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To test or not to test is not the question

July 23, 2020  |  Dr. Eric Levene

You have been sheltering in place at home with your families since mid-March. We are finally in phase 4, and the family can get out of the house with masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer. You are trying to establish a new normal...

Sex and Social Distancing

June 22, 2020  |  By Dr. Jamee Goldstein

As quarantine continues at various levels throughout the state, maintaining emotional and social distance is difficult for all of us, but particularly for our teenagers. As a natural part of development, teens crave a connection with their peer group and rebel against authority. In addition, teenagers view themselves as invincible and their still-developing brains cannot assess potential consequences....

Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS): What Parents Should Know

May 13, 2020  | 

We have been sheltering at home and following the recommendations of social distancing, handwashing and wearing a mask when we have to go out. The good news in our area is the dropping mortality and hospitalization rates of COVID patients. There is a new concern, however, for our children - Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome or PIMS....

Treating Seasonal Allergies During the Pandemic

May 13, 2020  |  Dr. Robyn Kriener, Dr. Raphael Strauss, & Dr. Khalid Ahmad

Spring allergies are in full force and now more than ever it is extremely important to control allergy symptoms aggressively during the pandemic. The weather is getting nicer and you may find yourself wanting to get out for a walk and get some fresh air...

Quarantine Tales

April 23, 2020  |  Stephanie Ryan

March 12, 2020, will be a date forever ingrained in my mind. Worry, angst, and panic were just a few of the many words to describe my feelings on that evening...

Telehealth in the Age of the Quarantine

April 20, 2020  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

As a pediatrician, I have always looked forward to the Spring. During a typical year, that’s when the flu season comes to end, overall illness is down, and the seasonal allergy visits replace visits of high fever and cough. This year March came in like a lion and came out like an entire pride of lions...

COVID-19: Testing, Testing, 1,2,3, Testing.

April 20, 2020  |  Rachel Levene, PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and daughter of Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics.

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Addressing Baby Choking Hazards in the Home

April 10, 2020  |  Bonnie Fachler (Child Proofing Pro)

As we all know, children love to explore their environment. They also love to put things in their mouths—and we’re not talking about food! What do magnets, batteries, coins, and clips all share in common? They are household objects, and they are all baby choking hazards....

COVID-19 Update: Anxiety and Stress

April 3, 2020  |  Dr. Eric Levene

Being a parent is difficult under normal circumstances; it is even harder right now. Our own stress levels are high, and we see signs of anxiety in our children. Is this normal? Is there anything we can do? Your pediatrician, as always, is a great resource for anything having to do with your children. ...

COVID 19

March 3, 2020  |  Dr. Eric Levene and Rachel Levene

We have heard a lot about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past few weeks. Just recently the CDC suggested to the American people to prepare for possible spread within our communities. So what does that mean for you and your family? Well first, don’t panic. There is no epidemic or pandemic here in the US. The CDC and all of us here at Allied believes prepare don’t panic....

5 Tips on Preventing Furniture and TV Tip-Overs

January 17, 2020  |  Bonnie Fachler (Child Proofing Pro)

17 minutes. In fact, every 17 minutes. This is the number anchorit.gov gives for how often children in the U.S. get injured in furniture and TV tip-over accidents. That’s more than 80 children a day....

Tackles & Tutus- Tis the Season

December 6, 2019  |  Stephanie Ryan

The holiday season is here- Elf on the Shelf, Mensch on the Bench, Gifts Galore! The stresses we put on ourselves each year certainly make the holidays seem less enjoyable. After a rough few months of illness with my son and my dad, I have learned that my own family is what’s most important. I have promised myself that this year, along with my husband, we will solely focus on our children....

5 Ways to Keep Your Child Safer This Month

December 2, 2019  |  Bonnie Fachler (Child Proofing Pro)

Holiday celebrations call for tossing your Mommy jeans aside and putting on that LBD (little black dress) that’s been hiding in the back of your closet. But first, please toss all the dry cleaning plastic in the outdoor garbage. In fact, check all your closets and get rid of...

Vaping is in the news- For good reason!

November 15, 2019  |  Dr. Raphael Strauss, Dr. Robyn Kreiner, and Dr. Khalid Ahmad

The use of electronic cigarettes (vaping, hookah and other delivery devices) has exceeded the use of conventional cigarettes among teenagers and young adults....

Give it a Try!

October 15, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Dr. Zilkha fun fact 1: As a senior in high school, I turned down admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to attend the 8 year medical program at Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U). One of my biggest dreads was having to take humanities course (wouldn’t have had to at MIT)...

Tackles & Tutus- Back to School

September 13, 2019  |  Stephanie Ryan

Back To School - We have been seeing the advertisements for weeks now. Store aisles packed with notebooks, crayons, pencils and all of the regular school essentials. The checkout lines, longer than ever ...

Telemedicine & Your Baby

September 3, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s Telemedicine Tuesday! It’s also my daughter’s 22nd birthday and first day of work as an RN at NYU. She was born at 33 weeks after a very complicated pregnancy and spent 2 weeks in the NICU...

August Allergies & Asthma? Try Telemedicine!

August 27, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! The end of August. I can smell it in the air, and my lungs and sinuses can definitely feel it. ...

Telemedicine and Asthma

August 20, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s time for #TelemedicineTuesday! Last week, I saw an Allied after-hours Telemedicine record number of patients, and almost all of them had asthma....

Telemedicine and Lice Checks

August 13, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Today, my niece who just came back from being a counselor at a camp texted me to see if I could check her for lice, since lice was going around her camp....

Tackles & Tutus- Introduction

August 13, 2019  |  Stephanie Ryan

Wow! I have always dreamed of writing a blog that would actually be published - and here I am, pinch me! Let me introduce myself; My name is Stephanie and I wear many hats. I am a wife, teacher, cook, housekeeper, secretary, party planner, boo-boo kisser, scary monster exterminator, and mother of...

