Coastal Kids Home Care improves the quality of life for children healing from injury or short-term illness, coping with chronic conditions or developmental delays, and those facing the end-of-life. Our staff provides in-home nursing, specialized therapies, social services and bereavement counseling to support the whole family.
Margy began her nursing career in 1986 at UCSF Hospital where she discovered her love of pediatric nursing. In 1991, she joined a home health agency and found her calling in caring for children at home, she has been supervising pediatric nursing programs in the home health setting ever since. Responding to a need for high-quality in-home pediatric medical care in our community, in June of 2005 Margy co-founded Coastal Kids Home Care, a labor of love and her proudest accomplishment. Since then, Margy has been honored with the Award of Excellence from The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) for her work with terminal children. Margy has been a committed and selfless leader who has had her own share of ups and downs. She is a daughter, wife, and mother who has dedicated her life to caring for others.
Hieu Nguyen, MD received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. During his studies, Dr. Hieu trained in Palliative Care under Dr. Chuang and Dr. Tremonti and completed comprehensive coursework in this area. He participated in medical missions abroad to Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Ghana, Haiti, Viet Nam and street medicine in Detroit. Dr. Hieu is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to children, especially those with special healthcare needs. He is excited to join the Coastal Kids Home Care team as the Pediatrician on our Palliative Team. Outside of the office, Dr. Hieu is married with two young sons. He enjoys volleyball, cooking and traveling.
Kim received her B.S. at University of San Diego and her B.S.N at St. Louis University. Kim has worked as a nurse coordinator, and staff RN for both children and adolescents gaining almost 10 years of experience before taking time off to raise her two boys. Kim has been with Coastal Kids since 2015 and is happy to be doing what she loves again.
Robin received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from California State University of Dominguez Hills. Since then, she has worked in Pediatric Intensive Care at a number of different hospitals including Children's Hospital Oakland. She has been an RN for 28 years and has experience in pediatric Burn ICU, Pediatric Sedation, Pediatric PICC line team and Pediatric Critical Care Transport. Robin is committed to providing excellent medical and palliative care to children, where they most want to be - at home. Robin has one son who will soon be a teenager. When she is not working for Coastal Kids, she loves watching her son play baseball and hanging out with her best girlfriends.
Ruth received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento, specializing in medical social work, death/dying, and grief. She joined Coastal Kids Home Care in 2010 after working with adult hospice patients in Monterey County for seven years. She obtained a Licensed Clinical Social Worker degree in 2014. She is passionate about her work with Coastal Kids, food, chocolate, and celebrating birthdays!
Trish attended the University of Evansville in Indiana for both her Bachelor's of Exercise and Sports Science and her Doctoral Degree of Physical Therapy. She became a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (PCS) in 2021 and completed her Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification (C/NDT) in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders in 2014. In 2021, Trish became the director of Rehabilitation Services to better coordinate the Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Services at Coastal Kids Home Care. Trish is committed to reaching patients and families that are unable to get services in the typical clinic setting, which has led to partnering with Coastal Kids Home Care in 2017. During her free time, Trish enjoys swimming, hiking, coaching soccer and spending time outside.
Virginia received her BSN from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. With more than 25 years of experience working with local home health and hospice agencies, Virginia has extensive knowledge of the landscape for loss and grief in our community. We were honored to bring her on at Coastal Kids Home Care. As Director of Quality Assurance, Virginia helps to make sure charting is up-to-date and helps with audits on staff compliance with HR. In addition to this, she plays a key role for our recent Heal Together Project. As a clinician, her talent for understanding individuals’ needs and connecting them to community resources makes her the ideal person to lead client intake, coordination, and referral under Heal Together. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family and loves all things Disney!
Maria joined Coastal Kids in 2009. She obtained her MA in accounting and is currently pursuing her CPA license. Prior to joining Coastal Kids she managed a chiropractic office for eight years. As a mother of three, her passion is to see the organization grow, enabling it to serve more children and families in need. Maria is a dedicated, team-player committed to ensuring Coastal Kids Home Care is able to care for children in our community for many years to come.
Kelli has twenty years of development and communications experience working in non-profits in the United States and internationally. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame she volunteered as a child advocate and later pursued her MA in Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins, SAIS. Her subsequent work involved the design and management of post-conflict and disaster response initiatives around the world. As a mother of three young children, including a son with special healthcare needs, Kelli is a passionate advocate for children and parents coping with complex medical issues and she is honored to work with the Coastal Kids team.
