Dr. Jacobs is on staff at Encino Hospital and Tarzana Hospital www.encino-tarzana.com
Dr. Jacobs selects his staff with an eye toward their compassion, personal ethics and efficiency. Each team member shares the vision of blending internal and integrative medicine and every member of the Unison staff demonstrates our core values of caring, healing and listening; you will always feel taken care of because, at Unison Medicine, that’s our primary goal.
Dr. Shahram Jacobs
Raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Jacobs graduated with honors from UCLA and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, receiving Board Certification in Internal Medicine. While traveling in Israel after graduation, he began to explore the spiritual nature of healing and came to both the ancient and modern conclusion that healing is an integrative art; that a patient’s mind and intentions can truly affect their health. Since that time, he has received Board Certification in Integrative Medicine and pursued expertise in alternative medical techniques from Asia, India and around the world. Now both forms of care define his life and his practice. Opting for treatments that, when possible, are non-invasive, a patient of Dr. Jacobs will benefit from an approach to medicine that treats the whole person, rather than just a collection of symptoms.
Barbara Physicians Assistant
Barbara Weisman MS, PA-C has been a practicing Physician Assistant for over a decade since graduating with a Masters Degree from UMDNJ-Rutgers Physician Assistant Program in Piscataway, NJ. She has experience in several fields including Internal Medicine & Primary Care, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics as well as Geriatrics. An avid runner, marathoner, and gym enthusiast, she is passionate about being a healthy role model for her patients. She enjoys living in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Alyssa Lujan, MA Clinical Research Associate
Fluent in English and Spanish, Alyssa is responsible for scheduling and communicating with dozens of patients daily for both research studies and patient care. She graduated from UEI college in 2011 with a degree in medical assisting and has worked in the medical field ever since. Through her involvement with clinical research at Unison, Alyssa has watched patients improve their condition and begin to feel better, a process which she finds incredibly rewarding. Alyssa appreciates the holistic nature of working with Dr. Jacobs and how medication is used when necessary and not simply as a first-resort. She is passionate about medical care and hopes to continue on in the field to become a registered nurse.
Shiva Daniali Clinical Research Coordinator
Shiva Deniali received her Dental Assistant certification in 2002. In 2002, she worked as a dental assistant at Beverly Hills Dental Care before becoming an office manager at California Stress Control Clinic in 2004. Shiva Daniali is very experienced in customer service, billing and office management.
Cindy Clinical Research Coordinator
Born in Los Angeles, Cindy graduated from American Career College in 2011 with a medical assistant certificate has been working in medical research since then. Having worked in a variety of studies such as, Diabetes, Hep C, Anemia, Gynecology, and Chronic Kidney Disease, Cindy enjoys the hands on aspect of research. Cindy has been passionate about the medical field for a long time and hopes to become a registered nurse some day.
"I appreciate Dr Jacobs for giving me this opportunity to be part of his research team."
Isabel Clinical Research Coordinator
Born and raised in San Diego. Isabel graduated from University of California, San Diego with a bachelors of arts in Biological Anthropology. She was first exposed to research while working in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health for UCSD where she worked with women in underserved communities. Isabel has worked as a study coordinator for pharmaceutical and industry sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials. Greatly enjoys working in research and being exposed to new treatment. When she’s not working, she loves spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Hazel graduated from Mizpa University for theological studies in 2013 and worked at a high volume optometry office as an optometric technician under Dr. Pat Nguyen for the past 4 years. Hazel assisted Dr. Nguyen with patient pre-testing such as Auto Refractor, non-contact Tonometer, Visual field, automated lensometer and color/stereo testing as well as insurance verification and customer service.
"I love assisting patients in all their needs, and overall helping to keep them happy. I'm very grateful to have been given the chance to work with Dr. Jacobs and staff as it gives me the opportunity to share my passion for helping people."
Janet Clinical Research Coordinator
Janet Litvinoff was born and raised in Compton, CA. She became a Medical Assistant in 2002 from Career College of America in South Gate, CA. She has gained all of her expertise through working with Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Urology, and General Surgery. She became a Certified Phlebotomist in 2011. She has since became a Clinical Research Coordinator since 2012. She strives to become a excellent Clinical Research Coordinator at Unison Clinical Research. Janet is a caregiver at heart with all her patients and will go out of her way to help them in any way she can. On her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
Jessica Clinical Research Coordinator
Jessica is a Clinical Research Coordinator/Medical Assistant at Unison Medicine. Jessica has always had an interest in the health care field and knew from an early age that this was what she was meant to do. Jessica interacts with patients daily and has excelled in problem solving with different personalities. Every patient has their own needs, and Jessica finds fulfillment in making them feel safe and comfortable when they walk through those our doors.
I" love to make a difference in people’s life, and with this job it allows me not only to help out professionally, but also as a humanitarian. My patients and my co-workers are like a second family to me."
Fernell Romero was born and raised in San Fernando Valley CA. Fernell graduate from National University and received his Bachelors of Science in Public Health. He was been in the Clinical Research field since 2007 with numerous studies that he had worked on. Fernell enjoys the nature of his work being part of the front line of future medicine.
Fernell is also involved in various non-profit organizations such as The American Red Cross, The Los Angeles Mission of Hope, and the Philippine American Medical & Surgical Mission of West Pennsylvania which he goes to Philippines when he can to provide free medical and surgical treatments with his team of doctors and nurses. In his free time he loves going on vacation to different countries and spending time with his family and friends.
Bianca Phlebotomist & Back Office
Graduated from C & S Continuing Education Service as a Phlebotomist in 2015. I'm fluent in English and Spanish. At Unison, I have the position as a Phlebotomist/Medical Assistant and Lab Processing Personnel for our Clinical Research. I enjoy working with the patients and transporting the labs. I get to learn more each day.