Meet Our Team

Expertise, Empathy, Excellence: Our Pediatric Team Defines Pediatric Care

Team - Andrew Elliston, MD, FAAP, Cofounder

Andrew Elliston, MD, FAAP, Cofounder

Dr. Andrew Elliston is a board certified pediatrician providing expert personalized care in the convenience of your New York City home. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Duke University. He also received his Doctorate of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his Pediatric Residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Upon his move to New York City, he became affiliated with Weill-Cornell / New York Presbyterian Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.

Heidi Meeker, BSN, RNC-OB, MNN, LRN, EFM, Cofounder

Heidi Meeker, BSN, RNC-OB, MNN, LRN, EFM, Cofounder

Heidi is a registered nurse with 20 years of experience. She has worked in Adult Medicine, Psychiatry, Home Care, Nursing Management and for the majority of these 20 years she has been a Labor and Delivery nurse which is her passion. Heidi loves empowering women to find their inner strength and helping guide the newborns safely into this world. She has additional training and advanced certification in lactation, Inpatient Obstetrics, Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Maternal Newborn Nursing and Low Risk Newborn. Heidi is the cofounder of Elliston Pediatrics and Dr. Elliston’s wife.

Michelle Bennett, MD, FAAP

Michelle Bennett, MD, FAAP

Dr. Michelle Bennett is a board-certified pediatrician with 20 years of experience in providing excellent, thoughtful, thorough patient care to children from infancy through college.  She attended Transylvania University in Lexington, where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in biology and graduated magna cum laude.  She completed medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  She was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Bennett completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina.

Cherilyn Cecchini, MD, FAAP

Cherilyn Cecchini, MD, FAAP

Dr. Cherilyn Cecchini is a board-certified pediatrician providing compassionate, comprehensive healthcare to children of all ages. With a commitment to nurturing young lives and promoting healthy development, Dr. Cecchini is your trusted partner in your child’s healthcare journey. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University, she earned her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College, where she was inducted into the Hobart Armory Hare Medical Honor Society, which recognizes individuals who achieve excellent academic marks during clerkship, and graduated with honors in pediatrics. Dr. Cecchini completed her residency training in pediatrics at Children’s National Hospital.

Our Team 1

Heather Susca, Director of Operations

Heather has over ten years of experience working in multiple administrative positions including front desk, surgical coordination, medical billing, and operations management at several different specialty practices. Throughout each practice she has always carried and valued a “Patient Comes First” attitude to make sure patients always walk away with an experience that exceeds expectations. With high attention to detail, analysis, and outside-the-box approaches, she has helped practices optimize operations without diluting high quality patient care. Heather can advocate for our parents with specialist’s offices, insurance companies and overall help better navigate your children’s care.

Our Team 2

Jamie Hilliard, Practice Manager/Administrator, CMOM

Jaime is a Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM). She brings over 14 years of pediatric primary care experience to Elliston Pediatrics. She has studied business, medical practice management, and marketing. Jaime is in charge of coordinating business operations and patient management, as well as keeping us up to date and in compliance with the ever changing business aspects of pediatric medical practice. Anything from insurance and physician credentialing, supply management, and price negotiations. She can do it all!

Our Team 3

Abbey Hertz, Administrative Assistant

Abbey is a dedicated healthcare professional with several years of experience working in primary care and pediatrics.  She loves nurturing strong bonds with families, and her mission is to help guide patients and families through the healthcare system.  Abbey is passionate about advocating for patients, ensuring they always feel valued and understood.  She loves working with children, and is inspired by their resilience and spirit.

In her free time, Abbey is an avid hiker alongside her husband and three dogs, who bring them both endless joy, and also enjoys exercising her artistic skills as a hairstylist.

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