Dr. Wardinsky has been dedicated to serving the members of the
disabled community for 50 years as a Pediatrician and
Genetic/Congenital Defect consultant. He started his career at
ALTA California Regional Center (ACRC) 25 years ago as Clinical
Director and currently holds the position of Staff Physician
providing medical consultation to Service Coordinators and
clients. Dr. Wardinsky has always had a strong interest in
providing care for people with Intellectual Disabilities and
The catalyst to Dr. Wardinsky’s career occurred during his
Pediatric Residency training after medical school. He witnessed a
mother adopting a baby with Down Syndrome being explicitly told
by the advising Genetic doctor that “she should not adopt this
inferior baby”. The mother became very visibly upset and
ultimately ignored the objections and adopted the child. Dr.
Wardinsky realized individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
were not valued and he wanted to support them.
“People with Developmental Disabilities and their families, have
taught me so much about life. They have no prejudices – they tell
it like it is,” Dr. Wardinsky thoughtfully stated. His interest
in working for Alta California Regional Center was piqued by the
opportunity to review, advise and work with chronic conditions of
disabilities. In addition, he was impressed by the wealth of
programs offered by California’s Regional Center System.
“ACRC was really the uniting factor and environment to help
people improve their health and get services,” he said. Dr.
Wardinsky continues to work for the agency because of the caring
atmosphere the Service Coordinators provide. He considers his
colleagues to be gregarious, passionate, fun people who genuinely
care about their work and the clients they serve. Dr. Wardinsky
sees the value of continuing his work because of the passion and
drive to help others that is the culture of ACRC.
Given the gravity of the position Dr. Wardinsky holds and the
work he does, he calls it a very “rewarding experience”. As an
example, When Dr. Wardinsky first started at ACRC, he recognized
dental care needed improvement. He worked tirelessly for the
Regional Center to get several grants to provide dental care for
our clients. He has the opportunity to recommend good treatment
and said, “It is really gratifying seeing clients get better
(health) and live fuller lives and to support their families and
or care providers.”
Dr. Wardinsky is very appreciated at Alta California Regional
Center for his dedication, compassion, professionalism, and his
noticeably calm yet upbeat personality. He is much loved member
of the staff and his efforts have made an outstanding, positive
impact on our clients.