Island OB/GYN and The Doctors Office for Women combined their passion, expertise and unique skills to form Pacific Women's Healthcare Associates to better provide integrated, intelligent and comprehensive care for women of all life stages. Their 9 Board-certified female physicians and 7 women's health specialty nurse practitioners provide compassionate, confidential and coordinated care in two convenient office locations in Irvine and Newport Beach.
Dr. Rhonda Flora moved from the midwest to southern California to pursue her dream of providing obstetrical and gynecologic care for women. She completed her training at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and joined her current practice in 2004. Since then she has had the privilege of guiding women through multiple stages of their lives from the single years, to the joy of the first pregnancy, through motherhood, and finally assisting them through the transition to menopause. She also enjoys assisting women with the initial stages of fertility treatments. She is skilled in providing minimally invasive surgical solutions such as laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy and hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation for issues such as heavy periods, fibroids, and endometriosis. Dr. Rhonda Flora is board certified and has an exclusive affiliation with Hoag Hospital. She is an active member of the medical staff there. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and her dog Ullr. She believes in promoting a healthy lifestyle and maintains her personal wellness by surfing, traveling and doing yoga.
Lisa M. Karamardian, M.D., received her medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors as a Dean’s Scholar. She completed her residency at LAC-USC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Karamardian is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and she is a Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn. She has exclusively practiced in Newport Beach, California, specializing in women’s healthcare and special medical needs. Dr. Karamardian is highly skilled and has much experience in high-risk obstetrics, including multiple gestations and pregnancies as the result of advanced reproductive technologies such as IVF. She is also committed to less invasive surgical options to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions. Dr. Karamardian has been an active staff member at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian since 1996, and is the past chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology there. Additionally, Dr. Karamardian is on staff at Newport Center Surgical, and she holds memberships in the California Medical Association, Orange County Medical Association, and AMAA Orphan and Childcare Committee, while also serving on various women’s health and medical boards. She has been named an Orange Coast/OCMA Physician of Excellence Award Recipient numerous years, was the 2012 Vin Jorgensen Award Winner, and is named in America’s Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists’ listings.
After practicing for 30 years in Newport Beach and helping establish PACWHA, Dr. Kent retired in 2020 due a medical illness called ALS. Hoag hospital has established an endowed chair in her honor, called the Jeffrey M. Carlton Endowed Chair in Women's Health. Her legacy of excellency and leadership for patients continues throughout PACWHA. Please choose another physician in our practice to help take care of you.
Jody White Lai, MD is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology with active staff privileges at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital since 2007. Dr. Lai completed her residency training at University of California Irvine Medical Center and had the honor of being chosen chief resident in her final year. Dr. Lai has been in private practice in Newport Beach for over 10 years. She has always been attracted to the continuity of care women’s health offers and enjoys fostering relationships with women throughout all stages of their lives, guiding patients through contraceptive counseling, care during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Dr. Lai specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques including operative hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, laparoscopic management of endometriosis, fibroids, and laparoscopic hysterectomy. In her free time Dr. Lai enjoys spending time with her husband and sons traveling and trying to improve their amateur ‘foodie’ status.
Dr. Vinita Speir is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and loves being an advocate for her patients and women’s health. In 2014, she transitioned to private practice after practicing as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine where she also completed medical school and residency training . She is now an active staff member at Hoag Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the prestigious medical honor societies Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society and graduated with Honors from Stanford University. Her philosophy focuses on comprehensive, patient-tailored care and she enjoys taking care of patients of all ages from adolescence through menopause. In addition to high and low-risk obstetrics, she specializes in management of gynecologic disorders such as menstrual irregularities, vulvar disorders, fibroids, and contraception. She is also skilled in minimally invasive surgery. When she is not at work she is busy taking care of her three daughters (plenty of estrogen at home and work) and finding time to use her Peloton. She loves roller-coasters and a good romantic comedy.
After graduating from one of the top ten medical schools, Dr. Patricia Strachan completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. Since then she has been in private practice in Newport Beach and Irvine and has over 20 years of experience. She continues to maintain her board-certification status and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is proud of having brought well over a thousand babies into the world. As of 2020 Dr. Strachan will no longer be doing obstetrics, she will continue to practice Gynecology. As an active staff member at Hoag Memorial Hospital she operates at both the Irvine and Newport Beach locations and is skilled at gynecologic surgery. She prides herself on personal and quality patient care and is respected by her colleagues for her calm demeanor. Outside of work, she has her hands full with her three children.
