Meet Dr. Candida (Candy) Brown

Dr. Candida Brown, smilingDr. Brown was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. During her youth, she was a nationally ranked gymnast until a knee injury closed that chapter in her life. Through her own physical therapy, she became interested in the medical field, and attended the University of Illinois College of Health Professions, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She then moved to Houston where she worked as an OTR first at The Methodist Hospital, and then in the local school district where she provided occupational therapy services to children with special needs. Through her experiences as an OTR, she found her passion in caring for children with neurological concerns.

Dr. Brown then entered medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 1983, graduating with Highest Honors distinction in 1987. She attended her pediatric residency and neurology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco from 1987 to 1992. Dr. Brown joined Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek in 1992, and then in 2002, joined the faculty at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. At CHRCO, she was inspired by the incredible devotion of the physicians to their patients, and cherished her experiences there. Dr. Brown taught residents about the field of child neurology, delivered high quality neurological care to her patients, and learned a great deal from her patients, students and peers. During her tenure at CHRCO, she helped to found the Grateful Families and Teens for Kids programs. In addition, she was the founder and director of the Jack & Julia Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic, participated in clinical trials for TSC, and devoted one year as the Medical Director for the Division of Neurology. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Bay Children’s Physicians Medical Group, as well as elected representative-at-large for the Department of Medicine on the Medical Executive Committee.

In January, 2011, Dr. Brown enthusiastically opened her doors to her new private practice, Diablo Valley Child Neurology, Inc. She comes to the community with nearly 20 years of experience, and promises to provide an outstanding level of compassion and comprehensive care to the patients, parents and physicians that she serves.

Dr. Brown is married to Dr. Peter Brown and together they have raised three daughters. She lives in the Lamorinda area, and enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, reading, meditating and most importantly, spending special time with her friends and family.

Meet Dr. Jonathan Hecht

Dr. Candida Brown, smiling


Neurology - Child Neurology

Work and Education

Professional Education
UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, 5/01/1998

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 06/30/1999

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 06/30/2001

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 06/30/2007

Board Certifications
Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Meet Dawn Saborit, PNP

Dr. Candida Brown, smilingDawn Saborit was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia the oldest of five children. After moving to San Francisco in college, she took up French and then spent two years in France before returning to San Francisco to obtain her bachelors degree in French Language and Literature from San Francisco State University. After the premature birth of her daughter in 1990 she knew she wanted to pursue a career working with children with special needs. She returned to San Francisco State University and in 1994 obtained a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education. In 1995, having completed an internship at the Child Development Center at California Pacific Medical Center, she was offered a position as coordinator of the Parent-Infant Program, a combination center and home-based early intervention program for infants birth to three with disabilities. In addition to coordinating a team of therapists, she performed developmental assessments, attended IEP meetings and coordinated care with other members of the children’s’ healthcare team. In 2002, in recognition of her work on behalf of children with disabilities, she was nominated by parents/families in San Francisco as honoree of the 2002 annual Support For Children with Disabilities Fundraiser. In 2005, her professional role at the Child Development Center at CPMC was expanded to include working in the Whitney High Risk Follow-Up Clinic performing standardized developmental assessments on premature infants. Shortly thereafter, she became a contracted developmental specialist with Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco and Marin working with children with disabilities in their homes. In 2011 she began doing developmental testing at the John Muir High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic.

During her 10 years as a developmental specialist, Dawn became very interested in pediatric neurology and dreamed of pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner in this area of medicine. After years of contemplating a career change, Dawn applied and was accepted to the highly competitive Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her RN licensure and while continuing in the master’s program, worked as a triage nurse at an adolescent 24-hour psychiatric crisis stabilization facility and also as a mom/newborn RN for Sutter Visiting Nurses Association.

Joining Diablo Valley Child Neurology as a nurse practitioner in September 2011 was truly the culmination of a dream. She hopes that parents will find that her background in child development enhances and complements her training as a nurse practitioner.

Dawn lives in Marin County with her husband John and her school-age son, Aidan. She has a daughter, Alexandra who is in college. In her free time, Dawn likes to spend time with her family, cook, do Cross Fit, run, bike ride and go on hikes with her two rescued bulldogs. She also enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and at health and safety related events in underserved areas of San Francisco and Oakland.

Meet Ruth (Ruthie) Gutierrez

Dr. Candida Brown, smilingRuth Gutierrez was born and raised between Rodeo and Livermore, Ca. After high school, she married her husband Tony and they were blessed with two daughters. After their youngest daughter was born in 1986, Ruth decided it was time to pursue her dream of going into nursing. After two years of medical courses, she was drawn to the administrative part of medicine and continued in college with additional courses in Medical Law and Ethics, Cultural Aspects of Medicine and Male and Female Diseases. Ruth chose to pursue her career in Medical Management.

During her year of internship which was divided between the Urgent Care Center in Richmond and Doctors Medical Group in Pinole, Ruth was hired as front office supervisor for Doctors Medical Group while still completing her college internship. Three years later she was hired by Dr. A. Donald Miller in San Pablo, California as his back office assistant. This new position allowed her to work part-time in order to be more available to her school-aged children. After working 6 years with Dr. Miller, his practice was bought by Alliance Medical Group. Ruth stayed on for a total of 14 years to work as site supervisor for their San Pablo and El Cerrito sites.

In early 2006, Ruth was offered the position as supervisor of the 5th floor Out Patient Clinic at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland which scheduled nine multi-specialty departments. Ruth found this position very rewarding as it offered her the opportunity to work directly with the children as well as the administration. While working at CHRCO, she also served on the Committee for Joint Commission Preparedness as well as the Hospital Safety Committee.

As someone with epilepsy herself, Ruth understands the importance of finding a physician who is compassionate, an excellent listener, has an outstanding fund of knowledge and truly cares about the patient. She is proud to be working at Diablo Valley Child Neurology, where these characteristics are the expectations of all providers of care, sharing these same expectations for her own work with each child and family. Ruth is married to Tony, her husband of 29 years and they have three children, two daughters and a son. They live in Martinez, California. Ruth enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, practicing meditation and pursuing spiritual growth.