Having grown up in the South Bay, She is so happy to be serving the community here. She believes in a team approach to medicine, based on a strong physician-patient relationship, in which the patient is an important decision-maker. Her role is to educate and empower her patients.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her two children explore the world around them, doing yoga, and going to the beach.

Medical School
  • University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Davis, CA
  • Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • English


Providence Medical Institute
1499 West 1st Street
Second Floor
San Pedro, CA 90732
(310) 831-9482


  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Primary Care Physician


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna Senior HMO Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Care 1st HMO Blue Cross
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC HMO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield HMO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • Covered CA LA Care HMO
  • Health Net HMO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Health Net Seniority Plus HMO
  • Humana HMO
  • Medicare
  • Molina Medicare Advantage (HMO)
  • Providence Medical Associates
  • Scan Senior Health Plan HMO
  • Secure Horizons Senior/UHC HMO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare PPO/POS/EPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Axminister Medical Group/IPA
  • HealthCare Partners Medical Group
  • Little Company of Mary IPA - HCP

Medical Groups

Affiliated Medical Groups
  • Providence Medical Associates


Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety. However, language that may contain profanity, slander, libel or private health information is removed. Comments reflect the views and opinions of patients. Comments are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of, Providence.

4.6 out of 5 (66 Ratings, 22 Comments)


still waiting on a referral/authorization for an MRI before I can see the referred specialist

This is my first visit with Dr. Wardwell, although I do see other Providence providers on a regular basis. The purpose was to discuss low red blood cell count, fainting and dizziness spells, extremely low blood pressure but on a sporadic basis. Dr. Wardwell listened to my long explanation over past health issues and understood my needs. She has recommended two specialist to assist me with my future care and I feel she has my best interest at heart. I feel more confident about my health problems and I definitely appreciate Dr. Wardwell's professional attitude.

My care provider is great!, but the records that have been change. Due to the computer system of Little Company of Mary. My old information is lost! Why? Why was not my old information saved before changing to the new system? Dates are wrong! Other doctors that I have seen. That are not part of Little Company of Mary is not recorded, and in the system! Doctors that Little Company of Mary wants me to see. I have seen already. Just they are not part of Little Company of Mary! I am not happy with this change!

this is my first switching care as I have had [...]. but due to new insurance I needed to switch. transition was easier than I thought. thanks

Felt that this provider does not care about elderly stated "after 80 yr's. of age they look at how they would treat cancer mostly palliatively.

Everyone is very nice - the only confusing issue for me has been when I was given a lab slip the first time - I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do or where to go - which lab worked best w/my insurance. I spent a lot of time figuring out which lab to go to - I recommend when you give a patient a lab slip - you inform them the directions they need to follow to go get their labs - where to go - how to make an appointment, etc. I've noticed sometimes nurses do this and sometimes they just hand you the lab slip and walk out.

I had a few questions which I e-mailed earlier this week but have not had a response. Could really use a phone call from Dr. W.

Dr Wardwell has difficulty with patient interaction. She has poor people skills and a challenged bedside manner. When she feels insecure, she passively aggressively uses irrelevant issues to exert her authority. [...]

It's not the care provider (Doctor) it's the office. It seems there is a communication gap. Between sending information through the computer to the doctor's office! Why?

Dr. Wardwell is one of the best physicians I have ever experienced. She is kind, patient, and wants the best care for her patients. I feel comfortable asking her questions, and she explains the answers in a way I understand.

Blood test results posted the next day. Amazing response!

I came into office with all the pertinent medical data regarding a medical condition. I was advised by rheumatologist in PA to make appt. with GP to help manage my medical care and to provide appropriate prescription medicine for such care. I was in significant pain and was unable to sleep; (month earlier was diagnosed with AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER) and desperately needed Dr. Wardwell's help. She could tell I was serious and explained she could not. I was devastated [...] came to her for care, left with none.

Dr. Wardwell is caring & compassionate and always available for questions.

I was referred to psychiatry and for a mammogram and nobody ever called me.

I am very happy with the quality of care from check in to appointment completion. The nurse that took my blood for the lab was very professional and I felt I was in good hands. I am very happy with Dr. Ward well and will recommend her to friends and family.

The best doctor I have had as my PCP, so glad I found her! She makes you feel welcomed and shows concern about your overall well-being.

this is the place for any one to get care. i would not trade this office for anything

I have no problems with Dr. Wardwell. She is a great doctor. I do have problems with getting information to Dr. Wardwell. Either making a call. That Dr. Wardwell never receives from me. Also sending a message on "MY Chart." Which again Dr. Wardwell never receives. This seems to happen too often! […]

The wait was about 10-15 min in the lobby and 40 in the exam room. My actual time with the doctor was only about 10 min but I spent over an hour during my visit waiting 40 min […] in a paper gown in a cold room is far too long. No one came by to check in or let me know my wait would be so long. In fact, I had to step out and ask 2 different people before the doctor finally came in. […]

Dr. Wardwell is a great doctor, BUT! The office workers for transferring calls, and answering back calls is not working at all!!!

I was very impressed with Dr Wardwell. She took time to listen thoroughly and provided feedback and suggestions and had a great bedside manner. Highly recommend.

She takes the time to explain things and genuinely cares