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Our NPs

Dawn Nathanson NP

I decided to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to enjoy the growth and development of children, from newborn to young adult. I have spent 8 years becoming an expert in pediatric primary care and have a Master’s in Nursing Science from MGH IHP. I have chosen to work with children since graduating from college and then earning my first Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I spent many years teaching children and adults subjects, including Spanish. In my free time, I like to travel to as many new places around the world as possible and enjoy biking, walking, and yoga. I also support many charitable causes including Boston Children’s Hospital, New England Center for Children, and the National Brain Tumor Society. I especially take pleasure in spending time with my husband and children.

I am the mother of three grown children, a daughter who is a graduate student studying classical piano and pedagogy, a son who is a research assistant at Boston Children’s hospital, and another son who is currently studying at Cornell University. I look forward to meeting you and taking good care of your family.

***Dawn works mostly on the weekends

Jesse Zaitchik NP

I was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts by two parents who had a major impact on my career. My father, who is a forensic psychologist and professor comes from a family full of educators and scholars. This instilled in me the value of a life-long learning and my passion for teaching as well. It was my mother, a special education teacher who helped me realize at a young age that working with children would be my calling.

I went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and received my B.A. in Psychology. This led me to accept my first job as a Mental Health Specialist working with troubled children and teenagers in an inpatient psychological unit at Franciscan's Hospital for Children. It was during this time that I decided to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from MGH School of Nursing, specializing in pediatric medicine. After receiving my degree, I moved to Austin, Texas where I spent the first 7 years of my career, working in both pediatric and urgent care settings. There, I met my Texan wife while playing in a co-ed volleyball league. When we decided to get married and move to Boston to be closer to my family, I accepted an academic position at Boston University Teaching Hospital/ Boston Medical Center as a full time instructor and clinician in the pediatric clinic. In addition to working as a PCP and helping run the urgent care clinic, I also received specialized training working in the pulmonary clinic and in the newborn nursery. Throughout my career, I developed a particular niche for urgent care and with all of my varied experience, there is not much that I haven't seen at some point! I find this ability to draw on past cases to be invaluable as I clinician.

In my free time, I love living in the best sports town in the country and rooting for all the teams! I try to stay active and play softball whenever I can. My wife and I love just exploring the city and checking out new restaurants, concerts and comedy shows. Things will change dramatically this October when we welcome our first baby boy!