Dr. Maria Mena is my children's pediatrician and has been since 2002 when my oldest was born. She is very experienced and caring. If you are unfortunate enough to have to take your child to the hospital, she calls ahead and talks to everyone and you basically get the red carpet treatment. She is highly respected at the hospitals, I guess, and they treat her patients with extra care. When my son michael was 13 days old, she hospitalized him overnight for dehydration...she called me at 10pm at the hospital to talk to me, and she came by on rounds the next morning. She is a very conservative, cautious doctor who likes to cover all the angles when your children are sick to make sure that the cause is found. She is never dismissive of the parents' concern. The only drawback with Dr. Mena is that she is a sole practioner and her practice is huge, so sometimes you have to wait awhile to see her, although they will ALWAYS fit you in if your child is ill. She's the best!!