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STATUS REPORT

BUZZ With more electric cars, Volta’s charging stations are cropping up around town. Plus, author Tessa Wegert’s latest thriller; High-tech healthcare DO The paddle tennis craze continues; Local venues for kids’ birthday parties HOME Classic British style and California ease come to Fairfield county; Inspo to enhance your interiors GO Get the travel 411 before your next flight. SHOP Revamp your workout with extra style.

EAT The Saucy Spoon delivers cooking shortcuts; College student expands allnatural granola company

MONEY MATTERS

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publisher’s letter

IN WITH THE NEW

When I moved to Darien from New York City 16 years ago, I knew it was the perfect town for my husband and me to raise our 18-month-old son, create memories, make lasting friendships and find a new place to call home (without ever forgetting where we called home before). Fast-forward to the present—a lot has happened of course. The family has grown, our 18-month-old is now 18, we have a 13-year-old son as well, and a two-year-old pup—and I can’t forget everything that goes in between! There are so many wonderful memories and amazing friendships, and the community continues to evolve and grow.

The new year is upon us, and as we look ahead to what 2023 will bring, we watch our families, our towns and our communities grow into bigger and better versions. Just today, as I drove through downtown Darien, the new construction and buildings appearing almost overnight, caught my eye. This is a sign of growth, evolution and change, a natural progression for all of us, as well as the towns we call home. It is exciting to see new businesses coming to town, new

families moving in, and a new landscape we can still call home.

Our January/February issue encompasses that growth in so many ways, focusing on health and wellness for the first issue of the year. This is a time to focus on what’s important to us, our families, our friends and how we can become healthier, stronger and happier in all facets of our lives. There is always room to grow.

The Moffly team has worked hard to put together an issue that covers all that and more. From our Top Doctors and high-tech hospitals, to rejuvenating spas, a greener future, a healthier way of eating, notable events, travel tips and so much more, it’s the perfect way to kick off a new year.

Enjoy our health and wellness issue, and continue making lasting memories with your families and friends—embrace every moment, and don’t forget to admire the landscape in our beautiful towns!

Warmest wishes to you and your families for a wonderful 2023! ND

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The next time you visit the upscale SoNo Collection mall in South Norwalk, or get groceries at the Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue, your eye will likely be drawn to the large, gas pump-like structures with sleek digital screens located near the entrances.

If Brandt Hastings’ eco-friendly plan is

realized, we’ll soon be doing more than stopping to watch the content on the screens: We’ll be plugging our electric vehicles into Volta electric vehicle charging stations like these wherever we go!

“The transition to electric vehicles is likely one of the greatest changes in the way we travel we’ll see in our lifetimes, and it’s happening

right now,” says Hastings, a Darien resident and the Chief Commercial Officer of Volta, an American electric vehicle infrastructure company whose charging stations are popping up across the country. “People are switching to EVs faster than anyone thought would happen.”

Electric vehicles and charging stations are at the forefront of America’s response to climate

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change and catastrophic weather events, to which Connecticut is far from immune. According to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, since 1950 the average annual air temperature in the state has increased by 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit, with projections that the sea level could rise a foot and a half by 2050 and up to three feet by 2100, with the potential loss of up to 24,000 acres of coastline.

Founded a little more than 12 years ago, Volta prominently situates its charging stations where citizens routinely go, and loads advertisers’ content on the handsome, 55-inch-wide screens. It’s a mix Hastings believes will boost the rollout of the EV charging infrastructure nationally, with advertising revenue generated by Volta’s media network enabling the company to install stations in places with few EV drivers.

In additional to SoNo Collection and Stop & Shop, Volta partners with pharmacy and retail giants Walgreens and Kohls, and works with advertisers like Zoom, Coke and Apple. The collaborations give the company brand recognition and a platform to expand further by accelerating the rollout of infrastructure as EVs become more mainstream.

“Once our highly visible stations are installed,” he says, “they give every passerby a boost of confidence that when they switch to an EV, there is already a network of public chargers in their community they can easily plug into.”

Currently, the Volta network is made up of over 2,900 chargers and 5,400 digital media screens. To date, the company has powered more than 141 million electric miles for EV drivers, the equivalent, according to Hastings, of avoiding approximately 66 million pounds of CO2 that otherwise would have been produced by gas-powered vehicles.

Hastings is charged by Volta’s progress.

“As a parent, it’s incredibly important to me that my day-to-day work directly helps create a cleaner, healthier future for my children,” he says. “Working at Volta gives me this opportunity, and it truly makes it easy to show up at the office each day fully energized.”

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above: Brandt Hastings, Chief Commercial Officer of Volta below: Locally, Volta charging stations can be found at SoNo Collection Mall and Stop & Shop in Norwalk.
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in her crime series

between her blood connection to a killer (which she discovers in the series) and her profession. Wegert explains, “Often, what you hear about is how these crimes affect the victim’s family. But not a lot of people talk about how the killer’s family feels—and the killer’s family most often has very little to do with the crimes.”

Darien-based author Tessa Wegert, whose latest release The Kind to Kill is the fourth book in her crime fiction series, follows Death in the Family, The Dead Season, and Dead Wind—each, nodding grippingly to the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie.

These locked-room mysteries follow Wegert’s own Hercule Poirot, senior investigator Shana Merchant, as she solves cases in New York’s Thousand Islands region. Wegert was inspired to write the story when she first met her husband’s family, who lives on one of the private islands. She realized that she was unable to operate a boat. She remembers, “I guess, just because this is how my brain and imagination work, but I was there and I immediately started thinking, first off, what happens if we don’t get along? And secondly, I started to wonder what would happen if there was ever some sort of emergency?”

The Kind to Kill centers around a missing tourist. One of the themes is Shana’s reconciling

Born in Quebec, Canada, Wegert resides with her husband and children in a 1912 farmhouse that she has been renovating in Darien’s Noroton Heights. She works from her office on the finished third floor—or, at the beach, at Caffè Nero on Boston Post Road, and at the Darien Library, where she gathers with local writers. She brainstorms while walking her dog, Otto, a goldendoodle, on Ring’s End Road toward Gorham’s Pond, sharing, “That’s totally the time to plot. A lot of fiction writers would say that when it comes to plotting, it really helps to kind of disconnect and be out there in the world.”

She continues, “I used to think when I sit down to write, like I’ll wait for the muse to arrive, and then I’ll light a candle and then brew some coffee, and I’ll have this long stretch of time where I just focus entirely on the work at hand, and I’ll get so much done. In reality, that is just not it.”

In November, Wegert participated in NaNoWriMo’s National Novel Writing Month, which encourages writers to complete 50,000 words. She’s currently working on two books, including the fifth in the Shana Merchant series. Wegert loves that Darien fosters a lively community of literary professionals—with thanks, largely, to Barrett Bookstore and the Darien Library.

Although her books appeal to a wide variety of readers, Wegert says most are “fans of police procedurals, fans of Agatha Christie, and fans of true thrillers, like serial killer thrillers.”

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WHAT’S NEXT?

As the digital revolution continues to transform virtually every aspect of our social lives, A.I.-assisted technology is having a significant impact on hospitals and healthcare systems throughout Fairfield County.

Since the onset of the pandemic, telemedicine and remote everything—from doctor’s office visits and video consultations

with specialists to medical evaluations, diagnoses and treatment—have increased patient access to healthcare providers locally.

To explore the latest hardware, software programs and services, we turned to three prominent healthcare providers in our area.

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Paddle Anyone?

If you live in Fairfield County, chances are you know someone obsessed with platform tennis. The sport, also referred to as “paddle tennis” or just “paddle” by those in the know, was first developed in 1928 by James Cogswell and Fessenden Blanchard in Scarsdale, NY. They were looking for a winter racquet sport and decided to build their own small, raised, wooden court. They bought spongy balls and wooden paddles at a local store, brought them home and started to play. While they enjoyed their new game, they quickly lost interest in retrieving balls out of the snow every time they were hit out of the court and decided to put up chicken wire as fencing. To their surprise, they found that being able to play the ball off the screen added even more fun to the game.

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“The first court in Rowayton was created out of wood, and the ground was covered with walnut shells to get foot traction and keep it from becoming too slippery. Prior to electronic bookings, there was a 5x10 chalkboard with court signup listings. People would get in line 48 hours ahead of time to sign up, and if you came too early your name would be erased. You even had to put a quarter in a coin-operated meter to activate the lights when they were first installed,” says Greg Brasher, member and past president of the Rowayton Platform Tennis Association.

Originally in New Canaan there were six platform courts near the Lapham Community Center. By 2004, they were in need of such repair that the town decided to replace them. Four new courts were built closer to the dog park and swimming pool, and in 2018, a fifth court was added. When the Weed Beach paddle courts were first built in Darien, they were situated on a sand lot with a trailer. The present-day courts, with water views, a beach across the street, a paddle hut and outdoor firepit, are truly a beautiful place to be. It has become a “true jewel,” says Steve O’Connell, Director of Platform Tennis for the Town of Darien.

