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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Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine


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