Peter Richel, MD of Westchester Health Pediatrics Wins Vitals Patients’ Choice Award


Well-Regarded Pediatrician Receives Coveted Award For Fifth Consecutive Year

Katonah, NY, May 24, 2016 – Westchester Health Associates and Westchester Health Pediatrics are pleased to announce that Peter Richel, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in the group’s Mt. Kisco/Smith Avenue office, has been given the Vitals Patients’ Choice Award for the fifth consecutive year.

Vitals, the Lyndhurst, N.J.-based healthcare database company, recently named the winners of its 8th annual Patients’ Choice award, a recognition of top rated doctors, and “Dr. Pete” (as he is known by his patients) is once again a recipient, now having been awarded this prestigious honor five years in a row. “We wanted to remind you that your dedication to your patients is appreciated and worthy of praise,” reads the Vitals award announcement.

Winners are chosen based on millions of reviews and ratings collected from patients. Each year, only 5 percent of doctors nationwide are named a Vitals Patients’ Choice winner. Vitals currently has over 6 million doctor ratings and reviews in its database, the largest collection of doctor information of its kind online.

Top-Rated Doctors Have More Experience and Don’t Keep Patients Waiting

Data analysis reveals that Vitals Patients’ Choice winners have two years’ more experience than other physicians and see their patients approximately 20 percent sooner.

“Everyone wants a knowledgeable doctor. And in today’s busy world, people want a doctor that values their time and doesn’t keep them waiting. Vitals Patients’ Choice identifies the physicians who patients value for many reasons,” states Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive Chairman of Vitals, on the Vitals website. “We believe these awards are useful in helping consumers search for and select the best qualified doctor.”

Richel: An Author And Singer As Well As Pediatrician (and maybe a TV star)

Residing in Westchester County with his family, Peter Richel, MD, FAAP has practiced pediatrics at the Mt. Kisco/Smith Avenue office of Westchester Health Pediatrics since 1990. Author of the book, “Happy and Healthy,” focusing on wellness in the first year of life, “Dr. Pete” has also produced a CD of children’s songs, videos and a TV series, discussing topics such as bike safety, puberty, OTC medications and toddler health. This just in: In January of this year, “Dr. Pete” received a rare callback to audition to sing on the TV show, “The Voice.” So stay tuned…our “Dr. Pete” might just very well be a TV star, too!

Westchester Health Associates and Westchester Health Pediatrics congratulate Dr. Richel on this esteemed award and are proud that this highly recognized physician is a valued member of the WHP group.

About Westchester Health Pediatrics

With 12 convenient locations in Westchester and Putnam Counties, Westchester Health Pediatrics provides exceptional medical care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults to age 21. To complement its exceptional roster of pediatricians, WHP also has an extended team of pediatric specialists in the fields of endocrinology, neurology, allergy and immunology, and sports medicine. For more information about Westchester Health Pediatrics, visit

About Westchester Health Associates

With 39 offices throughout Westchester County and Stamford, CT, Westchester Health Associates is a full-service medical group with a large primary care practice, as well as specialists in: allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology and obstetrics, hand surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, pediatrics, physical therapy, plastic surgery, podiatry, sports medicine and urology.  For more information go to


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