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Lauren E. Perry, N.P.

A native of Peabody, Lauren graduated with her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. She completed her Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Massachusetts, graduating valedictorian of her class. Lauren currently resides in Medford.

**Updated 04/06/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination

Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination. You are currently eligible to receive the vaccine if:

  • You are 55+ years old
  • You have 1+ certain medical conditions
  • You live or work in low income and affordable senior housing
  • You are a K-12 educator, K-12 school staff member, or child care worker
  • You are a certain worker (food service, grocery, sanitation, public works, transit, etc.)

**Due to state-wide shortages, COVID-19 vaccine scheduling at the MelroseWakefield Hospital vaccination clinic is temporarily paused. We do not know when OR if scheduling will re-start, so if you are eligible to receive the vaccine you should visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine or call 211 to schedule an appointment at a state-run vaccine site.**

**Dutton Family Care encourages ALL patients to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able. Do not wait! The fastest way to get vaccinated is to go through a state-run site.**


Dutton Family Care will likely NOT receive the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to the general public. There is NO list for vaccination at our practice. We will update the website with more information as we receive it. For more information on the vaccination timeline, eligibility, and scheduling, click here.

Appointments

Telehealth Visits

Our office is offering Telehealth video visits via the HIPAA-compliant platform Zoom. Please call the office or request an appointment via the Patient Portal to schedule a Telehealth appointment.

In-office Visits

If you are visiting our office for an appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please adhere to the following protocol:

  • You MUST be pre-screened for COVID-19 before entering our office. This involves answering a questionnaire over their phone when we confirm your appointment. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 (respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, chills, body aches, GI complaints, fatigue, etc.) you will not be permitted into the office and you must do a telehealth appointment.
  • Please attend your appointment alone unless it is absolutely necessary that you bring a guardian/companion.
  • Masks are required at all times unless a provider or medical assistant asks you to remove it.
  • When you arrive for your visit, please come up to the door and knock and we will permit you to wait in the waiting room. We will ensure that you do not come in contact with other patients during your visit.
  • After your visit, you will be directed to leave. If you need to schedule any follow up appointments or physicals, you will need to call the office to do so.

What to do if you suspect you have or have been exposed to COVID-19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, chills, body aches, GI complaints, fatigue) call the office to set up a Telehealth appointment with one of the providers. The provider will determine if you are eligible for testing and will order one if necessary. If the provider orders you a test, it will be a drive-thru test at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call the office to set up a Telehealth appointment with one of the providers. The provider will determine if any testing is needed.

If you need COVID-19 testing for travel, school, or return-to-work purposes, please call a pharmacy or urgent care. Due to the limited number of tests, we are only permitted to send patients for testing through the MelroseWakefield Hospital System if the patient is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed.

In the meantime, please be sure to isolate yourself from friends, family, and coworkers until a provider directs you otherwise.

Benjamin Calef, M.D.

A native of Melrose, Dr. Benjamin Calef graduated from the University of Massachusetts and completed his medical degree at American University of the Caribbean. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Calef currently resides in Boston.

Our Office

Located at 33 Avon Street, Wakefield, MA

  • Entry way newly renovated this year.

Insurance

If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card(s) to the office every time you visit. Please let us know if you do not have insurance.

Insurance Plans Accepted


All Commercial Insurances accepted by Hallmark Health.

Insurance Plans NOT Accepted


MassHealth and Network health.

Know Your Co-Pay
Many HMOs require a co-payment, which is due at the time of the office visit. We will then bill your health plan for the remainder of the payment due. It is your responsibility to know the amount of your co-pay for each visit. Please consult your insurance card or insurance company to get this information if you cannot find it.

Know Your Deductible
You are responsible for a deductible at the beginning of each calendar year. After the deductible is met, you will be responsible for only a small portion of your bill.

Workmen’s Compensation Accident Insurance
The patient must provide all information including claim numbers and the insurance carrier’s name and address.

Auto Insurance
The patient must provide all information including claim numbers and the insurance carrier’s name and address.

History

The Dutton family name has been associated with quality medical care in Wakefield since 1893 when Charles Dutton, M.D. established his home and practice at 33 Avon Street. His son Richard and then grandson Robert lead the practice through much of the 20th century.

The year 1977 brought tremendous growth. Dr. John Kidd  joined Dr. Robert Dutton and within that same year Dr. David Calef came aboard as well, establishing the first group of board-certified family practitioners on the North Shore.

In 2016, following Dr. Kidd’s retirement, Dr Calef’s son, Ben, joined the practice. Not unlike the Dutton’s before them, Dr. Calef continues a legacy, and also extends a tradition of family medicine established by the Dutton family well over 120 years ago.

David A. Calef, M.D.

A native of New Bedford, Dr. Calef graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts and completed his medical degree at the University of Virginia. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Florida affiliated programs. Dr. Calef currently resides in Milton, MA.

Appointments

Appointments will be accepted by use of the offices directly. An office staff member may need to speak with patients requesting appointments via the Patient Portal. For urgent care or same day appointments, we would ask that you call the office directly so that we can determine the severity of the situation. Patients are seen by appointment with the provider of his or her choice. The secretary making the appointment will ask certain questions to best determine the urgency with which the patient may need to be seen. We strongly believe that each patient needs to choose one provider and see that same provider each time a visit is made, except in an emergency. This allows for the patient to develop a relationship with the provider and provides better continuity of care. Because illness is completely unpredictable, our scheduling is arranged so that patients with serious emergencies may be seen without delay. Patients may make appointments during Office Hours or through use of the Patient Portal for non-urgent care. For a list of Office Hours, click here.

What to do if you can’t keep your appointment
If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment please call the office at least 24 hours in advance. If that is not possible, please call as soon as possible. We even appreciate last-minute cancellations as this frequently allows us to accommodate patients with more urgent problems.

For emergency appointments click here.

E-mail Policy

Appointments will be accepted by phone or Patient Portal use only. An office staff member may need to speak with each patient before making an appointment in order to determine the best choice of action for each situation. For this reason we cannot accept appointments by e-mail. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.