Welcome to Pediatric Health Care Associates (PHCA)

Announcement 12/28/21

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented call volume due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases and apologize for the delays in returning calls.

If you need COVID-19 testing for travel or to confirm a positive home test, please understand that we cannot provide those services at this time and recommend testing at any of the available sites listed below:

Vaccine News

We are pleased about the emergency approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years. This comes after extensive review of very reassuring safety and efficacy data.

We have the vaccine in stock and there will be a clinic this weekend which can be scheduled via MyChart. If you are not signed up for MyChart, please call the office 978-535-1110 ext. 8567 to sign up.

Due to an already high call volume, we kindly request that you check our website and our Facebook page for vaccine/clinic information prior to calling the office. We will be updating these sites regularly with any updates.

For more information about the COVID vaccine for pediatric patients, we highly recommend the COVID vaccination education page published by Boston Children’s Hospital.

Demand is incredibly high and our clinics are already FULL. We are working hard to try and order additional COVID vaccine so we can open up additional appointments. The state determines the amount of vaccine we receive.

The physicians and nurse practitioners of Pediatric Health Care Associates (PHCA) have provided primary medical care to children and adolescents on the North Shore of Boston for over 40 years. We look forward to helping you keep your children healthy, safe, and happy. Our practice is able to offer the widest range of clinical services and appointment availability of any pediatric practice in the region without sacrificing the quality, family-centered care you and your child will receive at each of our offices.

COVID-19 Updates

We continue to work hard to have a safe environment for you when you come in for your visit.

Learn about our new office set up, steps we take to ensure patient safety, latest vaccine information, in-house rapid COVID testing, and more!


Urgent Care

PHCA-Peabody now offering urgent care

Learn more about the new urgent care for existing patients and how to pre-book an arrival time, hours, and what to expect during your visit.



Marie McDermott is a registered nurse specializing in newborn care and certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation, and has been with our practice since 1999.

Meet our lactation consultant


Find which of our five convenient office locations are closest to you. Contact us to request a prenatal consultation!
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Virtual Visits

We are now offering Virtual Visits as an additional means of extending care to our patients. These visits will connect you to a PHCA clinician though a secure and confidential live-interactive video system.

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My Chart - PHCA's Patient Portal

We encourage every patient and family at PHCA to open and keep active a MyChart Patient Portal account. MyChart offers you online access to your medical information as well as a direct line of communication with PHCA staff and providers. With MyChart, you get the convenience of online appointment scheduling and online bill pay. You can request medication refills, as well as print out health forms and immunization records on your own, without having to contact or come into the office.  Before your well visit, complete any forms such as required developmental and behavioral screens, which saves time, and allows you more time with your provider to get your questions answered. Review lab results directly and receive follow up recommendations from your provider based on those results. 

If you’re not yet active on MyChart, speak with any PHCA staff member during your next visit, and we can get you registered! MyChart can be accessed through any web browser, as well as via the MyChart App on iPhone and Android devices (**choose PPOC-Pediatric Physicians of Childrens when doing first time set up of the mobile app**).


MyChart Patient Portal

What's New?

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

PHCA is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments in ALL of our offices to eligible patients, patients' families and friends 12 years of age and older. You do not need to be a registered family at PHCA to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in our office! Please call 978-818-6792 to book your appointment.


Congratulations to Dr. Scaramozza who was named 2021 Top Doctors by Boston Magazine!

Open Letter to Our Patients & Families

The clinicians at PHCA know that families remain concerned about their health and safety when coming to a medical facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important to stay current with your routine and preventative health care needs as well as to not delay evaluation of current symptoms that you may be experiencing.  Please read and share the below letter to our patients and families explaining how PHCA has adapted to the current health care environment.

Download our Patient Letter

Rapid COVID Testing

PHCA is now offering on-site rapid testing for COVID-19.  The rapid COVID-19 PCR test is currently available only for symptomatic patients who are being evaluated in the office, or have had a virtual visit with a PHCA provider.  We continue to offer send out testing for patients without symptoms who require surveillance testing.  For more information about rapid COVID-19 testing at PHCA, click here

Rapid COVID-19 testing is subject to the availability of testing supplies from the manufacturer. Our staff will let you know if this testing is available at the time of your visit. 

Flu Vaccine Clinics

The providers at PHCA strongly encourage our patients to get their flu vaccine this fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, we will not be holding walk-in flu clinics. Appointments for flu vaccine will be required. Please call the office to schedule a flu clinic appointment. You can also schedule your flu clinic appointments through our online portal, MyChart. If you do not have an active MyChart account, please call our office at 978-535-1110, option 8 for assistance in creating your account. We recommend that every family at PHCA have an active MyChart account.

Doctor Richard Lipman is Retiring

Dec 05, 2019

It saddens us to announce that one of the co-founders of Pediatric Health Care Associates P.C. is retiring. Doctor Richard Lipman has decided to open a new chapter in his life and begin his retirement...