Traveling with Telemedicine

August 6, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s time for #TelemedicineTuesday! Today I’m going to talk about taking Allied Telemedicine with you when you travel around New York, or when your child goes to college in New York....

World Breastfeeding Week 2019- Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding

August 1, 2019  |  Lauren Macaluso, MD,FAAP,FABM,IBCLC

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) organizes World Breastfeeding Week annually from August 1-7. The slogan for this year’s event is, Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding involves not just moms and babies, but partners as well. Research shows women with strong support...

Think Telemedicine on a Stormy Night!

July 23, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! We have sure been having some challenging weather! The weekend’s high heat and humidity kept me (and my asthma) basically indoors the whole time. Then, last night’s rainstorm! ...

Telemedicine and Poison Ivy

July 18, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! Today I’m going to talk about Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy grows rampant here in New York. When I decided to write this, I took a walk around my house and was pleased that I couldn’t find any. But, just a few houses away, I found a very large patch of it....

Telemedicine for Swimmers Ear

July 9, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! Today I’m going to talk about a very common topic for summer Telemedicine consults: Swimmer’s Ear....

The Benefit of Telemedicine in the Case of the Mysterious Bruise

June 25, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! This week, I’ve actually had a lot of different reasons for Telemedicine visits ranging from ADHD follow up (had 2 tonight) to diaper rash, tick bite, mosquito bite, breastfeeding question, mouth/tooth injury from falling, pink eye, summer cold, and summer allergies. But today I’m going to talk about just one patient because it was a really perfect use of a Telemedicine, and of my pediatric detective skills....

Getting Outside with your Kids

June 18, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s time for #TelemedicineTuesday! This week in after-hours Telemedicine, I saw a variety of patients: more pink eye (topic of last week’s Telemedicine Tuesday), insect bites of all varieties (ticks included), visits from patients home from college doing remote visits for ADHD medication follow up, many babies: rashes, feeding and pooping issues, and some summer colds....

Telemedicine Tuesday- Pink Eye Edition

June 11, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday. I can summarize this week in after-hours Telemedicine in 2 words: Pink Eye. So, there are 3 main types of pink eye (aka conjunctivitis) that I see in telemedicine:...

Dr. Zilkha's Pre-Summer Swim & Sun Advice

May 22, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

Hi Allied! I am hoping that this weekend our family outdoor BBQ and swim season will begin. So far, this season in Telemedicine I haven’t yet had any swim or sun related visits, but I know they are coming....

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Meet The Authors

Dr. Naomi Levine Zilkha was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for both college and medical school. She then returned home, got married and did her residency in pediatrics at Long Island Jewish Schneider Children’s Hospital. After that, Dr. Zilkha was in pediatric private practice on Long Island for nearly 20 years. In 2015, she began a transition from in-person primary care to pediatric telemedicine. She has been a pediatric virtualist for the telemedicine company MDLIVE since 2016, and is very excited to now bring her telemedicine expertise to Allied Physicians Group. Dr. Zilkha and her husband have 2 daughters, Joely and Janna. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, organic gardening and ballroom dancing.


Dr. Eric Levene grew up on Long Island, New York. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College and received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital where he then continued for one more year as Chief Resident. He is a practicing partner at Chester Pediatrics in Whiteplains, New York. Dr Levene lives in Armonk, New York with his wife, Marla and two children.

Stephanie Ryan was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She currently resides in Wantagh, NY with her husband - Patrick, their golden retriever Payton, and their FIVE children- Jack, Parker, Brandon, Luca & Gabriella. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Education at Long Island University at CW Post and teaching for a few years she changed careers and worked in Healthcare Administration. While she thoroughly enjoyed her career in the corporate world, Stephanie decided that her children needed her with them more regularly and she became a stay at home mom. Most recently she decided to return to the classroom part-time at the preschool where her children attend. And now she is sharing stories from life with 5 kids with all of you!

Dr. Lauren Macaluso provides specialized medical care for breastfeeding mothers and their children. She is proud to have a medical practice where a mother can get her and her baby’s breastfeeding needs met in one place. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Macaluso’s special interest in breastfeeding started after nursing her own two children while working part-time with medical students and residents in the newborn nursery. She identified a need for breastfeeding focused care and started her practice in 2006.

Bonnie Fachler is the co-founder of Home Safe Home Childproofing, LLC with her husband Jeffrey. Together, they have raised two injury-free children who are now both grown and happily married. Bonnie received her degree in Marketing and Business Administration from New York University, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and an Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College for the past 11 years. As an active member of the International Association for Child Safety, she stays current with the latest trends and research in child injury prevention. She is a passionate public speaker reaching parents at nursery schools, daycare centers, parenting centers, and now by writing a monthly blog for Allied Physicians Group. Although education and childproofing have significantly proven to reduce the risk of injury, Bonnie strongly advocates for direct supervision as the primary responsibility of every parent and caretaker.

Rachel Levene is the daughter on Dr. Eric Levene and a former #alliedkid. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Rochester and is currently a PhD candidate in molecular microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her work focuses primarily on influenza virus. She is passionate about all things vaccines and emerging viruses. She is here to help share the newest scientific developments in all things viruses. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading, and exploring the Boston food and coffee scene.


Most of the kids in my life call me Dr. Bilello. My three favorites call me mom. I’m Dr. Rachael Green Bilello, pediatrician and mom of three. I’ve been a general pediatrician on Long Island for 10 years. I practice in a private office, MD Kid Care, in Jericho, NY. I have special interests in breastfeeding medicine, nutrition, parenting and adolescent medicine.