The Wellness Roundup With Dr. Jill

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino Delivers Keynote at the 2019 Celebrate Life Luncheon

Dr. Jill delivered the keynote presentation at yesterday’s Celebrate Life Luncheon. “How to be a Deliberate Creator.”

She shared wellness tips, financial guidance, parenting insights, thoughts on outdated social stereotypes, and her formula for living your best life.



Pediatric Neurosurgeon Arno Fried from Advanced Neurosurgery Associates Delivers Hope and Compassion

(left) Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, Pediatrician/Owner at Healthy Kids Pediatrics, (center) Dr. Arno Fried, Neurosurgeon/Owner at Advanced Neurosurgery Associates, (right) Marcello Pedalino, CEO at Healthy Kids Pediatrics at Roots Steakhouse in Morristown, NJ

Thank you Dr. Arno Fried and Advanced Neurosurgery Associates for the informative presentation on the treatment of spasticity and scissoring for pediatric patients.

The post-op videos showing how young children can benefit from hydrocephalus repair, cerebralspinal fluid shunting, and endoscopic third ventriculostomy was fascinating and inspiring. 

Healthy Kids Pediatrics is grateful to have Dr. Fried and his amazing team to refer to our families should the need arise.


“A look into the life of a thoughtful and caring entrepreneur.” -Deirdre Breakenridge on Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino’s Women Worldwide Interview

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, Women Worldwide Podcast Interview

“This is a wonderful look into the life of a thoughtful and caring entrepreneur.” –Deirdre Breakenridge

Thank you Deirdre and Women Worldwide, for featuring Dr. Jill on your podcast! To listen to the full interview, click here.

As always, we are very proud of our amazing team leader!



Show Notes

[02:33] Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino always wanted to help people. She liked kids but thought she would become a lawyer. She then decided that this may not be the best way to help people.

[03:19] She spent a summer working at a hospital and saw a baby delivered. This is when she knew that she wanted to take care of that baby.

[03:34] She then knew she wanted to become a pediatrician.

[04:20] She was always a good student and she loved learning. The challenge was having a bit of insecurity and wondering if she can risk taking people’s lives into her hands.

[05:14] She was encouraged by friends to get through her insecurity and self-doubt.

[06:05] Medical school was learn as you go. It was important to listen to her instincts and reach out when she needed help.

[07:30] There’s a lot of nuance to being a doctor that isn’t taught in medical school.

[08:14] Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino has been doing a lot of research into nutrition.

[09:07] Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino keeps motivated by having the opportunity to change the lives of these children’s parents. She walks the walk, so they can trust her more. She talks to parents from a place of truth.

[11:24] We are now so in-tuned to our higher selves.

[12:50] Dr. Jill’s patients actually enjoy coming to see her.
She is there for them and gives them a sense of respect.

[13:43] She also tells her patients that she loves them so much.

[14:13] As a solo practitioner, she is 100% invested in both sides. There are a lot of business aspects from billing and coding to team management.

[15:43] She is always reading and studying about how to be a better leader. She tries to lead by example.

[16:49] She looks for people who are go-getters and who are present and reliable when adding to the team.

[17:11] She has a medical secretary and medical assistants. She tries to find people who want to be there, but she also understands that this is a job for them.

[19:01] She delegates and leaves her staff to do it which gives them a sense of importance. She checks in but doesn’t micromanage.

[20:40] She tries to treat her office staff like friends and family.

[22:46] What trust means to Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino. She believes people are inherently good. She trusts people until that trust gets broken.

[25:12] Dr. Jill knows that she will have a good day, because she doesn’t create any space for lack of trust or negativity.

[27:04] Building relationships with patients parents can be a delicate thing. Dr. Jill is very gentle about building trust and includes everyone on the team.

[28:17] Keeping the parents as part of a team from the beginning helps build trust.

[30:02] We shouldn’t listen to formulate our next response. Active listening is a skill.

[30:37] The littlest things we say matter. Telling parents that they are doing great helps with their confidence.

[31:35] Dr. Jill tries to be as present as possible and treat people the way she would like to be treated.

[32:17] We are just on the tip of the iceberg when it comes to learning about nutrition. Dr. Jill is also concerned about how children watch everything that their parents do.

[33:01] Her concern is that people aren’t paying enough attention to diet, nutrition and how their energy is transferred to the kids.

[35:21] Decision making can be draining. Dr. Jill meditates to keep herself in a good space to make those important decisions.

[36:11] She also goes to the gym and gets good sleep.
[37:34] Deirdre worked with Navy Seals and learned how important sleep is.

[39:24] It’s important to prioritize how you want your life to be.

[40:03] If something makes you a little bit scared and a lot excited, then you should go for it.

[41:18] Have faith in yourself, because if you don’t try, you won’t know what you can achieve.

[43:11] Find a spouse or partner who lifts you up.

Strict Pro-Vaccine Policy Enforced at Healthy Kids Pediatrics

HKP = Pro VaccinationWe at Healthy Kids Pediatrics firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives. We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines. We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. This said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.

After publication of an unfounded accusation (later retracted) that MMR vaccine caused autism in 1998, many Europeans chose not to vaccinate their children. As a result of underimmunization, Europe experienced large outbreaks of measles, with several deaths from disease complications. In 2012, there were more than 48,000 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, resulting in 22 deaths. Most victims were infants younger than six months of age. In 2015, there was a measles outbreak in Disneyland, California and every day we are hearing of more and more outbreaks all over the United States and worldwide, most recently the measles outbreak in Washington State.

HKP = Pro Vaccination

We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents especially given the overwhelming amount of misinformation out there. We encourage discussion to help parents understand the importance of vaccinating and to alleviate doubts. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations and goes against our medical advice as providers at Healthy Kids Pediatrics. We have found that permitting small variations in the vaccine administration schedule might imply that it is acceptable to delay vaccines further or not vaccinate at all. We would like to be clear that lengthy delays or skipping vaccines is not acceptable. Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination and we feel it is our duty to protect our patients who are unable to be vaccinated, we require all of our patients to be vaccinated as follows:

  • Infants will receive all age-appropriate recommended vaccines by 3 months of age and we will not “split” or “space out” the primary series infant vaccines more than 2 weeks apart.
  • Additional recommended vaccines as well as booster doses will be completed by 2 years of age. If your child does not receive the recommended vaccines including MMR and Varicella by 2 years old we ask that you find a pediatrician office willing to share your views.
  • Children will receive additional recommended 4 year old booster doses by the time they are 7 years old. If your child is not caught up by 7 years old we ask that you find a pediatrician office willing to share your views.
  • Children will be given recommended 11–12 year old vaccinations by the time they are 13 years old.
  • We will complete 16 year teen vaccinations before each child’s 17th birthday.


HKP = Pro VaccinationIf you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another healthcare provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician.    As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults.

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