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Pediatrics


Because a lifetime of good health starts in childhood.

At Greater Portland Health, our pediatric team provides expert diagnosis and treatment of the many diseases and injuries that affect children. We offer care for the whole spectrum of health, from head to toe and including teeth, eyes, mind and heart. Just as important, we help keep your child healthy through regular well-child visits and preventive care.

One thing that separates us from most ordinary practices is our ability to understand and care for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from different places, speaking all kinds of languages. We think this applies to your children, too: we listen as carefully to our youngest patients as to anyone else.

Ask about our full spectrum of services:

  • Wellness exams
  • Vaccines and other preventive care
  • Treatment of illnesses and injuries
  • Behavioral health screening and therapies
  • Referral to greater Portland’s finest specialists

Our pediatric providers not only see patients at our five locations, but also at all Portland Public High Schools and King Middle School.

Call (207) 874-2141 to schedule an appointment today.

Our lead Pediatrician, Gita Rao, MD, spends the time needed to fully understand each child’s health status and needs.

Family Medicine & Pediatric Providers


Renee Fay-Leblanc, MD, Chief Medical Officer

A board-certified physician, Renee attended medical school at the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York University. She is excited to provide vital services to the community in Portland, where she was born and raised.

Gita Rao, MD

Our lead Pediatrician, Gita earned her MD at Boston University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric training at Boston Children’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. In addition to her medical experience, she organizes broader family wellness programs.

Gladys Estrada, MD, Clinical Director

Gladys provides the clinical leadership and oversight at our South Portland primary care practice. She comes to Maine from Chicago where she completed her residency and fellowship after earning her BA from Harvard and MD from Georgetown Medical School. She speaks fluent Spanish and has a passion for family medicine, with a particular interest in women's health.

Donna Lawlor, ANP-BC, DNP, Clinical Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Donna is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She earned her master’s in nursing from Yale University and her doctorate from New York University, College of Nursing. Donna has a keen interest in community health and working in community-based health centers.

Jean Bugbee, PNP

A board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Jean earned her nursing degree from the University of Vermont and her master’s degree in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing from Boston University. She has experience at practices here and in New Hampshire, as well as volunteering in Honduras and Haiti.

Jennifer Rogers, NP-C, AAHIVS, Clinical Director of the Ryan White Program

A board-certified family nurse practitioner and HIV specialist, Jennifer Rogers received her Master’s in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. She works collaboratively with the medical team at GPH and provides specialty care for people living with HIV, viral hepatitis, and latent TB infection.

Elizabeth Frutiger, MD

A board-certified family physician, Elizabeth received her MD from the University of Massachusetts and completed training at Boston University Medical Center. She feels privileged to share in her patients’ efforts to live well, from birth to end-of-life.

Alison Gorman, MD

A board-certified Family Physician, Alison earned her MD at Albany (NY) Medical College and completed her training in Los Angeles. She cares for patients from birth to end-of-life, and provides chronic disease management and adolescent health.

Catherine Gaynor, FNP, Clinical Director of Public Housing

Catherine received her master’s in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. She integrates a holistic approach into her care for patients of all ages, with a focus on women’s health, and feels privileged to be a part of each patient’s journey toward a balanced, healthy life.

Gretchen Speed, Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner

Gretchen received her master’s in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston. She enjoys her work optimizing health and wellness for a diverse population.

Ryan Trosper, PA

A board-certified physician assistant, Ryan was born in Limestone,graduated from the University of New England, and earned his master’s in science from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He has practiced in primary care, emergency medicine, and urgent care, and is excited to be back in his home state.

Chris Gage, MS, ARNP, Family Nurse Practitioner

Chris Gage is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He received his Master’s in Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a particular interest in family medicine, caring for the whole person, community health, and working across cultures.

Megan Waterman, MD MPH

A board-certified family physician, Megan received her MD and MPH degrees from Boston University and completed her residency and academic fellowship training at UIC in Chicago, IL. She cares for patients of all ages, and particularly enjoys substance abuse treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), chronic disease management, and women's reproductive health (including procedures such as contraceptive device placement and colposcopy).‚Äč

Malual Mabur, MBBS, DTM&H, MSc Tropical Medicine, MSc Physician Assistant

Originally from South Sudan, Malual trained in Medicine and specialized in Tropical Medicine and International Health in Sudan, UK, and Jordan treating patients through non-governmental organizations at very remote settings. In 2009, Malual moved to the United States and settled in Maine. He went to Physician Assistant School at the University of New England and is now practicing as a Primary Care, Physician Assistant at Greater Portland Health.

