New Patients & Parents
We work hard to offer you the highest quality of care while getting to know you and your children. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our physicians are all Board Certified. Immunizations are a very important part of preventative medicine and we strongly believe in their efficacy in preventing illness and saving lives.
You as parents are an integral part of the treatment team. We want to listen to your concerns and allow adequate time to do so. Please let the receptionists know when you call to schedule what kind of appointment you need so that we can plan accordingly.
We do recommend that parents select a primary physician so that we can get to know you and your children. This allows for better continuity of care and a more personalized approach. We use electronic medical records which are better for keeping records organized and having access to all your records at any time that we need them. We also maintain separate sick and well waiting rooms to minimize the spread of germs, and we are proud to be the only pediatrics practice in the area to offer this. We are cognizant of potential transmission of illness and so we never have newborns wait in any waiting room.
We are fortunate to have an exceptional staff. Everyone here is kind and compassionate and strives to insure that your family has the best experience possible while providing the highest quality of care.
Do you have a newborn?
If you’re the parent, or about to be the parent of a newborn, congratulations! The labor and delivery team at Stamford Hospital will let us know your baby has arrived.
- At the time of delivery, you will be asked to designate a pediatrician for the care of your baby. When you mention our names, as pediatricians at the Stamford Health Medical Group, the hospital team will make sure to contact us for you. No further registration is needed.
- A pediatrician will meet you and your baby at Stamford Hospital the morning after you’ve given birth to do an initial assessment.
- If you’re having your baby at a hospital other than Stamford, please ask the hospital staff to fax your child’s medical records to our office.
Learn more about tests and vaccines for your baby right after birth.
Do you have an older child?
If you're new to town or transferring from another practice, we would like to welcome you and your older child. We'll ask you to register your child by filling out forms that our staff will provide.
Your Infant’s Well Visits
The first office visit for your baby is usually 2-4 days after your baby leaves the hospital. At this visit, we’ll:
- Check your baby’s weight.
- Perform a physical exam.
- Answer any questions you may have about your baby’s development.
Following this initial visit, we will see your baby as needed or until he or she begins to eat and gain weight at a consistent pace.
- Depending on your baby's specific needs, we may see him or her daily or every few days for his or her first two weeks of life.
- Once we're comfortable your baby is growing well, we will then schedule visits for the following ages: 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months and 30 months.
Regular well care and immunizations are key to keeping your baby healthy, monitoring development and preventing illness. We will work with you to schedule well-child visits at the ages recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Please note: we require that your children have completed their entire primary vaccines by 2 years of age at the latest. If you’re concerned about any of the vaccines, please contact us. If you absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child, we will ask you to find another pediatric practice that shares your philosophy
Your Toddler or Older Child’s Well Visits
- After the three-year checkup, we like to see children for a yearly exam until they turn five.
- From age five until puberty, we still prefer to see your child once a year for exams, but please check with your insurance provider about coverage.
- If your child has ongoing or new medical conditions or takes daily or frequent medication, we may need to see your child more frequently.
Your Teenager’s Well Visits
During the teen years, we suggest annual exams. One of our primary functions as pediatricians is counseling and guidance during what can be an emotionally challenging time for both adolescent boys and adolescent girls. We strive to maintain trusting doctor-patient relationships with adolescents as they navigate their new growth and development.
Location & Hours
Darien, CT 06820
Hours of Operation
Sunday: Closed, on call physicians only
Monday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(by appointment only, please call for same day sick visits)
SUICIDE AND CRISIS
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups, mental health professionals, resources on loss and suicide prevention information. Phone: 1-888-333-2377
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence. Phone: 1-800-799-7233
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They also provide a chat function on their website. Phone: 1-800-273-8255
Informational Websites and Hotlines
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
LA LECHE LEAGUE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES : VACCINES AND MAIN WEBSITE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA & IMMUNOLOGY
AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS
NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION : CAR SEAT & BOOSTER GUIDELINES AND SAFETY
MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions. Phone: 240-485-1001
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups. Phone: 800-233-4050
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums. Phone: 1-800-826-3632
- International OCD Foundation provides information on OCD and treatment referrals. Phone: 617-973-5801
- Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) maintains the Schizophrenia Anonymous programs, which are self-help groups and are now available as toll free teleconferences. Phone: 240-423-9432
- Sidran Institute helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals. Phone: 410-825-8888
- TARA (Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder) offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD. Phone: 1-888-482-7227
TEENS & YOUNG ADULTSMental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.
For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.
A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health.
Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better. Many teens and young adults live full lives with a mental health condition. More and more teens and young adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. Check out Ok2Talk to see what others are saying. You are not alone—there are others out there going through the same things you are.
RESEARCH & STATISTICS
- Allsup provides non-attorney representation when applying for SSDI. Phone: 800-279-4357
- HealthCare.gov provides specific information about coverage options in your state, includes private options, high risk pools and other public programs. Phone: 1-800-318-2596
- Needhelppayingbills.com provides information on state and local assistance programs, charity organizations and resources that provide help paying bills, mortgage assistance, debt relief and more.
- NeedyMeds provides information on available patient assistance programs. Phone: 1-800-503-6897
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying individuals without prescription drug coverage get the medications they need.
ADVOCACY AND LEGAL
- Legal Services Corporation provides civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Use their website to find programs in individual states. Scroll to the bottom of their website to find locate legal aid near you.
- National Bar Association provides a directory of state and local bar associations to help find legal representation.
- National Disability Rights Network (State Protection and Advocacy Agencies) protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, particularly in hospitals and state prison systems. Click on the map on the right-hand side of their website to locate the agency near you.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
- Clubhouse International provides a directory of clubhouses. Clubhouses provide opportunities for education, employment and social activities. Click the 'International Directory' tab on their website to find contact information for local clubhouses.
- www.homelessshelterdirectory.org provides a national directory of homeless shelters, assistance programs, soup kitchens and more.
- Job Accommodation Network is an organization that provides resources and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Their website includes a directory of state vocational rehabilitation offices. Phone: 800-526-7234
- 2-1-1 Dial 2-1-1 from a local phone or use their website to search for organizations that offer local support resources and services.