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As a part of Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot provides best-in-class care for children, adolescents, and young adults. Our optometry department serves patients of all ages.

We have the following departments at Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot:

Primary Care: Pediatric & Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic

Primary Care at Martha Eliot is dedicated to helping parents and guardians raise happy and healthy children. We see patients beginning at birth and will follow your child through the important milestones of their development. Our dedicated staff of medical providers, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and Child Life specialists provides well-child care, including routine immunizations, health education, and care for acute illnesses.

Learn more about Primary Care at Martha Eliot.

Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health at Martha Eliot offers a range of specialized treatment to meet the behavioral health needs of patients who receive their primary care at Martha Eliot. Our team includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a child and adolescent psychiatrist. We work collaboratively with the primary care team at Martha Eliot to provide high-quality, culturally competent treatment in a community-based setting. We provide evidence-based treatments for a range of behavioral health issues such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and trauma-related disorders. Services offered include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, and psychopharmacology for children, adolescents, and young adults. We strive to offer patient-centered behavioral health services that are conveniently offered in the primary care center to allow for treatment of physical and mental health in one setting.

Meet our clinical team:

Cynthia Batista, PhD: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • clinical interests: anxiety disorders, depression, trauma-related anxiety/PTSD; relational problems; domestic violence; empowerment within cultural contexts; transition to adulthood
  • interventions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), couples and family therapy, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), parent management training, trauma systems therapy, Gestalt psychotherapy interventions.
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Olivia Carrick, MD, director, Behavioral Health Services: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
  • clinical Interests: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stress-related disorders, ADHD, primary care and behavioral health integration
  • interventions: psychopharmacology
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Dulce Chuva, MSW, LCSW pending: Clinical Social Worker
  • clinical interests: trauma- and stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression, individual and group work, immigration issues, coping skill development
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Carla Coutinho, BSN, RN, CPN: Staff Nurse II
  • clinical interests: health prevention and promotion, pediatric behavioral health, primary care and behavioral health integration, health literacy, and communication to improve medication adherence
  • interventions: nursing care coordination
  • languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Erika Frazier Hamel, LICSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • clinical Interests: anxiety disorders, depression, traumatic stress/PTSD, adjustment disorders and life transitions
  • interventions: mindfulness-based therapy (meditation and yoga), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, motivational interviewing (MI), family therapy and parental support, art-expressive therapies, and play therapy
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Martin LaRoche, PhD: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • clinical interests: anxiety and depressive disorders, ADHD
  • interventions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, and cultural psychotherapy
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Milagros Lopez Ramirez, MS, CCLS: Certified Clinical Child Life Specialist
  • clinical interests: group therapy, individualized behavior planning for children with anxiety or challenging behaviors during visits
  • interventions: providing individualized coping support, including distraction and therapeutic activities for clinic visits, examinations, or procedures; facilitate special
  • programing in the milieu such as Museum of Fine Arts-led art projects, Pawprints pet therapy, magician visits, face painting, etc.
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Yvonne Nieves, PhD, CEIS: Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Early Intervention Specialist
  • clinical Interests: young child development and intervention, adolescent depression, trauma-related disorders
  • interventions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, family systems therapy
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Julie Ogletree, LICSW: Martha Eliot Social Work Manager
  • clinical interests: anxiety, depression, self-injurious or suicidal behaviors, trauma-related issues, gender identity and GLBTQ issues, parenting and developmental challenges, family therapy, adolescents and young adults, mindfulness, play and expressive techniques
  • interventions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), trauma-focused CBT, family therapy and couples therapy, including narrative techniques, DBT skills groups
  • languages spoken: English
Evelyn Resto, LICSW
  • clinical interests: depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance-related and addictive disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, transition to adulthood, and group therapy
  • interventions: group therapy (Power Up Group), emotion regulation and anger management skills training, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (mindfulness and meditation), motivational interviewing (MI), structural family therapy (SFT), and trauma-focused CBT
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Andrew Richards, PsyD: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • clinical interests: trauma-related disorders, childhood obesity, anxiety and depressive disorders
  • interventions: motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma focused CBT and ARC (attachment, self-regulation, and competency), and narrative therapy
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish
Bryan Teran-Zuniga, PMHNP: Child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • clinical interests: ADHD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma- and stress-related disorders, and Global Health-Latin America
  • interventions: psychopharmacology
  • languages spoken: English, Spanish

Administrative team:

  • Grisel Velasquez, administrative supervisor
  • Mayra Velez, administrative assistant
  • Esmerdy Villar, administrative assistant
  • Ashley Liriano, intake coordinator
Early Intervention Department

Boston Children’s Hospital Early Intervention (EI) at Martha Eliot provides family centered services to support the developmental progress of eligible children. EI is a program for infants and toddlers younger than 3 years old who have developmental delays or are at risk of a developmental delay. EI:

  • supports families and caregivers
  • helps infants and toddlers learn skills and develop independence
  • uses individualized activities that fit into the child’s and family’s everyday life

Any child up to the age of 3 may be eligible for EI services if the child:

  • is not reaching expected developmental milestones
  • has certain conditions that may result in a developmental delay
  • has a history that may impact their development

EI is primarily a home/community-based program providing a team approach to service delivery. Services include:

  • developmental evaluations to determine eligibility
  • visits at a child’s home, childcare, or other community setting
  • play groups

Depending on the child’s needs, the EI team may include a developmental specialist, social worker, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or other specialty provider.

