Meet Our Pediatrician Staff

Meet the physicians, Drs. Barry Behrstock, Bette Carlson, Peri Gunay, Kristin Pelinka, Jennifer Rodriguez, and Jeffrey Taylor each of whom are in private practice for themselves.  Please take a few moments to learn about these experienced pediatricians and their staff.

We consider it both a joy and a responsibility to provide medical care for children. We are parents ourselves who strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are pleased that you are considering or have chosen one of us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service we provide to you and your family. Not only have we received advanced medical training in pediatrics, we continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our dedicated staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients. Your child's health is important to all of us, and we look forward to providing you with the excellent medical care your child deserves.


Barry Behrstock, M.D.

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Since completing medical school at the University of California at San Francisco, and pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Behrstock has been in pediatric private practice in the Hoag Hospital and Costa Mesa surrounding areas for over 30 years.  He has participated in over 20 international volunteer medical trips, written three books, the most recent of which is on glassblowing and philosophy.  He currently serves as the President of Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), a large IPA in Orange County and is a physician board member of the Memorial Care Medical Foundation.   In addition, he actively participates as a patient and physician advocate for quality in the changing face of medicine in America.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Behrstock.

Hoag Health Center
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.668.2525
Paper FAX:  714.668.2530
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY :  949.999.8106


Bette Carlson, M.D., FAAP

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

While training at Chicago Medical School and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Carlson developed special interests in high-risk newborns, nutrition, critical care, and adolescents.   She began her private practice in 1996, and has enjoyed being an active member of the Hoag Hospital Medical Staff as well as part of the Pediatric Department ever since.  She is an affiliate of CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange County and a physician-member of the Memorial Care Medical Foundation. She is an experienced mother, and an extensive community volunteer.  To learn more about Dr. Carlson, click here.

Hoag Health Center
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.668.2525
Paper FAX:  714.668.2530
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY :  949.999.8106


Peri Suzan Gunay, MD, FAAP

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

After her east coast education at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Brown Universities, Dr. Gunay completed her pediatric training at Northwestern University in 1989. As a Hospital Pediatrician at CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange County for 6 years, she became familiar with many serious pediatric conditions.  However, she has felt more reward from her private pediatric practice in affiliation with Hoag Hospital. She has interests in behavior, development, ADHD, and craniofacial conditions. She is a past Chair of the Pediatrics Department at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, is a physician-member of the MemorialCare Medical Foundation.  She has served in leadership positions in Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  To learn more about Dr. Gunay, click here.

Hoag Health Center
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.668.2525
Paper FAX:  714.668.2530
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY :  949.999.8106

Stramski Children’s Developmental Center
Craniofacial CCS Clinic
2650 Elm Avenue, Suite 301 
Long Beach, CA 90806 
Phone: 562.728.5034 
Fax: 562.728.5051


Kristin Pelinka, M.D., FAAP

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

After attending Duke University and UCLA School of Medicine and completing her medical residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Pelinka returned home to become a staff physician at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, the same hospital where she was born. Dr. Pelinka has been practicing pediatrics for over a decade, while also learning about parenting first-hand from her own two children. Her medical passions include child development, behavioral issues, special needs children, international medicine and volunteerism, as her family and she have served for several years at The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp for kids with life-threatening illness. Dr. Pelinka views her medical practice as a true vocation and calling, as opposed to just a job.

Hoag Health Center 
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
Phone: 714.668.2525 
Paper FAX: 714.668.2530 
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY : 949.999.8106 


Jennifer Rodriguez, M.D., FAAP

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Rodriguez has been a Pediatrician since completing her medical degree at the University of California-San Francisco in 1982. After 10 years in private practice in Los Angeles, she relocated her practice to Orange County, and has been affiliated with Hoag Hospital Pediatrics since 1995. She most enjoys developing long-term relationships with her patients and their families and having life-long positive impact on their health. As such, she has special interests in the management of asthma, helping with childhood weight control, and the specific medical needs of teens and young adults. As the parent of a professional baseball pitcher, and a daughter in international script development for ABC television, who was a competitive dancer, she has personal experience with the unique physical and psychological demands on scholar-athletes throughout their educational and athletic careers. To learn more about Dr. Rodriguez, click here


In 2014, Dr. Rodriguez received the Vitals Patients' Choice Award (www.vitals.com), an honor given to only 5% of the nation's active physicians. This award is based on patients' ratings of ease of appointment, promptness, courtesy of staff, bedside manner, accurate diagnosis, amount of time spent listening and follow-up care. Click here to read her reviewshttp://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Jennifer_Rodriguez/profile 

Hoag Health Center
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.668.2525
Paper FAX:  714.668.2530
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY :  949.999.8106


Jeffrey Taylor, M.D.

Costa Mesa, CA Pediatrician

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Following his training at the University of California at San Diego and the University of California at Irvine, Dr. Taylor began private practice and has been affiliated with Hoag Hospital Pediatrics for since 2001 where he is currently serving as the Chair of the Department.  He has also held other key leadership roles within Hoag Pediatrics and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and is a physician-member of Memorial Care Medical Foundation.  Newborn care is his favorite aspect of pediatrics.  As a father of two sons and twin daughters, he has learned many parenting tips and techniques that have greatly complimented his formal education.  These personal anecdotes make well-child visits much more relaxed, personal, and enjoyable.  To learn more about Dr. Taylor, click here. 

Hoag Health Center
1190 Baker Street, Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714.668.2525
Paper FAX:  714.668.2530
Fax for patient medical information, ONLY:  949.999.8106