Lionel Herrera, M.D.

I am originally from Texas and grew up in the West Texas town of El Paso. My mother raised us and taught us simply to be the best we could be at whatever we choose. After graduating from high school I attended Texas Tech University where I majored in Cell and Molecular Biology and decided to pursue a career in Medicine. I graduated from Stanford Medical School and went on to complete my Pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. After residency I began working as a Pediatric Hospitalist caring for sick Children working for the Watsonville Community Hospital which is under the direction of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and then as a Stanford Pediatric Hospitalist team in Pleasanton. Although I enjoyed working in the hospital, I knew I could make a bigger impact keeping my patients out of the hospital working as a community physician. I joined Tri-Valley Pediatrics in the summer of 2000, and began working closely with the Community to improve the health and well being of all of our children. I am a Board Certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I currently serve as chair of the Tri-Valley School District Advisory Committee. I am a Clinical Instructor for UCSF Medical School. I have volunteered for many years at the School of Imagination’s yearly Autism outreach and screening campaign. I have a special interest at caring for children with special needs, and also for children with asthma and allergies. I am proud to work closely with my esteemed colleagues to use natural remedies to cure common illnesses. Our practice was one of the first to advocate for Probiotics to treat Diarrhea, and control Eczema. We are also the the first and still one of the only Pediatric Practices in the Bay Area to use Sublingual Immunotherapy (a natural therapy) to treat and prevent Asthma and allergies. This is one of the many reasons our practice consistently ranks at the top when it comes to keeping our patients out of the ER and hospital and at instead at home where they belong. I am proud and happy to live in the Tri-Valley area with my children and loving wife. I owe a lot to my family, they keep me happy, humble, and gounded. I believe in the philosophy of caring for my young patients the way I would care for my own children.