Thomas B. Binder, M.D.Thomas B. Binder, M.D., is Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine after undergraduate training at Brown University. Dr. Binder completed Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency training through the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program based primarily at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. A practicing community pediatrician in the Hartford area since 2001, Dr. Binder founded Hartford Area Pediatrics in 2003 with the principle of providing exceptional healthcare to children in a modern, friendly office. His special interests include behavioral medicine and sports medicine. Dr Binder resides in West Hartford with his wife (an English teacher) and has three grown children. When away from the office, Dr. Binder enjoys running, biking, and traveling. Meredith W. Barrows, MD, IBCLCMeredith W. Barrows, MD, IBCLC is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She joined Hartford Area Pediatrics in 2008 and loves seeing all the kids grow over the years. She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut Medical School after receiving her B.A. from the University of Vermont. Dr. Barrows completed Pediatric Residency training through the University Of Connecticut Pediatrics Residency training program based out of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She studied lactation support with Dr. Christina Smillie at Breastfeeding Resources. Dr. Barrows resides in Simsbury with her husband, three teenage kids and two dogs. She loves gardening, running, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Colleen Gerrity, MD joined Hartford Area Pediatrics in 2017. She is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Gerrity received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine after receiving her undergraduate education at Williams College. She completed her pediatric residency training at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Gerrity lives in Avon with her husband Alex, their two children Grace and Connor. While not at the office, Dr. Gerrity enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling. Mary Jo has been working as a patient specialist for Hartford Area Pediatrics since August 2014. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in psychology and a minor in political science. After graduation she worked for the JCPenney Catalog as a control buyer for their toy division. She then traveled the US managing the special events for the JCPenney credit card. She then went on to work for GE finance in their marketing dept. She has also worked during the football season for the Dallas Cowboys in their press box. After taking some time off to spend with her children and volunteering for various organizations, she happily joined HAP. She has two grown children and resides in West Simsbury with her husband. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Gabriella Ballesteros joined Hartford Area Pediatrics in May 2021. She works as a medical assistant and receptionist. She graduated from Tunxis Community College in May 2021 from the RMA program and will be starting nursing school in the fall of 2021 at Naugatuck Valley Community College. When away from the office, Ella works as a medical scribe in the emergency room at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA. She also has worked at various COVID vaccine clinics throughout Connecticut with Griffin Health. In her spare time, Ella enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching movies, traveling, coaching volleyball, and staying active. Ella is the oldest of three little brothers and has always had an interest in pediatrics and the medical field. Liz PelletierLiz has been with Hartford Area Pediatrics since it started in October 2003. She graduated from Briarwood College as a Medical Assistant. She is married to Tim and they have two grown daughters Ellen and Abbey. Ellen is married to Mike and they live in Granby. They are expecting a baby in October. Abbey is married to Harry and they live in New Hampshire. Liz really enjoys traveling and spending time with her family in her spare time.
Ginny PorchGinny Porch has worked for Hartford Area Pediatrics since 2006. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse who became an Assistant Office Manager in 2020. She received her Connecticut nursing license in September 2008 and graduated from Porter and Chester Institute. Ginny is married to Brent and has two children, Molly and Benjamin. In her spare time she enjoys running with her dogs, attempting to cook and spending time outside. Alexis Scheidel Alexis Scheidel has been with the practice since November, 2010, and is one of the Medical Receptionists you will find as you first walk in to Hartford Area Pediatrics. When she is not on the phone or doing important paperwork, you can probably hear her laughter around the office or see her talking to patients and parents. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts. Alexis is married to her husband Michael, and they have a daughter, Samantha. In her spare time, Alexis is an avid Steelers sports fan, and also likes to travel, read, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Jessica Tewksbury-Totten is a Connecticut native whose two teenage boys have been patients at Hartford Area Pediatrics since they moved to the area in 2007. She initially started working in urgent care as a medical assistant and receptionist and joined Hartford Area Pediatrics in 2017. Jess is an AHA CPR/First Aid Instructor and is continuing her education in the health care field. Outside of work Jess enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with her family. Pamela Thistlewaite has been working for Hartford Area Pediatrics since August 2010. She is the office billing specialist. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rhode Island College. When she’s not working, Pam enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob, their 3 children, Emma, Jacob and Paige, extended family and friends, and her dogs and cats. She enjoys reading, photography, music, movies, hiking, camping, gardening, the beach, and bicycling.