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Our Doctors

Shailesh Asaikar, M.D.

A board-certified pediatric neurologist, Dr. Asaikar is highly skilled in behavioral/developmental disorders and general pediatric neurology.

Dr. Asaikar’s special interests include epilepsy cerebral palsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, as well as the overlaps between neurology, behavior and development in children and young adults. In 2008, he was named “Best Doctor” by the readers of the Sacramento News & Review.

Dr. Asaikar is fascinated and awed by the complex workings of the brain and it's limitless capabilities, a fascination that pro.5 mpted him to study neurology. It is in his words a 'miraculous and unforgiving organ'. He believes that this century will herald great scientific advances which will significantly further our understanding of this magnificent organ.

Dr. Asaikar attends weekly grand rounds at UCD where he teaches residents.

In his free time, Dr. Asaikar enjoys golf and caring for his collection of koi.

Dr. Asaikar earned his medical degree at the University of Bombay, India. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital, an affiliate of New York Medical College in the Bronx, New York. He completed his fellowship in neurology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was then appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Health Science Center of the State University of New York, Brooklyn. During that time, he served as Attending Physician at the King’s County Hospital, as well as Consultant Neurologist at Long Island College Hospital and the Lamm Developmental Institute, both in Brooklyn. In 1991, looking to move to California, he took a position with a neurology practice in Sacramento, where Dr. Chretien was practicing. In 1993, Dr. Asaikar and Dr. Chretien established their own practice: Child and Adolescent Neurology Consultants.

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, 1989

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Certification in Clinical Electrophysiology, 1997-2007. Recertification pending.

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 1989-1996


M.D., Bombay University, India, 1983

M.B.B.S., Bombay University, India, 1975

Recent Talks for Professional Audiences

Headaches in Children

Epilepsy in the Multiply-Handicapped

Autism: Separating Myth from Fact

Intravenous Drug Therapy for Epilepsy and Seizure

Central Nervous System Lupus

ADHD Efficacy, Response, Dosing, Safety, and Tolerability of Medication

Shaken Baby Syndrome


Neurological Disease in Infants with AIDS
M. Suri, S. Asiakar, A. Gupta, J. Goldfarb, A. Kaul, R. Kairam Pediatric Research, 1985, 395A

Retinoblastoma – An Immuno-Histochemical Study
C. Manville, S. Asaikar, M. Wick et al. Lab Investigation, 1988, Volume 582, 60A

Status Epilepticus: Clinical Experience with Continuous Cerebral Monitoring
I. Altafullah, S. Asaikar, F. Torres Acta Neurological Scandanavia 1991:84:374 381

Aplasia Cutis Congential and Arteriovenous Fistula Case Report and Review
R. Singman, S. Asaikar, G. Hotson, N.S. Prose Archives of Neurology, November 1990, Volume 47

Clinical Research

Ongoing trials in Migrane, Epilepsy and Tourette’s Syndrome

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Paul Chretien, M.D.

A board-eligible pediatric neurologist, Dr. Chretien has many years of experience diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with neurological disorders, and was Sacramento’s first child neurologist in private practice. He opened this practice with Dr. Asaikar in 1993.

Dr. Chretien’s special interests include epilepsy, ADHD, migraine and cerebral palsy. He is a voting member of The Pediatric Administrative/Quality Improvement Committee for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Dr. Chretien periodically attends grand rounds at UCD where he teaches residents.

Dr. Chretien enjoys the arts, especially musical theater. He is also an avid gardener and bicyclist. His idea of a perfect holiday? Snowmobiling in Yellowstone with his wife and seven children.

He earned his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Dr. Chretien was a pediatric intern and resident at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, and completed his training in neurology and child neurology at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. During his medical education, Dr. Chretien gained practical medical experience through a series of Locum Tenens positions.

Board Eligible

Neurology and Pediatrics


M.D., University of Massachusetts, 1983, with Honors in Pediatrics

B.F.A. Boston University, 1977

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