Category Archives: Peconic Pediatrics – Blog

Spotlight on Douglas Friedfeld, MD

Meet Peconic’s newest member: Douglas Friedfeld, MD Dr. Friedfeld is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine.  He completed his pediatrics residency at University of Vermont.  Dr. Friedfeld is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra/Northwell Medical School.  He has a special interest in preventative medicine and enjoys working collaboratively with children and their parents…
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Spotlight on Deandre King

  This month's spotlight is on Deandre King.  Deandre is the father of a beautiful baby boy and he is part of an organization called, Limb Possible. Limb Possible is an organization of athlete amputees who come together to inspire, develop, and bring awareness to communities.  Whether caused by trauma, disease, or birth defects, these amputees are united in their mission which…
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Spotlight on Lily Detour

This month's patient spotlight is on, Lily Detour. Lily is 8 years old and in the second grade.  She teaches a class on loom knitting at Southold Library.  She started teaching knitting at 5 years old when her big sister Emma, 13, taught her how to knit.  Lily started out by teaching finger knitting and…
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Spotlight on Dr. Fell

Dr. Brad Fell grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in 1990 and then graduated from the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse. Dr. Fell completed his Internship and Residency at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center (formerly Schneider Children's Hospital), where he also served as…
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Spotlight on Dr. Sonya Palathumpat

Dr. Palathumpat is a board certified pediatrician with a specialty in sports medicine. She is a graduate of St. George's University and completed her pediatrics residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Palathumpat completed her Pediatric Sports Medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In addition to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries, she has…
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Employee of the Month

Peconic Pediatrics values all it's employees.  Once a month, a challenge is held and this month's choice for Employee of the Month is Wally Ramirez.  Wally has been our assistant office manager for approximately a year and half now and does a wonderful job with the staff and patients.  Wally is very involved with Sister…
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Comings and Goings at Peconic Pediatrics

We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas Mercier to Peconic Pediatrics in Southold as he spends his last summer with us before retirement.  He has big shoes to fill but we will do our best to care for his families after he transitions to full retirement. A bittersweet farewell to Dawn Dawson as she…
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Spotlight: Amanda Graziano

This month's patient spotlight shines brightly on Amanda Graziano. Amanda graduated from Riverhead High School in 2013. After graduation, she spent her first 2 years at Mercy College in Ardsley, NY. She then transferred to SUNY Oneonta where she finished her last 2 years. She is graduating with a BS in Sociology on Saturday, May…
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Spotlight: Grace Zehill

Ten year old Grace Zehill of Southold had the opportunity to participate in the Iron Chef Jr. competition held on March 18 at the Lake Grove Whole Foods Market. The purpose of this event, besides having fun and cooking delicious food, is to encourage youth to learn new skills in cooking that will lead to…
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Anjela Contreras

Anjela Contreras is a second grader at South Street School in Manorville. Earlier this year, she saw a video on YouTube of a girl her age cutting and donating her hair to make wigs for kids with cancer, and was inspired to do the same. In June, she visited the office and was partnered with…
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The Tardif Brothers

We’re proud of these two brothers, Joe and John Tardif, who are patients at Peconic Pediatrics, for showing all of us what brotherly love is all about. The bond that these two share is truly special and an example for all. Joe and John shared their story with Newsday. Read more.
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2nd Annual Open Mic Fundraiser

Our receptionist, Donna Butler, recently hosted the 2nd Annual Open Mic Fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The fun event was held at Four Doors Down in Mattatuck on Thursday, September 22nd, and featured live music from local musicians, a Chinese auction and great friends! Proceeds from this fun event supported the…
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Peconic Patient Spotlight Cynthia Redmond

During my son's well visit at Peconic Pediatrics, Dr. Meah asked my ten-year old son if his parents have talked to him about drugs and alcohol. Some parents might be startled or perhaps even offended by this question. As someone who works for a drug and alcohol prevention agency, I wanted to hug my son's…
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May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is ASTHMA awareness month because there has been an alarming increase in cases across the nation. The latest CDC statistics report that Asthma affects more than 25.9 million people of all ages and races (7.1 million children) in this nation yet public awareness of common Asthma triggers and effective Asthma management strategies remains limited.…
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Spotlight: Rock For Reilly

Donna Butler, receptionist at Peconic Pediatrics in Riverhead, is hosting a fundraiser at the end of May for brain tumor awareness. The inspiration for this event is her youngest sister, Reilly, who had a brain tumor removed in early March and is going through a rigorous course of chemotherapy and radiation. Reilly is currently being…
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Patient Spotlight: We’re proud to support Hunter and Morgan West!