Currently, Rowayton has five courts located behind the Rowayton Library and Community Center; New Canaan has five courts at Waveny Park, and Darien has five courts at Weed Beach and is currently in the process of building a sixth. All three towns have experienced an explosion of interest in the sport over the past few years, with growth in their programs like never before. Covid created an uptick in virtually all outdoor activities and paddle tennis was no exception. Being able to socialize outside, play a fun sport and get some exercise made it an incredibly appealing option to many people who might not have been drawn to a racquet sport otherwise.

“Getting outside in the winter, especially during the day, can be so incredible when the sun is shining on your face to keep you warm— even if it’s freezing. Being on the court is just fun, social and exhilarating.”

“So many collegiate athletes live around here and even for those who played tennis, it's a whole new sport. If you’re an athlete with good hand-eye coordination, it’s relatively simple and you can start to play competitively quickly. Every time someone touches their racquet, they can get better. Pretty soon they have that feeling of reliving their glory days of being really good at a sport.”

“There’s an old quote that I like to use when I’m teaching that says, ‘If you can think about putting an ice cream cone to your mouth, you can learn to play paddle tennis.’”

“During COVID, the APTA started ramping up tournaments and opportunities for people to play competitively. Tennis pros started incorporating it into their programs. The fact that it’s such a social sport and so family-oriented appealed to many. You can be a beginner or play at a very competitive level. There are so many different clinics and leagues, so it really appeals to everyone.”

“We have a lot of kids playing, and often their parents who haven’t previously played become interested. People love having a family sport, especially one that can be played outside during the winter.”

“The first time I ever played I fell in love with the game. It is challenging but so fun and addictive. It can be more of a hit and giggle, or you can really dig in and play competitively if that’s what you’re looking for.”

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PICKLEBALL THE RISE OF

FOR ONE LOCAL MAN, IT DOUBLES AS THERAPY

sport to relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The town of Darien built pickleball courts at Cherry Lawn Park in the fall of 2021 as part of a push for more public outdoor recreational space. Felix Brito, a Norwalk resident and avid pickleball player in Darien, has an intense love of the game and an even stronger story of inspiration. Originally from Venezuela, Brito played a good deal of ping pong in his 20s. He first discovered pickleball in 2018 when he was asked to paint the lines for a court on top of the tennis court at the YMCA in Wilton, where he worked maintenance. “The Athletic Director encouraged me to pick up a paddle and I played occasionally with members. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in March 2021, and it was devastating. For the next year, I focused on traditional physical therapy including boxing, stationary bicycle and weights. In February 2022, I had the idea to pick up pickleball again, started looking for a place to play indoors and found the Norwalk Senior Center. The Athletic Director was very encouraging and there are some excellent older players there,” says Brito.

Pickleball is another racquet sport that has seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years. It’s an easy game to learn, fast-paced, social and appeals to all ages and physical abilities. While pickleball and paddle tennis are similar, there is a difference between the two. Pickleball is played with a plastic ball with holes in it, while paddle tennis is played with a spongy rubber ball. Unlike paddle, pickleball is played on a court with no walls or fencing and can easily be played on a tennis court. There is also a no-volley zone, known as “the kitchen,” on either side of the net.

Brito now plays pickleball for two hours every morning at the Norwalk Senior Center and for two hours every afternoon at Cherry Lawn Park in Darien. “After I realized pickleball had such a positive impact on my health and mood, I traveled to courts all over Fairfield County and met a lot of great people. My favorite court, though, is Cherry Lawn Park. The community there has been incredibly supportive. At first, I would hear players talk about taking it easy on me because I walk slowly and have limited motion. I love to see how surprised they are when I get on the court and truly compete with the high-level players. They are even more surprised when I win most of my games. That gives me such a high!” he says.

Brito takes medication to help regulate his symptoms and reduce shaking, but he says playing pickleball gives him energy, helps him sleep better at night and is a really big boost to his mental health. Pickleball, like other racquet sports, allows players to work their eyes, hands, feet and brain all at once making it the perfect full body therapy for Brito. “Whether physical or mental, I believe playing pickleball helps slow the progression of my disease,” he says. Brito hopes his story might inspire others with chronic conditions to get outdoors and move their bodies, and he’d love to teach and share all that he’s learned on his journey.

Felix Brito (with yellow paddle) at the Cherry Lawn Park pickleball courts in Darien. Brito plays the
“At first, I would hear players talk about taking it easy on me because I walk slowly and have limited motion. I love to see how surprised they are when I get on the court and truly compete with the high-level players.”
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With at-home events on the rise, there are no shortage of options when it comes to planning something innovative and fun for your child’s birthday. We spoke to the owners of three popular local businesses about party ideas: Tiny Tents, The Grit Ninja, and Rolling Video Games of New England. These entrepreneurs shared their party-planning expertise and how to throw a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration.

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TINY TENTS

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Beatman, an art teacher at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan and a mother of two, first came up with the idea for Tiny Tents when her daughter desperately wanted a sleepover party for her seventh birthday.

“I wanted to make it really special and was inspired to create individual tents to feel like a campout. So I broke out my sewing machine, and made tents for each girl to sleep under. Before dismantling them, a friend of mine suggested I rent them out, and the idea sparked from there. By 2018, I had my LLC, purchased all the equipment needed and launched my website,” says Beatman.

A veteran educator of 25 years, Beatman has had ample opportunity to gain an inside look into the ways children socialize and interact. “Over the years, sadly, socializing has become increasingly challenging for them. There are many influencing factors, the isolation of the pandemic being a major one. I strive to create environments that lend themselves to expanding friendships. Sleepover parties give kids the much-needed space to interact face-to-face,” says Beatman.

Beatman’s events can accommodate up to 14 guests and she has constructed parties where she not only puts up tents, but also arranges an activity like a spa experience or an art craft. She sets everything up prior to the party and then returns the next day to break it all down. The excitement is palpable when kids see their living rooms transformed into a new and magical space, and sharing the experience with friends makes it even more special. “There is a certain nostalgia for a good old-fashioned birthday party where kids are interacting with each other face-to-face without the distraction of electronics or relying on outside entertainment,” says Beatman. When asked what’s in store for the future of Tiny Tents,

Beatman explains how she’d love to expand to outdoor events and gatherings. “I hope to purchase a large bell tent which could hold events for adults as well—think baby showers or a girls-night-out! I’m also working on at-home paint and sip parties for the grown-ups,” she says. When she’s not teaching or setting up parties, Beatman loves traveling and spending time with her two sisters and her rescue mutt, Stella.

THE GRIT NINJA

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Ericand Allison Meltzer started

The Grit Ninja “with hopes (really dreams) to have a positive impact on people's lives by creating a program that was a combination of fitness and fun, where everyone could accomplish something, regardless of the starting point,” says Eric. Understanding how sports can help build both character and confidence, the Meltzer’s also recognized that competitive team sports weren’t for everyone.

“We wanted to create an environment where it was ‘you versus the obstacles’ not ‘you versus everyone else in the room,’ and we wanted kids to compete against yesterday’s version of themselves and not each other. We’ve taken pride that many kids who don’t have a home in traditional team sports can find a home in our programs, and we hope to celebrate, encourage and instill grit (thus the name) in our students,” Eric explains.

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below: Kids challenge themselves with fun obstacle courses at The Grit Ninja.

With offerings for both kids and adults and from beginners to obstacle course pros, there is something for everyone at The Grit Ninja. There are camps, open gym hours and even special classes geared for people training for races. For those looking to up their game, coaching is available for both team and individual competitions.

“Prior to opening, Allison and I were constantly discussing various business ideas—our only criteria was something that we thought could either change people’s lives or positively impact people’s lives. Allison was a lawyer (although hadn’t been practicing for many years) and I was in finance. We both realized our real passions lie elsewhere, so we came to the view that we wanted to start our own business. More specifically, when we came back from a weekend away in Wisconsin at a family camp, that really triggered our desire to do something family-oriented and kid-friendly, where people could come and be the best versions of themselves. I give Allison credit for

taking an idea on paper and having the gravitas to actually do it. She’s bold and fearless,” says Eric.

The pair opened their first gym in January 2019 and have since grown to four locations: Norwalk, CT; Paramus, NJ; Pleasantville, NY and Roslyn, NY. During the pandemic when their Westchester gym was closed, they started a mobile program called “Grit On The Go!” Their gym on wheels does everything from birthday parties to partnering with schools and parks and rec departments to turn fields into ninja courses. Up to 25 children can attend in-home parties, but with advanced notice, the owners can accommodate larger groups.

Parties by The Grit Ninja are adaptable for varying ages and abilities, and they are run by hands-on, encouraging coaches. The Meltzers recently launched “Grit on The Go” in Florida, and they hope to have more locations and mobile programs across the country. Eric and Allison live in Westchester County with their four boys (ages 1, 7, 9 and 11) and two dogs.

