Eric Bucher, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eric Bucher joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 2001. Prior to that he was in practice for three years in western Pennsylvania, where he also served as director of the Level II Special Care Nursery at Westmoreland Regional Hospital. As an undergraduate, Dr. Bucher majored in English Literature at Northwestern University. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Bucher is board-certified in pediatrics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Dr. Bucher was born in Germany to American parents while his father served in the US Army. Returning to the States at a young age, he was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and remains a devoted Steelers fan. A lifelong musician, Dr. Bucher holds a specialist certificate in bass guitar from Berklee College of Music and plays bass regularly in a local rock band. Over the years he has written, performed, and recorded music with multiple bands and across several states. Dr. Bucher also enjoys woodworking and genealogy, and he has managed to build a library for his home and trace some branches of his family tree back as far as one thousand years. He is married to his college sweetheart, a high school English teacher and Massachusetts native, and they are both kept busy by their three daughters.
Thomas Carmichael, MD, FAAP
Dr. Thomas Carmichael joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 1997. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He went on to complete his pediatric internship and residency in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has since maintained his board certification in pediatrics, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Born and raised in mid-coast Maine, Dr. Carmichael finds the Newburyport area a great place to live with his wife, Wendy; their two children, Olivia and Gavin; their three-legged Maine Coon cat, Onzlo; and their two Golden Retrievers, Leo and Madison. He likes to spend his free time with family and friends, as well as kayaking and hiking. Dr. Carmichael also enjoys traveling, writing poetry and fiction, and collecting antiques. He has a particular interest in antique clocks and mechanical music makers, and enjoys listening to music on his player piano, jukebox, and Thomas Edison phonographs.
Lars Lundgren, MD, FAAP
Born and raised in Sweden, Dr. Lars Lundgren joined Children’s Health Care in 1992. Board certified in pediatrics, he graduated from the Karolinska Institute Medical School in 1989. Dr. Lundgren and his family moved to New England where he completed his pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital from 1989 to 1992.
As a student, Dr. Lundgren participated in the internationally renowned organization “Up with People.” The proud father of Sarah, Natasha, and Marcus, Dr. Lundgren continues to support his children’s involvement in their mother’s dance school in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Since 2006 he has also been working at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA, where he is the Assistant Medical Director.
The Mass Hospital School provides medical, rehabilitative, educational, and vocational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities. Dr. Lundgren is the physician for the Newburyport Public Schools, and the consulting physician to both the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH, and the Solstice Day School in Ipswich, MA. He is remarried to his partner, Michael, and has increased his family with two sons, Andrew and William.
Christine Riccardi, MD, FAAP
Dr. Christine Riccardi came to Children’s Health Care in 2006 after spending two years in private practice in Syracuse, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester and went on to study medicine at the Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara and New York Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency at Long Island College Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and is board certified.
Dr. Riccardi was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, where her family still lives. She now resides in Newburyport with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and one day hopes to travel and learn to sail.
Stacey Sheehan, MD, FAAP
Dr. Stacey Sheehan, a native of Illinois, joined Children’s Health Care in July 1994. She attended Marquette University where she majored in Philosophy. A board-certified pediatrician, she received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Sheehan and her husband are the proud parents of four daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging and spending time with her family.
Carolyn Thumser, MD, FAAP
Dr. Carolyn Thumser joined Children’s Health Care in 1990. A native of New York, she attended Colgate University and the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. She completed her pediatric residency at the Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Thumser,; her husband, Joe; daughter, Lauren; and son, Peter, find Newburyport the perfect place in indulge in their love of outdoor activities including skiing, camping, gardening, and boating. Over the last several years she has developed a new interest in raising chickens, which she finds very satisfying and extremely fun! She is always happy to share advice, so feel free to ask her about her flock when you see her. She is the only official chicken farmer at CHC!
In addition, she and her family have a strong interest in Christian medical missionary work, and they have taken numerous trips as a family to the Petén jungle in Guatemala with the international organization “Hearts in Action,” as well as trips to Haiti. Domestically, they have participated in medical clinics with “Touched Twice Ministries,” an organization that helps serve the medical, physical, and spiritual needs of the under-served population in the Lawrence and Haverhill areas.
Dr. Tusini grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then traveled to Salt Lake City to complete her pediatric residency. While she loved exploring the mountains in Utah, she was happy to move back East to be closer to her family. She lives with her husband in Boxford and enjoys running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Tusini joined Children's Health Care in August 2019.
Jodi is a native of Groveland, MA, and joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 2005. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Jodi went on to work for three years as a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, caring for critically ill newborns. She received her master’s degree from Boston College School of Nursing in 2005.
