Slider

    1. "Dr. Sheldon is a great doctor. His staff is very nice and always smiling."

    2. Cindy D. Yelp

About Dr. Spector

Dr. Spector is an internationally recognized expert in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Postgraduate education included residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, research fellowship in the Laboratory of Virology and Rickettsiology at the National Institutes of Health, and fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He also spent one year in Paris as a US Public Health Service Research Fellow under the renowned allergist, Prof. Bernard Halpern, who discovered promethazine.

Dr. Spector is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). He has held numerous leadership positions including Allergy and Immunology Program Director at the National Jewish Hospital, Past President of the Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

He has published over 350 journal articles, books and book chapters and lectures all over the world. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994, as well as Distinguished Service Awards from both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Dr. Spector is married to his wife Judith and has three children, Daniel, Tahlia and Ilana.

Read more
,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Dr. Spector is an internationally recognized expert in the field of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Postgraduate education included residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, research fellowship in the Laboratory of Virology and Rickettsiology at the National Institutes of Health, and fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He also spent one year in Paris as a US Public Health Service Research Fellow under the renowned allergist, Prof. Bernard Halpern, who discovered promethazine.

Dr. Spector is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). He has held numerous leadership positions including Allergy and Immunology Program Director at the National Jewish Hospital, Past President of the Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

He has published over 350 journal articles, books and book chapters and lectures all over the world. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994, as well as Distinguished Service Awards from both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Dr. Spector is married to his wife Judith and has three children, Daniel, Tahlia and Ilana.


Read less

Research Department for Clinical Trials

Click here to sign up to participate in a study.

If you would like to contact us regarding participating in a clinical trial at California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group Research, please contact any research coordinator.

Brentwood Location:

Shivam Patel

Research Coordinator

shivam@calallergy.com

Violeta Hernandez

Research Coordinator

violet@calallergy.com

Vy Nguyen

Research Coordinator

vy@calallergy.com

Victor Chen

Research Coordinator

victor@calallergy.com

Cooper Kass

Research Assistant

cooper@calallergy.com

Chiko Shimizu

Research Assistant

chiko@calallergy.com

Lana Levi

Research Coordinator

lana@calallergy.com


Palmdale location:

41230 11th Street West, Suite A 
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-8944


Crystal Baltazar

Research Coordinator

crystal@calallergy.com

Christine Lawson

Research Coordinator

christine@calallergy.com

Rose Warner

Research Coordinator

rose@calallergy.com


Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Click here to sign up to participate in a study.

If you would like to contact us regarding participating in a clinical trial at California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group Research, please contact any research coordinator.

Brentwood Location:

Shivam Patel

Research Coordinator

shivam@calallergy.com

Violeta Hernandez

Research Coordinator

violet@calallergy.com

Vy Nguyen

Research Coordinator

vy@calallergy.com

Victor Chen

Research Coordinator

victor@calallergy.com

Cooper Kass

Research Assistant

cooper@calallergy.com

Chiko Shimizu

Research Assistant

chiko@calallergy.com

Lana Levi

Research Coordinator

lana@calallergy.com


Palmdale location:

41230 11th Street West, Suite A 
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 266-8944


Crystal Baltazar

Research Coordinator

crystal@calallergy.com

Christine Lawson

Research Coordinator

christine@calallergy.com

Rose Warner

Research Coordinator

rose@calallergy.com




Read less

About California Allergy & Asthma Medical Group, Inc.

California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group is a practice dedicated to providing the latest and most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options in allergy and asthma care. Dr. Sheldon Spector and Dr. Ricardo Tan offer over 50 years of combined experience and expertise as nationally and internationally recognized practitioners in this field.

Our family of providers and staff strive to give patients comprehensive evaluation and therapy with a personal touch and attention. We will always work to ensure that your office visits are pleasant, enlightening and will make the best use of your valuable time. We have early and late office hours and Saturday hours to accommodate your schedule.

We specialize in the diagnosis and management of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology including conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), sinusitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, drug allergy, anaphylaxis (systemic allergic reactions), contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling), conjunctivitis, primary immunodeficiency syndromes and many others. 

Our Clinical Research division offers patients and volunteers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of promising new treatments for allergy, asthma, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, COPD, hives, and other conditions.

We help patients determine the causes and treatment for symptoms such as nasal congestion, “sinus” symptoms, ear and eye symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing, headache, chronic cough, recurrent respiratory and other infections, skin rashes, hives and others. 

