The History of Our Practice
This practice began in the 1950s when it was known as Dr. Ellsworth A. Twible, Inc. Dr. Twible was a wonderful pediatrician who practiced with caring, understanding, and a genuine love for children and their families, while bringing knowledge and new pediatric ideas and insights into this area.
Dr. Leif Nordstrom joined Dr. Twible in 1981, and the practice name changed to Pediatric Services of Springfield in 1984. Since then, our physicians have cared for four generations of families with our first patients now bringing their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to our practice.
Pediatric Services of Springfield
is a modern pediatric practice with two convenient locations. We strive to provide compassionate, quality, evidence-based care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents in a professional, respectful and friendly environment. The principles of our practice, established in the 1950's, is to continue to provide comprehensive, accessible, personalized, and proficient pediatric healthcare while maintaining high ethical standards and professionalism in all we do. It is our intent to partner with our families to promote prevention and a healthy lifestyle and support families in the challenges that they may face in raising their child.
We are committed to help make a difference in your child's overall health and well-being as we also strive to make a difference in the diverse communities we serve. We understand that choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision for you and your family. We are always happy to meet with parents prior to delivery so that you may get to know us and our office. We have a unique opportunity to provide guidance and education for families. We specialize in general pediatric healthcare and focus our practice on preventative medicine.
Dr, Leif Nordstrom is a native of Sweden, and graduated from Tufts University. In 1978 he graduated from Karolinska Institute School of Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden, and completed his internship at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Nordstrom is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a clinical instructor for Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. George Hepner is a native of Bolivia, and graduated from Queens College, N.Y.C. In 1976 he graduated from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed his internship at Baystate Medical Center. He went on to receive additional training in neonatal-perinatal Medicine (1984-1986). Dr. Hepner is an active staff member of Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and a courtesy staff member of Connecticut Children's Hospital. Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Hepner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Mark Belemjian is a graduate of Albany Medical College of Union University in 1984. He completed his residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1991. Dr. Belemjian was awarded the National Merit Scholarship in 1980, Presidential Classroom in 1990, and the B. Jermain Savage Scholarship in 1982. He is the vice chairman of the parish council at St. Marks Armenian Church in Springfield and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
Dr. Michelle Adams is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. After completing her residency at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Adams joined Pediatric Services in 2005. Dr. Adams is board certified in Pediatric Medicine.
Dr. Kasper is was the Chief Pediatric Resident at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA and will complete his residency in June 2017. Born and raised in East Longmeadow, Dr. Kasper is a 2005 graduate of East Longmeadow High School. He continued his education at Lehigh University and Temple University Medical School. Dr. Kasper joined Pediatric Services in August of 2017.
Who are Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs)?
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are very special health care providers who are dedicated to improving children's health. PNPs have advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over forty years.
PNPs are pediatric (registered) nurses with a master's degree in pediatric nursing. They meet state licensing, competency standards and continuing education requirements. Most PNPs are certified by a national certifying agency, guaranteeing expertise and competency maintenance.
Since 1965, PNPs have provided comprehensive care to children and families by focusing on health maintenance and education, illness prevention and minor and chronic illness management. They are in demand due to consumer recognition, acceptance and satisfaction. PNPs have the knowledge and experience to work closely with community agencies.
PNPs serve as pediatric health care providers for well and ill children of all ages. Many parents choose a PNP as their child's health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care. PNPs offer a variety of services including:
- Provide health maintenance care for children (physical exams), including well child examinations
- Perform routine developmental screenings
- Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses
- Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns
- Provide childhood immunizations
- Prescribe medication
- Order and interpret lab tests and x-ray result
PNPs are qualified to perform complete physical exams, take health histories, diagnose and treat common acute minor illnesses or injuries, order and interpret lab results and x-rays, manage stable chronic illness, counsel clients, provide health education and prescribe medications, according to state law.
Pediatric Services employs four PNPs to provide medical care to our patients. These providers practice with a state issued license and are supervised by the attending physician. PNPs take call during the week and the weekend and are backed up by a physician. All providers are available by appointment. We proudly introduce our nurse practitioners.
Meet our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs)
Susan Kearney, MS PNP, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1987 (Alpha Sigma Nu National Honors Society). Prior to working with Pediatric Services, Susan worked at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for 13 years in the department of Pediatrics. Susan is affiliated with the Western Massachusetts National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, and The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Susan has been with Pediatric Services since June 1999.
