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, a member of the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society, and a past member of the Wilderness Medical Society and the International Society for Travel Medicine.
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. Dr. Bucher also enjoys hiking, woodworking and genealogy, and travel, and he has visited all forty-eight of the contiguous states. He is married to his college sweetheart, a high school English teacher and Massachusetts native, and they have three adult 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 and a Fellow of the American Academy of 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.
During residency, Dr. Lundgren became interested in children with special needs. In 2006, he started working at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital, a state hospital in Canton, MA, where he is the Assistant Medical Director. The hospital provides medical, rehabilitative, and educational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities. Dr. Lundgren also serves as the school physician for the Newburyport Public schools and is actively involved in Our Neighbors Table, the area's local food pantry.
As a student, Dr. Lundgren participated in the internationally renowned organization “Up with People” where he met his former wife Robyne. They are the proud parents of Sarah, Natasha, and Marcus, and grandparents of two granddaughters, Sydel and Nora. He remarried in 2005 to his partner, Michael, and increased his family with two sons, Andrew and William.
Dr. Lundgren and family enjoy spending time together on Cape Cod. Living in Boston, he and Michael enjoy taking advantage of its rich cultural life. Both enjoy traveling and outdoor activities including skiing in the winter.
As one of the senior physicians at CHC, Dr. Lundgren wants to assure that all children and families will be provided with the best medical and compassionate care. He has been instrumental in the growth of the practice and is looking forward to being part of its future mission.
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 and 3 grandchildren. 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 receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and 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, as well as a member of the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Dr. Thumser and her husband Joe have two young adult children, so they are quickly becoming empty nesters. They love all that Newburyport has to offer, but also enjoy spending time in Maine boating and fishing! Other favorite past times include gardening and raising backyard chickens. Dr. Thumser finds this very satisfying and extremely fun! Feel free to ask her about her flock when you see her-she loves sharing tips and ideas.
In addition, she and her family have a strong interest in Christian medical missionary work, and they have taken numerous family trips to the Peten Jungle of northern 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 underserved 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 and son in Portsmouth, NH. She enjoys running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Tusini joined Children's Health Care in August 2019.
Jodi is a native of Groveland, MA. She grew up swimming, playing field hockey, and studying concert piano. She graduated from Pentucket High School in 1997. She went on to attend Bates College in Maine where she received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She met her future husband on the very first day of school! While at Bates, she swam on the college swim team. During her senior year, Jodi participated in original research investigating new therapies for schizophrenia and used this data to complete her senior thesis. During her last month at Bates College, she commuted back and forth to Philadelphia in order to begin her next educational journey at the University of Pennsylvania, where she ultimately received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. While in Philadelphia, Jodi worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. 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. While at Boston College, Jodi was active in researchinvestigating how mothers affected by postpartum depression interact with their newborns and interventions that improved these interactions. Jodi joined CHC in summer of 2005.
Jodi lives in Newburyport with her husband, Miles; her children, Georgia, Penelope, and Anderson; and their dog, Oscar. She is an avid reader, enjoying the young adult genre, historical fiction, modern fiction and romance, as well as thrillers. She is always ready to offer book recommendations. She loves music and can often be found with her AirPods in or the house speakers blasting music, to the annoyance of her husband. Jodi's taste in music is eclectic, from hip hop to rock to musicals, but she believes nothing will ever beat the best decade for music-the 90s. She loves learning and absorbing new information and breaks up the time spent listening to music with Podcasts. She also enjoys the New York Times crossword puzzle and completes it every day!
While growing up, Jodi spent summers at Camp Huckins, an overnight camp on Lake Ossipee. Since 2014, she has spent 2 weeks every summer there in the role of camp nurse (and enjoys seeing some CHC patients who are campers). This year she celebrated 20 years at camp, a very special and rarely achieved milestone. Her daughters now attend this camp and her son attends the brother camp, Camp Belknap. Jodi believes overnight camp is an amazing opportunity and experience for all children. In addition to lots of time at camp, her family enjoys vacationing in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, at Universal Studios, and at her family beach house in Scarborough, Maine.
Angie is a native of Haverhill, MA, and joined Children's Health Care in January of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2014 from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and master's degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2017. Angie completed a semester of training with CHC in the summer of 2016, and went on to work as a triage nurse at CHC prior to joining the practice as a provider. She is board certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Angie lives in Salisbury with her husband, Andrew, and their tuxedo cat, Ronnie. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends in Ossipee, NH. Angie enjoys cooking and baking, skiing, and staying active, as a former Track and Field athlete at Stonehill College.
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.
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.
Jen was born and raised in Rye, New Hampshire. She has been with CHC since 1995 and was our first full time nurse practitioner. Jen started her nursing career at Boston Children's Hospital after graduating summa cum laude from Boston College. She was a staff nurse for five years before returning to Boston College to earn her master's degree in 1995.
As a nurse practitioner at CHC, Jen loves watching children that she has known since birth grow up. She appreciates the special qualities, including joys and challenges, of each and every age group.
Jen shares lots of laughter with her amazing family including her husband, Phil, and her kids, Josh and Leah. She is an animal lover and spends a lot of time with her horse, Bella, and volunteering at a local equine rescue. She is also an avid runner. Ice cream is her guilty pleasure.
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 30 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 Children's 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.