Fred Kern, MD, FAAP


Dr. Kern has enjoyed serving children, parents, and families for over 25 years. He is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Kern founded Bridgewater Pediatrics in 2000, after serving in a medical group for 13 years. His founding vision has been to provide high quality medical care in a caring and compassionate environment. His desire is for Bridgewater Pediatrics to be a comprehensive medical home for children and their families—a practice which nurtures the physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual health of all.

Dr. Kern received his medical degree from McGill University and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. He graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in biology, cum laude. In 1998, he was awarded the Brockton Community Service Award for establishing a pediatric HIV clinic. In 2015, Dr. Kern completed a two-year course in advanced behavioral health care through the Pediatric Physicians Organization of Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kern serves as the managing partner of Bridgewater Pediatrics, and is excited to lead the expansion of services in our new building.

Dr. Kern and his wife, Lisa, live in Bridgewater and have four adult children. He enjoys running, skiing, and photography. He serves on the board of directors of Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles and South Shore Community Church.

Katherine Forbes-Smith, MS, APRN, BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

Katherine is a board certified family nurse practitioner who joined our practice in 2001. She received an undergraduate degree from Gordon College and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Boston College in 2001, magna cum laude. She is a clinical instructor for nurse practitioners at Boston College and Northeastern University and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for nurses. Katherine has a special interest in adolescent medicine with expertise in the areas of gynecology and mental health. She gives numerous presentations and lectures to youth and families on issues related to adolescent health.

Katherine and her husband, Karl, live in Bridgewater with their three daughters. They are active members of South Shore Community Church. Katherine also serves on the board of directors of Shore to Shore Mission Network and as the Founder and President of The Well, A Center for Hope and Healing. In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing, running and spending time with her girls.

Debra A. Picerno, MD, FAAP


Dr. Debra Picerno joined Bridgewater Pediatrics in 2006. She received her medical and undergraduate degrees from Boston University and completed her pediatric residency at the Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in 2004. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Picerno served in the United States Navy as a general medical officer for five years after graduating medical school. She completed a pediatric internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and then served two years in Yokosuka, Japan where she served in the emergency department. Dr. Picerno then completed her naval service in New London, CT in 2002 and was thrilled to devote herself to the full-time practice of pediatrics.

Dr. Picerno and her husband, Mathew, live in Bristol, Rhode Island with their daughter Sophia and pug, Maggie.

Matthew Shurtleff, MD

Board Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Matt Shurtleff joined Bridgewater Pediatrics in January of 2016. He is board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Shurtleff received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston University in 1998 and his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2003. He completed his pediatric internship and residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital  - Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City in 2006. Before joining our practice, he wore many hats in a dynamic role at Boston Medical Center - caring for children and adolescents in the pediatric clinic, working with electronic medical records as a clinical informaticist, and teaching pediatrics to medical students as a clinical preceptor.

Dr. Shurtleff and his wife, Julie, live in Mansfield with their three young children and their energetic Brittany Spaniel, Riley. In his free time, he loves to hike, play with his kids, listen to music, and explore the outdoors in all four of New England’s seasons. 

Elizabeth Melville Klements, MS, PNP-BC, AE-C

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Beth received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Boston College. She is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Asthma Educator and an active member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

Beth joined Bridgewater Pediatrics in 2002. She also serves at Boston Children’s Hospital as the Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist. Beth has served on the faculty of Simmons College and Boston College. She speaks regularly on topics of asthma and other pediatric issues at local, national, and international nursing conferences.

Beth enjoys spending her free time with her four adult children and her three wonderful grandsons.

Jaime Lincoln, MS, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jaime Lincoln is a Certified Pediatric Nurser Practitioner who joined our practice in 2012. She studied Biology and Health Sciences at Stonehill College, where she graduated cum laude in 2008. She went on to earn a degree in Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she specialized in Pediatrics and graduated in 2011, summa cum laude . Before coming to Bridgewater Pediatrics, Jaime served as an RN at Framingham Pediatrics, as a teacher's assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as a Nurse Practitioner at Dr. Bain's Pediatric Primary Care office in Lowell. Jaime's perfect day is swimming and relaxing by the pool with her husband and daughter at their home on the North Shore.  

Jamie Rhynd, MS, RN, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Rhynd is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who joined our practice in 2014. Jamie discovered her love of pediatrics during her time as a registered nurse at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston, MA and South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Regis College in Weston, MA where she graduated summa cum laude. Jamie is also a faculty member at Regis College where she serves as the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, MA and teaches pediatric nursing. Jamie and her husband live in Whitman, MA with their two sons and two dogs.   Jamie is an avid soccer fan who enjoys being active outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.


