Progressive Pediatrics Doctors and Staff

Meet the Dedicated Team at Progressive Pediatrics...

Dr. Noha Polack

Union City & Bayonne Office

Dr. Noha Polack Progressive Pediatrics Pediatrician

Board-Certified: American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow: American Academy of Pediatrics
Residency: Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
MD: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

“Pediatrics fulfills me in ways that no other specialty could. I enjoy being with young people, parents, children and adolescents. Young children bring bright-eyed enthusiasm into any situation, and adolescents are wonderful in their own ways. It’s an opportunity for me to connect and make a difference in their lives. In pediatrics, one needs to be part investigator, part parent, part buddy and always an advocate.

I enjoy watching the progression from infancy to toddlerhood, childhood and adolescence. I most enjoy the hugs that are spontaneously thrown at me when I least expect them. My style of patient care is respectful and inclusive. We often make decisions as a team. I hope to give my patients a sense of trust and security where they are comfortable coming to me with any issue, no matter how private. I hope to give them a sense of confidence in our ability as a team to solve any problem that may arise. I care very much about each child’s health as well as their experience with us.”

Dr. Kari Teraguchi

Union City & Bayonne Office

Board-Certified: American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow: American Academy of Pediatrics
Residency: Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

“I chose this specialty for a very simple reason – I like kids and I enjoy being around them, caring for them and watching them grow up. I believe it is very important for children to have the healthiest and happiest possible start in life.

Good care is a balance between applying my knowledge and experience and good listening. By treating my patients with courtesy, respect and listening to them, I can be a better doctor. My philosophy of care is deeply rooted in science, common sense and prevention, but I also like to bring optimism and a good sense of humor into my patient interaction. I hope to give my patients health and happiness in their lives.”

In her free time, Dr. Teraguchi is dedicated to saving the environment and enjoys playing the piano.

Dr. Jovanna Madray

Union City Office

Dr. Jovanna Madray Progressive Pediatrics

Residency: Rutgers RWJMS – New Brunswick, NJ
MD:  Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY

“Being a pediatrician is one of the most rewarding parts of my life. Every visit with my patients is a gift and I am lucky to have the opportunity to share in their mental, physical and emotional growth from the day they are born. I believe the most successful healing resides in a combination of great medical knowledge and exceptional patient care. Using evidence-based medicine, keeping up to date on new treatments/techniques and providing a compassionate and respectful environment; I strive to work with each individual patient and family to create the most optimal care plan as a team. I think of my patients as my extended family and love learning about different cultures and values from all families – variety is the spice of life!”

Dr. Madray is an avid Peloton rider. When not on the Peloton, she spends her spare time baking and decorating cakes using fondant, gum paste and various other techniques. 

Cindy Kravetz, APN

Union City Office

Cindy Kravetz APN

BSN: University of Pennsylvania
MSN: Columbia University

Working with children and their families is an exceptionally rewarding experience. I love empowering families to take charge of their healthcare. I am fully invested in ensuring that children and their parents, know the best way to take care of themselves. I am passionate about teaching, at first, the parents on how to care for their newborn, and when developmentally appropriate, teaching adolescents on how to care for themselves. I want to increase family knowledge, skills and participation in heath promoting and prevention activities.

To me, each child is unique. I believe listening to children and their parents gives me great insight on how to provide the most effective treatment. It is important to look at the presenting problem, but more so, to look at the whole picture. I take into account various family cultures and respect family values when creating a plan of care. It is important to me when interacting with a family, to establish a comfortable environment to discuss issues, collaborate together, and to be able to serve as an advocate in helping a child reach his/her maximum potential for development.

Cindy lives in North jersey and is a mother of four children; a set of fraternal twins, a boy and a girl. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, CrossFit, running, reading and volunteering for her community.

Claire Smith, PA-C

Bayonne & Union City Office

Claire Smith PA Progressive Pediatrics

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Claire has been a certified physician assistant since 2011. She began her career working in the emergency department and transitioned to pediatrics after 3 years.

Claire loves working with children and has been working in pediatric practices since 2014. She chose the field of pediatrics because she loves the joy that children bring to the practice of medicine. Claire can speak medical Spanish which aids in patient care and understanding in our Hispanic population. Claire has personal as well as professional expertise with well child care as well as urgent care for infants and children since she currently has a toddler and an infant at home.

Claire lives in Central Jersey with her husband, two children and golden doodle. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, playing the flute, and painting.