Courtney Pladsen, FNP

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Boston College, Courtney worked as an ER Nurse for five years, went on to get a graduate degree from Georgetown University, and became a Nurse Practitioner (NP). In 2018, she was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship, where over the next three years she will continue to develop programs that promote health equity specifically for people who are experiencing homelessness. She currently provides medical, mental health, and substance use treatment to people who are experiencing homelessness at the 63 Preble St clinic as well as medical outreach to people who were formally homeless in the Housing First Locations across the city of Portland. 

School-Based Health Centers


Gita Rao, MD

Our lead Pediatrician, Gita earned her MD at Boston University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric training at Boston Children’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. In addition to her medical experience, she organizes broader family wellness programs.

Jenny Bouldry, LCSW, Pediatric/Clinical Social Worker

An explorer of both the Northeast and Northwest, Jenny attended the University of New England. She loves working with youth of all ages; is passionate about creating trusting, supportive connections, and working within an integrated care model at Greater Portland Health.

Jean Bugbee, PNP

A board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Jean earned her nursing degree from the University of Vermont and her master’s degree in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing from Boston University. She has experience at practices here and in New Hampshire, as well as volunteering in Honduras and Haiti.

Joanna Kass, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Joanna was born and raised in Maine and cherishes the local community. She completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Bowdoin College and obtained her advanced practice nursing degree at the University of Southern Maine. She provides psychiatric care for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults.

Behavioral Health Providers


Molly McMahon, LCSW, Director of Social Work

Molly earned her degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine. Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she has worked with children, adults and families throughout her career, focusing on how best to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services.

Jenny Bouldry, LCSW, Pediatric/Clinical Social Worker

An explorer of both the Northeast and Northwest, Jenny attended the University of New England. She loves working with youth of all ages; is passionate about creating trusting, supportive connections, and working within an integrated care model at Greater Portland Health.

Muse Ali, LCSW

Muse earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine. Originally from Somalia, he has a special interest in the delivery of culturally sensitive care, and provides medical interpreting assistance to adult patients in English, Somali, Arabic and Urdu. He uses EMDR therapy to reduce the effects of trauma.

Joanna Kass, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Joanna was born and raised in Maine and cherishes the local community. She completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Bowdoin College and obtained her advanced practice nursing degree at the University of Southern Maine. She provides psychiatric care for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults.

Lori Nicholas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Lori worked with the homeless for many years before graduating from the University of Southern Maine. She offers psychiatric specialty care for children and adults.

Marianne Donahue, LCSW

Marianne earned her degree in social work from Boston University, and has over 25 years of experience helping individuals gain insight and learn skills to improve their emotional well being. She has a special interest and training in trauma, grief, mental health, and substance abuse.

Kira Sawyer, LMSW—Clinical Conditional

Kira earned her master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. Using evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and mindfulness, she helps people from diverse backgrounds draw on their strengths and values to learn practical skills, make lasting changes, and lead fulfilling lives.

Erin Schwarz, DO

Dr. Schwarz choose to work at Greater Portland Health to continue her commitment to working with communities who have barriers to accessing care. She is particularly interested providing culturally sensitive and appropriate psychiatric care to our local immigrant, refugee, and asylee populations. Erin received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Oregon Health & Science University.

William Price, LCSW, LDAC

Bill earned master’s degree in social work from University of New England. He has worked as an LADC since 2005. Prior to joining GPH, he worked for the City of Portland at Health Care for the Homeless. He has worked with the homeless community for the past 11 years.

Heather Roberts, LCSW

Heather is a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in substance use disorders for the past ten years. She has always had a passion for helping others and being able to aid in the process of change for those reaching out for support. Heather believes there is a strong correlation between substance use disorders and mental health and uses a variety of counseling techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address these concerns.

Olga Alicea, CSW

Olga Alicea is a Clinical Social Worker with a MSW from Boston College.  As a counselor, she aims to create a welcoming, non-judgmental, nurturing space that allows clients the opportunity to trust and create transformation in their lives.  Mindfulness and mind~body awareness, warmth and often humor are all key ingredients to her practice.