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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


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.

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.

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.

Jane Nichols-Ecker, PA

A certified Physician Assistant with a degree from Duke University, Jane has been working at the school-based health centers at Deering, Portland, and Casco Bay High Schools for the past three years.

School-Based Dental Program


Caidra Bennet, IPDH

A board-certified Dental Hygienist, Caidra earned her BA from the University of New England (UNE). She also instructs at UNE and involves her students in Greater Portland Health’s Outreach Program, which provides dental cleanings for children.

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, CSW, 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.

Tiffany Martinez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Tiffany earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an RN, and a master’s in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. She offers psychiatric specialty care for patients 12 and older.

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.