Rachel Tartaglia is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Master's degree in Pediatric Nursing in 2000. She began her career in 1992 as a Pediatric Nurse working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center. She then proceeded to work in the community as a Pediatric Early Childhood Developmental Specialist and Pediatric Home Care Nurse. Rachel has practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in various settings, including two private pediatric practices and the Springfield school system, providing care to children and their families.
Meagan Hudak graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2007 with a Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her nurse practitioner career at a private pediatric practice in the Berkshires, where she saw patients from birth to 21 years of age. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Meagan also worked as a summer camp nurse at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Neil Nordstrom is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in 2012. He began his career in 1998 as a Critical Care Nurse working in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and later went on to work in Pediatrics. He has been with Pediatric Services since 2000 and is currently providing care to children and their families for a wide variety of urgent and primary care concerns.
For more information please visit us on the web at www.pediatricservices.org
Our Pediatricians and Nurse Practitioners
New Pediatricians & Locations
Dr. George Hepner joined Pediatric Services of Springfield in 1986, and as the practice continued to grow, the need for a new location from its original Springfield location became apparent. A new office was built at 200 North Main Street in East Longmeadow in 1987.
Dr. Mark Belemjian joined the staff in 1991. We continued to practice at 200 North Main Street until 1997, when we relocated to our current address at 294 North Main Street in East Longmeadow. Dr. Michelle Adams joined Pediatric Services of Springfield in August 2005. A second location was opened at 35 Post Office Park in Wilbraham in September 2005. All providers see patients in both locations.
In addition to our physicians, we have five Nurse Practitioners in our practice. Susan Kearney joined our practice as our first Nurse Practitioner in 1999, and was joined by Rachel Tartaglia in January 2006, Meagan Hudak in March 2010, and Neil Nordstrom in September 2012.
Our Nurse Practitioners have extensive experience in the pediatric field and work in collaboration with our physicians to offer comprehensive, patient-oriented care. They are an important part of our practitioner staff.
Registered Dietician & Lactation Consultant - Kelly L. Tetrault-Stellato, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.L.C. Registered Dieticians (R.D.s) are specialized healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving nutrition. They provide solutions to feeding problems and food relationship issues and are the experts in food and nutrition.
Working with your pediatrician and other health care providers, R.D.s can enhance the health and well-being of your infant, child, and your family.
They are required to participate in continuing education, which enables them to stay ahead of all current nutrition trends. Kelly L. Tetrault-Stellato is our registered and licensed dietician and nutritionist. After obtaining her B.S. degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, she went on to the University of Northern Colorado and Clayton College to obtain an M.S. degree. Her nutrition and dietetic internship qualified her to become a Registered Dietician. Kelly is also a certified lactation counselor and certified weight management consultant, and holds certificates in fitness-related activities such as yoga and tai chi instruction. Appointments with Kelly are available upon request.
Among the many topics discussed during wellness visits we will address safety, disease prevention, nutrition, and management of chronic conditions such as asthma or allergies. We believe that spending time with and listening to our patients and their families is the best way to develop what will be a very important and lasting personal relationship. Our vision is to deliver excellent care inspired by compassion and create an environment where all people are valued. We will always place our patient's health and care as our number one priority. Well cared for, happy children are the key to our future and we recognize the importance of each child in each family.
There will be a multitude of new services available in the upcoming months that focus on patient and family education using a team approach to care. Our primary concerns involve the issues of health management, obesity, and behavioral management.
An Outstanding Support Staff
The outstanding support staff at Pediatric Services of Springfield is highly qualified, experienced, and caring. A team of nurses and Nurse Practitioners is available during normal business hours to answer your questions.
In addition, we offer consultations at the end of the day to address those issues, which may require extended time. We understand the importance of providing extended appointments without interruptions to address your concerns.
Ease of access, prompt, courteous service, and responsiveness to your concerns will always be our primary goal. We realize that you are the reason we exist, and we strive to treat you professionally with compassion and respect.
Pediatric Services of Springfield is the pediatric practice you can trust for yourchild's care.
Contact us at (413) 525-1870 to schedule an appointment in the East Longmeadow and Wilbraham Offices.