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Elias Sasson, MD
Elias Sasson graduated from Brooklyn College in 1970, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in 1974, and did his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center.
He chose Monmouth County, New Jersey as his home and in 1977 opened a pediatric practice. Through the years this practice grew and became what we now know as Westpark Pediatrics. Along with his wife Barbara and son Isaac he chose to live in Ocean Township where they still reside. Six children and ten grandchildren later he takes pride in practicing pediatrics in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
He sees children from newborn through college years, giving medical as well as child-rearing advice, assessing all aspects of child development.
He is a very caring and compassionate physician as he treats routine aspects of children’s illnesses as well as complex medical issues.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Mondays and Tuesdays
Manalapan: Wednesdays
Lakewood: Thursdays
Kirk Kerensky, MD
Dr. Kerensky has been one of the original "old guys" of West Park Pediatrics joining the practice in the early ‘80’s. He went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and did his residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also completed his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Pittsburgh Children's.
He is an avid runner and usually unsuccessful fisherman! He lives in Ocean Township with his educator wife. They have two adult children and one perennial child, their dog Jackson.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Thursdays and Fridays
Manalapan: Mondays and Tuesdays
Lakewood: Fridays
Thomas O'Brien, MD
Dr. O’Brien completed his undergraduate training at Bucknell University. He received his medical degree in 1997 at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency in 2000 and then served as Chief Resident at the Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 2001. He has been with Westpark Pediatrics since 2001. Dr. O’Brien is board certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Away from the office, Dr. O’Brien enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. His hobbies include fishing, golf, basketball, and tennis.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Monday, Thursday, Friday
Manalapan: Monday, Friday
Lakewood: Tuesday
Rebekah Lipstein, MD
Dr. Rebekah Lipstein is from the Philadelphia area. She completed a BA at Johns Hopkins University in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. She then attended medical school at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Dr. Lipstein completed her Pediatric residency at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, followed by a year as chief resident at that program.
Currently living in Highland Park, Dr Lipstein enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Mondays
Manalapan: Wednesdays and Fridays
Lakewood: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Ellen Setton, MD
Dr. Setton is an NYU graduate who did her medical training at SUNY Downstate. She did her Pediatric residency at NYU/Bellevue and has been in private practice, first in New York and now in New Jersey, for over twenty years. Although she enjoys all aspects of pediatrics, she has lots of experience with new families and helping parents with the difficult, but fulfilling, task of parenting.
Along the way she and her husband raised four great kids. She volunteers at her children's school, teaching classes to teens, advising the medical office, and participating on the Board of Education. When not at the office or in her kitchen, Dr. Setton loves spending time with her family and can often be found in her garden or curled up with a crossword puzzle.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Wednesdays
Manalapan: Thursdays
Lakewood: Mondays and Fridays
Jacqueline Brunetto, MD
Dr. Brunetto is a native of North Jersey. She received her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital also in Cleveland. After spending a fourth year as Pediatric Chief Resident, Dr. Brunetto returned to New Jersey in 1998 and joined the physicians of West Park Pediatrics.
Dr. Brunetto enjoys all aspects of pediatrics, but especially working with new young families. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, traveling, and spending time with her family
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Manalapan: Wednesday
Lakewood: Friday

Judy Topilow, MD
Dr. Topilow joined Dr. Sasson in 1979, and she is proud to say that she has watched more than one generation of patients “come of age,” which she feels is the “icing on the cake” over these many years  In fact, on most days in the office, she sees at least one, and often several, offspring of former patients.  Now how is that for continuity of care!Although Dr. Topilow enjoys all aspects of private pediatric practice, developmental disabilities are of special interest.  Her involvement for the last 35 years with a three-county Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsored neuromuscular clinic has provided her with a second medical family.Dr. Topilow makes it her business to keep us to date on diverse community resources which could be of potential benefit to her patients.  She believes that consistently strong patient advocacy, with an emphasis on maintaining communication with patients and their families at all times, empathy, and a sense of humor, are essential ingredients for success in her practice of pediatrics.Foreign travel has enabled Dr. Topilow to photograph children in their natural settings in many parts of the globe, including the Silk Road, China, India, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Morocco, Venice, Kenya, Tanzania, and Peru.  She is proud to have collections of these photos which adorn the office at West Park Pediatrics and the pediatric floor at Monmouth Medical Center.
Usual days in office:
Ocean: Wednesdays
Manalapan: Wednesdays, Thursdays
Lakewood: Wednesdays

Cynthia McLaughlin, A.P.N.-C.P.N.P.
Cindy joined Westpark Pediatrics as a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner in April, 2010. She has been a registered nurse since 2000. As a registered nurse, she worked with pediatric patients at Johns Hopkins and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her MSN degree from the University of Pennsylvania with specialized training in Primary Care Pediatrics in 2002.
As a pediatric nurse practitioner, she has provided care for children in pediatric offices located in Philadelphia, Trenton, and through the Asbury Park and Keansburg school districts. While qualified to provide both well-child care and illness management, she especially enjoys health promotion and education on disease prevention. She works three days per week in the Ocean and Lakewood offices.
Cindy is married with two daughters and a beagle. During her time off, she enjoys running, doing projects around her home, and spending time with her family
**Cindy usually works in either the Lakewood or Ocean office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Nechama Ray, MS, RN, CPNP
Nechama was hired in 2014 with excellent credentials as our second pediatric nurse practitioner. She is originally from Chicago. She studied in Michlalah in Jerusalem before moving to Manhattan for further education. She made the Dean’s list while an undergraduate at Yeshiva University’s Stern College, and then went to Columbia University for her nursing degree and subsequent Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. She was fortunate to have rotated through impressive graduate clinical placements in pediatric subspecialty programs to complete her program. Nechama was active as a volunteer while in New York at the Hilth Bikur Holim. She was literally active as a Team Lifeline half-marathon runner and fundraiser a few years ago in Chicago! Nechama was recently married and is now living in Lakewood, NJ.


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