We offer all types of allergy testing, rhinoscopy, pulmonary function testing, nitric oxide testing, as well as allergen immunotherapy (allergy injections), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions, and anti-IgE (Xolair) injections if these are indicated.

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group is a practice dedicated to providing the latest and most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options in allergy and asthma care. Dr. Sheldon Spector and Dr. Ricardo Tan offer over 50 years of combined experience and expertise as nationally and internationally recognized practitioners in this field.

Our family of providers and staff strive to give patients comprehensive evaluation and therapy with a personal touch and attention. We will always work to ensure that your office visits are pleasant, enlightening and will make the best use of your valuable time. We have early and late office hours and Saturday hours to accommodate your schedule.

We specialize in the diagnosis and management of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology including conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), sinusitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, drug allergy, anaphylaxis (systemic allergic reactions), contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling), conjunctivitis, primary immunodeficiency syndromes and many others. 

Our Clinical Research division offers patients and volunteers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of promising new treatments for allergy, asthma, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, COPD, hives, and other conditions.

We help patients determine the causes and treatment for symptoms such as nasal congestion, “sinus” symptoms, ear and eye symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing, headache, chronic cough, recurrent respiratory and other infections, skin rashes, hives and others. 

We offer all types of allergy testing, rhinoscopy, pulmonary function testing, nitric oxide testing, as well as allergen immunotherapy (allergy injections), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions, and anti-IgE (Xolair) injections if these are indicated.



Read less

Ricardo Tan, MD

Dr. Tan has been in private practice in Allergy and Clinical Immunology since 1996. He earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines in Manila. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo Residency Consortium in Buffalo, New York. Fellowship training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology followed at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Medical Corps stationed in Del Rio, Texas from 1991-1993.

Dr. Tan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He has served as an officer or committee member of many specialty societies, including the California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (CSAAI), American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology ( ACAAI) and the International Association of Filipino Allergists & Immunologists (IAFAI). He has published numerous articles for journals such as the Annals of Allergy and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is also written several book chapters and is a co-author of Practical Allergy, a textbook for primary care physicians.

Download Dr. Tan's Curriculum Vitae and Publications.

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Dr. Tan has been in private practice in Allergy and Clinical Immunology since 1996. He earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines in Manila. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo Residency Consortium in Buffalo, New York. Fellowship training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology followed at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force Medical Corps stationed in Del Rio, Texas from 1991-1993.

Dr. Tan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He has served as an officer or committee member of many specialty societies, including the California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (CSAAI), American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology ( ACAAI) and the International Association of Filipino Allergists & Immunologists (IAFAI). He has published numerous articles for journals such as the Annals of Allergy and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is also written several book chapters and is a co-author of Practical Allergy, a textbook for primary care physicians.

Download Dr. Tan's Curriculum Vitae and Publications.



Read less

Tahlia Spector, MD

Dr. Tahlia Spector earned her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. She successfully completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at UCLA and Olive-View/UCLA Medical Centers. She also completed a fellowship in Medical Education at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. During residency, she spent several months studying tropical medicine in Peru during which she received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Spector is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine with expertise in curricular development and clinical teaching. She is the chair of the 3rd year Longitudinal Preceptorship Program and Director of Continuing Education for the Acute Care College at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition, she is currently working on several educational grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute as well as being a case writer for the National Board of Medical Examiners Integrated Case Development project.

Dr. Spector and her husband Jason have two children, Jonah and Gavin.

Download Dr. Spector's Curriculum Vitae and Publications.

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Dr. Tahlia Spector earned her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. She successfully completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at UCLA and Olive-View/UCLA Medical Centers. She also completed a fellowship in Medical Education at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. During residency, she spent several months studying tropical medicine in Peru during which she received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Spector is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine with expertise in curricular development and clinical teaching. She is the chair of the 3rd year Longitudinal Preceptorship Program and Director of Continuing Education for the Acute Care College at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition, she is currently working on several educational grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute as well as being a case writer for the National Board of Medical Examiners Integrated Case Development project.

Dr. Spector and her husband Jason have two children, Jonah and Gavin.

Download Dr. Spector's Curriculum Vitae and Publications.



Read less

Denise Jaffe, NP

Denise A. Jaffe earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College, California in 1999. She worked at UCLA Medical Center in the Neurosurgery/Trauma ICU for five years. Prior to that she worked in the Cardiothoracic step down unit at UCLA Medical Center.