Cassandra received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. At Lehigh University, she played NCAA Division 1 softball and received All-Conference honors 3 of 4 years. Following college, she joined Teach for America and taught first grade in Las Vegas, while working towards her masters. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After four years of teaching experience and four years of community outreach experience, Cassandra is passionate and dedicated to promoting better health, education and development outcomes for young people. In her free time, Cassandra’s other loves include spending time with family, playing sports and traveling.
Elizabeth grew up in Salinas, California and received her BS in Business Administration at CSU Fresno. After graduating college, Elizabeth relocated back to Salinas to support her parents. Shortly after, Elizabeth started working at CCVNA, a home health & hospice agency, and was there for seven years. This is where she found her passion to help others in a compassionate matter. At the hospice agency she held several positions, but her favorite one of all was Latino Community Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she was able to advocate for the underserved communities residing in South Monterey County. Elizabeth ran a very successful outreach program for two years. Recently, Elizabeth has joined Coastal Kids Home Care, an organization she states has a mission statement and philosophy that is aligned with what she is strongly passionate about. On her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, attending live concerts & sports events, and spending quality time with her family and 21 nieces and nephews.
Brianna AKA “Nurse Bri” was born in Hawaii but grew up in Oregon before moving to California in 2016. Here she met her husband and began a life including raising their two boys, two dogs, and one cat. Early on in life, she wanted to be a teacher or a nurse and later realized that pediatric nursing was the best of both worlds! Beginning her career as a NICU nurse, she found Coastal Kids after reading an amazing review left by an acquaintance following the passing of her child and the gift that CKHC was for their family during an unimaginable time. Initially Bri worked at both the NICU and CKHC. However, a year later she decided that her heart was with the kiddos of Coastal Kids and has since dedicated herself to being a home health RN for Santa Cruz County.
Lulu Rogers went to school for nursing at Fortis College and then went on to receive her BSN at Colorado Technical University. Lulu worked at Dayton Children’s Hospital for almost two years on the step down unit. Her family relocated from Ohio to California to be closer to family and although she worked at various hospitals, she missed working with children. Lulu began at Coastal Kids Home Care in the fall of 2020 and has loved it ever since. Lulu is married to her high school sweetheart and has three kids!
Palliative Care, Counseling, and Social Work
Angelica Martínez was born in San Francisco but was raised in King City. She received her BA and MA at Cal State Monterey Bay and is working towards her LCSW. In 2012, she launched a storytelling program for children and their families in order to facilitate and strengthen familial bonds in the community. In 2014, she was part of the team that started the Interagency Consortium South County Autism Screen Project which screens children with developmental delays and coordinates much needed services for low income communities. Since 2016 she has worked with Coastal Kids. Outside of work and community service she enjoys rollerblading and hiking.
Stephanie Gonzalez was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. She received her BS and MSW at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and is also graduating as a two time Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarship recipient. After completing her first year internship with Coastal Kids, Stephanie said she found her forever home and refused to leave Coastal Kids. As a new grad and current employee she is pursuing her LCSW to provide mental health services for children and their families. Stephanie is not only a mother of two but on her down time Stephanie also serves as a volunteer for CASA. As a court appointed spokes advocate she not only creates a permanent connection but offers her friendship and support for foster youth whose lives are forever changing.
Nefertari received her undergraduate degree from Bethany University in Psychology and English and she attended Azusa Pacific University for graduate school where she earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy. Her initial practicum was in a school-based setting, where she provided treatment for children and families at Baldwin Park Unified School District for the Head Start and the Early Childhood Development program. From there, Nefertari worked with a psychiatrist in private practice in Rancho Cucamonga before relocating to the Central Coast where her work continued in the community and public sectors. Through the relocation, she was able to provide stabilization support services for minors through Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) by providing interventions in the homes and communities of minors who were at high risk of losing placements in their homes due to their behavioral concerns. She then transitioned to Monterey County Behavioral Health where she served as a public servant for over 10 years with the following programs: Access To Treatment (Monterey and Salinas), CalWORKS, Family Assessment and Support Team (FAST), and the Crisis Team at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. Nefertari comes to Coastal Kids/Heal Together with a great deal of enthusiasm and she looks forward to providing treatment to minors and adults seeking treatment for loss, grief, and bereavement.
Kathryn received her undergraduate from Fresno State in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Mental Health. While earning her master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology she worked with homeless adults with severe psychiatric disabilities around Monterey County. After graduating and beginning her journey to get licensed through the BBS in California, she worked with elementary and middle school aged children who have experienced a variety of trauma throughout Monterey County in their respective schools. She joined Coastal Kids in 2018. Outside of work she likes to spend time at the beach with her family and is a member of the civil air patrol.
