COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available for 6 month to 11 year old patients through the Slocum-Dickson Pediatric Department.

Appointments will be scheduled for children who are current patients for select COVID Clinic Dates.
Moderna will be available for 6M-5Y & Pfizer will be available for 5Y-11Y.


Click to Call to Set-Up Pediatric COVID Clinic Appointment


Child & Adolescent Healthcare
Generations of Quality Care Under One Roof

Pediatricians are concerned with the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Pediatric care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventative health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.

What is a Pediatrician?

Pediatricians are doctors who care for children, generally from birth to adolescence. Through their training they acquire the skills to treat a broad range of conditions from basic childhood illness to the most serious of diseases. Slocum-Dickson’s Pediatricians understand the many factors that affect the growth and development of children. Children change rapidly, and they must be approached with an appreciation for their stage of physical and mental development, and promptly referred if they are found to have any delays.

A Pediatricians Role

  • Evaluating babies and children for appropriate growth and development, and screening for abnormalities and disabilities or delays, if any.
  • Vaccination of babies and children, and advice about specific disease prevention.
  • Advice on feeding, diet, food supplements, and other nutrition concerns.
  • Coordination of care for children receiving treatment from different specialists, and responsibility for the child’s overall health.
  • Health education for the family.

Important Announcement!
Rapid Tests IN OFFICE

Slocum-Dickson Pediatrics is now able to do a limited amount of RAPID ANTIGEN COVID-19 tests in the office! Certain patients may be eligible to have a rapid test done in the pediatric office and then immediately be seen for other illnesses such as strep throat and ear infections. Patients who have a negative rapid test will then have a second test called a PCR done in our laboratory using the same swabs. Testing is done in the front of the nose and takes 15 minutes for a result.

We remain committed to keeping our well patients safe! All patients with symptoms suspicious for COVID-19 will be escorted directly to exam rooms and will not sit in the waiting room. Special cleaning, air purification, and decontamination time for rooms between patients will decrease risks as much as possible.

If your child has signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please call our office for further information and instructions.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm


117 Business Park Drive,
Utica, NY 13502

Slocum-Dickson’s Team of Board Certified Pediatricians

Emerita A. Pizarro, MD completed her Residency in Pediatrics at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond in Staten Island, NY. She completed an Internship and earned her Medical Degree at the University of the East in Quezon City, Manila.

Taryn Rio, MD completed her Pediatrics Residency at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She received her Medical Degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY.

Julius H. Simon, MD completed his Residency in Pediatrics and an Internship at the University of Oklahoma, at Tulsa Medical College, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Brussels in Belgium.

Stephen D. Eadline, MD currently only seeing current patients for follow up visits with ADHD and mental health care,

Retired 12/31/2021Read retirement letter to patients and families

Pediatrics Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants

Photo of Karen Allard, MSN, FNP-BCKaren Allard, MSN, FNP-BC

Working in
collaboration with
Dr. Pizarro

Karen earned her Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner at Utica University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Utica College. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing at Niagara County Community College. Karen has certifications in BLS and ACLS.

Jill Cunningham, FNP
Working in
collaboration with
Dr. Pizarro

Jill earned her Master’s Degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the State University of New York Utica / Rome where she also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  She graduated from St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing with her Associates Degree.  Jill is a member of the New York State Nurse Practitioners Association.

Maree Joy, DNP, PNP-C
Working in
collaboration with
Dr. Rio

Maree earned her Masters of Science, Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. Maree is currently working on a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at the University at Buffalo. Maree has certifications in BLS with pediatric nursing experience.

Photo of Morgan Murawski, MSN, CPNP-PCMorgan Murawski, MSN, CPNP-PC

Working in
collaboration with
Dr. Rio

Morgan earned her Masters of Science, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. John Fisher College. Morgan is Basic Life Support certified and Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certified.

Procedures & Services

  • Evaluating babies and children for appropriate growth & development
  • Screening for abnormalities, disabilities or delays
  • Advice on disease prevention
  • Advice on feeding, diet, food supplements, and other nutrition concerns
  • Coordination of specialty care if needed
  • Health education for the family
  • Vaccinations