Mary Ellen Zondorak-Perez, M.D., F.A.A.P.
I reside in Parkland with Elsa my golden retriever puppy. I recently have become an empty nester as my 3 wonderful sons have entered into their careers and college. I am currently a member of the Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church where I taught Faith Formation classes for 5 years and now I am a member of the church choir.
I've always been interested in maternal and childhood health. The continuation of our species depends on it! When I did my obstetrics clerkship in medical school I was convinced that I wanted to be an Obstetrician and deliver babies, but once the baby was delivered I would run to the warmer to care for the new infant. The mother had done her job, and all I could do was marvel at her newborn child who I had cared for in-utero for nine months. I knew then that I wanted to watch and care for the infant and to keep it healthy for years to come until it could care for itself. That is what I love to do. I am very pro-breastfeeding and that gives me a perfect opportunity to also work closely with moms during this critical time. So I get the best of both worlds.
In my free time, I love to create! I enjoy painting, gardening, sewing, croqueting, beadwork, and making gift baskets. Lately I have been busy making blankets for charity, fundraisers, and gifts for family and friends. I also love reading mystery novels, cooking and eating!
Credentials & Education
|Place of Birth||Yonkers, New York|
|Raised||I was raised in Yonkers, New York. I spent a year in Virginia before kindergarten, but then moved to Westchester County for all my schooling through high school.|
|College||Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.|
|Undergraduate Degrees||I have a B.A. in Natural Sciences with a minor in Public Health. It was very interesting to take classes at the School of Public Health with older professionals. My courses were in international health, epidemiology, and maternal and child health, with a heavy emphasis on nutrition.|
|Medical School||Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York|
|Residency||Albert Einstein College of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program at Montefiore Hospital and Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, New York.|
|Years Practicing Medicine||I have been practicing medicine for over twenty years.|
|Professional Memberships||Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics with 3 successful recertification certificates to date.|
|Medical Interest||Breastfeeding, Behavior Problems, Nutrition, Adolescent Medicine.|