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In2009, when Nick Florenciani lost his job two weeks before Thanksgiving, he found himself with a lot of downtime and turned to video games to help pass the time. He and his wife Cindy began to wonder if there was a way to turn his passion for gaming into a career. After some research, the pair learned that video game trucks were actually a business. What was not yet a business, however, was a video game truck that traveled to people’s homes for birthday parties and events. “After a few months of reviewing the different options, and how to start a business, we decided to go for it. We put the deposit on the business in April of 2010 and had our first event on July 18, 2010,” says Cindy.

One of the things that makes Rolling Video Games of New England unique is that they don't charge per person fees. They are able to rotate guests, at events of drastically different sizes, through activities so everyone can participate. Parents, siblings, and friends can easily join in, and people can host parties with as little as one person playing a

game, up to large school and camp events with hundreds of people. The gaming trucks are climate controlled and can have up to 12 people inside at a time. The laser tag packages can accommodate up to 20 players. Events can be set up indoors, outdoors, day or night and all year round. The company offers two different kinds of laser tag equipment; Hero Blast is perfect for children ages four to 10, which uses a blaster shaped like a glove versus a tagger that looks like a gun. Laser Wars is great for ages 7 and up.

Another unique offering is the foam party, which is “like a pool party without a pool,” says Cindy. At these events, there are large piles of foam to dance on and play with for hours. Also popular is the mirror photo booth, which is very interactive. It’s a full-body photo booth, and everything from the photo designs to the animations and welcome screen can be customized for the event. Miniature golf is the newest addition at Rolling Video Games of New England; nine holes are set up for up to seven hours of play time.

“There are a lot of benefits to having a party at your home. You are able to pick the foods you would like to have at the party. You can make it a simple pizza and cake party or a fully catered event,” says Cindy. “You are in the comfort of your home. You aren't rushed to pack up and leave. You aren't sharing space with other people. You don't have to worry about what the bill will be at the end of your event with additional items being added.”

Nick and Cindy have five children between the ages of 14 and 23, two dogs, chickens and a Russian tortoise. Cindy loves to volunteer when she’s not working or busy with her family, and Nick still loves to play video games!

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Taking Flight

ALMOST EVERY COUNTRY HAS DROPPED THEIR COVID ENTRY RULES, AND AMERICANS—ALL OF THEM, LITERALLY— ARE READY TO TAKE TO THE SKIES. BEFORE YOU ENTER THE JET SET FRAY, BE PREPARED

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You’re A Star

Just as we were going to press, the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to update its deadline requiring travelers to have a Real ID-compliant license or valid passport to fly anywhere in the U..S. Originally scheduled for 2023, the new date is now May 7, 2025 But don’t procrastinate that trip to the DMV. Book an appointment and be sure you have all the documents you need—they vary by state. Check the official website for a list of requirements. dhs.gov/real-id

Get a Pass

Don’t have Global Entry? There’s an app for that. And shockingly, very few people know about it. The free app will help you clear customs and immigration on return to the U.S., often as quickly as you would with Global Entry. Bonus: The entire family can use it at once. Scan everyone’s passport into the app ahead of time (or last minute, if you’re that type). When you land, select your port of entry and terminal on the app, and you’ll get a QR code, flash the code along with your physical passport to the agent in the dedicated mobile passport line and be on your way.

The Fast Track

Global Entry, TSA PreCheck or

CLEAR?

Global Entry and PreCheck are government programs that verify you’re a reduced security risk and therefore trusted with wearing your shoes through security and leaving your laptop in your bag. Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck. Once approved for Global Entry (for international travel), you’ll receive a KTN, Known Traveler Number, that will give you TSA PreCheck (for domestic travel). It’s your job to add it to your flight reservation. TSA PreCheck is $78 for five years. Global Entry is a one-time fee of $100 but needs to be renewed every five years. Check your credit card perks. Your issuer may cover the fees.

CLEAR is a purely commercial operation. It pays the airlines a lot of money for the ability to put its clients at the front of security lines. It’s like being put at the head of the line for the hottest club in town. The standard price for CLEAR is $189 annually, but if you add family members there are discounts. Thirty-one airports and four cruise ports have CLEAR. access.cbp.gov; tsa.gov; clearme.com

Look for Mobile Passport Control in your app store. It’s free and secure. Some savvy travelers who have Global Entry also do Mobile Passport and pick the shortest line. It’s me. I’m the savvy traveler. But you already guessed that.

The More You Know

Airlines have delayed and canceled flights in record numbers over the past year. They also struggle to keep luggage on the same plane with its owner. At one point, British Airways announced it simply was no longer answering the phones.

No one can avoid inevitable travel trouble, but you can see it coming. Download an airline tracking app (I like Flight Aware) and set up notifications for your flight. If it is delayed, pull up the app and click through to the plane’s previous flight to check its status. If you think you might miss a connection or you’re worried your delayed flight will eventually be canceled, protect yourself and book the next flight. The airline or a travel advisor can do this for you. Do it quickly, because there are always limited seats. If a storm is coming and an airline puts out a weather waiver allowing customers to change flights to different days or adjust the route, take them up on it before everyone else does.

Ever wish the airport had the equivalent of the Disney Fast Pass—a magical ticket allowing you to bypass all the lines and go straight to your gate? Book yourself a VIP fast-track service at any airport in the world through a travel company. Whether you’re arriving, transferring or departing, you can hire someone to help whisk you through the chaos.

We spoke with Hicham Enhaili, founder of Simply Select, a VIP travel company based in New York and London.

Hicham was about to miss a connection in Johannesberg and luckily had a service provider who could help him make his connection by quickly transferring him from one plane to the other. Rates vary by airport and service but start at around $250. A fast-track agent will meet you curbside before you even enter the terminal. They will walk you to the front of the check-in or baggage drop line, escort you through security, get you lounge access and wait until they deliver you to the boarding gate.

Simply Select can be reached at 212-365-8606 or online at simplyselect.com.

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Founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Lady Annabel Astor, decorator Sue Jones and horticulturist Lucinda Waterhouse, OKA (pronounced how the Brits say “ochre”) has become a destination for lovers of home décor. Its rich patterns, handmade lounge seating

and effortless British style, which the company describes as elegant yet easy-going and sophisticated but never stiff.

The store will present a rotating series of fully decorated rooms and vignettes for guests to discover. Among the plans: a Regency-style London townhouse, a country house in north Wales and a charming cottage in the heart of the bucolic Cotswolds. A dedicated team of stylists is on hand to give advice and help customers find their dream interiors.

“We are very excited to bring OKA to the East Coast and especially to Westport; its rich cultural history and artistic bent make it a perfect match for us,” says cofounder Sue Jones. You won’t want to miss this British invasion. 44 Main St, Westport; oka.com/us

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above: A quintessentially British sitting room decorated with OKA’s rich tones and textures, including the Coleridge sofa in navy, the large George club chair in cheetah and the Kirmani rug in distressed green below: The stars of this cozy, English living room are the Talasa tray in Chinese red, which sits atop the Harmonia coffee table, the Coleridge Linen armchair in Areca putting green and the Hevsel rug in vermillion red.
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CALIFORNIA STYLE COMES TO CONNECTICUT

Shoppers who love Jenni Kayne’s iconic pieces— from fisherman sweaters to fuzzy mules—are enjoying Westport’s latest addition: a home store devoted to the West Coast brand.

Like the company’s line of elevated wardrobe essentials, the range of furniture, décor and textiles also feature layered textures in a neutral palette.

The newly launched Cove bed and Sur travertine coffee table are featured in the bedroom and

living room vignettes— immersive experiences that help visitors take in the 1,954-square-foot space.

And if that’s not relaxing enough for you, Kayne’s skincare line, Oak Essentials, is also available in-store. The plant-based products align with the company’s vision of clean, natural beauty—one stop shopping for a fresh skincare routine to match your refreshed home.

15 Myrtle Ave, Store #1, Westport; jennikayne.com

Style & Grace

Hudson Grace, the San Francisco-based shop known for its curated selection of the best in gifting, home goods and entertaining, opened its newest storefront in the heart of Greenwich. With high-quality, original designs and vintage-sourced one-of-a-kinds, the brand’s offerings range from distinctive gifts to simple, tabletop essentials. Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, cofounders and proprietors of Hudson Grace, say that European inspiration balanced with California ease make for an elevated but approachable feel. Totah and McNatton are best friends who share a love for design and all things home. This mutual interest, along with their retail pedigrees, are at the root of the successful brand. Hudson Grace is a natural fit for Greenwich’s modern classic style, and the pair is excited to bring its offerings to town. 268 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich; hudsongracesf.com

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After years of soaring up, up and away, the stock market plunged back to Earth in 2022, taking with it trillions of dollars in retirement savings, college funds and more. At various points in the year, the Nasdaq had tumbled more than 30 percent from previous highs; the S&P 500 more than 20 percent— in other words, into a bear market, which is loosely defined as when the stock market index sinks more than 20 percent from a recent high.

