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.
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.
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.