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Our Providers

Vanessa M. Mayol, MD

Dr. Mayol was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From the age of 15, she always knew she wanted to devote her career to keeping children healthy. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1986, and continued her residency at the University of Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mayol moved to Maryland and worked at the National Institutes for Health for one year before going into private practice. She joined Bethesda Pediatrics in 1994. Dr. Mayol has been board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1990. Her favorite part of being a pediatrician is watching her patients grow and thrive throughout the years.  Dr. Mayol recently announced her retirement in October 2023.

Hilary Light-Deutsch, MD

Dr. Deutsch has been with Bethesda Pediatrics since she moved to the DC area from New York City in 1994. Dr. Deutsch was born and grew up in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her medical degree from SUNY Brooklyn. Dr. Deutsch completed her pediatric residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch is a past president of the Montgomery County Pediatric Society and serves on its Executive Board. Dr. Deutsch lives in Bethesda with her husband and has two adult sons. She enjoys running, cooking, and spending time on the Eastern shore. She has a special interest in nutrition counseling.

Monika M. Walters, MD

Dr. Monika Walters joined the practice in 1995 after completing her pediatric residency at Georgetown University. She attended Drew University in Madison, NJ for undergraduate work in psychobiology and received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in NY. She has been named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors, received the Georgetown Pediatric Community Service Award for her volunteer work on the Kids Mobile Van serving the underprivileged in DC, as well as the Barker Adoption Foundation’s Staff Appreciation Award. Dr. Walters is a Barker adoptive mom, former board member, guest speaker as well as an adoption medical specialist. She has helped numerous families navigate the road to adoption, both domestically and abroad. Her outside passions include: playing “old lady soccer” in Arlington, coaching boy's soccer, hiking, gardening, spinning, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family but most of all enjoying time with her teenaged son.

Carl F. Gatto, MD
Carl F. Gatto, MD

Dr. Gatto is a native of New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate training at Boston College and received his B.S. degree in Biology in 1989. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1994 before moving to Washington, DC. He completed both his pediatric internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital from 1994-1997. Dr. Gatto worked at another local pediatric practice for several years before joining Bethesda Pediatrics in September 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and has consistently been named to Washingtonian magazine’s Top Doctors list. His focus is on patient and parent education as well as preventive health care, and does his best to manage our office website and social media. Dr. Gatto lives in Washington, DC with his partner (who is also a pediatrician) and high school aged son.  He is an avid cook and baker, enjoys photography and many crafts, and loves to exercise (especially running, spin, and group fitness).

Lourdes Gonzalez, MD

Dr. Gonzalez will be joining the Bethesda Pediatrics team beginning January 16, 2023.  Dr. Gonzalez was born and raised in El Salvador.  She received her Bachelor in Health Sciences and Doctorate in Medicine from the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America (UCIMED) in Costa Rica and completed a year of social service at the end of her training.  She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga from 2015 to 2018.  Dr. Gonzalez is a board certified pediatrician and had been in private practice for the past 5 years with a group in PG County, Maryland.  She lives in Kensington with her husband and 2 young children.  She loves spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and running.  Dr. Gonzalez enjoys all stages of pediatrics but enjoys counseling new parents, infant nutrition and development, and adolescent medicine.  She is fluent in Spanish. 

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