“Three main drivers have upended the way people have

PREPARING FOR ANOTHER NOT-SO-SWEET BEAR MARKET

thought about investments for the past forty years or so,” says Ed Laux, assistant vice president and financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Greenwich. “Interest rates have gone up considerably, the dollar has had a major move to the upside, and we’ve also had higher inflationary numbers.”

That trifecta has “caused a lot of reticence on the part of people who have had success on buying the dip,” Laux says. “Whether you think back to the crash in 1987, or you think back to a couple of years ago when we went down over 30 percent in one month, those turned out to be pretty good buying opportunities.”

Not that you should embark on a buying spree. Instead, perhaps welcome 2023 by examining your asset allocation and understanding the risks and vulnerabilities attached to your investments, so that when the bear is growling, you’re prepared.

Though younger investors haven’t experienced a bear market beyond the months-long, Covidinduced market drop in 2020, bear markets are not that unusual. Research counts more than twenty since 1928, or one about every five years or so. Market free falls happen in a hurry, and as the numbers fall, risk and fear rise. Each bear market has recovered, and grown to new heights, but over time. That’s little consolation to people nearing retirement or parents counting on investments to cover tuition payments.

The bear market that began in 2022 is a little bit different from those in the past, Laux notes. It wasn’t an economic crisis, like the dotcom bust in 2001 or the mortgage crisis in 2008, that drove the downturn. Instead, this stemmed from the Federal Reserve’s deliberate attempts to cool the economy by raising interest rates. The fear of slimmer corporate profits “caused a lot of people to sit back. They haven’t

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been jumping in with a lot of verve like they had in the past.”

While Laux remains a “big believer in staying invested in the market,” he adds a caveat: “People should be tweaking their plans. It’s important for them to determine investment choices that are in their best interest depending on where they are in life. A thirtyfive-year-old is going to have a lot different mindset than a seventyyear-old. The younger people have a longer time frame to be aggressive, and for long-term trends, equities are a great place to be.”

Many investors have a “set it and forget it” mentality, with contributions to investment accounts and retirement accounts happening on cruise control. Whether you’re a DIY investor or you work with an advisor, you might want to revisit and refresh your financial plan, shoring up your strategies. “That’s good advice every year, whether you’re in a bull market or a bear market,” says Laux.

While there’s a whole lot of pain associated with raised interest rates, there’s also a bright side: Municipal bonds, CDs, money market funds, Treasury bonds and other income-generating investments that have languished over the past couple of years are finally paying more for your money. And don’t forget that old reliable place to stash cash you’ll be needing shortly—the credit union. Fairfield County counts more than three dozen credit union branches, many of which are open to the general public, most of which pay higher interest rates on their CDs and money market accounts than neighboring banks do.

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Country Chic

This was not your average brunch situation. Nikki Glazer, the mastermind behind all things beautiful at GrayBarns on the Silvermine River, recently hosted a lovely event with Georgia Dant, founder of fashion house Marfa Stance. The Marfa Stance collection is made in Italy and created with a timeless and sustainable mission. Pieces are designed to be enhanced and updated rather than replaced. With detachable outer layers, inner liners, hoods and collars, they provide the building blocks for a seasonless wardrobe. Guests enjoyed avocado toast, smoked salmon pastries and a berry salad catered by the Mercantile at GrayBarns. marfastance.com; graybarns.com

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he Community Fund of Darien showed a flair for the creative at its first-ever Designed to Dine: A Community Gathering. The nonprofit hosted 300 guests for lunch at Wee Burn Country Club, featuring themed tablescapes by local designers. Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell, coauthors of Patina Modern: A Guide to Designing Warm, Timeless Interiors, spoke about design. The benefit raised more than $140,000 for community programs supporting basic needs, youth success, workforce development, and health. communityfunddarien.org —Elizabeth Hole »

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Creating Connection

For its inaugural fall luncheon, The Depot Youth Center of Darien welcomed The New York Times best-selling author, podcaster and television host Kelly Corrigan as guest speaker. She spoke to a crowd of 275 people at the Country Club of Darien, sharing heartfelt anecdotes and observations about love, friendship, family and connection. The benefit raised money for mental health programming at The Depot, a nonprofit that provides local youth a safe, judgment-free place away from home and school to connect, grow and give back. dariendepot.com —Elizabeth Hole »

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Person to Person, the Darien-based nonprofit and host of the annual Transforming Lives luncheon, strives for educated, financially stable, and hunger-free homes for all. This year’s benefit featured renowned chef Lidia Bastianich, along with chef and Aux Delices owner, Debra Ponzek. More than 350 guests attended the event, helping raise more than $240,000 to assist people in need throughout lower Fairfield County. p2phelps.org —Elizabeth Hole ND

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During the wedding ceremony of Lane and Alex, Lauren Bonaventura (ceremony officiant, college roommate of the bride and the person who introduced the couple) described how the couple met. “Some of you have heard how Alex and Lane met, but for those who haven’t, I had the pleasure of introducing them. I first met Alex on Tinder. He used complete sentences and had a sense of humor, so I agreed to a date. We had a great time, but I knew he wasn’t for me, since I wasn’t interested in Brooks Brothers, crew, commodities trading or Connecticut. However, I did know someone who was! Cue Lane. Weeks later in Stamford on St. Patrick’s Day within thirty minutes of hanging out, they each independently said to me, ‘I really like her, I really like him, is that OK?’ Yes, yes it was. I said I had to go home to walk my dog. And well, here we are three and a half years later. You’re welcome.”

The couple dated for a few years before becoming engaged with a little help from family. Alex has three daughters from a prior marriage, and they all wanted to participate in the proposal. The girls put together a slide show, and at the end of the show they unzipped their sweatshirts and revealed T-shirts that read “Say,” “Yes” and “Lane.”

Lauren officiated at the ceremony at the bride’s parents’ home in Greenwich. An elegant and intimate reception followed at Rowayton Seafood.

The bride, daughter of James and Leah Marmon of Greenwich, graduated from Greenwich High School, Boston College, Pace Law School and Fordham Business School. She is a SVP financial advisor at Wealth Enhancement Group in Darien.

The groom, son of Richard and Barbara Thomas of California, graduated Piedmonet High School, Yale University and New York University. He is a commodities trader for Miravet in New York City. The newlyweds live in Riverside and are planning their honeymoon. ND

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To all of our Top Docs committed to providing the greatest of care: Congratulations.

At Yale New Haven Health, we are proud to recognize the 42 doctors representing Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Northeast Medical Group, and Yale Medicine who’ve been named Top Doctors. Their compassion, talent, and dedication are exceeded only by their tireless commitment to treating each and every patient with the greatest of care.

Fairfield County’s

Health and wellness continue to be as important as ever at the global and regional level. Locally, we’re fortunate to have at our disposal so many leading physicians working in highly-ranked hospital systems throughout Fairfield County. Finding the right doctor when a health concern arises can be an overwhelming process, so we turned to the experts at DataJoe Research to compile a reliable directory of nearly 700 specialists. The firm evaluated everything from skills and credentials to peer-voting and public perception in order to deliver this year’s handy, muchanticipated, guide to our area’s top doctors. »

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ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

Sara B. Levine

Greenwich Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Greenwich, 203-532-1919 greenwichhospital.org

Joanna ZolkowskiWynne Northeast Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-384-3910 bridgeporthospital.org

ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Aimee AltschulLatzman

Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-955-1461 allergyfairfield.com

Kenneth S. Backman

Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County LLC Fairfield, 203-259-7070 ynhhs.org

Jonathan B. Bell Danbury, 203-357-1511 ascdocs.com

Katherine Bloom

Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County LLC Fairfield, 203-830-4700 bridgeporthospital.org

Leslie R. Coleman

Allergy and Asthma Associates of Stamford PC Stamford, 203-259-7070 stamfordhealth.org

Philip H. Hemmers

Allergy Center of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-869-2080 allergyct.com

Richard J. Lee

Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-838-4034 ascdocs.com

Mitchell R. Lester

Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates Norwalk, 203-324-9525 fairfieldcountyallergy.com

Paul S. Lindner

Allergy and Asthma Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-870-8731 stamfordhealth.org

Mark D. Litchman

Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates Greenwich, 203-830-4700 greenwichhospital.org

Aymeric E. Louit

Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates Stamford, 203-838-4034 stamfordhealth.org

Agnieszka Matczuk

Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates Greenwich, 203-978-0072 stamfordhealth.org

Joseph Sproviero

Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4034 greenwichhospital.org

ANESTHESIOLOGY

James E. Babashak

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-2276 nuvancehealth.org

Mark Chrostowski Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates PC Greenwich, 203-863-3390 greenwichhospital.org

