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


San Pedro Primary Care
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
About Our Survey

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 (68 Ratings, 20 Comments)


The only bad experience would be. That I cannot get a appointment on Monday's or Friday's. Dr. Wardwell does not work on these days. It makes contacting with her very hard to get! I have to wait until Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. I wish she would work all five days. Yes! Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to ? Please!

I mentioned something I was concerned about and Dr. Wardwell didn't check it out, instead she said, "well maybe it's...try not doing this and see if it gets better." I was there already, so why not check it out then?

The office to change appointment dated. The female said the doctor had a emergency. Now this is two weeks from the appointment dated. I found out there was no emergency. The female lied to me. I do not like being lied to! DR. WARDWELL IS THE BEST!!!

Had to send email to get test results that I was told would be in My Chart and were not. Email response from provider said x-ray was normal but didn't offer any suggestions as to handle the condition I was seen for.

I see this doctor one time a year for my women's wellness exam She is always very welcoming and comfortable to talk to

Dr. Wardwell spent time talking to me, asked questions and listened. She even asked me to bring in some documentation from a past medical procedure.

Dr. Wardwell is always attentive, focussed and engaged as a listener.

always a good visit

impossible to see my primary within one week after week in hospital being diagnosed with [...] lung cancer that had mastized to liver and kidney. why have a primary?

This was my first visit with Dr. Wardwell, which is why she did not have my medical records, [...]. But I did have a strong sense that she is interested, very knowledgeable and caring, so I am confident that we will have a good working relationship.

Mrs Wardwell is always so nice with a smile on her face. Seems concerned and willing to help her patients.

I have given all my medical history over and over to this medical office. I feel it's not being store in your computer system!

difficult to get appointments with primary care doctors as booked 1-2 weeks in advance. but offered other doctors in group practices

Dr. Kari is very good!

She is an excellent listener & does not rush through your appt. like some.

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 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.

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

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.