Who We Are:
The Baystate Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Management Program is a multi-disciplinary program serving children age two years to twenty-one years with a diagnosis of obesity ( BMI > 95% for age). The program offers children and families resources aimed at promoting healthy nutrition, healthy activity and a healthy lifestyle.
Complete medical evaluation and treatment by pediatricians that specialize in childhood obesity
Evaluation and treatment by registered dietician
Referral (if needed) to psychologists who specialize in childhood obesity
Enrollment in MIGHTY (moving, improving, and gaining health together at the YMCA). MIGHTY is a 6 month long group program with strong emphasis placed on physical activity, nutrition and behavioral change for the entire family. It includes a fitness evaluation, individual fitness prescriptions, group exercise sessions, individual and group nutritional counseling and strategies for lifelong behavior change. Families who participate in MIGHTY also receive a free 6 month long membership to the Springfield based YMCA. In order for a child to be enrolled in MIGHTY they must first be evaluated at the Pediatric Weight Management Program.
Our team includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, registered dietitians, a nutritionist and a social worker.
- Chrystal Wittcopp, MD
- Rushika Conroy, MD
- Michelle Fitzgerald, NP
- Jason Pelzek, RN
- Kathy Dunn, RN, CDE
- Lori Nowak, RN
- Lynn Henry, RD, CDE
- Hillary Weiner, RD
- Jennifer Kennedy, BS
- Beth Russell-Smith, MSW, LICSW
Meet the team...