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....

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...

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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.

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.

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