Catherine (Cathy) E. Dennehy, MSN, CPNP-PC
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Cathy is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner who joined our practice in 2015. She received an undergraduate degree from Boston State College, received her nurse practitioner certification through the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Simmons College. She is a clinical instructor for nurse practitioners at Simmons College. Before coming to Bridgewater Pediatrics, Cathy worked at Newton Wellesley Family Pediatrics as a pediatric nurse practitioner and medical home care coordinator. She has also worked at Hanover Pediatrics and Dorchester Multi Service Center as a nurse practitioner and clinical director of pediatrics. 

Cathy is a current member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corp. She is an active member of the Quality Improvement Committee for the PPOC at Boston Children's Hospital.

Cathy lives in Hanover with her husband, Bill.  They have two grown children and one grandchild. She has been an active member of her community by serving on the School Committee and the town's Advisory Committee.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Joshua Cabral, MS, LMHC
Behavioral Health Clinician    

Josh is a licensed mental health counselor and trained family therapist.  He received his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University and his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College.  He also has additional training in primary care behavioral health with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Josh has worked in a variety of behavioral health capacities, including therapeutic mentoring, in-home family therapy, crisis intervention, family stabilization, group therapy, private practice, and school counseling.  Josh has worked with families and individuals on a number of different issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, addiction, grief, and marital/family conflict.  

Prior to joining Bridgewater Pediatrics, Josh worked as a licensed school adjustment counselor.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at Eastern Nazarene College in the Early Childhood Education Department where he teaches various courses in  psychology, such as lifespan development, human exceptionalities, educational psychology, child psychology, and psychological and educational assessment.  Josh also works as a psychotherapist at The Well in Bridgewater.  He is an active member of South Shore Community Church and enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Rose Darbyshire, LMHC
Behavioral Health Clinician    

Rosemarie is a licensed mental health counselor who earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Curry College followed by her Master’s Degree at Eastern Nazarene College.  Rosemarie has extensive experience working with adolescents in a therapeutic educational/residential setting and has provided individual counseling, family support, parent coaching, crisis management, and group counseling.  She has attended a variety of trainings tailored toward children and adolescents including social skills awareness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Rosemarie has experience working with individuals who experience oppositional behaviors, anxiety and depression; and also with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Rose comes to Bridgewater Pediatrics as a Behavioral Health Clinician, working with children and their families who need behavioral health support.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, and playing with her dogs.

Bernadette Sircar, RN, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant

Bernadette received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Boston University in 1983. She worked as a nurse at Women and Infants Hospital in RI, serving in the emergency room, labor & delivery, hight risk obstetrics, and maternity. Bernadette has also worked at Good Samaritan Medical Center in labor & delivery and maternity. She also was a Lactation Consultant & Prenatal Breastfeeding Educator for expecting moms at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Bernadette became a Certified Lactation Consultant in 2008 and a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.

Bernadette and her family live in Bridgewater.  She and he husband, Nobo, are proud parents of three adult children. She is an avid golfer and enjoys reading and time with her family. Bernadette is excited to be a member of Bridgewater Pediatrics.


Christina Larson, RDN, LDN

Tina Larson  joined our practice in 2011. She received her dietetics degree at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and interned at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She provides nutrition education to patients and  families,  and offers grocery tours, weight loss  counseling  and nutrition wellness evaluations.  Additionally, Tina provides nutrition education to patients and  families,  and offers grocery tours, weight loss  conseling , help with IBS/FODMAP elimination diets along with nutrition wellness evaluations.  Tina is also available to see adults for diabetes, cardiac or weight loss assistance.  Tina and her husband live in Bridgewater and are the parents of three daughters. Tina is an exercise enthusiast, enjoying cycling,  yoga  and fitness.

Julianne Nemes-Walsh, MS RN CPNP

Julianne comes to Bridgewater Pediatrics as a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with 30 years of pediatric experience as a nurse practitioner in both primary and acute settings.  Julianne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State University, her Master’s in Nursing: Maternal and Child Health from Boston College and will receive her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Massachusetts Lowell in May 2017.  Julianne’s professional interests include adolescent mental and behavioral health, newborn feeding, breastfeeding issues, and risk management in primary care.  Julianne has served on the Governor’s Council to develop core competencies for nursing curricula related to opioid education, as the Legislative Chair for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and also teaches in the nursing program at Northeastern University as a part time faculty member.  

Julianne is married to Michael and has three children; Abigail, Aidan and Mairead.  In her free time she loves to fish, attend to her flower gardens, swim and bicycle.  A perfect New England summer day for Julianne would include whale watching with her family.