Yadira was born and raised in Salinas, California, She attended local schools, played in youth sports, and was community oriented. She received her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University in psychology, with a double minor in Chicano/a/x Studies and philosophy. Her passion has always been within mental health. She is continuing her education in counseling and hopes to become a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Yadira wishes to continue supporting her community with services provided by Coastal Kids. In her free time, Yadira likes to travel, attend events, and spend time with her friends and family
Lisa completed her masters in Occupational Therapy in 1989 marking the beginning of her career supporting a neurological rehabilitation unit. Her career has been diverse, ultimately finding her way to pediatrics in 1994. Since 2004 Lisa has focused her services between the NICU and Early Start supporting children ages birth through 3 years. Lisa has been trained in feeding and swallowing, sensory integration/processing, Infant Massage, neurodevelopmental treatment, as well as multiple other areas of continuing education. Lisa recently joined Coastal Kids (2021) to further her commitment to providing services for patients and families in their homes until they are able to access services through other programs/resources. When not working, you may see Lisa outrigger paddling, running/walking/hiking, swimming, or curled up with a book.
Lisa joined the Coastal Kids Home Care team in August of 2021 when her family relocated from the east coast with the military. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from the College of Charleston in 2010. Lisa has experience in a variety of pediatric settings including outpatient, school-based, early intervention, and home health. She enjoys working with children of all ages and loves addressing skills through a creative play based approach. Lisa believes that parents and family members play an integral part in a child’s therapy journey and is passionate about educating and empowering them to participate. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, hiking, traveling, and playing with her dog.
Amy joined the Coastal Kids Home Care team in 2021. She completed an externship at Natividad Hospital in 2010, received her M.A in Communication Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University in 2011 and became a fully licensed and certified Speech Therapist in 2012. Her favorite things about being a Speech Therapist are watching children learn through play and being able to support children and their families. She enjoys being a wife, mother, sister, and daughter. She has a love of travel, books, Spanish, dance, music, hiking, and playing in the ocean with friends.
Monica has over 10-years of administrative experience working in various specialty clinics. After caring for her grandmother with a very hands-on approach, Monica grew passionate about healthcare, particular nursing. Since joining the team in 2016, she has been committed to helping the organization grow in order for children and their families to have access to high quality home care services. Outside of Coastal Kids, Monica loves coaching her daughter in volleyball and watching her son play baseball.
Lupe is from South County Monterey from the small town of Greenfield. Lupe started as a Receptionist at a local Transportation agency to working as an Administrative assistant to a local winery. When one day she stopped and realize where her heart was… She decided to go into the healthcare industry. Lupe was a Lead CNA for more than 14 years, working with Alzheimer and Dementia patients to working into a sub-Acute rehabilitation unit. She enjoys working with the community and reaching out to help others. She also enjoys music and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys working at Coastal Kids Home Care and is always smiling and ready to help staff and family member with their needs.
Karen is originally from Mexico, but migrated to the U.S.A three years ago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Economics Relations in Mexico at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico). She has worked in several positions, including scholar in buyer and logistics for a food industry, agriculture machinery buyer at a construction company, and prospect vending at Coca-Cola Company. She has also worked in school programs dedicated to encouraging children with limit resources to study and get a better quality of life. Karen has been with Coastal Kids Home Care since April 2019 and says she is "very grateful for the opportunity received". Karen is extremely dedicated to the growth of the company. She would like to study a MA in finance in the future.
Maggie is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico migrated to the US at 12 years old. She has been married for 38 years and is a proud mother of 2 kids and a very proud grandma. She has worked in the medical industry for over 30 years. She joined CKHC after 26 years working in a Pediatric office. She has also worked as a CNA in a Sub-Acute rehabilitation facility in Salinas. On her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and grandchild. She enjoys reading and going out for walks.
Originally from Mexico, Angie came to the states at the age of two. Prior to Coastal Kids, Angie worked as a surgery scheduler but felt that it was not the path she wanted for her future. Her passion has always been in the medical field and working with kids because they are the most resilient. Now, Angie is currently pursuing her Degree in Psychology at Hartnell with the end goal of becoming a child psychologist. Angie loves working with children and believes we as adults learn more from the kiddos than they do learning from adults. Angie has two children of her own and says they are her biggest motivation and why she works hard. On her free time she loves working out and being active with her kids and family.