Kaili Dilts Stamford Anesthesiology Services PC Stamford, 203-348-2614 stamfordhealth.org

Karl J. Kulikowski

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7118 nuvancehealth.org

Edwin Oh Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates PC Greenwich, 203-863-3390 greenwichhospital.org

Brian P. Sullivan Stamford Anesthesiology Services PC Stamford, 203-348-2614 stamfordhealth.org

Paul B. Sygall Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates PC Greenwich, 203-863-3390 greenwichhospital.org

Alfonso A. Tagliavia Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates PC Greenwich, 203-863-3390 greenwichhospital.org

Cynthia Twu Greenwich Anesthesiology Associates PC Greenwich, 203-863-3390 greenwichhospital.org

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

Murali Chiravuri Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 cardiacspecialists.com

Sandhya Dhruvakumar Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2321 stamfordhealth.org

Adam T. Lottick

Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center Trumbull, 203-333-8800 ynhh.org

Michael R. Pittaro Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 cafccardiology.com

Robert D. Winslow Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 cardiacspecialists.com

CARDIOLOGY

Jonathan Alexander Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7155 nuvancehealth.org

Jeffrey N. Berman Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-254-2452 cafccardiology.com

Margaret Bond Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7000 nuvancehealth.org

Alexander Delvecchio

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-4210 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Ira Galin Danbury, 203-739-7155 nuvancehealth.org

Jeffrey Green

The Heart Center Stamford, 203-674-1810 heartcenterct.com

Robert L. Labarre Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 cafccardiology.com

David J. Lomnitz Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-855-3680 cafccardiology.com

Mina Owlia Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 stamfordhealth.org

Maria C. Pavlis

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-4210 greenwichhospital.org

Manuel C. Pun Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Russell H. Stein Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7155 nuvancehealth.org

Arshad M. Yekta Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-855-3680 nuvancehealth.org

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY

Faiz Y. Bhora Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-739-6586 nuvancehealth.org

Michael A. Coady Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-1000 stamfordhealth.org

Michael I. Ebright Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4404 stamfordhealth.org

Rafael Paolo Squitieri Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-576-5708 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

David D. Yuh Heart and Vascular Institute Stamford, 203-276-4400 stamfordhealth.org

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Gregory S. Bloom

Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center Trumbull, 203-333-8800 bridgeporthospital.org

Linda R. Casale Cardiac Specialists Trumbull, 203-385-1111 cardiacspecialists.com

Venu Channamsetty Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Trumbull, 203-445-7093 cafccardiology.com

Joonun Choi Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 stamfordhealth.org

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Evelyn J. Cusack

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 stamfordhealth.org

Lawrence I. Fisher Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 cardiacspecialists.com

Ram Gordon Cardiac Specialists Trumbull, 203-385-1111 cardiacspecialists.com

David H. Hsi Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2323 stamfordhealth.org

Steven H. Kunkes Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-292-2000 cardiacspecialists.com

Craig A. McPherson Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-3000 bridgeporthospital.org

Jay Lewis Meizlish Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-292-2000 bridgeporthospital.org

Stephen P. Michaelson Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 cafccardiology.com

Wayne H. Miller Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-7410 stamfordhealth.org

Robert M. Moskowitz Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-292-2000 bridgeporthospital.org

Francis J. Neeson Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-4210 greenwichhospital.org

John Novella Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 cafccardiology.com

Suhash Patel Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-254-2452 cafccardiology.com

Ronald J. Raymond Cardiac Specialists Ridgefield, 203-438-9621 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Alon Ronen Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 bridgeporthospital.org

Robert D. Sackstein Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center

Trumbull, 203-333-8800 bridgeporthospital.org

Jeffrey Schmierer

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7155 nuvancehealth.org

Adam E. Schussheim

Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-292-2000 ynhh.org

Edward H. Schuster Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-2323 stamfordhealth.org

Aparna Srinivasan

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 cafccardiology.com

Richard L. Taikowski

Cardiac Specialists Trumbull, 203-385-1111 cardiacspecialists.com

Joseph J. Tiano

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-334-2100 cafccardiology.com

Anja Wagner

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Bridgeport, 203-683-5100 cafccardiology.com

Craig S. Werner

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-333-8800 ynhh.org

Stuart W. Zarich

Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-384-3844 bridgeporthospital.org

CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY

Deborah S. Lipschitz

Fairfield, 203-256-9926 drdeborahlipschitz. wordpress.com

Joan F. Poll Westport, 203-222-1186 joanfpollmd.com

COLON & RECTAL SURGERY

Stuart Bussell

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7131 nuvancehealth.org

Marc J. Casasanta

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7131 nuvancehealth.org

Marilee L. Freitas

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-323-8989 stamfordhealth.org

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James M. McClane

Stamford Health Norwalk, 203-852-2262 stamfordhealth.org

Scott C. Thornton

Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-256-5500 bridgeporthospital.org

COSMETIC SURGERY

Keith J. Attkiss Greenwich, 203-862-2700 attkiss.com

Prashant Soni

Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Sandra K. Wainwright

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-3000 greenwichhospital.org

DERMATOLOGY

Beth A. Buscher

Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut PC Newtown, 203-792-4151 dermwestconn.com

Julie Cantatore

Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-538-5682 dermatologyofct.com

Severine M. Chavel

Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 dermatologycenter stamford.com

Richard C. Connors Greenwich, 203-622-0808 greenwichhospital.org

Brittany G. Craiglow

Fair Haven Health Center Fairfield, 203-292-9490 dermatologyofct.com

Sarah E. Dolder

Greenwich Point Dermatology Greenwich, 203-764-2230 greenwichpoint dermatology.com

Rhett J. Drugge

Sheard and Drugge Stamford, 203-324-5719 stamfordhealth.org

Kenneth J. Egan

Advanced Specialty Care Norwalk, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Kimberly M. Eickhorst

Dermatology Associates of Western

Connecticut PC Newtown, 203-792-4151 dermwestconn.com

Robin D. Evans Stamford Health Stamford, 203-323-5660 stamfordhealth.org

Rena Fortier Long Ridge Dermatology Norwalk, 203-329-7960 stamfordhealth.org

Samuel Gettler

Advanced Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology Stamford, 203-323-3376 samuelgettlermd.com

Loyd S. Godwin

Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-538-5682 dermatologyofct.com

Rebecca Ross Hall

Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 dermatologycenter stamford.com

Lynne M. Haven Greenwich, 203-869-4242 lynnehavenmd.com

Omar A. Ibrahimi Connecticut Skin Institute Stamford, 203-428-4440 ctskindoc.com

Michael A. Jacobson

Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 advanced-dermcare.com

Rhonda Q. Klein Modern Dermatology Westport, 203-635-0770 moderndermct.com

Jeffrey D. Knispel

Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut PC Newtown, 203-792-4151 dermwestconn.com

Steven A. Kolenik III

Connecticut Dermatology Group Norwalk, 203-810-4151 ctdermgroup.com

Graeme M. Lipper

Advanced DermCare Danbury, 203-797-8990 advanced-dermcare.com

Leon E. Luck

Dermatology Associates of Fairfield County Westport, 203-227-0837 westportdermatology.com

Elizabeth R. Marsh

The Dermatology Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-325-3576 dermatologycenter stamford.com

Fern E. Mayer

Stamford, 203-969-0123 stamfordhealth.org

Jason C. Mcbean Fairfield Dermatology Fairfield, 203-259-7709 fairfieldderm.com

Jeremy Ethan Moss Brookside Dermatology Associates Bridgeport, 203-408-2725 brooksidedermatology associates.com

Ellen S. Naidorf

Stamford, 203-964-1103 stamfordhealth.org

Kim M. Nichols NicholsMD of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-862-4000 kimnicholsmd.com

Michael P. Noonan Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Specialists PC Trumbull, 203-377-0639 bridgeporthospital.org

Mark I. Oestreicher Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Specialists PC Trumbull, 203-377-0639 bridgeporthospital.org

Robin G. Oshman Westport, 203-454-0743 derm-101.com

Robert John Patrignelli Trumbull, 203-261-0800 patrignellimd.com

Maritza I. Perez Advanced Aesthetics New Canaan, 203-972-7546 adv-aesthetics.com

Frank J. Pinto Jr Connecticut Dermatology Group Norwalk, 203-810-4151 ctdermgroup.com

Deanne M. Robinson Modern Dermatology Westport, 203-635-0770 moderndermct.com

Mitchell J. Ross Greenwich Med Spa Cos Cob, 203-779-6309 greenwichmedicalspa.com

Julia B. Sabetta Greenwich, 203-869-6111 juliasabettamd.com

Elizabeth C. Smith Fairfield Dermatology Fairfield, 203-259-7709 fairfieldderm.com

Debra S. Weissman Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-538-5682 dermatologyofct.com

Rand L. Werbitt

Advanced Specialty Care Stamford, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Alicia Diana Zalka Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut PC Newtown, 203-792-4151 dermwestconn.com

