John Conway, MD, FAAP
During high school, Dr Conway trained as a surgical scrub technician and worked summers in the operating room at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY giving him a chance to mature his interests in genetics, chemistry and biology. After graduation, he taught genetics at Douglas College, part of Rutgers University in NJ, but after deciding that laboratory work wasn’t his defining interest, he applied to medical school.
He wanted to have an urban experience in medical school and spent 4 years in NYC getting a medical degree at NY Medical College, then a year in general medicine and pediatrics at USC-LA County Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. The lure of pediatrics took hold, and after researching programs back in the east, he joined a program in Burlington, VT at the Medical Center Hospital that completed his formal training in Pediatrics. The chief of the program, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was part of a U.S. Presidential Committee to encourage physicians to move away from cities and bring their specialty care to the rural and under-served communities in America.
He fulfilled a 2 year commitment in the US Army by bringing his pediatric skills to Fairbanks, Alaska. He and his wife found the countryside beautiful and awe-inspiring, and with a 6 month old daughter, survived the two years without frost or caribou bites. Mid-winter was a 70 degree below zero and 1 ½ hours of sunlight a day experience, unforgettable and now history. Southeastern Massachusetts seemed like Hawaii.
He returned to New England, specifically Wareham, to support Dr. Charles Gleason and Tobey Hospital. This move brought him closer to his own parents in Providence, and in-laws on Long Island, ultimately allowing him and his wife to help their parents in their declining years, and to give them 3 grandchildren to brighten their lives. They sail, run, play tennis, spend time on and in the ocean, and now with three grandchildren of their own, have all the joys of our own parents.
Steve Mendes, MD, MPH, FAAP
Steve was born on the east coast but moved to Cleveland at 5 years old and lived there for 8 years before moving again to Los Angeles. He then came back east to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania (graduating in 1991) where he studied History and Sociology of Science before entering medical school at Boston University. He graduated from BU in 1995, and during these 4 years of medical school he became interested in Public Health and entered Boston University’s School of Public Health, finishing his Masters Degree in Public Heath during his second, third and fourth years of medical school.
Upon graduating from both schools with the two degrees, he started his Pediatric Internship and Residency at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women and Infants’ Hospital in Rhode Island, and then was honored to be selected as the Chief Resident of that program, staying an extra year to supervise and teach the residents and medical students. During his residency, he won awards for his excellence in medical student teaching.
It was during his Chief Year that he met Dr. Conway and joined his practice immediately upon completion, in July 1999.
He has been actively involved at Tobey Hospital, served as the Chairman of the Department of Perinatology for 4 years (2006-2009), and was then elected to his current position of President of the Medical Staff. He is the President of the combined medical staffs of Tobey Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital, and Charleton Memorial Hospitals for the calendar years 2011 and 2012. He is also a Trustee of Southcoast Hospitals Group (2010-2012).
He is the School Physician for the Wareham Schools, the town physician for Rochester and Mattapoisett, and health consultant for a few day care centers and the Tabor Academy Summer Program.
An active member of his community, Steve has enjoyed coaching soccer, baseball and basketball teams. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, dog, and extended family. He likes to travel, hike, play and watch sports (mostly baseball, basketball, football, and our local professional sports teams), most outdoor activities, tennis, cycling, hiking, and running.
Jason Reynolds, MD, PhD, FAAP
Dr. Reynolds is a native of New Hampshire and graduated with University Honors from the University of New Hampshire. He then attended Dartmouth Medical School from 1991 -1999. While at Dartmouth he received both a PhD in Pharmacology/Toxicology and an MD. He completed his pediatric training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and during his residency he won awards for excellence in medical student education and clinical research. Dr. Reynolds joined Wareham Pediatrics in 2002 after briefly serving as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.
During his time on our staff he has had many roles in our community including volunteer soccer and baseball coach, school physician for the Old Rochester Regional School District, and member of the Marion Board of Health. Professionally, he has been chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Pediatrics at Tobey Hospital as well as having served on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children’s (PPOC) and Chair of the PPOC Information Technology Steering Committee. He has been awarded the Community Pediatrician award in 2011 by Boston Children’s Hospital and Community Clinician of the Year Award in 2017 by the Bristol South District of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Dr. Reynolds’ professional interests include management of chronic diseases in childhood and quality improvement in Primary Care. In 2016 he published a paper in Clinical Obesity titled “Creating an integrated care model for childhood obesity: “A randomized pilot study utilizing telehealth in a community primary care setting.” This work resulted from a collaboration with the Optimal Weight for Life clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center.
Dr. Reynolds is an avid Boston sports fan. In addition to watching professional sports, Dr. Reynolds and his wife enjoy sailing, skiing, running, and spending time on the Jersey Shore. He has run several half-marathons and in 2017 ran The Boston Marathon as a charity runner for Boston Children’s Hospital. In January, 2017 he received his US Coast Guard Captain’s license and can be found sailing around Buzzards Bay with his wife, dogs, and adult children on his days off.
Jennifer Russell, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Russell joined Wareham Pediatrics in 1999. Her interest in health care developed at a young age, stemming from her love of animals and children. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a degree in Psychology and graduated from Tufts School of Medicine in 1994.
She completed her internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston and her residency in pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center in 1999. Part of her residency was completed part-time while she started her family. She is board certified in pediatrics.
Her interests include general pediatrics, international adoption and care of premature infants.
Dr. Russell lives with her husband and her four children. She enjoys reading and skiing and sailing with her family.
Myles Webster, M.D., FAAP
After the research year he moved back to Vermont to attend medical school. Myles got a little off track and thought he wanted to be a surgeon. After spending a year as a surgical intern at Rhode Island hospital, while raising three children his plans shifted, as common sense took hold and he embarked on his pediatric training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in NH. He briefly developed an interest in pediatric anesthesia but ultimately took a position with Boston Children’s Hospital at the pediatric emergency room in St Luke’s Hospital where he worked for 4 years before joining Wareham Pediatric Associates. Myles enjoys watching his kids play sports, eating pizza, and riding his bikes. He lives in Rumford, RI and frequents the local restaurants when possible. A favorite pastime is searching for sea glass on the beaches with his children.