When board-certified pediatrician Patricia Tenold, MD, MPH, joined Washington
Township Medical Foundation in March 2022, it immediately felt like home.
“I grew up in Fremont and still live in the area,” Dr. Tenold
said. “It’s a wonderful, dynamic region and a great place
to raise a family.” That family includes a 3-year-old toddler and
one on the way. In addition, her dad was a physician on the WTMF staff
for many years before before retiring from clinical duties, and her mom
is a longtime pediatrician in the community.
The best part about her job, she told us, is developing a long-term relationship
with families. “You get to take care of the most important thing
to a family –– their child,” she said. That care can
start with a prenatal consultation with Dr. Tenold and pick up with a
visit after the baby is born. “As a pediatrician, this is one of
my favorite times,” she added. “A newborn’s parents
really appreciate the teaching we can offer, and it’s fun to be
part of such a special time in their lives.” Dr. Tenold said this
relationship usually continues into a child’s late teens or beyond.
(See a list of some of the pediatric services we provide by clicking here.)
Throughout her career, Dr. Tenold has made public health a priority. She’s
been involved in many community volunteer projects, including HIV prevention,
nutrition for at-risk youth, preventive health programs and more. Her
Master in Public Health degree is from University of California, Irvine,
and she earned a medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany,
N.Y. In her career, she has taken part in many scholarly and research
projects, and has received awards for clinical excellence. Her board certification
is from the American Board of Pediatrics.
Away from work, she enjoys life as a busy mom while she and her husband
plan for their 2nd child, all while trying to squeeze in some reading
and checking out the local parks.
“I really love being a pediatrician,” she said. “Every
day, I get a chance to meet children and their families and be a part
of ensuring good health, and I cannot think of anything more important.”