ABOUT BRANDYWINE PEDIATRICS

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Our Doctors

Ilene Lefkowitz Boudreaux, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Boudreaux is a graduate of Temple University and Jefferson Medical College. She completed her General Pediatric Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Following a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she was the Director of Neuro-Oncology at the University of Cincinati Children's Hospital. After practicing Pediatric Hematology and Oncology in Wilmington she returned to General Pediatrics. She is one of the founding members of Brandywine Pediatrics and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Peidatrics.

Kate Chaplinski, M.D., FAAP

The newest physician of Brandywine Pediatrics, Dr. Chaplinski is a Board-Certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who joined the practice in 2013. Dr. Chaplinski graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Liberal Studies before receiving her degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency training at Thomas Jefferson University/ A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and a chief residency at INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children in Falls Church, VA. She worked as a hospitalist for seven years at DuPont Hospital for Children where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Her professional interests include family education and infectious diseases. Dr. Chaplinski is married with a young daughter and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, distance running, playing field hockey, spending time outdoors, and reading.

Jerald Eng M.D., Ph.D., FAAP

Dr. Eng was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He attended SUNY at Stony Brook for his undergraduate degree, receiving a B.E. in engineering. He then attended SUNY at Buffalo for his graduate degree, earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry. His research was in the field of immunochemistry, specifically studying antibody binding to proteins. Dr. Eng received his medical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he earned his M.D. degree. He did his internship in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX, and his residency was at the Wilmington Medical Center. Dr. Eng is board certified in Pediatrics and is on the active staff of both DuPont Hospital for Children, and Christiana Care Health System (Christiana Hospital). He is also a member of the teaching staff of the Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Eng is one of the four founding partners of Brandywine pediatrics. Dr Eng and his wife Robin have 3 children and a growing number of grandchildren with a total of 6 expected by May '18. Robin is the former CEO of the PDMA. She is an author, business consultant and is also a professor at the Lerner Business School at the University of Delaware. In his spare time, Dr. Eng enjoys travel, astronomy and motorcycles.

John Gould, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Gould joined Brandywine Pediatrics in 2002. He is Board-Certified in General Pediatrics and an Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and then his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1986. He completed his pediatric residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and went on to served as chief resident. Following residency he completed a fellowship in Academic Pediatric at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Gould is a member of the active staff at duPont Hospital for Children and Christiana Hospital. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College and is very involved in the clinical training of Jefferson medical students and pediatric residents. Dr. Gould is married and has four children, a yellow lab, and three cats. He enjoys cycling, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Siobhan L. Irwin, M.D.,FAAP

Dr. Irwin is a Board-Certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who joined the practice in 1999. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Irwin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University (in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry), then a master’s degree in the same from Columbia University. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her pediatric training at the DuPont Hospital for Children/Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Pediatric Residency program, where she was awarded the John W. Maroney Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Care. She has since earned Board Certification in Addiction Medicine in 2014. Her professional interests include patient/family education, mental health/mind-body health and substance use disorders. Dr. Irwin has the distinction of being both a Delaware native and a first generation U.S. immigrant. Born in Wilmington immediately before her parents returned home from temporary assignment, the family immigrated permanently when she almost 2 years old. Dr. Irwin is married and has two sons and a very energetic dog. She enjoys hiking with her dog and being outside, playing the piano, decorating cakes, reading, traveling and, of course, spending time with all her boys.

Christina Lehane M.D., FAAP

Dr. Lehane was excited to return home and join Brandywine Pediatrics in 2010. She was raised in Wilmington, attending school within the Brandywine school district. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with degrees in Biology and Liberal Studies. Thereafter, she pursued her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, where she graduated cum laude and was inducted into the prestigious AOA honor society in 2003. She then finished her training by completing a pediatric residency with the Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Following her residency, Dr. Lehane spent three years working as an Assistant Professor within the renowned Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. While there, in addition to caring for patients with a broad range of pathology, she also actively participated in medical student and resident education. Her focus throughout was on providing excellent patient care, and she was honored to receive a Patient Satisfaction Award in 2009. After spending a wonderful year in San Diego where she refocused on the provision of primary care, she returned to Wilmington and takes great price and joy in practicing within her hometown community. As a mother of 2 children, she is fortunate to split her practice time with Kate Chaplinski and maintain a great life-work balance.

Regina Simonetti, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Simonetti is a Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated as a Biology major from Loyola College in Baltimore and then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital. Upon leaving Hopkins Dr. Simonetti joined the staff at the Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She held the positions of Inpatient Coordinator, Assistant Residency Director and outpatient physician. In 1997 Dr. Simonetti left Dupont Hospital and joined Brandywine Pediatrics. Dr. Simonetti is the proud mother of three children (2 girls and 1 boy) who have kept her busy and attuned to the joys and difficulties of raising a family. Her identical twin sister also lives in Wilmington. Feel free to say "hi" and see if you can figure out who is whom!

