Newton Pediatrics — Your medical home

Newton Pediatrics is a full-service office located in the heart of Newton Centre. We deliver state-of-the-art health care while overseeing and coordinating with our affiliated providers. Our practice offers additional specialties in travel medicine, behavioral health, and environmental health.

Dedicating ourselves to your child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being is the mission of Newton Pediatrics. We pledge/promise to deliver our services with kindness, respect, and special attention for every child.

Meet Dr. Krisztina Bukur-Doczy

(pronounced Dr. Bukur Doh-tze)

Thank you for the opportunity to help your child build a strong and healthy foundation!

Pediatrics is a specialty full of hope with great possibilities for change. I use my scientific knowledge and experience to give my patients an excellent start for a lifetime of good health. The power of the human brain and the body’s resilience fascinate me and continue to fuel my enthusiasm for providing the very best pediatric services. As a parent, you want to do everything for your child, and I am here to support you. Thank you for making Newton Pediatrics your medical home.


About Dr. Bukur-Doczy

As a pediatrician and a mother herself, Dr. Bukur-Doczy provides families with effective strategies for balancing the demands of work and life and with creating a nurturing and healthy work and home environment.

Beyond the usual clinical training, Dr. Bukur-Doczy’s scientific research in pathology, immunology, and microbiology give her deep insight into pediatric medicine, and a strong foundation for travel medicine.

Dr. Bukur-Doczy lives in the area with her husband and their three children, who attend Newton Public Schools. She began her medical studies at age 18 in Sweden and completed them at the University of Lund. She continued her graduate studies at Boston University in Immunology and Pathology. A researcher at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Dr. Bukur-Doczy’s residency was at the University of Illinois. She has been Board Certified in Pediatrics since 2000 and re-certified in 2008.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapter 1
  • International Society of Travel Medicine
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Breast Feeding Council

Hospital Affiliations

Meet Dr. Shirley Gonzalez

I have been practicing pediatrics for 20 years. I chose the field of pediatrics because I love empowering families and because I enjoy the challenges and joys that accompany the various pediatric developmental stages.  The field of pediatrics gives me the opportunity to promote the prevention of adult chronic diseases that may have their origins in the fetal, neonatal, and childhood periods. During my career, I have been able to develop interests in various fields such as newborn medicine, pediatric obesity, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and menstrual cycle disorders. I have also devoted a significant amount of time to medical student education, clinical research, and administrative-leadership roles, the latter as past chief of the pediatric department at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. In 2003, I founded the TEEEN® (Teens, Empowerment, Exercise, Education, Nutrition) Program. The goal of this program is to address pediatric obesity using a different venue outside the clinical setting.

About Dr. González

Dr. Shirley Gonzalez graduated with Honors from Brown University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She obtained her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and did her residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She pursued studies in the field of menstrual disorders from the Pope Paul VI Institute, in Omaha, Nebraska, in affiliation with Creighton University and obtained her certification from the American Academy of FertilityTM Care Professionals. She attended the “Leadership for Physician Executive Course, Live Activity” at Harvard Medical School in 2012 and recently has taken courses offered by the American Association for Physician Leadership in the areas finance, health law and quality, in order to better comprehend the evolving field of health care.

Her research interests have included: Effect of a behavioral program on BMI and adolescent quality of life, and impact of education on nutrition fact label literacy. She is currently conducting a clinical research project on the topic of parental behavior changes among parents who attend the TEEEN®   program.


  • Certificate of Recognition: 5th Annual World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome, 2007
  • Boston Business Journal Champion in Health Care Award for innovative work as founder and director of TEEEN® (Teens, empowerment, exercise, education, nutrition) program, 2009
  • El Planeta Award: recognition for work with Hispanic population, 2012


  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • Member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Society
  • Associate Member-Brown University Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Member of the American College of Pediatricians
  • Member, BNORC (Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center)

Hospital Affiliations:

Recent Publications/presentations at National Meetings:

  • Effect of Behavioral Program on Quality of Life in Overweight Adolescent Population, Pediatric Academies Society Meeting, Poster, Washington DC, 2013
  • Chapter: Thinking Outside the Box: The TEEEN Program, a Primary Care Approach to Address the Public Health Concern of Pediatric Obesity, in Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention 2012
  • Effectiveness of a Community-Based Education and Empowerment Program in Improving Food Label Literacy in an Overweight Pediatric Population, Poster, AAP 2011
  • Pediatric Behavioral Program Positively Impacts BMI: a Randomized Controlled Study, Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting-poster 2009

 Other Initiatives/professional activities:

  • Joslin Diabetes Camp, physician
  • Director, tutoring program

Meet Dr. Meredith Halsey

I am excited to join the wonderful medical team at Newton Pediatrics. I am committed to providing my patients with the best possible care and look forward to working with a team of providers who are equally motivated in providing excellent clinical care. I love pediatric primary care because I enjoy working with families to help children develop into healthy productive adults. I greatly value the relationships I foster with families and look forward to getting to know all of you.

