About Us

Our History – Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care

After working for several large medical companies, with a profit-driven assembly line approach to medicine, the husband and wife team of Dr’s. Michael and Julina Howell decided to improve the way they delivered healthcare to their patients. By increasing face-to-face time, while also supplying on-site access to high level diagnostics and treatments, their return to quality medical care has lead to both healthier patients and happier providers.

Since 2013 they have treated the residents of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, North Hollywood, and West Hills earning the reputation of a medical community of truly caring professionals. The positive response from the local families and businesses have allowed them to thrive and rapidly expand, thereby further decreasing wait times, through increased accessibility. Their onsite laboratories, digital X-Ray suites, and board certified providers allow convenience with a high level of care, at a low cost.

Dr. Michael Howell

Dr. Michael Howell owns and operates several urgent care facilities in California with his wife and partner Dr. Julina Howell. Before attending medical school, Dr. Howell started as a nursing assistant in high school, then as an Emergency Medical Technician during undergrad, eventually teaching high school biology in Michigan. Upon deciding to change careers, he worked as a child advocate in a high-risk shelter in Newport Beach, a behavioral health technician in a locked down Long Beach facility, and a blood gas analyst at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, before completing medical school. He finished his Louisiana State University affiliated Family Medicine residency in Baton Rouge LA during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, providing emergency services as needed. Between periods without natural disasters, Dr. Howell volunteered his time with Louisiana State University’s 2007 NCAA National Championship football team, and 2008 NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament, as the on call physician. His free time is spent with his wife and two sons, taking his dog Louie for a run, or watching horror movies.

Dr. Julina Howell

Dr. Julina Howell is a Board Certified Family Physician, co-founder of Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care, and mother to two young children. Before becoming a Doctor, she was a receptionist and volunteer at a local Emergency Room. With the drive and determination to become a doctor, she completed medical school at the American University of the Caribbean on the Island of Saint Martin. After medical school she completed her residency in Family Medicine at USC affiliated Kaiser Permanente in Riverside. Upon graduating in 2010, Dr. Howell worked in high volume urgent cares and at a high acuity tertiary hospital in Los Angeles. These experiences drove her to develop a patient focused care system that has allowed Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care to become your local family owned urgent care. On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family, and exercising.

Dr. Wendy Cohen

Wendy was born and raised in New Jersey. Her undergraduate degree was obtained from Rutgers College and then she attended Ross University School of Medicine. She completed a family residency program at St.Joseph Hospital in Paterson, N.J.and became board certified in Family Medicine. She relocated to Southern California in 1989 where she was a partner physician at Kaiser Permenente for 24 years where she worked in both Urgent Care and Family Medicine. Her interests at Kaiser included running a chronic headache clinic. Her present professional interests include studying functional medicine and nutrition. She has been married for 23 years and has 2 children. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing and riding her beautiful chestnut quarter horse as often as possible.

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Dr. Kathleen Anderson

Dr Kathleen Anderson is a Board Certified Family Physician who has been a resident of Thousand Oaks since 1993. Born and raised in Southern California, she attended Stanford University for her undergraduate studies where she played both Basketball and Softball. She attended UCLA for Medical School, and completed her internship and residency training at Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center. Since 1988 she has worked in both primary care and urgent care in the Conejo Valley and Santa Clarita areas.

Kathleen is an avid lover of travel and anything outdoors, spending her free time gardening, hiking, kayaking, and camping/backpacking. He favorite pastime is still, however, spending time with her two children who now are both attending college.


Krysta Carlson PA

Krysta Carlson is a Physician Assistant who earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies as well as Public Health. Ms. Carlson has worked in multiple urgent care settings, treating patients across Southern California since graduating from Touro University.  Growing up in Thousand Oaks, Ms. Carlson played soccer for California Lutheran University. On her days off she enjoys indoor soccer, hiking and mountain biking.


Jonathan Bechtel PA

Jonathan Bechtel is a board certified physician assistant who has worked with Adult and Pediatric Urgent Care since 2013. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona CA with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Since 2004 he has worked in Primary Care, Urgent Care and Orthopedics.


Shannon Stewart, PA-C

Shannon Stewart is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who earned her master’s degree from Drexel University in 2015. She enjoys working in both urgent care and surgical settings, and has a passion for volunteering and providing health care to underserved communities. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.


Gunbir Rana, PA

Gunbir Rana is a board certified physician assistant with a master’s degree from Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her clinical training throughout the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County areas. Prior to physician assistant school she worked as an emergency room scribe at Northridge Medical Center. Ms. Rana is a native of Southern California who also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Policy and Sociology from the University of California Irvine.