New Patients & Parents

Welcome to the Healthy Child! We are dedicated to providing personal care in a small group practice. We strive to care for all physical and emotional aspects of a child’s health.

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.


Patient Forms

View, download, and fill out our forms prior to your visit.

Authorization Of Release Form


Medical Family History Form


New Patient Form


Designation Form


School Forms

Privacy Notice


Financial Policies


Pediatrics HIPAA Signature Form


Vaccine Policy


CT School/Camp Forms Information and Fees


What To Expect At Your Visits

  • First Visit
  • WELL VISIT
  • SICK VISIT

For Newborns

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 when 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.
  • The staff pediatrician at Stamford Hospital will meet you the morning after delivery to do an initial assessment of baby and share that information with our practice.
  • 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.

For Older Children

If you’re new to town or transferring from another practice, we would like to welcome you and your older child. Please call our office at 203.327.1055 so we can gather all necessary information and get your child registered.

  • Please note we will need previous medical records prior to your child’s first well exam with our practice. We’ll ask you to register your child by filling out forms that our staff will provide.

For Infants

The first office visit for your baby is usually two to four 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.

Depending on your baby’s specific needs, we may see him or her daily or every few days for the 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.

Please note: We require that your children have completed their entire primary vaccines by 2 years old 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.

For Toddlers & Older Children

After the 3-year checkup, we like to see children for a yearly exam until they turn 5.

From age 5 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.


For Teenagers

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 girls. We strive to maintain trusting doctor-patient relationships as your child navigates their new growth and development.


For All Children

Sick visits are available by appointment–usually for the same day you call or by walk-in during designated hours.




Seasonal Vaccines

Stamford Health Medical Group pediatricians follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s guidelines for injections to prevent against COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Call your office to schedule an appointment and find out more information.

  • COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine
    COVID-19 PCR and rapid testing is done at both SHMG pediatric practices. We provide COVID-19 vaccination appointments for children over age 5; call 203.276.7300.
  • Flu Vaccine
    We always recommend a seasonal flu vaccine for every one of our eligible patients. We usually hold flu clinics in the fall and will email you when dates become available.
  • RSV Prevention
    Available for newborns and infants, the monoclonal antibody prevents RSV from entering the body’s cells by rendering immunity within about a week of injection.



Location & Hours

745 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Main: 203-655-6000
Fax: 203-655-6003

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)
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Our Providers

Gilbert Z Herzberg
Pediatrics

(203) 655-6000

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Janet Waksmundzki Karpiak
Pediatrics

(203) 655-6000

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Cindy  Perry
Pediatrics

(203) 655-6000

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Christen R Vogel
Pediatrics

(203) 655-6000

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More Resources

Emergency Resources

***If there is any life threatening emergency, please, ALWAYS call 9-1-1***



Information 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
  • Mayo Clinic
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS
  • NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION : CAR SEAT & BOOSTER GUIDELINES AND SAFETY
  • RECALL DATABASE
  • MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

  • TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
    Mental 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

  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
    • 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.

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