Four years ago, at the age of 2 1/2 Morgan was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) and was given only two years to live. She completed 6 weeks of radiation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and now, remains stable. Since there is no known cure for the disease,…
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Introducing Night Nurse Service at Peconic Pediatrics

No one knows your child like you, and no one can take care of him or her medically like we can. It is sometimes hard for parents to know if a sick child needs to be seen right away or if it is okay to wait until morning to see the doctor that knows your…
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Community Safety Saturday Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that attended our Community Safety event on Saturday, May 16! We had a great time and we hope you did too. We’re happy knowing our patients and families may be a little safer thanks to what they learned, and the kids sure seemed to enjoy themselves! We’d also like to give…
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Join Peconic Pediatrics for Community Safety Saturday

Peconic Pediatrics, along with the Riverhead Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel, provide expert tips, activities and demonstrations on how to be safe. Face painting and arts & crafts are available for children. Chinese Auction prizes will include two one-month memberships to Maximus Fitness, a fitness basket with 5 personal training sessions, a nutrition basket that…
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Peconic Pediatrics Patient Spotlight: Melissa Pressler

Riverhead High School Art Student Accepts Scholarship Melissa Pressler is a senior at Riverhead High School. Throughout the past four years of high school, Melissa has paid particular attention in her art classes and has had an avid interest in art in its many forms. We are proud to congratulate her on choosing to accept…
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Peconic Pediatrics’ Patient Spotlight: Morgan West

[soliloquy id="8797"] Morgan West was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) when she was 2 ½ years old. She was given only 2 years to live. Morgan’s tumor miraculously remains stable 3 years later. She completed 6 weeks of radiation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Morgan takes daily medication…
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New, Expanded Walk-In Hours

Dear Family, Monday through Friday 8AM walk-in visits have been so well received that we are now offering the same on Saturdays. Beginning on Saturday, January 10, you can come in for walk-in visits in Riverhead between 8AM and 9AM. Walk-in appointments are best used for quick and simple problems. If your child will need…
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Peconic Pediatrics’ Patient Spotlight: MarissaAnn

MarissaAnn is a multi talented sixteen (16) year old singer/songwriter from Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York. Having survived a rare liver disease that resulted in a liver transplant from her dad at six (6) months old, she truly believes that she can communicate strong messages of hope and healing through her music. Beginning with voice…
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Women Achievers Awards Breakfast Honors Dr. Jennifer Shaer

Since 1995, the Women’s Fund of Long Island has hosted an annual Women Achievers Awards Breakfast. This year, on October 23rd at the Crest Hollow Country Club, the Women’s Fund of Long Island hosted nearly 700 guests to honor four women who have succeeded in business, government, philanthropy and community service. Among this year’s honorees…
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Peconic Pediatrics’ Patient Spotlight: Andrew Horton

This month’s patient spotlight has quite a way with words! Andrew Horton recently entered and won a bicycle essay contest sponsored by the Riverhead Alternative Transportation Committee in conjunction with Cornel Cooperative Extension and Twin Forks Bicycle. He was asked to write an essay on the health benefits of bicycling, bicycle safety, environmental benefits, the…
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Ebola, Enterovirus and Flu

Lots of viruses in the news - Ebola, Enterovirus, flu. But the most contagious thing going around is anxiety. Parents are anxious and the children feel it. Children are afraid to go to school, getting headaches and bellyaches. We suggest you dial down the fear in your house and in your family's life. Shut off…
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Peconic Pediatrics Proudly Recognizes Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Michelle Wruck

Peconic Pediatrics is proud to recognize our own pediatric nurse practitioner Michelle Wruck. Michelle has just returned from the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference in San Diego. While there she presented a poster abstract reflecting her hard work and great outcomes supporting children with asthma at Peconic Pediatrics. In particular, Michelle was able to…
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Peconic Pediatrics’ Patient Spotlight: Samantha Kerrigan

A tremendous congratulations to this month’s patient spotlight, Samantha Kerrigan, 16. Samantha (pictured in a photo courtesy of the Riverhead News-Review) is a gifted poet who recently attended Poetry Street at the Blue Duck Bakery in downtown Riverhead. Poetry Street, a summer series of poetry open mic sessions, is a part of the East End…
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Peconic Pediatrics Has Arrived in Southold, NY

All of us here at Peconic Pediatrics couldn’t be more excited to be opening a new location in Southold, NY! The practice officially opened on Monday, September 8th and we look forward to seeing new faces and meeting new families. While we may be the new pediatricians in Southold, NY, our physicians and staff have…
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It’s Flu Shot Season– Again!

Back to school time is the right time to think about getting this year’s flu vaccine, especially with children running around in every direction. In general, flu season runs from October until April, and most cases seen in our Riverhead, NY office are seen in the winter months. The peak of influenza disease in the…
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Fight back to school stress

Back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and kids, but did you know that stress can actually make you sick? The stress response also known as the fight or flight response, when overactive in our bodies can cause illness. The fight or flight response is a normal and involuntary physiologic response…
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Patient Spotlight: Tia Fulford

We are so happy to feature Tia Fulford in our Patient Spotlight, the mother of a Peconic Pediatrics patient and a Riverhead native who started the organization The Butterfly Effect Project. Fulford’s organization helps fund girls to become Girl Scouts when they cannot afford the dues. Fulford herself also grew up underprivileged and knows first…
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Learn to Love Reading This Summer

This summer, spend time reading with your kids. Reading is critically important to your child's development. Do what you can to help your child learn to enjoy it. Lifelong reading is one of the keys to success and this habit is best instilled at a young age. 1. Let your children see you reading and…
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Can I spoil my newborn?

