Shakha Gillin, MD, FAAP: Founder, Coast Pediatrics

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Shakha Gillin, MD, FAAP, is a Pediatrician who is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles. She is the founder of Coast Pediatrics. She attended UCSD for her undergraduate education and for medical school. She did her residency at UC Irvine, and was the chief resident at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. She is recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Doctor from 2006-2017. Dr. Gillin serves on local school board of trustees, and had developed Nutritional Guidelines implemented in local schools. She is a contributing author for AAP and She lives in Del Mar with her husband Scott, a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, and their son Taj. Her twin sister, Vishakha Gigler, M.D. is a dermatologist in Encinitas. In her spare time, Dr. Gillin enjoys exercising, shopping, and travel.

What do I do best?

I work hard. Really hard. I’m in the profession of lives, I can’t afford not to. It doesn’t matter what time of the day, or how tired I may be, I always respect that I am in a position that people trust the wellbeing of their children with me.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Sleep, exercise, music, and family and friends. Every doctor appreciates sleep. No doctor can do it alone.

What are my aspirations?

To make an impact on the lives of children around the world. We are facing a major health crisis of chronic disease created by lifestyle. I want to make a change in that. I want to help our children understand what they need to do and what they need to eat (and not eat) to stay healthy. I want them to eat real foods, and get off the processed foods and sugar. I want to educate them before they have diabetes or heart disease or any other preventable chronic disease.

My Biggest Success?

Every child I have had the opportunity to care for, and my son. As a doctor, I work many tireless days hoping to make an impact on the kids I take care of. And every so often, I actually save a life. I recently found out that a family named their dog after me, after I diagnosed and treated a life threatening condition on their child. That ‘s pretty cool.

Being a mom is also my biggest success. I can’t say I am always the best mom, but I do my best.

My Most Challenging Moment?

My most challenging moments were juggling my career and being a mom, and deciding to start my own business.

I continued to work when I had my son. Being a working mom is crazy hard. It’s 2 full time jobs and then some. But I knew I had a career I didn’t want to pause on. I worked hard. I breastfed my son, saw patients, took night call. And in the end, I am glad I did.

The other challenge was starting my own business. Currently, most doctors work for hospitals or big practices due to trends in the industry and insurances. I knew I wanted to be my own boss, so  I found 2 partners and opened a now thriving private practice. I was scared at first. But I listened to the advice of my sister (also a doctor) to just focus on doing an excellent job, and the rest would come. Be the best at what I do, and my business would succeed.

My Motto?

Treat every patient like family.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Coco Chanel. Not only was she fashionable, but she crossed boundaries to fulfil her dreams. She was determined. She fought for what she wanted, in style.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I love Europe, especially Paris and Florence. I love walking aimlessly through the streets, shopping and eating the delicious foods. The food is real, and fresh. I always feel healthy when I am in Europe.

I also love Mumbai, as my family is from there. I love the smells, sounds, and people.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Tickets to Hamilton.

My Current Passions?

I am working with Greg Glassman and CrossFit as we are actively working on intercepting the chronic disease crisis. Chronic disease is the greatest cause of mortality in our country. As a doctor, how can I not be passionate about this? As a Pediatrician, I can help educate parents and kids on proper nutrition so we can prevent our next generation from being addicted to sugar and processed foods, and on a path to disease.