At Happy and Healthy Pediatrics, taking care of children means including the whole family. We take time to listen to you and your child, answer questions and help you navigate parenthood. 

Our doctors are specialists in the health care of infants, children and adolescents. Our team includes board certified pediatricians that, together with you, will get your children on the path to leading happy and healthy lives.


Elissa Rubin

I took part in the B.A./M.D. honors program at Brooklyn College. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Pre-Med. I subsequently trained at SUNY Brooklyn Downstate Medical School. I completed my Pediatric residency at Winthrop University Hospital, where I was honored with The Award for Excellence in General Pediatrics. I am a Board Certified Pediatrician.

I opened Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in 2008.  I am currently a full time physician at the practice and act as Medical Director.

My "greatest accomplishments" are my daughters Ava (born June 10, 2008), Sarah (born November 1, 2010) and Abagail (October 25th 2017 – when I was 42!). My husband, Andrew, and I are enjoying being on our own path as parents.

As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a NYS Registered Lactation Consultant, I offer Lactation Consultations for families who have already chosen me as their child's Pediatrician. These services are included within my regular newborn care. In most cases, we are able to bill the insurance company for these services. At this time, we do not do Lactation Consultations for families who are not part of the practice.

Debbie Saunders
MD, FAAP, FSAHM, (Adolescent specialist)

Prior to receiving my MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor of arts in biology. I served my pediatrics internship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (Cleveland, OH) and completed my pediatrics residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (Bronx, NY). I then pursued a post-graduate fellowship in adolescent medicine at Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY).

I am board certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine. I have taught and practiced adolescent medicine for the past 30 years; my particular area of interest is adolescent gynecology. I have received the Bronx County District Attorney's Award in recognition of services and concern for crime victims and am listed in the Consumer's Research Council of America's Top Pediatricians.

In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy playing the violin, attending the theater and concerts, and playing games. I won a fax machine on Jeopardy in 1996!

Sheeba Johnson


I obtained my BS in Biology from St. Johns’s University where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a minor in Chemistry. I went on to obtain my medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. My residency was completed at the The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and I am board certified in Pediatrics.

I bring with me close to a decade of experience as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; training both medical students and pediatric residents, as well as practicing general pediatrics. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a NYS Registered Lactation Consultant.

By far, one of the greatest influences on my clinical practice has been my own experience as a mother, raising my 4 young sons.. My rambunctious brood of boys keeps life entertaining, and me on my toes!

My passion is to improve the health and lives of children and their families. For me, the most rewarding part of being a Pediatrician is having the opportunity to partner with families in helping their children grow and thrive. I aim to provide the highest quality medical care, making young lives safe, healthy and bright.

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Beena Jose


I attended a combined BS/MD program at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York, NY. I subsequently obtained my MD, as well as my MPH, from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. I trained in pediatrics at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. I most recently had the privilege of being an attending physician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. There I have had the opportunity to care for many wonderful families, as well as supervise residents and medical students. I am currently a board certified pediatrician.

I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a NYS Registered Lactation Consultant.

I bring with me over a decade of knowledge and experience as a general pediatrician. Being a mother of two beloved girls, has played a significant role in my development as a compassionate and dedicated pediatrician. I hope to continue to provide the best quality of care to families in the Happy and Healthy Pediatrics community


Alyssa nastro


My journey into medicine began at Quinnipiac University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude receiving a BS in Biology with a Chemistry minor. I then attended medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine where I received the Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine recognition. After this I moved to NYC where I completed my residency at Jacobi Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Training in the Bronx was a challenging, but incredibly rewarding experience. Following completion of my residency I had the privilege of being Chief resident. During my chief residency year I spent time working as a general pediatrician in the clinic as well as a hospitalist on the pediatric ward. I also spent time mentoring and teaching both medical students and residents. I have received letters of commendation for excellence in teaching throughout my training. I am currently a board certified pediatrician and I am looking forward to becoming a board certified lactation consultant.

I recently became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a NYS Registered Lactation Consultant. It has helped me broaden my perspective and care for nursing moms.

I was born and raised on Long Island and I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures and foods.

Caring for children is truly my passion. I deeply value the relationships I have with my patients and their families. I am thrilled to be a part of the Happy & Healthy Pediatrics team and will strive to provide excellent care for every child and support and peace of mind for every family.