Our Doctors

Sylvia Negrete, M.D., FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Negrete has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 1992 and completed a Pediatric Internship, Residency & Chief Residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in 1996. After several years in private practice she joined the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in 1999.

In 2009 Dr. Negrete developed the “UNM Healthy & Fit Children’s Clinic”, a clinic designed to prevent, assess, and treat children and adolescents with overweight and obesity. Dr. Negrete has partnered with community programs that emphasize healthy eating and active living habits for children and adolescents. She speaks English and Spanish and enjoys working with socio-economically disadvantaged families.

Alberta S. Kong, M.D., MPH
Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Kong is a University of New Mexico Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and a secondary appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Arizona and completed a Pediatric Residency and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship in 2000 at UNM. Her interest in community and preventive health for improving population health led her to the Masters in Public Health Program at UNM where she received her M.P.H. degree in 2002.

She has furthered her career development with clinical and translational research training through a competitive selection process for one of the first NIH supported KL2 scholar’s award in the UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center. She is one of only two Board Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialists in the state of NM and collaborates in the direction of research in adolescent obesity for the UNM Healthy & Fit Children’s Clinic.

Patricia H. Roldan, MS

Medical Degree, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, 1983
Masters Science Degree – Nutrition, University of New Mexico, 2002
ACE Group Fitness and Personal Training Certification since 2007.

Patricia has been working in the field of corporate and individual wellness for the last 15 years with emphasis in weight management and lifestyle interventions. She is committed to continuing education in nutrition and healthy behaviors for patients and their families and has strong abilities to educate about the long-term benefits of a balance diet and exercise. She contributes to diabetes awareness education in collaboration with physicians and other medical staff members at the Healthy and Fit Children’s Clinic. She speaks both English and Spanish, and has assisted LFCC in the design and development of exercise and wellness programs for children and adults. Patricia is a compassionate Nutritionist with an outstanding record in patient service.

Monique Vallabhan, DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Vallabhan has over 30 years’ experience in health care. She graduated from the University of New Mexico as a Family Nurse Practitioner and went on to complete fellowship training in adolescent medicine and research, and doctoral training at New Mexico State University, graduating with academic honors.

Dr. Vallabhan is both a clinician and researcher in adolescent health. As a clinician, she works with adolescent populations at school-based health centers and the UNM Healthy & Fit Children’s Teen Clinic with a focus on implementing evidence based best clinical practice. Her adolescent research interests address participatory sustainable strategies to prevent and treat adolescents with obesity as well as comorbidities frequently associated with obesity.