Parents of newborns often ask if holding their baby too much will spoil him or her. The answer to this question is a resounding "No". Newborn babies are accustomed to being held 24/7. This was their existence during their entire gestation. Any amount of time that a newborn is not being held can be stressful.…
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Summer Safety

Everyone loves Summer, right? Here are five tips to stay safe so you can enjoy summer to the fullest. 1. Sunburns: Don’t forget sunscreen. We all know that vitamin D from the sun is important for your health, but the risk of sunburn is too great to skip the sunblock. When choosing a sunblock for…
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Happy Father’s Day, from your kids

Happy Father's Day to all our dads out there. Recently I've been asking your kids what they like about their dads. Here are some of their answers. We hope you have a great Father's Day. My Dad... Makes me laugh. Is so much fun. Plays with me. Loves me. Reads to me before bed. Makes…
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Patient Spotlight: Hannah Jaccard

My daughter, Hannah Jaccard, recently had an assignment at school. The assignment was given to all students at the school, and kindergarteners and first graders got to choose between two topics – “What I want to be when I grow up” and “If toys could talk.” Hannah chose to write about what she wanted to…
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It’s Tick Time

The weather is warm, the grass is growing and it’s the time of year when the ticks appear.  Tick-borne disease has increased significantly over the last decade.  Some ticks can carry pathogens that can cause human disease.  We are all familiar with Lyme disease but there are many others.  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis,…
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A Kid’s Perspective: The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Great Mother

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there. This year I collected some information from children, especially the ones here in Riverhead, NY, about what makes a great mother. On reflection of the day, I’d like to share a combination of their input and some kid tips on how to be a…
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Doctors and Patients: To Prescribe or Not to Prescribe to Prescribe

It makes sense that physicians want to DO something to help their patients get better. That’s what we went to medical school for, right? Sick patients tend to expect the same from their doctors; a quick fix for their illness. One of the hardest things to learn is that sometimes the best thing we can…
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Patient Spotlight: An inspirational family and event

When faced with a difficult situation, what determines your response? Do you ever hear stories in the news that make you wonder, “would I do that?”. Some people seem to get stuck in grief and others process it and rise above to do great things. Here in Riverhead, NY, we seek to recognize those who…
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Common Core: A thirteen year old girl’s perspective

There has been a massive grassroots movement against Common Core of late. I am certainly not an expert on the educational system but I have a couple of objective observations that I'd like to share. First of all, this past week during testing, many kids came to the office with headaches, stomach aches and other…
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Achoo! Spring Allergies Are On Their Way…

By Fatema Meah, MD Peconic Pediatrics, a Division of Allied Pediatrics of New York It’s hard to believe but as many as 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of allergy. The most common type of allergy is hay fever – also known as allergic rhinitis. Many children miss school as a…
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Ten tips to help your kids maintain or achieve a healthy weight

There is a lot of attention these days on childhood obesity. How do cute chubby babies grow into unhealthy overweight children? It’s very easy. Weight management is an uphill battle for everyone. It is only successful for adults when they have the desire and determination to make a change. The problem for kids is that…
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NY State Health Insurance Exchange: CLARIFICATION!

Dear Parents, As healthcare consumers, many of us have been experiencing confusion with the insurance products offered through the New York Health Insurance Exchange. As noted in a recent article, many physicians' offices are having a very difficult time verifying patients' insurance coverage, particularly when many patients do not yet have their insurance cards. The…
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Fever Fears

Everyone gets nervous when their child has a fever. However, fever is not dangerous. The CAUSE of the fever is what is important. There are many myths surrounding fever. Here are some facts about fevers: 1. Fever helps the body fight infection. Fever helps slow growth of bacteria and viruses. It also enhances the immune…
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Breastfeeding: It’s not so great and what’s in it for moms?

With all the talk that "breast is best", I'd like to present a different perspective. Breastfeeding is not special, it is normal. Humans are mammals and in mammals, after pregnancy comes lactation. There is nothing special about that, it's just the natural state of affairs. It is true that breastfed babies have health benefits over…
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The Benefits of the Old Days

Recently my 13 year old daughter told me that she wished she had grown up when her dad and I did. My initial instinct was to be upset about how old I was and that I had grown up in the old days but then she explained. She loves the stories that she hears of…
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What is that cough?

By Jennifer Shaer, MD It seems like kids cough all winter long. When is it time to worry about the cough? When can you treat it at home and when should you go to the doctor? There are many causes of cough in children. Most commonly, a cough is caused by a viral upper respiratory…
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My Last Minute New Year’s Resolution

This year I had a hard time coming up with a new year's resolution. I'm tired of setting myself up to fail by making unrealistic goals and broad proclamations. That is not the way to start the year off right. At the same time, having no goals leaves me without a focus. I like to…
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Keeping your kids safe this holiday season

Stay safe and have fun this holiday season A few reminders of dangers to avoid this holiday season 1. Fires: Artificial Christmas trees should be labeled "fire resistant". Live trees should be fresh and keep them watered. Set the tree up away from radiators and fire places and make sure it is secure in its stand.…
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