About Dr. Shenkman
Heather Shenkman, MD, FACC, is an interventional cardiologist in practice in Tarzana, California. Originally from the Detroit area, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her interventional cardiology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through not only medication, but also a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise.
Dr. Shenkman has followed a plant-based diet since 2005. She is an avid athlete, having completed over 100 events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several 100-mile century cycling events.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated its benefits in the prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. A plant-based diet has fueled her athletic success, and she encourages her patients toward this diet for their own health as well.
Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology, representing cardiologists in the San Fernando Valley.
Gliselda Velasquez, Lead Medical Assistant
Gliselda has been a medical assistant for over 15 years, and has worked internal medicine, urology and cardiology. She has two sons, and a little grandson Noah. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her husband watching him play soccer, chasing after Noah, and walking at the park.
Sara Lozano, Receptionist and Referral Coordinator
Sara ‘s expertise in referrals and procedure scheduling came in handy during the three years when she and Dr. Shenkman worked together in another practice. When the opportunity arose to hire Sara for her new practice, Dr. Shenkman knew that Sara would be ideal in running her front office. Outside of work, Sara’s three passions are hiking, running and photography. She has hiked several challenging trails, include Zion in Utah and locally Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto Peak and Cucamonga Peak. She is also an avid runner, has completed two full marathons, 4 half marathons and countless 5k and 10k races. Her newest hobby is nature photography, since purchasing her camera two years ago, and she plans to take pictures of peaks around the world!