relates to pediatric critical care.

After completing his training, Dr. Epstein worked as a pediatric intensivist in the ICU at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA Medical Center from 2003 – 2006, caring for critically ill children in both the general pediatric ICU and the cardiothoracic ICU.

He returned to Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, in 2006 and has been a member of the Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine since then and has worked primarily in the cardiothoracic ICU.

Dr. Epstein has also been providing pediatric urgent care at MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care for the families of the San Fernando Valley, since the opening of MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care in 2015.

MVP Pediatric Urgent Care

Our mission is to be the leader in pediatric urgent care medicine in our community. As a result, MVP Pediatric Urgent Care is setting a new standard for pediatric urgent care in the San Fernando Valley/ Los Angeles.

MVP Pediatric Urgent Care is a pediatric physician-run practice dedicated to providing the highest standard of quality medical care to the children of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County.

Children are not small adults and do require pediatric care. Our goal is to meet the healthcare needs of the children in our community, working alongside and supplementing the primary care services of the Pediatrician’s office by:

  • Delivering timely, efficient, evidence-based, and safe pediatric urgent medical care for children and young adults through twenty-one years of age.
  • Offering extended daytime and after-hours Pediatric Urgent Care services, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Providing reassurance, adequate pain relief, and deep sedation in an open and child-friendly environment for the comfort of your child during painful or stressful procedures.
  • Enhancing access to pediatric sub-specialists, psychosocial services, community outreach programs, and educational activities.
  • Adhering to and upholding the national standards of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Medical Association (AMA).


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