History of Fair Oaks Women's Health
Our practice was founded in 1983 by two physicians, Dr. Warren Nagata and Dr. Marc Lebed. They became partners and soon became the best of friends.
Dr. Bryan Jick was hired by these two incredible physicians in 1989. When Dr. Nagata suddenly and tragically passed away that same year, Dr. Jick was honored to help Dr. Lebed take care of Dr. Nagata's patients and provide support to Dr. Lebed who was devastated by this loss. They soon became partners and good friends as well, working together until 1995, when Dr. Lebed suffered a severe sports injury forcing him to retire from his career as a perinatologist. Thus, Dr. Jick became a solo Ob/Gyn physician in 1995.
Dr. Lebed relocated to the Pismo Beach area, where he still lives. He has since gone on to earn a Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution (MDR) at Pepperdine University, he works in a Law Practice, he has an academic appointment at multiple medical schools where he teaches medical students a communications course that he designed, and he travels the country serving as a physician-mediator. Dr. Lebed and Dr. Jick remain friends to this day.
In 1996, Dr. Jick joined an Ob/Gyn group run by Dr. Charles Broberg (of blessed memory). He began seeing HMO patients, and he became very busy -- too busy to spend the time with his patients that he felt they deserved. By the end of 1999, Dr. Jick decided that he needed to leave the HMO world. He sent letters to his patients and opened up his own solo practice on Jan 3, 2000. He was busy from day 1! He started his solo practice with just 3 employees.
Later that year, Dr. Merrill Lewen joined his practice and they worked together until 2005. Dr. Lewen then moved to Houston, Texas when her husband, Dr. Laurence Cooper, was offered the position of Director of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a world-renowned institution.
Dr. Jennie Chang joined Dr. Jick in 2006 just after completing her residency at the LAC-USC School of Medicine. When Dr. Jick and Dr. Chang moved to their present location in August 2009, Dr. Jennifer Park joined them -- and Fair Oaks Women’s Health was formed.
At the end of 2011, Dr. Chang left Fair Oaks Women's Health and in January, 2012, Dr. Della Fong, a Board-Certified Ob/Gyn, moved her practice from Arcadia - where she had a busy and successful private practice for 10 years - and joined Fair Oaks Women's Health. By December 2012, our practice had 3 physicians and 14 staff members. We then porceeded to add about 1,200 square fooet to the office, creating the "South Wing" area where Dr. Fong sees her patients.
In early 2013, we realized that we were busy enough to recruit a 4th ob/gyn doctor. We reviewed dozens of applications, but when we met Dr. Michael Mitri, we knew that we had found the right person to join our group! Read more about Dr. Mitri here.
In 2016 Fair Oaks Women's Health expanded again. We added 2,000 square feet of office space and brought in a 5th Ob/Gyn physician, Dr. Joanna Woo. In 2018, we welcomed Dr. Kristin Engorn. As of December 2018, our group now has 6 Ob/Gyn physicians, a Nurse Practitioner, and 30 staff members for a total of 37 people!
We could not have done this without our patients! Thank you to all our patients who trust us with their health and who have contributed to the success of our group.
L to R: Dr Engorn, Dr Mitri, Dr Park, Dr Jick, Dr Fong, Dr Woo and Diane (WHNP)