Nicolle Underwood, MD, MPH, is excited to be practicing out of our Irvine office and provide both obstetric and gynecologic services to such a vibrant community. Dr. Underwood is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is an active staff member at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital and serves on several committees to improve the obstetrical care at Hoag. Dr. Underwood also works with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative on reducing cesarean section rates in the state and improve the healthcare women and newborns receive. Dr. Underwood values the personal relationships she fosters with patients and the privilege that ob/gyns have in seeing their patients through their adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause and guiding them through the challenges that each of these years pose. Dr. Underwood specializes in both high and low-risk obstetrics as well as the management of gynecologic disorders. She has been quoted in both regional and national publications regarding obstetrical care.
After graduating from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and obtaining a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Underwood completed her medical training at one of the busiest obstetrics/gynecology hospitals and birthing centers in New York - St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in Manhattan, where she had the honor of being named chief resident and gained valuable skills training side-by-side with some of the most highly sought after obstetricians and midwives in Manhattan.
After residency, Dr. Underwood joined a private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and continued teaching as an Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai West hospital. With a young daughter, she relocated to her native Southern California and joined the practice in February 2017. She is enjoying building obstetrics and gynecologic services in Irvine and engaging in the community with her husband and daughter. She misses the food in New York but loves trying all the restaurants in Orange County and now appreciates that many of them have children's menus.
Dr. Brooke Hargrove joined the group on May 1, 2017 and practices out of our Newport Beach office. Dr. Hargrove grew up in Northern California and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Hawaii and returned to California for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hargrove is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the academic honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She has been in private practice in Newport Beach for the past 6 years and is exclusively affiliated with Hoag Hospital where she serves on the OB/GYN Core Committee.
Dr. Hargrove prides herself on building personal relationships with her patients. Her interests include high and low risk obstetrics, adolescent gynecology, contraception and minimally invasive surgery. She loves caring for women through all stages of life, from the joy of childbirth through menopause. Dr. Hargrove is constantly engaged in her local community, staying active and spending quality time with her husband and two young children.
Lisa Worsch M.D. is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Dr. Worsch has a private practice in Newport Beach and active staff privileges at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital since 1995. Beginning in 2006, Dr. Worsch limited her practice to gynecology offering comprehensive gynecologic services. Dr. Worsch specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatments for a variety of gynecologic conditions, such as heavy menses, pelvic pain, endometriosis, and symptomatic uterine fibroids. She has expertise in da Vinci®robot assisted laparoscopic total and supracervical hysterectomy. In addition, she performs laparoscopic procedures to evaluate and treat endometriosis, adnexal masses and pelvic pain. Dr. Worsch also offers less invasive approaches for women seeking to preserve their uterus. These techniques include endometrial ablation, diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy. As of September 2016, Dr. Worsch has transitioned to only assisting with surgeries and is no longer seeing patients in the office.
Dr Lin earned her Bachelor degree from University of California, San Diego in BioChemistry. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She completed her residency at LA County + USC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. She is Board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was practicing as an OB/GYN in Long Beach for 13 years before joining PACWHA.
Medicine has always fascinated her since childhood. Growing up in China, she loved stories of ancient medical practitioner curing diseases with simplistic techniques and herbs. When she immigrated to California as teenager, her parents worked as nursing assistants with handicapped children. Seeing their commitment and compassion in caring for them, further affirmed her decision to pursue a career in health care. She chose OB/GYN as her specialty for many reasons. She loves seeing women of all ages, including through their pregnancy journeys and forming life-long relationships along the way. She also loves the wide range of procedures she can provide for women, from the exciting childbirth experience to complex gynecological surgeries, including minimal invasive procedures. She also plays an important role as an educator, supporter, and advocator for her patients. She wants to provide quality and compassionate care, one patient at a time, to promote health and well-being. She speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and also proficient in medical Spanish.
Outside of work, She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, traveling, enjoying the beach, great weather and plethora of gourmet foods that southern California provides
Angela Bohning, Nurse Practitioner
Laura McNeil, Nurse Practitioner
Nancy Evans, Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Maag, Physician Assistant
Julianna Linn, Physician Assistant
Jessica Jimenez, Physician Assistant
Ladan Ayatollahi, Certified Nurse Midwife