Jonathan R. Zirn Advanced DermCare Danbury Danbury, 203-797-8990 advanced-dermcare.com

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

Bradford Bottger Specialty Imaging Associates

Danbury, 203-426-3002 specialtyimaging.org

Richard R. Culver Norwalk Radiology Consultants Stamford, 203-276-2663 stamfordhealth.org

John P. Donahue Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-370-4092 ynhh.org

Jennifer Fan Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-384-3876 bridgeporthospital.org

Christopher P. Fey Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-861-2381 greenwichradiology.com

Francis T. Flaherty Specialty Imaging Associates Danbury, 203-426-3002 specialtyimaging.org

Kirt Frederickson Specialty Imaging Associates Danbury, 203-426-3002 specialtyimaging.org

Shelley Lynn Goodstine Advanced Radiology Consultants Trumbull, 203-576-5061 adrad.com

Ian Karol

Bridgeport Radiology Associates Trumbull, 203-337-9729 md.com

Lily Kernagis Stamford Health Breast Center Stamford, 203-276-7465 stamfordhealth.org

Ruben Kier Bridgeport Radiology Associates Trumbull, 203-337-9729

Linda LaTrenta Greenwich Radiological Group Greenwich, 203-863-3952 greenwichhospital.org

Ronald P. Lee

Norwalk Radiology Consultants Stamford, 203-276-2663 stamfordhealth.org

Anna Mah Danbury Radiological Associates Danbury, 203-739-7000 castleconnolly.com

Erez Salik

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-3960 ynhhs.org

Andrew C. Shih Norwalk Radiology Consultants Norwalk, 203-276-4311 norwalkimaging.com

Sarah Travis Stewart

Advanced Radiology Consultants Bridgeport, 203-384-3876 bridgeporthospital.org

Noel Velasco

Bridgeport Radiological Associates Bridgeport, 203-384-3876 bridgeporthospital.org

Adam Welber

Danbury Radiological Associates Danbury, 203-739-7532 nuvancehealth.org

Kenneth Zinn Bridgeport Radiology Bridgeport, 203-384-3876 bridgeporthospital.org

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Robert J. Capodanno

Bauer Emergency Care Center at Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, 203-852-2281 nuvancehealth.org

Christopher M. Davison

Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, 203-863-3632 greenwichhospital.org

Brian M. De La Rosa

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-576-6000 stvincents.org

Jason A. Fischel

Bauer Emergency Care Center at Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, 203-852-2281 nuvancehealth.org

Jean M. Hammel

Bauer Emergency Care Center at Norwalk Hospital

Norwalk, 203-852-2281 nuvancehealth.org

Bonnie J. Mcguire Wreschner

Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, 203-863-3637 greenwichhospital.org

Christopher Michael Orelup

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-576-6000 stvincents.org

Steven Valassis Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-576-6000 stvincents.org

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES & METABOLISM

Mary Arden-Cordone

Northwell Health Stamford, 203-359-2444 northwell.edu

Danielle P. BenavivMeskin

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-371-7048 bridgeporthospital.org

Judith C. GoldbergBerman Greenwich, 203-622-9160 greenwichhospital.org

Ranee A. Lleva

Northeast Medical Group Stamford, 203-863-3750 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Bismruta Misra Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-7213 stamfordhealth.org

Antonio Pantaleo Northwell Health Stamford, 203-359-2444 northwell.edu

Nancy J. Rennert

Nuvance Health Wilton, 203-852-2270 nuvancehealth.org

Joseph A. Rosa

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-371-7048 bridgeporthospital.org

Robert R. Savino

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-794-5620 nuvancehealth.org

Glenn Siegel

Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 soundviewmedical.com

Linda S. Werner

Hartford HealthCare Trumbull, 203-372-7200 hartfordhealthcare.org

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Yi-Hao Yu

Northeast Medical Group Stamford, 203-863-3750 greenwichhospital.org

FAMILY MEDICINE

James K. Ahern

Copps Hill Family Medicine Ridgefield, 203-431-6342 coppshillfamilymedicine.com

Steven T. Benaderet

Northeast Medical Group Westport, 203-221-3030 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Jennifer Bendl

Stamford Family Practice Stamford, 203-359-9997 stamfordhealth.org

Timothy Bookas

Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 soundviewmedical.com

Marc Brodsky

Center For Integrative Medicine and Wellness Stamford, 203-276-4777 stamfordhealth.org

Shanthi Devaraj Stamford, 203-323-8700 stamfordhealth.org

Douglas Duchen

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-372-4065 bridgeporthospital.org

Alan T. Falkoff

Hartford Healthcare Medical Group Stamford, 203-322-7070 stamfordhealth.org

Joseph Feuerstein

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4777 stamfordhealth.org

Cosmo Filiberto

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-372-4065 bridgeporthospital.org

Carol-Ann Galban

Copps Hill Family Medicine Ridgefield, 203-431-6342 coppshillfamilymedicine.com

Joshua B. Herbert

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4644 stamfordhealth.org

Anna M. Jamrozik Stamford Health Norwalk, 203-276-7870 stamfordhealth.org

Lawrence D. Leibowitz

Matrix Personalized Medicine LLC New Canaan, 203-920-1772 larryleibowitzmd.com

Angelo Mallozzi

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 stamfordhealth.org

Leslie R. Miller Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-3000 bridgeporthospital.org

Seth M. Sullivan

Concierge Care of New Canaan New Canaan, 203-972-4215 nuvancehealth.org

Byron S. Thomas Dignity Memorial Danbury, 203-749-5700

Ann H. Williams

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 stamfordhealth.org

Henry Yoon

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-359-9997 stamfordhealth.org

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Charles Adelmann

Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 soundviewmedical.com

David Barenberg Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7038 nuvancehealth.org

Henry G. Beecher

Gastroenterology/ Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 stamfordhealth.org

Emil J. Blanco

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 castleconnolly.com

Steven L. Brandwein

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7038 nuvancehealth.org

Bryan Burns GI Health Specialists Trumbull, 203-459-4451 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Gena M. Cobrin

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 gidox.com

Robert M. Dettmer

Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford, 203-348-5355 stamfordhealth.org

Scott G. Estabrook

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Ridgefield, 203-797-7038 nuvancehealth.org

Joseph Fiorito Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7000 nuvancehealth.org

Steven Gorelick Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7038 castleconnolly.com

Tarun K. Gupta

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Trumbull, 203-452-1411 castleconnolly.com

Sarah A. Kahn

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-8490 stamfordhealth.org

Neda Khaghan Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine Greenwich, 203-489-6900 centerforgimed.com

Chunwang Lam

Gi Health Specialists Trumbull, 203-459-4451 bridgeporthospital.org

Gordon S. Latzman

GI Health Specialists Trumbull, 203-459-4451 bridgeporthospital.org

Nicholas Lillo Bridgeport Hospital Fairfield, 203-392-9000 bridgeporthospital.org

Rakhee Mangla Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-2278 nuvancehealth.org

Kenneth R. Mauer

Gastrtoenterology Associates Fairfield, 203-292-9000 bridgeporthospital.org

Darlene S. Negbenebor Stamford Health Medical Group Wilton, 203-276-8490 stamfordhealth.org

Alan M. Nelson Bridgeport, 203-3744963 md.com

Miechelle L. O’Brien

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7038 nuvancehealth.org

Neal J. Schamberg Center for GI Medicine of Fairfield & Westchester Greenwich, 203-489-6900 greenwichhospital.org

Michael K. Schiffman

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7038 nuvancehealth.org

Alan E. Selkin Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine Greenwich, 203-489-6900 centerforgimed.com

Amy E. Smithline Gastroenterology Hepatology Associates Stamford Stamford, 203-348-5355 stamfordhealth.org

Julie E. Spivack Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield, 203-292-9000 gidox.com

Stuart Waldstreicher Gastroenterology Consultants PC Stamford, 203-967-2100 gastro.com

Thomas P. Whelan ProHealth Physicians Gastroenterology Bethel, 203-791-2221 prohealthmd.com

Felice R. Zwas Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine Greenwich, 203-489-6900 centerforgimed.com

GENERAL SURGERY

James Bonheur AMI Surgery Stamford, 203-327-4444 stamfordhealth.org

Jeanne S. Capasse Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-846-8885 nuvancehealth.org

Zandra H. Cheng Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7040 nuvancehealth.org

Walter M. Cholewczynski Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-3890 bridgeporthospital.org

Anthy Demestihas Surgical Associates of Connecticut LLC Bridgeport, 203-332-4744 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Kevin M. Dwyer Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-5959 stamfordhealth.org

Artem Dyatlov Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

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Bridgeport, 203-332-4744 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Neil R. Floch Norwalk, 203-852-3050 drneilfloch.com

Craig Lawrence Floch Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Wilton, 855-792-6258 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Royd Fukumoto Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7131 nuvancehealth.org

