7915 U.S. Highway 301 North
Ellenton, Florida 34222
Cristian Chiritescu, MD, FAAP
Board Certified in Pediatrics
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Cristian Chiritescu, MD, FAAP
Owner of Ellenton Pediatrics, Dr. Chiritescu completed his Pediatric Residency Training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, a primary affiliate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He is Board Certified by The American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Beginning in 2001, Dr. Chiritescu spent seven years as a primary care pediatrician at Yakima Pediatrics Associates in Washington State. He was also appointed Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
He opened Ellenton Pediatrics in 2008 and has privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and is fluent in English, Spanish and Romanian. He is dedicated to providing outstanding care to children and adolescents from birth to 18 years of age.
Happily married for 20 years, he and his wife have two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and relaxing at the beach with a good historic novel.
Alina Chiritescu, MD, FAAP
Dr. Alina Chiritescu completed her pediatric residency training and then served as Chief Resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, a primary affiliate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, New York. She is Board Certified by The American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Chiritescu practiced in Washington State at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. In 2006 she was appointed as Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and recognized as Active Teacher by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Chiritescu relocated to Florida in the summer of 2008; she worked with another pediatric practice until recently.
We welcome Dr. Alina Chiritescu, already known to many patients in our community as “Dr. Alina”. She has privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. She is committed to outstanding, compassionate and wholehearted medical care for children and adolescents from birth to 18 years.
Dr. Alina is fluent in English, Spanish and Romanian. She has been happily married to Dr. Cristian Chiritescu for 20 years and has two sons. She values her time with her family, traveling and cheering at her kids’ competitions.
Jessica M. McKelvie, ARNP, CPNP
As a registered pediatric nurse practitioner, Jessica is a health care provider for well and ill children from birth to early adulthood. She graduated from the University of Florida's College of Nursing with a master's degree and she holds national certification.
She can provide comprehensive health services by teaching and advising children and their families about growth and development, health status, illnesses, management plans and health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention. She will also discuss with patients and family members the purpose, timing, side effects and possible interaction of medications and/or treatments, cost, and alternative treatments or procedures.
Sarah, Office Coordinator / Billing Specialist
After completing a Medical Billing and Coding Program at State College of Florida, Sarah is a certified billing and coding specialist certified by the National Health Career Association. She is also the mother of a happy, healthy child who is a patient here at Ellenton Pediatrics. Sarah will help our patients and their families with any financial matter including statements and insurance questions.
Rania, Certified Medical Assistant
After graduating from Southwest Florida College with an associates of science degree, Rania worked at a family practice office before joining Ellenton Pediatrics. She is one of the medical assistants who will see patients right after they check in. Her love of children is evident as she gently takes their vital signs, gives vaccinations and diagnostic tests and prepares them to be seen by our physicians. Rania is fluent in Greek. In her free time she explores the outdoors with her inquisitive chocolate lab, Sammy.
Hope, Registered Medical Assistant
Administrative and clinical tasks such as physical forms, immunization records, vaccinations and preliminary patient exams are the responsibility of Hope who has two young daughters who are also patients here at Ellenton Pediatrics.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Bianca warmly greets our patients every day. She is the go-to person for scheduling appointments as well as filling out registration, insurance and authorization forms. Bianca has worked in the medical field for over five years.
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ellenton Pediatrics would like to make you and your family aware of our new Patient Portal. This portal is an online tool used to connect our patient’s guardians directly and securely to information you may need.
If you feel your child has a severe or emergency situation, call 911 to summon paramedics or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency department. Then call Ellenton Pediatrics at 941-723-7877 to inform us.
An emergency call should be placed if your child is bleeding uncontrollably, unconscious, having a seizure, possible poisoning or cannot breathe; in addition, if your child has a chronic medical condition in crisis, or if your infant under 12 weeks of age has a fever (over 100.5 degrees rectally), or extreme irritability, recurrent vomiting, or a major change of state, seek immediate medical attention.
Contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Please have your pharmacy call or fax Ellenton Pediatrics for medication refills.
Phone: 941-723-7877 Fax: 941-723-7844
Our primary concern is safety and assuring proper medicines for your child. This involves reviewing your child’s chart and checking with the physician before a prescription can be refilled. Please give us at least two or three days’ advance notice of your refill needs. Refills for ADHD medications or other chronic medicines may require a repeat visit with the pediatrician.