Denise continued on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California Los Angeles in 2005. She completed clinical training in pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine at Sierra Vista Community Center in Ventura County and at other sites in Los Angeles, working exclusively with the underserved population. After graduate school, Denise worked at Capital Allergy & Asthma Group in Sacramento California with Dr. Bradley Chipps.

Denise is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked in our office since 2007. She is a Sub-Investigator for all clinical studies in our office. Denise is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Nursing Society, and Gamma Tau Chapter.

Denise is married with two children and enjoys traveling and cooking.

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Denise A. Jaffe earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College, California in 1999. She worked at UCLA Medical Center in the Neurosurgery/Trauma ICU for five years. Prior to that she worked in the Cardiothoracic step down unit at UCLA Medical Center.

Denise continued on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California Los Angeles in 2005. She completed clinical training in pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine at Sierra Vista Community Center in Ventura County and at other sites in Los Angeles, working exclusively with the underserved population. After graduate school, Denise worked at Capital Allergy & Asthma Group in Sacramento California with Dr. Bradley Chipps.

Denise is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked in our office since 2007. She is a Sub-Investigator for all clinical studies in our office. Denise is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Nursing Society, and Gamma Tau Chapter.

Denise is married with two children and enjoys traveling and cooking.



Read less

Staff

Our clinic staff is focused on your comfort and the success of your treatment. We have assembled a team of nurses, assistants, and office personnel whom are professional and understand the importance of your health and happiness.

Cheryl Brown, Receptionist

Sharon Short, MA

Joan Nasr, RN

Judith Spector, RN

Jessie Masiclat, MA

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Our clinic staff is focused on your comfort and the success of your treatment. We have assembled a team of nurses, assistants, and office personnel whom are professional and understand the importance of your health and happiness.

Cheryl Brown, Receptionist

Sharon Short, MA

Joan Nasr, RN

Judith Spector, RN

Jessie Masiclat, MA



Read less

20 Ways To Beat The Allergy Blues

Airborn Allergies
1.Keep the grass short, but have someone else do the mowing. If you can't avoid yard duty, wear a mask when you mow.
2.Don't dry clothes outside. Pollen bonds to fabric.
3.Allergic to molds? Plan outdoor activities when the weather is hot and dry.
4.Ban smoking at home and at work. Smoke only aggravates allergies.
5.If you have hay fever, stay indoors when pollen is high. Avoid parks, woods, and gardens during the allergy season. Save errands for late afternoon or after it rains. Pollen is worst during early hours and on dry, windy days.
6.Wash that pollen right out of your hair - shower and shampoo frequently.
7.Consider your allergies when planning a vacation. Ask your doctor to suggest a spot where the source of your allergy isn't in bloom during your holiday.
8.Do not move just to avoid allergies, you may develop new ones.
9.If you garden, avoid choosing plants, trees, grass, and weeds with tiny flowers, such as goldenrod.
10.Try to keep windows closed wherever you are.
 
Insect Allergies
11.Never go outside when you are barefoot and keep an eye out for insect colonies, nests, and hives.
12.Opt for light-colored clothing, such as whites and tans. Avoid blues, yellow, and any colors resembling flowers.
13.Don't paint, cook meals, or feed pets outside. These scents attract bugs.
14.Limit the use of perfume, hair spray, or suntan lotion - these are bug attracting.
15.Don't panic if an insect lands on you. Stay calm and gently brush it away.
16.See a doctor if you have a reaction to an insect bite.
 
Animal Allergies
17.When choosing a pet, a dog is safer than a cat - but a fish is even better.
18.If you must have a dog or cat, choose a shorthaired breed without a thick undercoat.
19.Wash animals frequently and try to keep them out of your bedroom.
20.Avoid pillows, comforters, and other products filled with feathers or down.
Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD
Airborn Allergies
1.Keep the grass short, but have someone else do the mowing. If you can't avoid yard duty, wear a mask when you mow.
2.Don't dry clothes outside. Pollen bonds to fabric.
3.Allergic to molds? Plan outdoor activities when the weather is hot and dry.
4.Ban smoking at home and at work. Smoke only aggravates allergies.
5.If you have hay fever, stay indoors when pollen is high. Avoid parks, woods, and gardens during the allergy season. Save errands for late afternoon or after it rains. Pollen is worst during early hours and on dry, windy days.
6.Wash that pollen right out of your hair - shower and shampoo frequently.
7.Consider your allergies when planning a vacation. Ask your doctor to suggest a spot where the source of your allergy isn't in bloom during your holiday.
8.Do not move just to avoid allergies, you may develop new ones.
9.If you garden, avoid choosing plants, trees, grass, and weeds with tiny flowers, such as goldenrod.
10.Try to keep windows closed wherever you are.
 
