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Dr. Juan Tapia Mendoza, MD
Founder and CEO

Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza is the founder, CEO and president of Pediatrics 2000. He was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. In 1978, he returned to Santo Domingo and enrolled in medical school at Universidad Central del Este. In the 1980's, Dr. Tapia enrolled at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and began training as a pediatrician at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez in Mexico City. Dr. Tapia completed his post-doctoral studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst City Hospital Center. While at Elmhurst Hospital, Dr. Tapia became the first Dominican to hold the position of “Chief Resident in the Department of Pediatrics”. He was the first Dominican appointed coordinator of the hospital's Pediatric HIV clinic. Dr. Tapia is also the first Dominican to be named Chief of Pediatrics at a hospital in Manhattan (St. Clare's Hospital).

Dr. Tapia is a founder and advisor to the Dominican Medical Association. Currently, Dr. Tapia is the Director of Pediatrics 2000. He is a former faculty member at Columbia University, a former Community Affairs advisor to the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a former Pediatrician at Babies and Children's Hospital of New York. Dr. Tapia is currently affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospital St. Luke's.

Dr. Tapia has received numerous awards for his community work. They include a citation by the New York State Assembly, The Evangelist Church, and his work with Corazones Unidos in the Dominican Republic and in New York City. This led him to receive the New Yorker of the Week Award given by New York 1 Television station to outstanding citizens.



Dr. Robert Perello, MD
Medical Director Pediatrics 2000

Dr. Perello was born and raised in Washington Heights, NY. He is a board-certified Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience. He received his medical degree at the Universidad Aut‌ónoma de Santo Domingo. He completed his Pediatric residency with the New York Medical College program at Lincoln Hospital and then completed a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Upon completion, he was a Clinical Instructor for the Columbia University Department of Pediatric and Attending Physician at its ACNC clinics. Dr. Perello then moved to Miami where he practiced pediatrics for the next 15 years. In Miami, he was part of the teaching Faculty for the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics. In 201, he moved back to New York City to return to school. In May 2012, he received a Master's Degree in Public Health from The Mailman School at Columbia University. Dr. Perello has a special interest in asthma and allergic diseases.



Dr. Reúcar Quijada, MD
Medical Director at 207th Street Clinic

Dr. Quijada is a board-certified Pediatrician and enjoys working in the Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan communities where he has been working since 1999. In 2001, Dr. Quijada joined Pediatrics 2000. Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Quijada graduated from Pedro Henriquez Urena University (UNPHU) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1999. His special interests include General Pediatrics and Urgent Care.



Dr. Vanessa Baracaldo, MD

Dr. Baracaldo was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised on Long Island, NY. She is a board-certified pediatrician and received her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Before starting medical school, Dr. Baracaldo worked at the Nassau County Department of Health Perinatal Services Network as a health educator to pregnant and parenting women with the goal of decreasing infant morbidity and mortality. She completed her residency at Cohens Children's Medical Center of Northwell Health at New Hyde Park, NY. She has special interest in preventive medicine and social determinants of health.



Dr. Christina Chou, MD

Christina Lee Chou is a board-certified pediatrician of Chinese American descent who truly enjoys working with the culturally diverse community of urban New York City. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in chemistry and then received her medical degree from NYU School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric internship at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and completed her pediatric residency at Harvard University, Mass General Hospital. She has served on several medical missions in Bolivia, Honduras, Beijing and central Mongolia. She works at Pediatrics 2000 and loves spending the rest of her time with her three daughters.



Dr. Gabriella Echenique, MD

Dr. Echenique was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a board-certified Pediatrician. She received her medical degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo. She completed her Pediatric residency at the New York Medical College affiliated program in Lincoln Hospital. In 2017, Dr. Echenique joined Pediatrics 2000 as an attending physician in General Pediatrics.



Dr. Judy Honig, EdD, DNP

Dr. Honig is Associate Dean, Professor, and Director of the DNP program at Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSN). In addition to her administrative and practice responsibilities, Dr. Honig conducts research related to the screening and early diagnosis of emotional and behavioral problems in children, particularly with the underserved. She is a proponent of the integration of pediatric primary and mental health services for children. Dr. Honig is on the Health Advisory Board of the Columbia University Head Start Program. Dr. Honig serves as the chair of the Curriculum Committee and actively participates in curriculum development and clinical/classroom teaching and has consulted for programs nationally. Dr. Honig has served on national committees regarding to the DNP degree, including the AACN Task Forces for the Practice Doctorate and DNP Essentials, NONPF's Clinical Leadership and NAPNAP's DNP Position Statement Committees. Dr. Honig is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is an attending faculty/nurse practitioner at Children's Hospital of New York since 1994. Since 1998, she has maintained a faculty practice at Pediatrics 2000 where she provides behavioral health care services with a focus on the diagnosis and management of ADHD.



Dr. Jolie Hsu, MD

Dr. Hsu is a pediatrician of Chinese American descent who speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Thomas Jefferson Medical College 6-year combined degrees (B.S./M.D.) program. Dr. Hsu then completed her pediatric residency at the Thomas Jefferson Medical College Nemours A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children program in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. She currently works at the 135th Street office and has an interest in working with children with special needs. When not at work, Dr. Hsu enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends and going for runs in Riverside Park with her dog.



Sandra Lopez Collado, MD

Dr. Lopez Collado is originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where she attended UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana) for her medical degree. Her residency was at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Hospital and completed her training as a chief resident. Dr. Lopez is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In her spare time, Dr. Lopez enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time outdoors. She is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. She is very excited to be part of Pediatrics 2000 and is proud to work with such a fantastic team of practitioners.



Dr. Claudia Lopez, MD

Dr. Claudia Lopez is a board-certified Pediatrician originally from the Dominican Republic. She received her medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestro (PUCMM) in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She completed her Pediatric residency at NYC Health + Hospital Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. She speaks both English and Spanish and her areas of professional interest include underserved populations, newborns and adolescents.



Dr. Brittany Solar

Dr. Brittany Solar is a board-certified pediatrician who joined Pediatrics 2000 in 2015 after completing her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Children's Hospital, where she remains on staff as a clinical instructor. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas in 2012 before moving to New York City to complete her medical training in pediatrics. She has a special interest in Global Health and has worked in medical clinics in both Haiti and West Africa, most recently serving as a pediatric attending in Cameroon for 2 months prior to starting at Pediatrics 2000. Her research interests include maternal-fetal transmission of HIV, and her clinical interests include infectious disease and preventative medicine. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore in New York City.