Meet the doctor

In January of 2001, I opened Newton Wellesley Children’s Doctor: a Solo pediatric practice. My main reason for establishing the Solo pediatric practice was to be able to provide genuinely individualized, high quality care for children in a family-oriented, traditional office setting. I wanted to become a Solo practitioner to provide children and families true continuity of care by being there every day to address their medical concerns. Each and every family has consistent access to me as their very own pediatrician, day and night. This, I truly believe, provides every child with the type of care old time family doctors afforded their patients, not so long ago.

In my over 25 years of pediatric practice, I have seen my little patients grow and thrive into adolescence and young adulthood. Being a Solo practitioner has blessed me with close connections to my patients. The beauty of a quality, long standing pediatrician/patient relationship is that it encourages my patients to see me as another trusted person to reach out to as well as a confidant for personal, medical concerns. This is why some of my patients continue to see me well into their college years and beyond. I continue to welcome this, as my patients often find it easier to address their medical concerns with the same doctor they’ve known growing up. Long term, close knit relationships with my patients are a huge part of my professional legacy as a pediatrician.

Special interests

In addition to addressing the many medical conditions children have, I have deep interests in the following:

  • Holistic approach to nutrition and lifestyle that supports emotional health as well as physical health
  • Connections between gut health and improving the immune system
  • How to read and respond to your child’s behavior in ways that bring out their best potential

Each of these areas would be individually tailored to your own child and family dynamics.



Outside the Office

At home, I love gardening and using the homegrown vegetables in cooking. I highly value spending time with my husband and two daughters. As a family, you can generally find us outdoors hiking, bicycling, gardening, and walking through the neighborhood. We love nature!

Personalized, concierge-type care for your child

More time dedicated to each visit

See your own pediatrician every time

24/7 access to your doctor

Meet the team


Ally Hickey

Office Manager

Ally is an integral part of our team as office manager. Ally assists clinically when needed and typically greets families, coordinates patient care, and serves as a wonderful resource for our families. She has been with the practice since February 2019 and has been in the medical field for over 9 years. When she’s not at work, she loves watching crime documentaries with her husband and dog Gaby.


Susan Tanner

Administrative Manager

Susan is another valuable asset to our team. As our medical receptionist and referral coordinator, Susan answers phones, assists with the referral process, helps troubleshoot any issues with insurance, and assists people with navigating patient portals. She has been with us for over 3 years but has been working in the medical field for over 18. Her favorite part of her job is making our young patients laugh and connecting with families. She enjoys traveling with her husband especially to Ohio and Oregon to visit her four grandchildren.

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Kayla Yee

Medical Assistant

Even though Kayla is a newer addition to our team, we couldn’t picture running our practice without her. Kayla is a medical assistant who assists Dr. Shani with her patients. As a medical assistant, Kayla initiates the visit by performing vital signs and basic screenings. She is also quite computer savvy and frequently helps make patient paperwork a less tedious process. She is currently studying to become a nurse and eventually, a nurse practitioner. She recently moved back to Massachusetts from Washington DC. She is an avid reader and loves fantasy novels.

Marguerite Chatelier

Marguerite is a part-time special project employee and another essential part of our team. She helps with scheduling well visits, sending out postcards and making phone calls. With four children between the ages of 16 and 26, she is active in the Wellesley Schools and community.