About Dr. Halsey

Dr. Meredith Halsey is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Halsey received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Halsey completed Brown University’s pediatrics residency program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI in 2017.

Meet Dr. Varuna Tuli

About Dr. Tuli

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Varuna Tuli will be joining the Newton Pediatrics team in Sept 2019. Dr. Tuli went to Medical school in India and did her residency in Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and fellowship in St Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia, She has been working at Franciscan Hospital for Children since 2003. She is excited to be moving to a community setting and looking forward to taking care of her old patients from Franciscan as well as new patients from the community. She is experienced with international patients, multicultural patients and welcomes the more medically complex patients.

When not working she enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. Her daughters are in college and she is hoping to help families in their parenting journey with her pediatric and personal experience.

Meet Michelle M. Cournoyer, P.A.-C., M.H.P.

Being a Physician Assistant in Pediatrics for over 25 years has been an experience in my life for which I am most grateful. I have had the opportunity to build wonderful, lasting relationships with many families. Together, we have gone through not just times of good health and bad, but, also through personal triumphs and losses for the entire family.  Throughout this time, I have strived to provide the highest level of medical care, emotional support and every-day life support to the families I have been honored to care for.  Working in the same practice for so many years has rewarded me with being able to care for generations of children.  Those who were babies themselves when I began, now, bring their babies to me. It has been a truly amazing experience and, I look forward to continuing to care for your children. 

About Michelle:

Michelle graduated with Honors from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She obtained her Physician Assistant Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts as well as her Masters in Health Professions Degree. She has been practicing Pediatric Medicine for over 25 years. During this time, she has helped to develop quality initiatives to improve the care that is provided to children with a focus on asthma, obesity, and attentional disorders as well as preventative care measures to promote overall good health. She has been a strong supporter of implementing the medical home care model of care for the patients in her practice.


American Academy of Physician Assistants
Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants
Pediatric Physician’s Organization at Children’s Hospital of Boston

Meet Diane Quinones, CPNP

Working in pediatrics is a life-long passion for me. I am driven by the unique perspective that children bring to the world and the ability to integrate healthy habits early on in a child’s life. I feel honored to be allowed into the lives of my patients and am excited to meet all of my new patients as well as their families.

About Diane:

Diane has an undergraduate degree from The University of Massachusetts- Amherst and a masters degree from Boston College. Her professional interests include community/global health, immigrant health, and primary prevention (particularly in sexual health and nutrition). Diane is a life-long resident of Boston and enjoys running, including training for an upcoming marathon.


National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

Meet Dan Robb, LICSW

About Dan

Daniel Robb is a fully licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. A graduate from Simmons School of Social Work, he has worked in a variety of office and community settings addressing issues of adjustment, anxiety, depression and trauma. He works with individually and with families together to better understand pressing issues and create meaningful change. He’s very happy to join Newton Pediatrics to bring behavioral and emotional health services to the primary care space. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, a good run, and finding his next favorite song to listen on repeat.

Multi-lingual pediatric office in Newton

Many of our patients are multilingual—and so are we! We can answer your questions about early language acquisition and multiple languages in the home from personal experience.

Some families prefer to communicate in their native language. We can read your medical records in these languages without translation, which can be very helpful in accessing your full medical history and providing comprehensive medical care.

Our languages include

  • Arabic
  • Danish
  • Hungarian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Our mission

Our practices and values

  • We believe in the ethical practice of medicine, in providing leadership throughout the community, and serving those in our community who are in need.
  • We believe in the prevention of disease and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for all children.
  • We practice medicine as a team, and value the contributions of all of our staff in providing excellent medical care and service.
  • We are committed to finding the best solution for a problem with the help of sub-specialists available though Boston Children’s Hospital staff or other top providers in our community.

Our goals

  • To help you to achieve the best overall health possible for your child and the entire family
  • To provide the highest quality health care to the children and families we serve
  • To build long-term trust and mutual respect
  • To be an efficient and cost-effective practice that meets the needs of children during times of health as well as during times of illness

About Newton Centre

We are proud to practice in the community where we live. This allows us the opportunity to build on our passion for creating an in-depth understanding of the influences that affect children’s health.

Newton is a wonderful community with many resources, and an interesting history. We look forward to your comments and updates. We invite you to share your “insider tips” and interesting facts about Newton on our Facebook page.

Did you know?

Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote “America the Beautiful,” lived on Centre Street in Newton Centre.

Samuel Francis Smith, a clergyman who wrote the words to the hymn MyCountry, ‘Tis o Thee, also known as “America,” lived at 1181 Centre Street in Newton Centre.