Leslie Kessler, N.P. has worked in primary care in Los Angeles for over thirty years. During her college junior year abroad in Sweden, it was a medical student friend that convinced her that studying medicine would bring all her interests and skills together to benefit others. She now finds great satisfaction in helping people and using science to problem solve.
Leslie Kessler, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Columbia University in New York and then returned to her native Los Angeles to begin her career at UCLA Hospital, working in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing at UCLA, specializing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). For 30 years, Leslie practiced as a PNP in various pediatric settings while raising four children, now all grown. She is known for being a pioneer in the Nurse Practitioner profession, graduating at a time when few knew the role.
Her favorite area of pediatrics is helping new parents settle into their new role. Her hope is that the parents gain confidence in parenting through education and reassurance. She likes to take the time to really listen to parents and children so that problems can be identified and solved and healthy lifestyles implemented.
She loves to volunteer her skills in the community, the highlight being working at the Special Olympics World Games. Due to her own family constraints she finds that mission work has not been possible but takes great joy in her daughter who has followed her career and become a pediatric intensive care unit nurse and recently volunteered for eight weeks on The Mercy Ship in Africa.
When not helping other in pediatrics and parenting, Leslie Kessler can be found working her gardens, biking and doing yoga.
UCLA School Of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA
Master Of Science In Nursing – Advanced Practice Nurse