Jennifer Roche, MD
Enjoys running and skiing. Special interests include adolescent health issues and asthma.
I grew up in West Newbury, MA in a family of 5 children. I completed my undergraduate degree at Boston College, my Medical degree at University of Massachusetts Medical School and my internship/residency in Seattle, Washington at The Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
I loved the Pacific Northwest and practiced there for a year. However, after I had my first child I realized I wanted to be closer to family so my husband and I moved back east. I have been with Amherst Pediatrics since 2000 and continue to strive to provide comprehensive and well-balanced care to all my patients and their families.
My goal is to provide the knowledge and guidance to make appropriate medical decisions, and truly believe that being a part of your child’s transformation from birth to young adulthood is a privilege. My special interests include premature infants, asthma and adolescent health issues.
I live in South Deerfield with my husband John and three daughters, Tierney, Maggie and Hannah. When not busy running in the many different directions my children and their activities take me, I enjoy running, skiing and anything outdoors.
Susan Wang, MD
Enjoys reading, gardening and bicycling, special interests include adolescent female health and child development
I received my undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island and my medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts.
I was born in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and currently reside in Northampton with my two daughters Madeline and Ella and our dog Fido.
I am interested in adolescent female health, child development, and the treatment of asthma. Working with families to do everything possible to allow each child to reach his/her full potential is my personal mission.
I enjoy reading, gardening, bicycling and spending time with my family.
Stephen Hickman, MD
Enjoys playing basketball and learning about Airplanes of World War II, Amherst Regional School Physician, special interests include sports injuries I received my undergraduate degree from Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota and my medical degree from University of Missouri and completed my pediatric residency at University of Texas Medical Branch. I am a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I have served on the Amherst Board of Health and have been the Amherst Regional School Physician since 1995.
I was born and raised in Missouri, but I currently reside in Amherst Massachusetts with my wife Ruth and daughters Sarah and Rachel.
I have a professional interest in Sports injuries and dermatology.
When not working, I enjoy playing basketball and learning about Airplanes of World War II.
John Snyder, MD
Passionate about science, music, photography, and the outdoors. Special interests include science-based medicine and medical myth.
I grew up and lived in New York City until my move to the Amherst area in 2010. Though this was a big change, it was the best decision I have ever made. I have made this beautiful part of the country my home, and feel privileged to be a part of the communities around me.
While I have always practiced pediatrics, my career has also been devoted to the training of young pediatricians. In New York, I was the director of the pediatric resident training clinic at Saint Vincent’s Hospital for 16 years. I held the same position at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA from 2010 to 2013. I have a strong interest in medical myth and the ways parents utilize information to make medical decisions for their children. I am also interested in finding innovative ways to deliver the most effective, evidence-based medicine as part of a patient-centered medical home.
I received my undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed my residency training in pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the MA Chapter AAP Immunization Advisory Comittee.
I live in Amherst with my daughter, Maggie.
I am a contributor to the blog sciencebasedmedicine.org and can be found on Twitter as @SciPeds.
Jenny Salander, MS, BSN, RN
I grew up in West Michigan, having the opportunity to enjoy all that The Great Lakes have to offer. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Michigan. After gaining experience as a Registered Nurse, I continued my education and obtained my Master of Science in the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Michigan.
My goal is to provide quality and thoughtful family-based care to infants, children, and adolescents in my community. My special interest is adolescent medicine.
I recently moved from Michigan to Belchertown with my husband and two dogs, and we are enjoying exploring the area. My personal interests include crafting, being outdoors, and watching college football, especially the Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!).
Desiree D. Lowit, LICSW
My professional life as a therapist is informed by my own experience as a human being in the world, which may sound obvious, but I enjoy reflecting on the ways my pursuits, experiences, and desires entwine with my counseling of others as they navigate their own path through life. My experience as a parent, for example, has enriched my communication with children and their caregivers about the role of play, narrative therapy, and sensorimotor regulation in helping children process and respond to the world around them. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have developed compassion and capacity for the particular challenges of supporting families in navigating and integrating the supports and services available to them.
I graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2010. Shortly thereafter, I worked in community outpatient mental health with children and families before opening my private practice in Hadley, MA in 2014. In private practice, along with serving individuals, children and families I’ve worked in the treatment of PTSD and Complex-PTSD utilizing a variety of treatment modalities.
I am also an artist and a fiddler, and these pursuits constantly remind me of the importance of following avenues that allow people to connect with themselves, one another, and their communities through beauty, joy, collaboration, service, and pleasure in an effort to live a balanced, holistic life. Helping people to discover and lean into what gives them enjoyment and feelings of connection is a great part of my work as a therapist. I also understand through my own childhood trauma and “the trauma of everyday life” (as one Buddhist calls it) that savoring a rich and satisfying experience of life is not possible without also confronting and managing what is painful, unfair, and not entirely within our control.
My attempts to be a thoughtful, observant person and psychotherapist have led me to the belief that wisdom is available to each of us, looks different for each of us, and when lived into, connects each of us to a meaningful, purposeful experience in the world.