Our practice provides comprehensive pediatric and adolescent care for children from birth through the college years.  Our aim is to foster a personalized relationship with children, adolescents, and their parents, and provide exceptional care throughout a child’s and young adult’s life.  We are a member of the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Boston Children’s Hospital.  When specialized care is required, we will refer your child to a specialist who we trust, at Children’s Hospital or another local institution.


We are acutely aware of the stress and upheaval affecting your families during this Coronavirus pandemic. We feel it ourselves! We want you to know that we will continue to be a resource to you in the care of your children, their development, and their overall health.

We know that parents may be challenged both by the epidemic as well as the challenge of helping children navigate their own feelings, a challenge amplified by not knowing how long the crisis will last. Here is a link to a handout entitled HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS.

We and our staff want our patients and families to know that we are here and available to support you. You or your children may have questions. We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to guide you. (Our office is open. We are also available to chat by phone or employ virtual telehealth visits using www.Doxy.me). You do not need a medical reason to call us. We want to support you in any way we can.

Please stay in touch!

(We will issue periodic updates and reminders in this space.)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

You may have many questions about how COVID-19 may affect you or your family. We are closely monitoring information from the Newton Department of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain up-to-date with information and guidelines, including recommendations relative to travelers and to your children.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Stay home if you are sick
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Obtain a vaccine against influenza each year

When you call us about a symptomatic patient, our staff my ask you screening questions about exposure and travel. There may be times when they will ask one of the clinicians to call you back to discuss the care of your child. Please understand that we want to provide the best care to you, your children, and all patients in our practice.

For additional information on COVID-19 and pandemics, please visit the following websites:
• Newton HHS website: http://www.newtonma.gov/covid19
• MA Dept. of Health website: https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
• Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fshare-facts-stop-fear.html
• The Ready.Gov website https://www.ready.gov/ contains information on preparedness for a variety of medical and natural disasters.
• Please assure that you have a ready supply of medications, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and prescribed medicines.

Honored and Appreciative!
“Massachusetts Health Quality Partners has announced the winners of the 2019 “MHQP Patient Experience Awards.” MHQP introduced this award program last year as a way to recognize the primary care practices that perform highest on its annual Patient Experience Survey, the only statewide survey of patient experience in primary care in Massachusetts.”

“MHQP received over 60,000 responses to this annual survey of commercially-insured patients across the state. The results were used to identify the top overall performers in adult primary care and pediatrics, as well as the highest performers in nine performance categories.”

Benjamin, Spingarn, Rottenberg is honored and appreciative of receiving recognition for “Top Overall Performer Among Massachusetts Pediatric Primary Care Practices“.

We constantly aim to provide our patients with the best pediatric medical care and we are humbly appreciative of the acknowledgement that you have given us. Thank you!

Ready or Not, Here It Comes!
Each year after school begins, remember to immunize your family against influenza. We conduct several annual flu-vaccine clinics for children at the end of the day, by appointment. Please call our office to schedule.

Flu vaccine, like most vaccines, has enormous social value. It protects recipients of the vaccine, and importantly, vaccinated children limit spread to those with whom they come into contact — especially individuals who may be infirm or immunocompromised.

A Word About Urgent Care Centers
We discourage our patients from using Urgent Care Centers or Walk-in clinics without calling us first. While it is true that these centers can be helpful at times, our experience has frequently been that diagnoses are missed, ailments are mistreated with inappropriate medications or dosing, and referrals to emergency rooms and specialists are increased. These centers are typically staffed by physicians or nurse practitioners who are not broadly trained in pediatrics. One of us, or our coverage group, is available 24/7 to help guide you when you, or your child or teenager, has an urgent pediatric medical issue.

Insurance Coverage for Brand vs Generic Drugs is changing – please read our note.