Dr. Callie Stone, Chief of Pediatric Same Day Services

Dr. Callie Stone

Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical School
M.D.: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Bachelor of Science: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pediatrician

Dr. Callie Stone truly enjoys being a pediatrician and helping patients with their urgent care needs. “I feel that urgent care is a great way to practice medicine. I really like the variety of patients and never really knowing what you are going to treat next,” she explains. “Every day is interesting when you work in urgent care.”

Some of the common problems that Dr. Stone treats include sore throats, colds and fever, urinary tract infections, and simple lacerations and fractures. No matter what the problem is, she truly enjoys interacting with her young patients. “It’s fun taking care of kids in general, and its especially rewarding for me to have a sick kid come in, be able to give some advice to them and the family, and then see them get healthier – it’s always great to make a difference in that way.”

One of things that Dr. Stone has noticed is that she is treating more kids for mental-health issues now. “Oftentimes kids and teenagers don’t outwardly say, ‘I’m stressed’ or ‘I’m depressed.’ A lot of times they come in complaining about headaches, backaches, or a change in their appetite, and you have to delve into the symptoms a little bit more to realize that maybe the problem is not something physical but something mental-health related.”

No matter where she is working at Reliant, Dr. Stone enjoys the ability to utilize an electronic medical record when treating patients. “Having access to electronic medical records is really great. It makes it easy to keep track of patients no matter which provider they are seeing – whether it’s urgent care, primary care, or a specialist. It’s great to have all that information at your fingertips and have it available at a moment’s notice.”

When she is not busy helping patients Dr. Stone enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, which were both adopted from a shelter. She also likes to go bike riding and hiking, as well as traveling to Europe, the Caribbean and places closer to home.

Elizabeth Tarpinian, NP

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Master of Science: Endicott College

Nurse Practitioner

A graduate of Endicott College, Elizabeth started her career as a nurse and became a nurse practitioner in 2017. She likes her expanded role helping patients as an advanced practitioner and enjoys diagnosing and treating a wide array of conditions across the entire lifespan. Elizabeth has extensive experience in burn, trauma and emergency surgery which she gained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I chose to join the ReadyMED team because I enjoyed the fast-paced environment of trauma and knew that working in urgent care would be a great fit for me,” she explains.

Elizabeth says that what she loves the most about being a nurse practitioner is being able to provide patients with the high quality medical care they deserve. “Being a nurse allows me to view the patient as a ‘whole’ and utilize holistic, non-pharmacological treatments when appropriate to help patients live their best lives,” she explains. Elizabeth strives to see patients as more than just a diagnosis on paper. “Many times illness becomes present from outside influencing factors in one’s life, i.e.; stress, diet, sleep, lack of exercise, etc.,” she explains. “If we can correct underlying issues patients can achieve optimal outcomes. That’s why I like to take the time to talk with patients and get a proper history. When we get patients to feel comfortable and able to better communicate with their healthcare provider we can often learn valuable information needed to best treat the patient.”

When she is not busy with patients Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her fiancé doing activities such as hiking, skiing and traveling. She also enjoys crafting and DIY projects. Elizabeth is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

Dr. Michelle Whitham

Dr. Michelle Whitham

Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Internship/Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Pediatrician

Dr. Michelle Whitham was inspired to pursue a career in pediatrics by her grandmother, who was a pediatrician. After graduating from college and working in market research consulting, she decided to follow her passion for science and caring for children and become a physician.

Dr. Whitham believes that being a mother herself helps her be a better pediatrician. “Being the mother of three children really has a benefit,” she explains. “I’ve taken care of sick and crying kids of my own, and I think that helps me talk a child through being scared or sick, and also build a rapport quickly with their parents.”

In her role as a pediatrician, Dr. Whitham knows that parents only want what’s best for their children. “I try to treat every child like they were a member of my own family. In fact, I will often say, ‘here are the options … and here’s what I would do in this situation.’ ”

Dr. Whitham enjoys the challenge of working in Pediatric Urgent Care. “It’s always interesting coming to work each day and there’s never a dull moment. Everyone here in the department is very dedicated and enthusiastic, and I think that helps make a difference for the patients.”

In her spare time Dr. Whitham enjoys cooking for her family, especially trying out different regional recipes. She also enjoys watching her children’s sporting events and spending time with her husband and two dogs.