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  • 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....

    Telemedicine & Rashes Part 2.

    May 7, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday. This week I’ve seen many different rashes. (Parents worried about measles, but NO Measles)The rashes have ranged from a newborn with diaper rash to a toddler in daycare with a human bite to a pre-schooler with hives from head to toe, to an elementary schooler with lice (and a neck rash), a middle schooler with...

    Telemedicine & Rashes

    April 30, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! This week my most common Telemedicine visit was for rashes. With the measles outbreak, although we (thankfully) have yet to see a case of measles in any Allied office, it is still a concern....

    World Health Day

    April 5, 2019  |  Eric Levene, MD

    Did you know that April 7th is World Health Day? Each year since 1950 the World Health Organization highlights a particular aspect of healthcare. For 2019, the theme is Universal Healthcare....


    April 2, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Today I’d like to talk about after-hours fevers.

    Most importantly, if you are a parent to a baby that is 6 weeks old or less, if the baby has a rectal temperature of 100.5 or higher, this is not a Telemedicine visit. You need to call your Allied office, and speak to the doctor on call, no matter what time of day or night it is....

    Telemedicine Tackles Stomach Bugs

    March 26, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! This week in Allied Telemedicine it has been all about stomach viruses and high fevers. Today I’m going to talk about stomach viruses. They are normally super contagious, and usually within 24-72 hours, so I’ve had consults where multiple family members have been affected....

    It's Been 1 Year of Allied After-Hours Telemedicine!

    March 12, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied! It's #TelemedicineTuesday! Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of the day I started as Allied's after-hours Virtualist, so I thought it might be fun to put a list together of what telemedicine visits I have had in the past year. ...

    National Nutrition Month 2019

    March 8, 2019  |  Erica Singer, PA

    March is National Nutrition Month! This month The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on spreading the word about the importance of nutrition education. They strive to spread their message to more people in hopes of...

    Head Injuries & Telemedicine

    March 5, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied, It’s #TelemedicineTuesday! Today I’m going to talk about head injuries. This week, I had a Telemedicine patient who had an etch-a-sketch injury (sibling shaking it too vigorously), and a corner hit the patient in the head....

    Post-Winter Break Telemedicine Chronicles

    February 26, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied, It’s time for #TelemedicineTuesday! Last week was a bit quiet, as expected due to the vacation, but we’re back in full swing this week. I’ve already seen 2 cases of bed bug bites after returning from vacation....

    Would You Try A Telemedicine Visit For Your Little One?

    February 19, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Yesterday there was an article published by Newsday that discusses the challenges of telemedicine and getting patients to click the app.

    Allied Physicians Group has been offering telemedicine to our patients since January 2018. We started with one office during the daytime, and then rolled out

    Telemedicine Tales 2/12/19

    February 12, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Hi Allied! It’s #TelemedicineTuesday, and our first snow day of the winter here in Suffolk County (our kids had an early dismissal from school). What I want to talk to you about today is how great this week in Allied Telemedicine has been!!!...

    Telemedicine Teamwork

    February 6, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    It’s time for #TelemedicineTuesday, and it’s also the Chinese New Year, so Happy Year of the Pig to all those celebrating!
    This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about #Teamwork, and how one of the reasons that Allied Telemedicine is so great is because there’s a team involved....

    Self Care & Telemedicine

    February 5, 2019  |  Naomi Zilkha, MD

    Happy Telemedicine Tuesday!

    Today I’d like you to think about selfcare. When I was a young mother, I don’t remember hearing that term....

    “Do we really need the flu shot?”

    October 16, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    Flu season is approaching! After last year’s monster flu, we in the medical world are focused on prevention this year. So we’re urging everyone eligible (age 6 months and older) to get the flu shot. While most of my patients storm the office doors to get their flu shot...

    Five Tips for Back-to-School Success

    September 3, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    I thought I’d finally shaken that September anxiety. I think I was 30 when I could actually enjoy the end of August, without that nagging feeling that school was right around the corner. Then my kids started school. And now it’s back!...

    My Top 5 Books for New Parents

    July 20, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    New parents often ask me questions about … well, being a new parent.
    “Is it too soon to sleep train?”
    “How can I prepare my 2-year old for the new baby?”...

    Ticks with a Twist of Lyme

    June 20, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    Who doesn’t love the warm weather, playing outdoors with your kids, camping trips, barbeques, vacations with your family and days at the park? We all do, and so do TICKS!...

    The 5 w's Of Sunscreen

    May 21, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    Hey guys, NY Dr. Mom here! Summer is right around the corner! As you make your plans for barbeques, beach days, and weekend trips, make sure to add SUNSCREEN to your shopping list! But before you go out and spend a mini fortune on creams, sprays, sticks, lotions, and gels, let’s talk sunscreen basics....

    Baby Sign Language

    May 15, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    Language development starts way before your baby starts talking. As you speak, sing and laugh around your newborn, he is listening, looking and processing....

    Lousy Lice!

    May 15, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    No one wants it. We, as parents, do our best. We try. We really do. We put their hair up. We warn them not to share brushes, hats, headbands....

    Fever: Staying Cool With a High Temp

    May 14, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    We all know when it’s coming. The whining starts, eyes glaze over, pink cheeks, cold hands or hot palms......

    Achoooo! Spring Time Allergy Help

    May 14, 2018  |  Rachael Bilello, DO

    It’s Springtime! For some, it’s a lovely season of sunshine, brightly colored flowers and chirping birds. ...

    Meet The Authors

    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.

    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.

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