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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.
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.
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 1 grandchild. 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Lehane 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. Later that year, Dr. Lehane left Pittsburgh to accompany her husband to San Diego, California in order for him to complete his training in Orthopedic surgery. Over the next twelve months, she worked as a primary care pediatrician in a community clinic focused on the care of underprivileged children. After a wonderful year in San Diego, Dr. Lehane and her husband have returned home to the east coast, where she has happily accepted a position with Brandywine Pediatrics. She is excited to be back in Delaware, and is very much looking forward to working with children and families in her home-town community.
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!
Dr. Walter received his Bachelors of Medical Science and Medical degrees through the accelerated Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University in 1985 and completed his pediatric residency at Northwestern’s Childrens Memorial Hospital in 1988. Dr Walter is board certified in Pediatrics. He is on the active staff of Christiana Hospital and the Dupont Hospital for Children. Dr Walter was the residency director of DuPont/Jefferson pediatric program before joining Brandywine Pediatrics in 1998. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical School and has been the Program Director for the annual ROY Warren Pediatric Seminar for over 15 years. In addition to the practice of pediatrics, Dr Walter’s professional interests include medical education, adolescent medicine, sports medicine and pediatric safety. He serves as the medical member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors. Dr Walter has two children and a Springer Spaniel. In his spare time, Dr Walter enjoys travel, exercising, movies/theater and Philly sports (Cowboy and Yankee fans are still welcome)
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.
Patty Jones is an experienced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has joined our practice. Patty has been a nurse practitioner 20 years, and a nurse for 38 years. She earned her BSN at Penn State, and her MSN at University of Missouri. Most recently, Patty has worked at Nemours and Delaware Pediatrics. Patty and her husband travel extensively, and recently returned from living and traveling overseas. Please welcome Patty to Brandywine Pediatrics.
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!