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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. ...

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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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