Richard J. Garvey General Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Bridgeport, 203-366-3211 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Emilia Genova Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Trumbull, 203-268-5212 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Saber Ghiassi Yale School of Medicine Fairfield, 203-418-9520 medicine.yale.edu

Mandy Greenberg Surgical Breast Care of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-846-8885 stamfordhealth.org

Peter A. Ingraldi Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-3050 nuvancehealth.org

Andrew S. Kenler Trumbull, 203-373-9015 bridgeporthospital.org

Sajid A. Khan Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-337-8507 bridgeporthospital.org

Kevin D. Miller Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-5959 stamfordhealth.org

Jeraldine S. Orlina Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7131 nuvancehealth.org

Helen Pass Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4255 stamfordhealth.org

Athanassios

Petrotos

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich Greenwich, 203-863-4300 greenwichhospital.org

Mary Pronovost

Yale Medicine Trumbull, 516-742-3404 drankeottyoung.com

Valerie Staradub Western Connecticut Medical Group Danbury, 203-739-7040

Barbara A. Ward

Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-863-4250 greenwichhospital.org

GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Vivian Argento

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-384-3388 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Mithil Choksey

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-384-3388 bridgeporthospital.org

Harsha Naik

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-384-3388 bridgeporthospital.org

Allison M. Ostroff

Stamford Health Medical Group Greenwich, 203-276-2516 stamfordhealth.org

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Masoud Azodi

Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-4870 bridgeporthospital.org

Karen J. Nishida Stamford, 203-998-0848 stamfordhealth.org

HAND SURGERY

Henry A. Backe

Fairfield, 203-337-2600 dr-henry-backe.com

Joseph DiGiovanni

Ortho Connecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Joseph DiGiovanni OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Haik G. Kavookjian

Stamford Health Norwalk, 203-846-0040 stamfordhealth.org

John G. Lunt

OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Thomas A. Rago

The Surgical Center of Connecticut Bridgeport, 203-374-5892 surgicalcenterct.com

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Ross J. Richer

Orthopaedic Specialty Group PC

Fairfield, 203-337-2600 osgpc.com

Scott Wolfe Stamford, 203-705-0977 scottwolfemd.com

HEMATOLOGY

Michael H. Bar

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-2695 stamfordhealth.org

Daniel E. Boxer

Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-845-4811 nuvancehealth.org

E. Andrew Duda

Hartford Health Care Fairfield, 203-255-4545 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Glen Alan Reznikoff

Hartford HealthCare Fairfield, 203-255-4545 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

David H. Witt

Yale Cancer Center Trumbull, 203-502-8400 medicine.yale.edu

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

Marina L. Blagodatny

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-384-3388 bridgeporthospital.org

Vijay V. Desai

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-2665 nuvancehealth.org

Jo-Ann Maroto-Soltis

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-6566 nuvancehealth.org

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Maher I. Madhoun

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-323-4458 stamfordhealth.org

Gavin X. McLeod

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-869-8838 greenwichhospital.org

Paul Nee

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-8310 nuvancehealth.org

Michael F. Parry

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-353-1427 stamfordhealth.org

Jo-Anne Passalacqua

ID Specialists of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-384-0451 stvincents.org

John G. Stratidis

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-8310 nuvancehealth.org

Lynda Streett Stamford Health Stamford, 203-353-1427 stamfordhealth.org

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Robert A. Altbaum Westport, 203-226-0731 imawpc.com

David H. Baum

Nuvance Health Westport, 203-571-3000 nuvancehealth.org

James J. Bivona

Stamford Primary Care Stamford, 203-325-2667 stamfordhealth.org

Thomas V. Cigno Ridgefield, 203-244-7848 cignomd.com

Frank A. Ciminiello

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-374-6162 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Peter R. Cimino

Fairfield Medical Group Fairfield, 203-255-8827 fairfieldmedicalgroup.com

Ralph J. Cipriani

Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 glenvillemedical conciergecare.com

Joseph V. Costanzo

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-348-9455 stamfordhealth.org

Carolyn M. Couture Stamford Health Wilton, 203-276-4015 stamfordhealth.org

Allen Davis

Pro Health Physicians Newtown, 203-270-1016 prohealthmd.com

Christopher M. Edelmann

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-869-0502 greenwichhospital.org

Steven A. Fisher

Concierge Choice Physicians Trumbull, 203-459-5100 choice.md

Vernetta D. Gallop

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-359-4444 stamfordhealth.org

Sarah M. Gamble

Greenwich Pure Medical Greenwich, 203-869-2800 greenwichhospital.org

Steven L. Glazer Sachem Medical Norwalk, 203-852-1300 castleconnolly.com

Rahul Gupta Fairfield, 203-254-2046 drsgra.com

Peter G. Hasapis

New Canaan Medical Group New Canaan, 203-972-4218 newcanaanmedical.com

Pamela B. Hoffman

Hartford Health Care Bridgeport, 203-365-6400 stvincents.org

Richard G. Huntley Jr. Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 westmedgroup.com

Shara P. Israel Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1187 stamfordhealth.org

Nina S. Karol

Concierge Physicians of Westport Westport, 203-571-3000 cpwdocs.com

Melanie Kelton

Yale New Haven Health Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 greenwichhospital.org

Nazanine Khairkhah True Care Medical Greenwich, 203-8692304 greenwichhospital.org

Ted E. Listokin

Westchester Health Northwell Physician Partners Stamford, 203-327-9321 stamfordhealth.org

Elizabeth Mckinnis

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Westport, 203-226-0731 nuvancehealth.org

Steven P. Mickley

Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 glenvillemedical conciergecare.com

Charles Miner Stamford Health Medical Group Darien, 203-655-8749 stamfordhealth.org

Caleb Moore Greenwich, 203-661-2596 greenwichhospital.org

Ken J. Nori

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-374-6162 bridgeporthospital.org

Craig H. Olin Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-4644 stamfordhealth.org

David Pazer ProHealth Physicians Gastroenterology Ridgefield, 203-438-0874 prohealthmd.com

Steven E. Phillips Wilton, 203-544-0005 stevenphillipsmd.com

Ioana S. Preda Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-374-6162 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Jeffrey S. Puglisi Glenville Medical Concierge Care Greenwich, 203-531-1808 glenvillemedical conciergecare.com

David M. Radin Stamford, 203-359-4888 stamfordhealth.org

Remi M. Rosenberg Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-4644 stamfordhealth.org

Burton R. Rubin Old Greenwich, 203-637-5406 greenwichhospital.org

James Samuel Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4873 westmedgroup.com

Craig D. Serin Nuvance Health Wilton, 203-762-3353 nuvancehealth.org

James Slater New Canaan Medical Group New Canaan, 203-972-4215 newcanaanmedical.com

Frederick B. Slogoff

Personal Physicians of Connecticut LLC Stamford, 203-968-9500 ppcmedical.com

Neil E. Smerling

Hartford Health Care Fairfield, 203-259-7442 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Frank Spano

Fairfield County Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-5100 hartfordhealthcare.org

Maura Sparks Stamford Health Wilton, 203-276-4015 stamfordhealth.org

Shiela V. Subramanian

New Canaan Medical Group New Canaan, 203-972-4205 newcanaanmedical.com

Peter J. Tenicki

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-7298 stamfordhealth.org

Joseph Tortorello

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-374-6162 bridgeporthospital.org

Edward Martin Tristine

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Trumbull, 203-696-3550 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Cathrine L. Troy Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1187 stamfordhealth.org

Shira B. Vadel Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1187 stamfordhealth.org

Julia H. Voytovich

New Canaan Medical Group New Canaan, 203-972-4204 newcanaanmedical.com

Dennis J. Williams

Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-371-5197 bridgeporthospital.org

Lu Yu Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-977-2566 stamfordhealth.org

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Mitchell H. Driesman

Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-292-2000 cardiacspecialists.com

Robert F. Fishman

Cardiac Specialists Fairfield, 203-292-2000 cardiacspecialists.com

Christopher J. Howes

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-4210 medicine.yale.edu

Robert Jumper

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Trumbull, 203-445-7093 cafccardiology.com

Marc Z. Krichavsky

Cardiac Specialists Danbury, 203-794-0090 cardiacspecialists.com

Charles Landau

Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center Trumbull, 203-333-8800 bridgeporthospital.org

David Lorenz

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Norwalk, 203-845-2160 cafccardiology.com

Victor M. Mejia

Connecticut Heart and Vascular Center Trumbull, 203-333-8800 bridgeporthospital.org

Thomas J. Nero

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 stamfordhealth.org

Edward Portnay

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Stamford, 203-353-1133 stamfordhealth.org

Jared G. Selter

Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County Fairfield cafccardiology.com

Mark K. Warshofsky

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7155 nuvancehealth.org

MATERNAL & FETAL MEDICINE

Jonathan Barnhard Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-3354 nuvancehealth.org