Robert S. Walter M.D., FAAP

Dr. Walter received his Bachelors of Medical Science and Medical degrees through the accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and completed his pediatric residency at the Northwestern Children’s Memorial Hospital and trained in pediatric radiology at George Washington University. Dr Walter is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical College and was the Residency Director of DuPont/Jefferson pediatric program before joining Brandywine Pediatrics. He remains active in teaching pediatric residents and is the Program Director for both the annual ROY Warren Pediatric Seminar in Delaware and the national Hot Topics in Pediatrics in Disney World. In addition to the practice of pediatrics, Dr Walter’s professional interests include medical education, adolescent medicine, sports medicine and pediatric advocacy. Dr Walter has two children and is currently between dogs. In his spare time, Dr Walter enjoys family travel, exercising, movies/Broadway and Philly sports (Cowboy and Yankee fans are still welcome) plus creating and co-hosting the Podcast Pediatricians podcast for pediatric caregivers and savvy parents.

Our Nurse Practitioners

Kathleen Ryan MSN, CPNP

Kathleen Ryan, known as “Nurse Kay” has been working as a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Boston College with a degree in nursing and completed the masters program in Nursing of Children at the University of Pennsylvania. Her career includes working in public health in Boston and Wilmington, coordinating the High Risk Infant program in Delaware, and serving as a clinical instructor at the University of Delaware in the Maternal and Child Health nursing program and clinical preceptor for the undergraduate and graduate nursing students from University of Delaware, Widener and Wilmington University. She currently is a preceptor for graduate nursing students from University of Pennsylvania. Kay is a member of the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, and a former member of the Delaware Board of Nursing. Kay had the privilege of traveling to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake with the Delaware Medical Relief Team in February 2010. She established long lasting friendships with her team members while working in a makeshift clinic in Jacmel. Playing outside brings her great joy. She loves hiking, scuba diving and is a mediocre but enthusiastic golfer. Cooking, travel and yoga are also amongst her many passions. Community service is one of her keen interests, and she has served on several local charity boards. Her four daughters are well educated and well traveled, and they currently reside in exciting cities, which provide her with a fun filled itinerary. A lover of dogs, she currently lives with her cat, “Kitty” in Wilmington.

Rebecca Click MSN, CPNP

Becky received her RN from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in South Philadelphia. Much of her early nursing career focused on the provision of critical care, including work within the Operating room, ICU, NICU and Emergency room, much at CHOP. Education was an important part of her job and she provided training to other medical professionals on appropriate trauma and resuscitation care. Becky then returned to Eastern University at St. David's to complete her MSN. While there, she had the opportunity to complete her graduate internship in Kijabe, Kenya within a missionary hospital. She continued work within the hospital but also provided care through a "mobile clinic" in the bush. Although her focus remained on the sick newborn, her transition to primary care and prevention evolved. She then graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master's degree in nursing and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care. She began her pediatric clinicals at Brandywine Pediatrics under Kay Ryan in 1997 and has never left. Education remains a mainstay of her career. Becky has taught at Neumann University for 15 years in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and continues to precept students from University of Pennsylvania's NP programs.

Christina Fischer MSN, CPNP

Christina Fischer started at Brandywine Pediatrics as a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2017. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Starting in 2009, Christina worked as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on multiple inpatient units and in the Emergency Department. In addition to leading as a charge nurse on the Hematology/General Pediatrics unit and precepting new nurses, she served as a member on hospital committees including the Quality Practice/Patient Safety Council and the Supporting Practice and Management Council. While working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she completed her Master’s degree in nursing at Villanova University and became a nurse practitioner with a focus in pediatric primary care. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau international and the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She currently resides in Wilmington with her husband, two young sons, and two dogs.

Our Lactation Consultant

Angela Leonard, IBCLC

Angela S. Leonard, IBCLC was born and raised in CT and moved into the area to attend Villanova University in 1991. She met her husband Michael there, and the two have established their family in West Chester, PA. She has worked as a birth and postpartum doula since 2000, and became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2005 and is a member of ILCA, USLCA, and PRO-LC. Angela worked at Pennsylvania Hospital and for Main Line Health System before joining Brandywine Pediatrics in September 2012. She has 5 VERY active children, a dog, 2 cats, a hamster and a bird, and spends all of her free time enjoying and photographing her children's many activities. She also bakes a pretty cake! Angela feels that juggling the demands of her large family gives her a real life perspective on the challenges that new parents face, and she enjoys being able to help them through these rewarding, yet often trying, times. She is very happy to help you get breastfeeding off to a great start, or to help you over any hurdles that may come up along the way. Angela says that she is very happy to be on the Brandywine Pediatrics Team!

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