Welcome to Our Practice

Welcome to the offices of Drs. Behrstock, Carlson, Gunay, Mann, Pelinka, and Taylor-Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, where children come first, and where our pediatricians and patients work together to provide exceptional medical care for kids in the Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach area. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, comprehensive services to children from birth through adolescence, and we're glad you've chosen us as your child's medical home.

Please take a few moments to read through our website to get a better feel for the capabilities and services provided by our office. Our website provides you with the important background about our pediatricians, staff, office hours, financing policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office in Costa Mesa and other useful information.

We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible for your family. We want you to feel confident that when you choose one of the physicians of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine as your child's primary physician, you're working with professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We do this by equipping you with the support and resources you need to make the most educated decisions about your child's health.

We want to thank you for choosing Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine for your child's medical care and welcome you to our practice. We can assure you that you'll feel confident in our ability to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Please call our Costa Mesa office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.


Meet Your Doctors

  • Barry Behrstock, M.D.

    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.

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  • Bette Carlson, M.D., FAAP

    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.

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  • Peri Suzan Gunay, MD, FAAP

    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.

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  • Alison Metherell Mann, MD, MPH, FAAP

    As the second of three children, Dr. Mann was born at Hoag Hospital and raised in Orange County, California. She attended UCLA where she graduated with a BA in Economics with an international emphasis. She received her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine, as well as a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Tropical Medicine from Tulane School of Public Health.

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  • Kristin Pelinka, M.D., FAAP

    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.

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  • Jeffrey Taylor, M.D.

    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.

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  • Alyse M. Baron, M.D. FAAP

    She joined our practice in 2023. Dr. Baron graduated cum laude, earning her bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona. She then earned her medical degree and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.

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Featured Articles

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  • Breast Feeding

    We understand many women may be apprehensive or unsure at first about breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding their baby. It’s normal to have many questions related to breastfeeding. Our doctors are here to support you. La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal ...

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  • Immunizations

    Immunizations have been one of the single greatest advances in preventative medicine and an essential part of well-child care. Our practice follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines, the diseases they protect against, ...

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  • Child Health Topics

    From asthma to immunization, find out more about what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for your child’s health. You’ll gain access to a wide variety of information on developmental stages, safety, and advocacy for babies, children, teens, and adolescents from the AAP. Featured Health ...

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  • Traveling with Children

    Children may face the same health risks as their parents during travel, but the health consequences can be more serious. For example, some illnesses can be difficult to recognize in children especially if they can’t talk yet to express what they are feeling, or children may be more likely to encounter ...

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  • Car Seat Recommendations

    One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when your child is riding in a vehicle.Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats helps keep children safe. But, because so many different seats are on the market, ...

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  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people's health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people's daily lives and responds ...

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  • Product Recalls

    Child products, such as cribs and toys are often recalled due to a defect or hazard. It’s important to pay close attention to recalled consumer goods to protect your child from dangerous items. Visit this site frequently to ensure that the products your child is using have not been recalled by their ...

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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule - We are open during the lunch hour.

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine


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