What Is GERD And How Can I Know If I Have It?

Do you typically get heartburn after eating fried or spicy food, drinking acidic beverages such as coffee, tea or soda, or eating too fast? This might be more than acid reflux. It could actually be GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Announcing The Opening Of Our New Pediatrics Office: Cohen Children’s Northwell Health Physician Partners Pediatrics At Phelps

Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians at the Grand Opening of Cohen Children’s Northwell Health Physician Partners Pediatrics At Phelps

Our newest pediatrics practice in Westchester County is now open!

In order to provide the highest quality healthcare services for our area’s children, particularly those in the western part of Westchester County, Westchester Health is pleased to announce the opening of our newest pediatric office on the Phelps Hospital campus in Sleepy Hollow.

“This is really about pursuing our mission, which is maintaining the health and wellness of our community,” said Phelps Hospital President Daniel Blum at the Grand Opening of the new pediatric practice.

Added Dr. Cindee Ivker, Lead Pediatric Physician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, part of Northwell Health Physician Partners, “This facility is awesome. It is kid-friendly, it is clean, it is spacious, and it is state-of-the-art. As a parent, this is what you like to see.” In addition, having the new pediatric office within the hospital will streamline treatment for patients.

Serving nearly 2 million children in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, this is Cohen Children’s Northwell Health Physician Partners’ first medical practice north of Manhattan. The medical group’s expansion into Westchester couldn’t come at a better time, with its new facility ready to tackle major children’s health issues like the measles, vaping and childhood stress.

Grand Opening video

To watch the FiosNews1 video of our Grand Opening, click here.

courtesy of Fios1News

What our new pediatric office at Phelps Hospital means for you and your family

In addition to our 11 convenient pediatric offices throughout Westchester County, your child now has access to the added resources and breadth of services of Phelps Hospital, Westchester’s Top Rated hospital with a 4-star rating.*

Here, he/she will receive the leading-edge pediatric care you’ve come to expect from our highly experienced Westchester Health pediatricians. And because our new offices are located at Phelps, we can now offer you and your child a wide array of additional medical services and sub-specialties:

  • Pediatric hospitalists (in-patient physicians who work exclusively in a hospital) if your child needs to be admitted
  • Concussion specialists
  • Pediatric physical therapists
  • Pediatric occupational therapists
  • Pediatric orthopedic department
  • Pediatric surgery department

When you need us, we are here for you, now more than ever

At Westchester Health, we are committed to delivering the highest quality standard of compassionate, patient-centered care for your child. Our new office on the Phelps Hospital campus is an important step forward in this commitment.

Whether you have a newborn, toddler, adolescent, teenager, or a combination of these, we’ll do everything we can to help your child grow up to be healthy and happy, now and for a lifetime. We invite you to come in and see us at our new location, and we look forward to seeing you and your child soon. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

Pediatricians at this location:

Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP
Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP
Heather D. Magnan, MD, FAAP
Hildred Machuca DO


755 North Broadway, Suite 500, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Phone: (914) 425-7590
Fax: (914) 425-7591

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm

*CMS 2019 (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

By Westchester Health, member of Northwell Health Physician Partners

5 Tips For Surviving The “Terrible 3s” With Your Sanity Intact

If you’re the parent of a toddler, you might have breathed a sigh of relief once the “terrible 2’s” were over. But wait…just as you thought all the tantrums and tears and diabolical behavior was behind you, here come the “terrible 3’s,” which in many ways are worse than the 2’s. To help you make it through these difficult years, we offer this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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If You Get Sick While Pregnant: 16 Helpful Tips

When you’re pregnant, your body can’t fight it off illnesses like it normally does, making you more vulnerable to a cold, fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, flu or stomach bug. On top of being pregnant! That can get rough. To help pregnant moms feel better while sick, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).

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Help Us Help You Stay Healthy As You Age — Get An Annual Medicare Wellness Visit!

Your Medicare wellness exam is more than a preventive exam

If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you are entitled to have a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Please remember, the annual wellness exam is not the same as a physical. The purpose of this visit is to make sure you have what you need to be healthy.

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Don’t Wait! Get Your Flu Shot Now.

Yes, the flu shot works and we strongly recommend getting it

Every flu season, many people do not get the flu shot because they think it will actually give them the illness. Not only is this not true, but it allows the flu to spread to others. Whenever you get a vaccine, your body mounts an immune response to produce antibodies to defend itself in case it contracts that illness in the future. Yes, you might have a mild reaction to the flu shot, but that is 100 times better than getting the flu itself. For your own health and the health of those around you, it’s very important to get vaccinated, every year.

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Westchester Health Tackles Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. For many people, depression significantly limits their ability to feel happiness, maintain relationships, achieve goals and fully live their lives.

Depression can interfere with sleeping, eating, exercise and working, and if not treated, it can lead to drug and alcohol dependency, other serious health conditions, suicidal thoughts and even death.

At Westchester Health, we take a comprehensive approach to screening patients for depression and treating your depression.

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Keeping Our Children Healthy: Annual Well Visits And Sports Physicals

Why should you bring your child in for a physical?

You may wonder why it is important to bring your child in for a back-to-school physical if he or she has been perfectly healthy. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, a division of Westchester Health, we feel that this annual visit is often the only time your child will see their doctor all year, especially if he/she is healthy and active. As well as being an important health assessment, it’s an excellent opportunity for you and your child to ask us questions and/or share with us any concerns about your child’s growth and development, diet, nutrition, behavior issues, puberty, changes in the family and anything else that’s on your mind.

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How To Know If Your Toddler Is Developing Normally

Did you know the word “toddler” comes from “toddle,” which means to walk unsteadily, much like a child at this age. Makes sense! Here at Westchester Health, we really enjoy watching toddlers reach exciting milestones and helping parents navigate the changes that come with those milestones. But sometimes, things don’t go as expected and a child may have developmental delays. To calm parents’ fears and also offer guidance as to what to look for at this age, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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5 Ways To Lower Your Risk Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

At Westchester Health, we see a lot of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve problem in the wrist which occurs when one of the major nerves (median nerve) to the hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. It radiates into the fingers and can radiate up the arm to the elbow (rarely the upper arm). Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both of your hands, and it affects women more than men.

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