The Doctors

Discover Health is a union of Adult and Pediatric primary care physicians, formed with the mission to serve our patients with focused and personalized care.  Child’s Light Pediatric, the innocative housecall based pediatric practice, and Current Health, a pioneer in adult and pediatric private primary care, have now merged to form Discover Health.  Confidence is realized by more than 10 years of accomplished service in the Bay Area brought to Discover Health by both practices.

Adult Medicine
Clifford Sewell, MD Internal Medicine

Pediatrics
Steven Martel, MD, FAAP
Oded Herbsman, MD, FAAP
Yan Chin, MD

Naturopathic Medicine
Thalia Farshchian, ND

Private Medical
Jordan Shlain, MD Founding Partner


Clifford Sewell, MD
Internal Medicine

Dr. Clifford Sewell worked at Current Health prior to the formation of Discover Health. Dr. Sewell continues his community service and outreach work by volunteering locally. He strives to provide the most comprehensive, personalized, and convenient medical care possible. He is dedicated to meeting each patient’s individual needs and health care goals.

Dr. Sewell has served the San Francisco Bay Area as a house-call doctor; he spends time with his patients to get to the root cause of their issues and concerns. He has worked with the elderly and continues in internal medicine with adult patients.

Dr. Sewell’s educational background includes a Duke University BSE in biomedical/electrical engineering; a Georgetown University master’s in biophysics and physiology; a Virginia Commonwealth University MD degree; and a California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, internal medicine internship and residency. Dr. Sewell is versed in Spanish and is an expert in the field of travel medicine.

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Steven Martel, MD, FAAP
Dr. Steven Martel was a math and science teacher prior to studying medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Vermont and pediatric residency training at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Martel served as the Director of Critical Care Pediatric and Neonatal Transport and Assistant Chief of the Pediatric Hospitalist Division at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Martel is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recently elected to the Chapter Board as a Member-at-Large. He is a certified infant massage instructor and has special interest in the care of children with chronic medical issues.

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Oded Herbsman, MD, FAAP
Currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics and the Head of Pediatric Quality Assurance at California Pacific Medical Center. He completed medical school at Duke University and pediatric residency at the University of California in San Francisco. He has served as Medical Director of Pediatric Inpatient Services and Chief of the Pediatric Hospitalist Division at California Pacific Medical Center. He helped found the Sutter Health Childhood Asthma Initiative to standardize guidelines for the treatment of asthma. He is a certified medical acupuncturist and Chinese herbal practitioner with a special interest in complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Herbsman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and resides in Marin County with his wife and two children.

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Yan Chin, MD
Pediatrics

Dr. Yan Chin specializes in pediatric care and worked at Current Health prior to the formation of Discover Health.

Dr. Chin is also a medical consultant with the California Department of Public Health and has lectured at medical conferences throughout California, including the academic medical centers at Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco. He has a strong interest in pediatric environmental health and sits on the California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric Environmental Health. He has done public health work in West Africa and Thailand and has contributed to multiple scientific and medical publications.

Dr. Chin received a BA in biochemistry from Swarthmore College, an MPH in epidemiology and biostatics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MD from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is board-certified in pediatrics.

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Thalia Farshchian, ND 
Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Thalia is a licensed naturopathic doctor who joined Current Health in 2011. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon after earning her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in Psychology with an emphasis on biology. With a background in both conventional medicine and proven alternative modalities, she offers customized treatments based on an individual’s needs for long term success.

Dr. Thalia focuses on weight management, hormone imbalances and gastrointestinal conditions. She combines diet, nutrition, bio-identical hormones, intravenous therapy, and herbal medicine to treat the cause of disease.  Dr. Thalia enjoys working with patients to create treatment plans that improve overall health and well-being along with symptoms.

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Jordan Shlain, MD
Private Medical

Dr. Shlain co-founded Current Health in 1997 being the first practice to offer direct medical care in San Francisco. In 2011, he was involved in Current Health’s merger with Child’s Light Pediatrics, a local direct medicine pediatric practice, into Discover Health Medical Partners in order to cater to an entire family’s needs.

Dr. Jordan Shlain is practicing internist and a native of San Francisco. He graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and was accepted to Harvard’s Center for International Development (WorldTeach) to teach high-school chemistry, physics and biology in rural Western Kenya. Subsequently, he graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency in San Francisco.

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