Pediatric Health Care in Wellesley is a small pediatric group practice located near the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 15 minutes west of downtown Boston. We have board certified pediatricians: Dr. Gara-Matthews, Dr. Marcus, Dr. Bezler
All Physicians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and belong to the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are on staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
We have a dedicated staff of nurses, medical assistants, and administrative personnel who provide a variety of services that support the needs of our patients.
What Our Patients Say
“I feel you are doing a great job! The staff is great and we always have a positive experience. I have always felt that I can call with any problems or questions and get a quick answer. Thank you!!”
“Dr. Bezler had a GREAT disposition – my daughter was very comfortable.”
“We travel from Carlisle/Devens to you because we love the staff and care our child receives!”
“Outstanding always. We love it here and refer you all the time. From admin staff to doctors and nurses you’re great.”
Lori Gara-Matthews, MD, FAAP
Dr. Lori Gara-Matthews was born in New York and graduated from SUNY at Binghamton with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in 1985. She then attended SUNY Stony Brook for medical school and completed one year of research in Genetics while there, graduating with the degree of Medical Doctor in 1990. She completed internship and residency at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York in 1993. After a year of travel and working in different exotic locations such as an Apache reservation and in Africa, she completed a fellowship in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1999. She worked primarily at the Center for Children with Special Needs doing Developmental Pediatrics and also at a private practice doing General Pediatrics. Since 2001, she has been practicing both General Pediatrics Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics in the Western suburbs of Boston. She has four children and lives in Newton.
Eugenia Marcus, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eugenia (Jeannie) Marcus is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. She trained in Pediatrics at St. Luke's Hospital in New York and Stanford University Hospital, in Palo Alto, California. She has been in practice for more than thirty years serving the pediatric community of Massachusetts. While building a successful practice in Massachusetts, she pursued interests in International Child Health, working overseas with various medical volunteer groups in her vacation and volunteer time. Her professional interests include adoption of international children, child advocacy, and information technology in medicine. She is past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Delegate to the American Medical Association from Massachusetts. Her personal interests are Crew, Jazz, and Adventure Travel. She has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Eric Bezler, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eric Bezler grew up in Connecticut and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002. He received his medical degree from The University of Connecticut in 2008. He then began his residency training in The University of Connecticut's Pediatric Residency Program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. In 2010 Eric moved to Boston where he completed his Pediatric training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. He joined Pediatric Healthcare at Newton-Wellesley in 2011. Eric has a special interest in child protection advocacy. His personal interests include travel, outdoor activities, and rooting for Boston sports teams. He lives with his wife in Jamaica Plain.
Julie Bonner Leonhardt, RN , MSN , CPNP
Julie Bonner Leonhardt, RN, MSN, CPNP completed her undergraduate work at Stonehill College earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed her graduate work at Regis College, earning her Master of Science in Nursing and advanced training in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. Julie is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and holds her license as both an nurse practitioner and registered nurse through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing . After completing her training, Julie joined Pediatric Health Care at Newton Wellesley in 2005. Julie was thrilled to rejoined Pediatric Health Care at Newton Wellesley in June 2013 after 1 year working at Harvard Vanguard- Concord Hillside Medical Associates. Julie provides a full range of pediatric care, including newborn, well child and adolescent care. She completed additional training in gynecology and has a special interest in breastfeeding education and support as well as young women’s health. At home, Julie and her husband are busy raising their young children.
Kimberly Dunn, NP
Kimberly Dunn, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, comes to us from Boston Children’s Hospital where she worked in the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for the past nine years. She has experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities, and has a special interest in helping children with incontinence issues. Kimberly will be practicing both General and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics.
Kimberly was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Secondary Education. She taught high school psychology, sociology and biology for six years before attending MGH Institute of Health Professions where she completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing in Pediatrics. Before accepting the position at Boston Children’s Hospital, Kimberly worked for North Shore Community Health Center, was the director of Salem High School’s school-based health center, and worked in Adolescent Medicine at Hasbro Hospital in Rhode Island.
Kimberly lives in Wellesley with her partner and son.
What is FAAP ?
FAAP is Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics. To become a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP ), the pediatrician must be board certified in pediatrics and recommended by their fellow pediatricians after five years of experience following medical school.