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Pediatric Staff

 

Meet our team at Beyond Pediatrics! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled practitioners and our friendly, nurturing staff.

At Beyond Pediatrics, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent medical care your child deserves.


Dr. Debra Harmady

Dr. Debra Harmady, who is board certified in General Pediatrics, was born and raised in Old Bridge, NJ. She started her academic career at Rutgers, working on medical research with interferon and melanoma, treatment, while completing her Bachelors Degree. She graduated from medical school at Hahnemann / Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and was awarded for her services as Clinic Director of the Homeless Outreach Project which provided healthcare at different shelters and on the streets of Center City. She then returned to NJ to complete her pediatric residency at Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) in Long Branch.

Dr. Harmady has been in private practice in Middletown for over 15 years. She is the Pediatrician for the Monmouth County Regional Cleft Lip/Palate - Craniofacial Team at MMC. She chaired the Performance Improvement Committee at MMC for over a decade and serves as the school physician for Monmouth Regional High School. She is actively involved with the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, working with many of their quality improvement projects and to advocate for children with special needs.

Dr. Harmady is on staff at both MMC and Jersey Shore Hospital. She is a clinical professor for Monmouth University PA and NP programs, and Georgetown University NP program.

Dr. Harmady has volunteered her medical services at the Parker Clinic in Red Bank, NJ for over a decade and every 2 years returns to Guatemala to work with the Hospital De La Familia. Her hobbies are gardening, kayaking, cycling, needlepoint, reading, traveling and especially spending time with her dogs.


Dr. Luisa Rita del Castillo

Dr. Luisa Rita del Castillo, "Dr. Rita", who is board certified in General Pediatrics and a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been practicing for over 28 years. She opened her first solo practice in Little Silver 13 years ago and along with her bilingual staff has provided essential comprehensive care for a diverse community throughout Monmouth County.

Dr. Rita was born and raised in Santo Domingo, D.R. She attended the Univeristy of Santo Domingo, graduating as a Doctor of Medicine in 1982. She finished her residency training in Ponce, Puerto Rico, at St. Luke's Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in General Pediatrics at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J.

She enjoyed academic medicine for over four years as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics for UMDNJ, Camden Campus.

Dr. Rita then went to practice in Freehold NJ for over 8 years at Pediatric Health before she opened her own practice in Little Silver. She is on staff at both Mon-mouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Jersey Shore Medical Center in Nep-tune. She volunteers regularly at the Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank. Dr. Rita is also a clinical professor for the Robert Wood NP program.

She has been married for over 30 years and has 2 children, her daughter-in-law and 2 wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys reading, 
gardening, travel, and exercising.

Dr. Rita is a bilingual pediatrician, speaking fluent English and Spanish who is committed to provide personalized care to all of her patients.


 


Veronica Zapata

Office Assistant

Veronica is a graduate of Long Branch High School. She has been working in the medical field since 2009. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.


Natalie Stavola

Office Assistant

Natalie is a graduate of St. John Vianney and is currently attending Brookdale College. She began working with Dr. Harmady at the start of 2016. The middle child of her family, locals of Monmouth County for several generations. She loves planning social events with friends, exercising, spending time with her dog and traveling.