Meet our team

Dr Noemi Spinazzi, MD

Physician and Medical Director

Noemi Spinazzi, MD is a primary care physician UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She provides primary care services within the context of a federally qualified health center. She has a special interest in children with complex care needs and developmental disabilities, and she founded a specialized clinic serving patients with Trisomy 21. She works closely with California Children’s Services (CCS) and with the East Bay Special Needs Committee. She is also the co-director of the developmental and behavioral pediatrics resident rotation at UBCHO.

Dr. Spinazzi is very involved in medical education. She is a member of the UCSF Diversity and Equality Committee, and she is passionate about mentoring the next generation of healthcare providers. In addition to teaching the UBCHO residents, she volunteers her time with high school and college students. She is also volunteer clinical faculty for UCSF School of Medicine.

Dr. Spinazzi identifies as an immigrant. Her work with children and families from all over the world motivates her to be an advocate for immigrant rights and immigrant health.

Dr. Spinazzi has a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics since her residency, and has been actively involved in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level.

Dr. Spinazzi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. She moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she was the Chief Resident.

Marybeth Finch, MSPT

Physical Therapist and Infant Development Specialist

Rebecca Rice, MSW

Bilingual Medical Social Worker

Annika Miller

Family Liason & Administrative Assistant

I am Annika Miller. I grew up in Minnesota and now live in Richmond, CA. I went to school at Albany High School.

Before to my current job, I worked in a lot of different retail jobs and supermarkets. Now, I am the Family Liason and Administrative Assistant for the Down Syndrome Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. As an Administrative Assistant, I laminate documents, make folders, and get to say hi to the patients and play my music for them during their appointments.

My favorite part of my job is doing my tasks and meeting the patients.

My hobbies include playing the ukulele, composing music, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

In the future, I wish to have my own music studio where I can play, teach music, and write my own music.

Sitll working in Primary Care!

Leticia Gomez, MSW

FQHC Primary Care Bilingual Medical Social Worker

Leticia Gomez, MSW joined UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in 2017, as a Medical Social Worker for Charlie’s Clinic and the Behavioral and Developmental Clinic. Leticia Gomez is fluent in Spanish and English and has has served the community both in Mexico and in the United States.

In Mexico, Leticia volunteered for the Sistema Nacional para el Desarollo Integral de la Familia- The National System For Holistic Family Development. This governmental agency provides housing, education, social services and permanent care to homeless elders, orphaned newborns, and to intellectually and physically disabled children. Leticia worked beside the nurses and physical therapists, supporting orphaned children with disabilities and complex medical and physical needs. This experience gave Leticia insight into the challenges and barriers that individual with special needs face, as well as their resilience. Leticia came to deeply value that people with disabilities need and deserve better treatment from society.

In the United States, Leticia had obtained her Bachelors as a Social Worker from San Francisco State University and her Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has extensive experience working with diverse patient populations with complex medical, social and emotional needs, She has worked as a Medical Social worker at Highland Hospital (Alameda County Health System) and at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Leticia’s first-hand experience, combined with her passion for social justice, to promote understanding and connection, solidify her commitment to serve families and children with developmental, behavioral and/or medical needs.