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Pediatrician Building Relationships in Selma


SELMA – Dr. Marta Atalla isn’t waiting for patients to find her office at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Selma. The board-certified pediatrician is excited to begin venturing out into the community, in search of children who are in need of medical care.

“Many times, parents cannot come to my office due to a lack of transportation or other reasons,” says Dr. Atalla, “so I go to schools once a year and find children who are in need of exams.”

Dr. Atalla also enjoys reading to children at schools and in her office as a way to make them feel more comfortable. She also offers care to teenagers and education to expectant mothers.

“I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl,” she says. “My grandmother had cancer, so I said I was going to become a doctor and cure her.”

Dr. Atalla attended Medical University of Warsaw, Poland, where she grew up. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Medical Academy in Warsaw, Poland. But life took a turn when Dr. Atalla gave birth to a premature baby.

“When my son was born, he wasn’t even 2 pounds,” says Dr. Atalla. “At the time, I was doing my OB-GYN residency but started to rethink whether I wanted to finish, or become a pediatrician and help my son with his long-term health.”

She chose the latter and completed her pediatric residency at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. She also completed additional fellow training at Medical University of Warsaw General Pediatrics.

After completing her residency in New York, Dr. Atalla worked in Chicago and in Arkansas as a staff pediatrician at Baxter Regional Medical Center. More recently, she offered pediatric care in Tulare.

“Living in New York, I noticed bigger cities tend to have more resources,” she says. “So I’m excited to be in the Central Valley where my services are needed. This is the place where I’m going to stay.”

Dr. Atalla is fluent in English, Polish and Arabic. She’s married to a dentist who works in Visalia, and they have three sons. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading and devoting her time to the Combatants for Peace program, which brings children from the Middle East, Israel and Palestine to Europe to teach them about friendship.

Dr. Atalla may be reached at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Selma, 1142 Rose Ave., Suite C, with a phone number of (559) 856-6175.