History of the Practice

Our physicians and staff at Pediatric Care of Rockville have been caring for children in the Greater Washington area for over 45 years.

It is difficult to pinpoint the starting date of this practice, but a reasonable year might be 1968, when the young Dr. James D'Albora joined the established practice of Dr. Robert Scanlon. In 1971, they moved to the Camalier Building in the rapidly growing, but still rural, suburb of Bethesda. (It’s hard to think of Bethesda as “rural” now!)

Three years later, Dr. Judith Osha joined the practice after training here as a Georgetown medical student and pediatric resident. Shortly after, the practice recruited several more bright stars from Georgetown: Dr. Charles Coggeshall, Dr. Thomas Botsford, and Dr. Anna Erdman. We were devastated when Dr. Erdman passed away after a long illness on March 11, 2004. Several days earlier, she had been awarded the Pediatrician of the Year by the Montgomery County-Prince George's County Pediatric Society in recognition of her extraordinary talents and lasting impact on the community. She will never be forgotten by her friends, colleagues and patients.

The 1990’s brought new faces to the practice from Georgetown: Dr. Peggy Lee joined in 1993 and Dr. Kathleen Hawkins in 1999. In 1996 we recruited Bridget Conger from the Georgetown PICU to work as our head nurse. She left in 2000 to complete her training as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and rejoined in 2005 to assume her current role as one of our 8 core providers.

The new millennium brought several significant changes. In the summer of 2000 we moved to our current location. In 2004, following the retirement of Drs. D'Albora and Osha, the name of the practice was changed to "Pediatric Care of Rockville, P.A.". Over the decade the PCOR family grew to include Dr. Shuchi Bhatt (2002) and Dr. Peter Everett (2005). Unfortunately both have since moved on. Dr. Everett relocated to Massachusetts to be close to family, and just recently Dr. Bhatt transferred to a hospital-based practice. We cherish their friendship and recognize the contributions they made to PCOR, and know they continue to impact children and families in their new roles.

Adding fresh faces to our practice helps keep our pediatric knowledge current in order to provide our patients with the best possible pediatric care. In 2011 Dr. Kristen Cantor joined us from Georgetown after coming here for 3 years as a Mom. Since 2013 we have added three new doctors to our team. Dr. Lewis Fermaglich and Dr. Brittany Kerkar both trained at Children’s National Medical Center, and Dr. Jill Troilo also trained at Georgetown.

In 2012 Dr. Coggeshall retired after 35 years at PCOR. He was a mentor and inspiration both personally and professionally, and his impact on everyone at PCOR is enduring. Each year we celebrate the holidays with Dr. C, as well as Dr. D’Albora and Dr. Osha. We are proud to carry on their tradition of excellence!