Jodi lives in Newburyport with her husband, Miles; her children, Georgia, Penelope, and Anderson; and their dog, Oscar. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys the young adult genre. In her spare time, Jodi enjoys baking, interior design, and photography.
Nikki is a native of Chelmsford, MA, and joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 2018. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Saint Anselm College. Nikki worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Lowell General Hospital for 5 years. She then earned her Master's Degree in Nursing at Boston College. She is board-certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Nikki lives on the North Shore. In her free time she loves to cook, spend time with her family, read, and of course cheer on the Patriots!
Michael joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 2012. A native of Bedford, NH, he attended Connecticut College, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. After a number of years in the business world, Michael returned to Northeastern University to pursue a career in nursing. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. Michael worked as a nurse at New England Sinai Hospital at Tufts in Boston for three years before joining Children’s Health Care. He is board-certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Michael lives in Boston. He enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with his family (including his six- and eight-year-old nephews), and playing softball and volleyball in leagues in the city.
Mary Beth was born and raised in Framingham, MA. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing in 1992 from Boston College, Mary Beth moved to Baltimore to work at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Missing her home in New England, she returned a year later to work at Children’s Hospital Boston. During her five years at Children’s, Mary Beth attended Northeastern University to receive her Master of Science and obtain her pediatric nurse practitioner certification through NAPNAP.
Mary Beth enjoys spending her free time with her husband, John, and children, Jack and Kiley. Her outside interests are cooking, traveling, and drawing.
Allison is a native of Peabody, MA, and joined Children’s Health Care in the summer of 2016. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Boston College. Allison then went on to work for 3 years as a staff nurse in the operating room at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, caring for adults and children undergoing ENT operations. Wanting to pursue an advanced practice career, Allison returned to Boston College and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2016. She is board-certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Allison lives on the North Shore with her husband and two children. In her free time Allison enjoys reading and spending time with her large extended family.
Jennifer is a native of Rye, New Hampshire. She joined Children’s Health Care in 1995. In 1990 Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Boston College and went on to be a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital for the next four years. Jennifer returned to Boston College, earning her master’s degree, and completed pediatric nurse practitioner training in 1995 at Boston City Hospital. She is certified by the American Nurses Association.
In her time away from Children’s Health Care, Jen most enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Phil; her two kids, Josh and Leah; and her two cats and dog. She is more than a little crazy about Boston College hockey and loves running and reading.
Terry joined Children’s Health Care in the spring of 2007. She grew up on Long Island, New York and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. She graduated from Boston College with a master’s degree in 1983. Terry has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Fallon Clinic in Auburn, MA, at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, and at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Association.
Terry enjoys gardening, sewing, and running road races. She is an avid reader and believes that neighborhood public libraries are jewels. She serves on the Board of Trustees at her local library in Stratham, New Hampshire. She resides in Stratham and can be found running the trails of Stratham Hill Park with her husband. She has two awesome teenage boys who continue to keep her busy! Future plans include pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and then settling in a house on the water.
Sally Cargill Knapp, RD, MPH
Pediatric Nutritionist Sally Cargill Knapp received her bachelor’s degree from Simmons College. After graduating from her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Sally worked at MGH as an outpatient pediatric and adult nutritionist. Sally earned her Master of Public Health degree at Boston University School of Medicine and went on to work at Harvard School of Public Health, the Boston Heart Foundation, Anna Jaques Hospital and North Shore Children’s Hospital. Sally is one of only 13 pediatric nutritionists board-certified in Pediatric Nutrition by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, American Dietetic Association, in the state of Massachusetts. She has been with Children’s Health Care since 1995.
Sally enjoys cooking and baking (especially yeast breads) and applies her knowledge of healthy eating to home and family. She walks her Labrador Retriever four miles daily, bikes, and enjoys Nordic skiing. Sally also has a passion for art and culture, European travel, and taking EdX science courses online. She reads extensively.
Barbara Kneeland is our veteran special care coordinator, providing assistance to CHC families and patients. Barbara has both a background in nursing and over 28 years of personal experience raising a son with special needs.
Our special care needs consultation services are exclusively reserved for the patients and parents of Children’s Health Care. Please contact Childrens Health Care in Newburyport to request a consultation with Barbara Kneeland. She is also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaplin, Facility Dog
Chaplin was part of the team on the Upper Level of CHC until he passed away in December 2019. He was a black Labrador Retriever that belonged to Dr. Lundgren and trained as a Facility Dog. Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care or education setting. As well as his position here at CHC, Dr. Lundgren is also the Assistant Medical Director at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA, which provides educational and rehabilitative services for children and young adults with multiple disabilities. This program is where Chaplin worked his hardest. Here at CHC, Chaplin was mostly off-duty, but he became popular with the patients and was helpful when a child may be anxious about their visit with us.