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Mount Auburn Pediatrics

Practice Philosophy

Mount Auburn Pediatrics provides personal, preventative, professional care as the primary site for outpatient pediatrics in the Beth Israel Lahey Health network. We serve as a medical home for pediatric patients in Cambridge and the surrounding communities. Our primary care team is comprised of four very experienced board-certified pediatricians: Dr. Laura Need, Dr. Naomi Priver, Dr. Glenn Schlundt, and Dr. Elizabeth Monaco. Our pediatricians work closely with the obstetrics team as well as the inpatient pediatric team at Mount Auburn Hospital, and often will meet your baby for the first time before you have even left the hospital.

We provide routine health care maintenance and screenings, as well as collaborative management of complex patients through our relationships with excellent local tertiary care pediatric hospitals including Boston Children's Hospital. We also are fortunate to have state of the art equipment in our office, including the latest technology in vision screening, on-site lab and x-ray services, and rapid in-office testing for common pediatric illnesses including strep throat, influenza and COVID-19.

We firmly believe that vaccines are safe and effective, prevent serious illness, and save lives. We believe that children should receive all recommended vaccines according to the vaccine schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We are committed to providing the best care possible to all of our patients, which includes protecting them from vaccine preventable illnesses.

We utilize an online medical record, with patient access via MyChart, which allows ease of communication and timely test results for patients. We also pride ourselves on the accessibility of our physicians, who can be reached any time day or night by calling our office number. Our physicians also offer call-in hours weekday mornings during which you may speak directly to a pediatrician. We have weekday and Saturday appointments available to address your medical concerns in a timely fashion.

Please join us in keeping your children healthy. We offer a monthly meet the pediatrician meeting so that you may learn more about us. We encourage in-office prenatal visits with expectant parents as a way of starting this important and long-lasting relationship.

Our Team

Laura Need, MD

Laura Need, MD

Dr. Laura Need has been practicing pediatrics in the Greater Boston Area for over 25 years. A graduate of Wellesley College, she spent two years in research studying endocrine regulation, before attending Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatric training at Massachusetts General Hospital and went on to a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital, Boston. Having realized her interests were primarily clinical, she left academia to focus on patient care. Since then, Dr. Need has worked in both hospital and primary care settings, providing care to children of all ages. Her experience includes working as a pediatric hospitalist at Emerson Hospital, and caring for newborns at Mount Auburn Hospital, as well as primary care pediatrics on the South Shore and in a university health service. She enjoys the long term relationships that primary care pediatrics allow her to develop with her patients and their families.

Naomi Priver, MD

Naomi Priver, MD

Dr. Naomi Priver has been practicing primary care pediatrics in the Boston area since 2001. She grew up in Greater Boston then earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale. She moved to New York City for medical school at NYU and pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In 2001 she returned to Massachusetts. First she was in a suburban private pediatric practice. She next worked in the pediatrics department at Harvard University Health Services for 10 year then transitioned to Atrius Health for another 4 years. Clinically, she enjoys general pediatrics, asthma, and allergy. Personally, she can be found spending time with her husband and son, baking, reading, and practicing yoga.

Glenn Schlundt, MD

Glenn Schlundt, MD

Born in London and raised in California, Dr. Schlundt completed medical school at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned the Lamar Soutter Award. He also earned a Master's in Public Health from Boston University, completing his research at Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Schlundt practiced in Boston before returning to Pasadena, where he worked in private practice and was Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC, receiving awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and 2011. Dr. Schlundt served two terms as Physician-at-Large for the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was a member of the AAP Pediatric Council, a nominee to the AAP National Committee on Health Care Finance. He is an Associate Member of both the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK). Interests include the neurodevelopment of abused and developmentally disabled children and issues surrounding the environmental health of children. He is married and lives in Acton with his wife and two sons.

Susan BetjemannSusan Betjemann, LICSW

Susan came to the Boston area in 2004 by way of Albany, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. Susan attended Boston University School of Social Work and graduated with a Master of Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has focused her career on supporting children and families using a strengths-based approach. Susan gained experience working with families with young children as a Social Worker, and then as Director of Family Engagement at Associated Early Care and Education. Her experience includes providing therapeutic mental health services to children, helping families access resources and referrals, navigating complex educational systems and facilitating supportive family groups. Susan enjoys traveling with friends and family, reading and has recently taken up knitting. She values the opportunity to partner with families in her work.

Elizabeth M. Monaco, MD, FAAP

Elizabeth M. Monaco, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Monaco grew up in the Boston area, and earned her B.A. in Chemistry at the College of the Holy Cross. She attended medical school at NY Medical College where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, as well as received the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award in 2005. She completed her pediatric residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in 2008. She went on to practice primary care in both Beverly, MA and Los Gatos, CA before joining the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Monaco cares for inpatient newborns in the hospital as well as serves as Medical Director for Mount Auburn Pediatrics, the outpatient pediatric practice for the BILH network. Dr. Monaco’s clinical interests are in newborn medicine, breastfeeding medicine, and comprehensive well child care. Dr. Monaco performs frenotomy (tongue tie release) procedures for infants in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Dr. Monaco spends her free time with her husband and four children. Together they enjoy swimming, ice skating, and summer beach weekends with their large extended family.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm: Routine Well Child, Office, Urgent/Sick Visits, and COVID Testing
Saturdays, 8:30 – 11:30 am: Urgent/Sick visits only

After hours and holidays an on-call physician is available. The physician on-call will return your call within 30 minutes.

Please call us at 857-666-PEDS (7337) to schedule an appointment or to reach the on-call physician after hours.

Call Time

A physician is available by phone every day, except Tuesdays, to answer questions, discuss concerns, and arrange same-day visits if needed.

Dr. Need is available for routine calls from 8:00 am – 8:45 am, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr. Priver is available for routine calls from 8:00 am – 8:45 am, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mount Auburn Professional Services

Mount Auburn Pediatrics is a pediatrics practice of Mount Auburn Professional Services (MAPS) Inc. MAPS is a multi-specialty physician practice organization of Mount Auburn Hospital dedicated to providing patients comprehensive, high-quality health care.

Directions to our Office

Our office is located at 725 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 near the Fresh Pond Mall. Our office is handicap accessible and convenient to public transportation with the Alewife T-Station on the Red Line being the closest stop. The MBTA 74 and 78 bus stops are a few feet away at the intersection of Concord Ave and Spinelli Place.

From the north by car, drive southeast on MA2E/Concord Turnpike use any lane to turn slightly right onto Alewife Brook Pkwy. At the traffic circle, take first exit onto Concord Avenue and the office is on the right.

There is ample free parking located in the rear of the building.

Contact Us

Call us at 857-666-PEDS (7337) to schedule an appointment.

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