Expert Pediatric Neurology Care—Close To Home

For parents in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities, having a child with a complex medical condition used to mean spending lots of time traveling all over the Bay Area for visits with children’s specialists. 

Through our collaboration with Stanford Children’s Health, we diagnose and treat the full range of neurological conditions in children of all ages—right here, close to home.    

In addition to your pediatric neurologist, your child’s care team may also include nurses and other healthcare providers—all who have advanced training in specifically treating children and teens.  

Meet Your Doctors

Candida Brown, MD

Pediatric Neurology

I'm able to connect with families in a way that shows compassion and empathy while getting them through what can be very difficult situations. It's really important to have patients feel very comfortable. For example, we don't wear white coats. We make the environment as relaxing as possible. I want patients to feel good about their experience, and my calm demeanor hopefully helps them feel relaxed and at ease.

If there's one thing I want families to know it's that I truly care about their experience. From the very beginning when they are referred to our office, to their first visit, to phone calls being answered in a timely fashion all parts of providing excellent health care are important to me. I want families to have the best experience every step of the way. 

Jonathan Hecht, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurology

For many families, dealing with neurological conditions can be scary. I'm sensitive to those fears, but also optimistic about treatment. I want parents to know there's so much we can do, and I provide hope and confidence. Even in the most difficult situations, there's always something we can do to help.

I help families learn to care for their child, because neurological conditions can be difficult to deal with. I want parents to feel confident leaving my office, knowing they have my support every step of the way. I want families to know I'm their partner; we work together as a team. I want them to feel like participants in health care, not just consumers. It's a partnership between all of us.

What Our Partnership With Stanford Children’s Health Means For Your Family

Your pediatrician referred you to us, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands. Our collaboration marries the best of two worlds for our patients and their families by bringing Stanford Children's Health expertise and innovation into a community-based setting that keeps families close to home. Together, our partnership provides:

  • Expert Care from Stanford Children’s Health Doctors: From office visits to hospital procedures and stays at our Walnut Creek Medical Center, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be cared for by some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists—without having to travel to outside of the East Bay.
  • Comprehensive Care, Conveniently Close: Any hospital-based services your child may need—ranging from simple blood work and imaging to infusion therapies—can all be conveniently done at our Walnut Creek Medical Center by staff who are highly trained in treating children of all ages, using specialized equipment designed just for children. 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): If your child requires complex care, you’ll have the added peace of mind that our PICU—staffed 24/7 by Stanford Children’s Health doctors and John Muir Health nurses and other care providers—is right here at our Walnut Creek Medical Center. Learn more about our PICU.