Contact information

Main number: 617-919-7872
Director, Melanie Griffin, Contact
Program Manager, Leah Koretz (

Outside resources

Lab Services

Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot strives to provide a safe and convenient blood draw service with an emphasis on patient satisfaction. Under the management of Laboratory Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, the phlebotomy service combines a dedication to quality with kind and compassionate service. Our partnership with Laboratory Medicine allows us to support research, education, and public service programs that enrich the quality of life of our patients and support the mission of the department.

The staff is composed of carefully trained individuals with extensive experience drawing all ages, from newborn to geriatric patients. Our staff members are experts in comforting both body and mind as they ease patients’ anxiety while performing the venipuncture procedure as painlessly as possible.

Hours of operation

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) provides free nutrition education, referrals, breastfeeding support, counseling, and supplemental foods to eligible pregnant, post-partum, and breast-feeding women, infants and children under the age of 5.


  • residential: Any resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • income:
    • any resident that’s within the federal poverty guidelines
    • any resident that uses other social services (i.e. SNAP Benefits, Medicare)
  • mothers:
    • perinatal mothers (up to 6 months after birth)
    • mothers who breastfeed their children (up to 1 year old)
  • infants: any infant up to the age of 1 years old
  • children: any child up to the age of 5 years
  • nutritional risk: any resident seen by a medical professional and is deemed as having a nutritional risk.

Goals and services

  • provides nutritional counseling and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children
  • improves the livelihood of mothers, infants, and children by providing them access to nutrition

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The Optometry Department at Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot provides comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages. The residency-trained optometrists and staff perform comprehensive eye examinations, diagnose and treat general eye conditions, and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Our mission is to practice excellent community-oriented eye care in a multidisciplinary setting, so that patients can have the benefit of their health care providers working together to ensure their well-being. With state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained optometric staff, we are proud to provide exceptional eye care to all.

Our services include:

  • routine pediatric, adolescent, and adult eye care
  • eye exams are important for a child’s well-being as vision plays a big role in the child’s interaction and learning during his or her development
  • pediatric eye exam generally consists of 3 main components:
    • vision testing (what the child can see)
    • functional vision assessment (how the child uses vision)
    • ocular health assessment (does the child have or is he/she at risk for any pathology?)
  • diabetic eye exams
  • contact lens exams and services
  • optical services: glasses for all ages
  • vision therapy is also offered as treatment for functional eye disorders for adults and children

Our optometric providers:

Jennifer Reilly, OD, MS, FAAO, Clinic Director: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
  • residency: Primary Care Optometry and Ocular Disease, Brockton VA Hospital
  • teaching affiliation: Assistant Professor of Optometry, New England College of Optometry
Amy Moy, OD, FAAO: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
  • residency: Primary Care Optometry and Ocular Disease, Bedford VA Hospital
  • teaching affiliation: Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry, New England College of Optometry
Jacky Kong, OD, FAAO: Pediatric and Primary Care Optometry
  • residency: Pediatric Optometry, New England College of Optometry
  • teaching affiliation: Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry, New England College of Optometry
Linda Pham, OD: Ocular Disease and Low Vision/Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • residency: Ocular Disease and Low Vision/Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation, West Haven VA Hospital
  • teaching affiliation: Assistant Professor of Clinical Optometry, New England College of Optometry

Department hours of operation:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Specialty services we offer include:

  • comprehensive eye exams for adults
  • pediatric eye exams
  • contact lens exams
  • diabetic eye exams
  • retinal Imaging
  • visual field testing

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, and Cantonese

Optical shop

Come visit our newly renovated optical shop! We offer a wide selection of frames, sports eyewear, contact lenses, and more.

Our products and services include:

  • glasses: single vision, bifocals, and progressives (no-line bifocals)
  • contact lenses
  • sunglasses and Transitions® lenses
  • swimming goggles
  • sports and safety glasses
  • glasses straps and accessories
  • glasses adjustments (MEHC patients only)

We have a wide variety of frames that would fit all ages, from infants and children to adults. It is our goal to meet all of your visual needs in a way that works best for your budget and lifestyle.

Family Planning & Confidential Services

ABCD Family Planning Services at Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot provides free and confidential family services. You are not required to be a Martha Eliot patient or to bring identification documents to receive these services. Our staff speaks English and Spanish. An interpreter is also available for other languages.

Do you need?

  • protection to help prevent pregnancy, STDs, and HIV
  • to get tested for STDs and HIV
  • a pregnancy test/options counseling
  • emergency contraception
  • condom education
  • information about sexual health, even if you’re not sexually active

Available to all teens regardless of their sexual identity or orientation.

Free: Family planning services are free, and you will not be asked questions about your parents’ income or insurance information. You do not need the permission of a parent or a guardian for a family visit. Services are based on your consent.

Confidential: Information about your family planning visit will not be shared with anyone, including your parents or guardian, without your permission. But there are a few exceptions to this basic rule.

How to make an appointment: Call 617-971-2100 to schedule an appointment with the family planning counselor. If you are not a Martha Eliot patient, you will be asked to register to be seen for family planning services. Also you can ask to speak to the family planning counselor who can assist you with accessing the services.