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Expert Pediatric Nephrology Care—Close To Home

For parents in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities, having a child with a complex medical condition used to mean spending lots of time traveling all over the Bay Area for visits with children’s specialists. 

Through our collaboration with Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, we diagnose and treat kidney and urinary tract diseases in children of all ages—right here close to home.        

In addition to your pediatric nephrologist, your child’s care team may also include nurses and other healthcare providers—all who have advanced training in specifically treating children and teens.    

Meet Your Doctor

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Elizabeth Talley, MD

Pediatric Nephrology

What I really love most about my job is working with patients and their families. Even though there are many times where I can't change the situation or take the disease away, I want families to know that I'll always be there to walk them through tough situations and to support them. Knowing that someone truly cares about your child makes all the difference.

I feel so blessed that I get to make such a positive difference in a young person's life. One of my patients who had a kidney transplant just graduated from eighth grade. I went to her graduation ceremony, and she thanked me for always being there for her and supporting her. Knowing that I'm able to help in that way is truly rewarding. It doesn't get much better than that.

olivera couloures

Olivera Couloures, MD

Pediatric Nephrology

I am determined to help children with kidney problems feel better so that they can enjoy their lives and reach their best potential. I partner with families long term, applying my knowledge and experience to create unique treatment plans for each child. My research on solute movement in dialysis is born from questions that arise while I care for my patients. Novel and unexpected findings further drive my research efforts, aiming to enhance lives of children with kidney disorders.

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Paul Grimm, MD 

Pediatric Nephrology

I come from a rural background as a physician treating farmers; I speak very plainly and I think that makes my patients feel more comfortable to talk openly with me. Often times people are afraid to speak about their concerns. I try to start the conversation by listening to my patients and their families, paying attention to their concerns.

I strive to develop close relationships with the entire family. Occasionally I'll get invited to a Quinceañera, which is really meaningful. Instead of telling families what to do, I see my role as being their coach. Parents know their child better than anyone else. I want them to feel empowered and comfortable to make their own decisions.

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What Our Partnership With Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Means For Your Family

Your pediatrician referred you to us, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands. Our collaboration marries the best of two worlds for our patients and their families by bringing Stanford Medicine Children's Health expertise and innovation into a community-based setting that keeps families close to home. Together, our partnership provides:

  • Expert Care from Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Doctors: From office visits to hospital procedures and stays at our Walnut Creek Medical Center, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be cared for by some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists—without having to travel to outside of the East Bay.
  • Comprehensive Care, Conveniently Close: Any hospital-based services your child may need—ranging from simple blood work and imaging to infusion therapies—can all be conveniently done at our Walnut Creek Medical Center by staff who are highly trained in treating children of all ages, using specialized equipment designed just for children. 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): If your child requires complex care, you’ll have the added peace of mind that our PICU—staffed 24/7 by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health doctors and John Muir Health nurses and other care providers—is right here at our Walnut Creek Medical Center. Learn more about our PICU.

Learn more about Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and our partnership.