Insect Allergies
11.Never go outside when you are barefoot and keep an eye out for insect colonies, nests, and hives.
12.Opt for light-colored clothing, such as whites and tans. Avoid blues, yellow, and any colors resembling flowers.
13.Don't paint, cook meals, or feed pets outside. These scents attract bugs.
14.Limit the use of perfume, hair spray, or suntan lotion - these are bug attracting.
15.Don't panic if an insect lands on you. Stay calm and gently brush it away.
16.See a doctor if you have a reaction to an insect bite.
 
Animal Allergies
17.When choosing a pet, a dog is safer than a cat - but a fish is even better.
18.If you must have a dog or cat, choose a shorthaired breed without a thick undercoat.
19.Wash animals frequently and try to keep them out of your bedroom.
20.Avoid pillows, comforters, and other products filled with feathers or down.


Read less

Tips For Children With Seasonal Allergies

For Seasonal Allergies
1.Reduce Plant Materials
Pollen is the #1 cause of seasonal allergies. Trees account for 10% of all allergies in the United States, grasses account for about 30%, and ragweed accounts for nearly 60% of all allergies. Keep trees and shrubs pruned, and eliminate all unnecessary vegetation, including houseplants and decorative bouquets indoors.
2.Keep Windows Closed
Because pollen is carried by the wind, it's in the air everywhere. So keep windows closed even if you have no pollen-producing plants nearby. Air conditioners actually filter pollen and other allergens out of the air as they keep you cool.
3.Change Filters Regularly
Furnace and air conditioning filters take many allergens out of the air. However, they build up on the filters. To filter them out and keep them out, change filters once a month.
 
For All Other Types Of Allergies
1.Eliminate "Dust-Collectors"
Knickknacks and clutter collect dust and are hard to clean. Get rid of unnecessary objects and display valuables in a glass case that's easier to clean.
2.Keep Bedding Clean
Over one-third of your child’s life is spent in the bedroom so keep it clean! Wash bedding in hot water every week, use allergen-proof cases for pillows and mattresses, and consider getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Minimize use of heavy draperies or venetian blinds, which catch a lot of dust.
Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD
For Seasonal Allergies
1.Reduce Plant Materials
Pollen is the #1 cause of seasonal allergies. Trees account for 10% of all allergies in the United States, grasses account for about 30%, and ragweed accounts for nearly 60% of all allergies. Keep trees and shrubs pruned, and eliminate all unnecessary vegetation, including houseplants and decorative bouquets indoors.
2.Keep Windows Closed
Because pollen is carried by the wind, it's in the air everywhere. So keep windows closed even if you have no pollen-producing plants nearby. Air conditioners actually filter pollen and other allergens out of the air as they keep you cool.
3.Change Filters Regularly
Furnace and air conditioning filters take many allergens out of the air. However, they build up on the filters. To filter them out and keep them out, change filters once a month.
 
For All Other Types Of Allergies
1.Eliminate "Dust-Collectors"
Knickknacks and clutter collect dust and are hard to clean. Get rid of unnecessary objects and display valuables in a glass case that's easier to clean.
2.Keep Bedding Clean
Over one-third of your child’s life is spent in the bedroom so keep it clean! Wash bedding in hot water every week, use allergen-proof cases for pillows and mattresses, and consider getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Minimize use of heavy draperies or venetian blinds, which catch a lot of dust.


Read less

New Patient Forms

Prior to coming in for your visit, get a head-start by downloading, printing, and filling out the New Patient Forms here.

Read more
  • ,  Office of Sheldon L. Spector, MD

Prior to coming in for your visit, get a head-start by downloading, printing, and filling out the New Patient Forms here.



Read less

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Spector accepts most major PPO insurance providers.

AARP
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Capital Blue Cross
Care1st
Cigna
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health Net
Medicare
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Spector is my allergist and my primary care physician. He is super thorough and always has my best interest in mind."

    Sarah M.
Location
California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group, Inc.
11645 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1155
Brentwood

Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 3108199250
Fax: 310-966-9042
Opening Hours

California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group, Inc.
11645 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1155
Los Angeles, CA 90025