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Our Pediatricians

Located in Northern California, the Pediatric Group of Monterey is a group of experienced, enthusiastic pediatricians dedicated to providing up-to-date, comprehensive, reliable and sensitive care to infants, children and teens. Our mission is to improve and maintain kids’ health and well-being throughout their childhood — and help them grow into healthy adults.

Sadayo Kanaya

Sadayo Kanaya, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Kanaya grew up in Monterey and attended Monterey High School. She began her career in pediatrics at the same time that she was raising her two children, Emily (who is now finishing her own pediatric residency in New York) and Sam. She enjoys her children, art history, classical music, sitting on the beach in Hawaii and visiting bakeries in Paris. 

Cathy Costaglio

Todd Dwelle, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Dwelle grew up in the Central Valley of California and moved east for his medical training. After meeting his wife in New York, the family decided to return to Monterey in 2002. Dr. Dwelle’s wife is a family practice doctor who works in the same building. He enjoys his children, Jackson, Tyler and Ellika; swimming; road biking and backpacking. 

Yanli Tao

Yanli Tao, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Previously, she taught family practice residents at Natividad Medical Center, which allowed her to further enhance her competency in medicine. Throughout her education and training, Dr. Tao has been the recipient of multiple awards and certificates of appreciation for excellence in both academic achievement and patient care. Dr. Tao enjoys singing, dancing, aerobics, films and spending time with family and friends.

James Bennett

Jim Bennett, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Bennett, his wife, and children, enjoyed living in the coastal town of Santa Cruz for 14 years. While there, he ran a private pediatric office and served as pediatric medical director at Dominican Hospital. He enjoys guitar, basketball, traveling and hanging out with his family.

 

Sara Liu Sara Liu, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Liu grew up in Southern California and met her husband, Dr. Jim Bennett, while attending Stanford University. After spending time in Denver and Seattle, they moved back to California to be closer to family. They have enjoyed living in the Central Coast area for the last 18 years. While not practicing pediatrics, Dr. Liu enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Kara Dubray

Kara DuBray, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. DuBray and her husband feel Monterey is the right place for them, their toddler daughter and their two Boxers, as it offers a sane, small-town feel without extreme weather! She enjoys running, swimming, biking and hiking.

Kirk Mulgrew Kirk Mulgrew, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Mulgrew is excited to be in Monterey where his wife can teach math and computer science at her alma mater and where he can surf, play drums and enjoy family time.
Julie Smith, PNP Julie M. Smith, PNP, a native of the Monterey Bay area, grew up in Salinas and attended North Salinas High School. She then spent some time in the Midwest, moving to Kansas City, Missouri, to attend nursing school and working in various positions as a nurse at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, including spending a year working in the pediatric emergency department after completing her nurse practitioner education. Julie is very excited to be back in her home state to work at the Pediatric Group of Monterey.
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Claudia Awamleh, RN, was born in Germany. She has 25 years of health care experience and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has two sons. Her older son attends Carmel High School and the younger one is currently at Carmel Middle School. In college, she enjoyed playing softball. She was a third-base in-fielder for Monterey Peninsula College (go Lady Lobos!) and a designated hitter for the Humboldt State Lady Jacks. Claudia's motto is: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."