Paul D. Bobby Women’s Specialty Center

Stamford, 203-276-2030 stamfordhealth.org

William Cusick

Hartford Health Care Bridgeport, 203-576-5678 stvincents.org

Gina Dunston-Boone Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 bridgeporthospital.org

William Hale

Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-852-2278 nuvancehealth.org

Gary Eleazar Kleinman

Yale New Haven Health Trumbull, 203-372-0710 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Steven Laifer

Park Avenue Perinatal Specialists

Trumbull, 203-384-3544 northeastmedicalgroup.org

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Robert J. Stiller

Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-384-3544 bridgeporthospital.org

Dimitry Zilberman

Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-852-3354 nuvancehealth.org

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Sandhya Dhanjal

Hartford Health Care Fairfield, 203-255-4545 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Beverly J. Drucker

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-3000 greenwichhospital.org

Neal Fischbach

Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center Fairfield, 203-502-8400 medicine.yale.edu

Anthony Gulati

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-2695 stamfordhealth.org

Paul L. Weinstein Hematology Oncology PC Stamford, 203-276-2695 stamfordhealth.org

George F. Zahrah

Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-845-4811 nuvancehealth.org

Richard S. Zelkowitz

Hartford Health Care Bridgeport, 203-382-2475 stvincents.org

NEONATAL-PERINATAL MEDICINE

Shruti Gupta

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-7083 stamfordhealth.org

Gerald B. Rakos

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-7083 stamfordhealth.org

Stylianos N. Theofanidis Greenwich, 203-863-3515 greenwichhospital.org

NEPHROLOGY

Eric Y. Brown

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-324-7666 castleconnolly.com

Brenda S. Chan Stamford Hospital Stamford, 203-276-1000 stamfordhealth.org

Irwin D. Feintzeig

Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 ynhh.org

James Gavin

Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 ynhh.org

Richard T. Gervasi

Westmed Medical Group Norwalk, 203-845-4800 westmedgroup.com

William H. Hines Stamford Health Stamford, 203-324-7666 stamfordhealth.org

William A. Hunt

Nephrology Associates PC Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 bridgeporthospital.org

Robert Kim

Nephrology Associates PC Bridgeport, 203-335-0195 ynhh.org

Marianne Monahan

Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 914-682-6454 westmedgroup.com

Raymond Raut

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7104 nuvancehealth.org

Winston Shih

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7104 nuvancehealth.org

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY

Khalid M. Abbed

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute Westport, 203-226-2499 hartfordhealthcare.org

Paul J. Apostolides

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 greenwichhospital.org

Andrea F. Douglas

Stamford Health Medical Group Greenwich, 203-661-3333 stamfordhealth.org

Amory J. Fiore

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Abraham Mintz

Trumbull, 203-372-6460 bridgeporthospital.org

Perry A. Shear Yale Medicine Trumbull, 877-925-3637 bridgeporthospital.org

Scott L. Simon

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Stamford, 203-487-0363 onsmd.com

Mohamed Akli Zetchi Yale Medicine Greenwich, 877-925-3637 ynhh.org

NEUROLOGY

Robert Bonwetsch Associated Neurologists PC Danbury, 203-748-2551 associatedneurologists.com

Neil Culligan Associated Neurologists PC Danbury, 203-748-2551 associatedneurologists.com

Louis J. Cuzzone Neurology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-5000 norwalkneurology.com

David Greco Associated Neurologists PC Danbury, 203-748-2551 associatedneurologists.com

Eric Kung Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4464 stamfordhealth.org

Peter J. McAllister New England Institutefor Neurology and Headache Stamford, 203-914-1900 neicr.com

Louise D. Resor Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-4464 stamfordhealth.org

Alice H. Rusk Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-4490 greenwichhospital.org

Daryl Story Neurology Associates of Norwalk Norwalk, 203-853-5000 norwalkneurology.com

Jennifer C. Werely Neurology and Headache Center of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-900-4226 nhcgreenwich.com

NEURORADIOLOGY

Howard Liu Stamford Hospital Stamford, 203-276-2362 stamfordhealth.org

Gerard Muro

Bridgeport Radiological Associates Stamford, 203-384-3000 bridgeporthospital.org

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

Roxanne C. Abder Women’s Health Care of Trumbull Trumbull, 203-374-1018 bridgeporthospital.org

Thomas V. Ayoub Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-644-1100 nuvancehealth.org

Gary S. Besser Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates PC Stamford, 203-325-4321 stamfordhealth.org

Emily E. Blair Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-256-3990 bridgeporthospital.org

Patrick J. Cahill Coastal Obstetrics and Gynecology Stamford, 203-353-9099 stamfordhealth.org

Ronika D. Choudhary Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Trumbull, 203-268-2239 bridgeporthospital.org

Deanna DelPrete Women’s Health Care of New England Norwalk, 203-644-1100 whcnewengland.com

Leslie A. Donovan Brookside Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-7080 brooksidegynecology.com

Leonard Ferrucci Women’s Health Connecticut Stamford, 203-325-4665 womenshealthct.com

Vito Ferrucci Women’s Health Connecticut Stamford, 203-325-4665 womenshealthct.com

Caroline Filor Brookside Gynecology Greenwich, 203-869-7080 brooksidegynecology.com

Shieva L. Ghofrany Coastal Obstetrics and Gynecology Stamford, 203-353-9099 stamfordhealth.org

Daniel S. Gottschall Women’s Health Connecticut Bridgeport, 203-374-0404 womenshealthct.com

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Donna J. Hagberg Cos Cob, 203-742-1150 donnahagbergmd.com

Pierre Hage Women’s Health Connecticut Bridgeport, 203-374-0404 womenshealthct.com

Julianne Yantachka Icatar Southwest Community Health Center Bridgeport, 203-576-5131 hartfordhealthcare.org

Edward Jacobson Hormone Replacement Therapy Center Greenwich, 203-580-6383 greenwichhormone replacementtherapy.com

Irene I. Komarynsky Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-325-9920 stamfordhealth.org

John A. Morris Ferrucci Ferrucci & Morris Stamford, 203-325-4665 womenshealthct.com

Sujata Pendyala Women’s Health Care of New England Norwalk, 203-644-1100 whcnewengland.com

Michael D. Schechter Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-210-2880 westmedgroup.com

Beth J. Simon Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 475-240-8222 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Helena T. Squicciarini Women’s Health Connecticut Trumbull, 203-374-1018 womenshealthct.com

Marina C. Torbey Women’s Health Connecticut Trumbull, 203-374-1018 womenshealthct.com

Russell F. Turk Stamford Health Riverside, 203-637-3337 stamfordhealth.org

Caterina Violi Obstetrics & Gynecology for Women-By Women Greenwich, 203-861-9586 greenwichhospital.org

Christine E. Waldron Women’s Health Care of New England Norwalk, 203-644-1100 whcnewengland.com

ONCOLOGY

D. Barry Boyd

Yale New Haven Health Greenwich, 203-863-3700 greenwichhospital.org

Richard C. Frank Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, 203-852-2000 castleconnolly.com

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Bruce S. Altman

Connecticut Eye Consultants PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

Ora Burstein

Allergy and Asthma Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-978-0072 stamfordhealth.org

Christienne F. Coates Ridgefield Ophthalmology Ridgefield, 203-894-9700 ridgefieldophthalmology.com

Joseph L. Conway Jr Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 greenwicheye.com

Donna Densel

CT Eye Specialists LLC Stamford, 203-869-3082 greenwicheye.com

Leslie C. Doctor Doctor & Associates PC Westport, 203-227-4113 ynhh.org

Shelley K. Driesman

Ophthalmic Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 ophthalmicsurgeonsof greaterbridgeport.com

Joan T. Gewirtz Stamford, 203-348-0868 stamfordhealth.org

Gina F. Gladstein

CT Eye Specialists LLC Stamford, 203-869-3082 greenwicheye.com

Anisha Jangi Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

Archna Johar Connecticut Eye Consultants PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

Jeffrey N. Kaplan

Eye Group of Connecticut LLC Bridgeport, 203-374-8182 eyegroupct.com

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Wendy A. Klein

Ophthalmic Associates PC Trumbull, 203-378-3224 bridgeporthospital.org

Flora Levin Westport, 203-814-1438 drfloralevin.com

Suresh Mandava Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates Stamford, 203-869-3082 greenwicheye.com

Delia M. Manjoney

Hartford Health Care Bridgeport, 203-576-6500 stvincents.org

Robert J. Noecker

Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut Fairfield, 203-366-8000 ocli.net

Glenn E. Ostriker

Stamford Health Stamford, 203-348-6300 stamfordhealth.org

Philip A. Piro

Retina Associates of Connecticut Stamford, 203-325-4481 drpiromd.com

Stephen M. Rabinowitz

Ophthalmic Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 ophthalmicsurgeonsof greaterbridgeport.com

Vincent S. Reppucci

Danbury, 203-792-6291 reppucci-vincent-s-md. business.site

Kim P. Robbins

Robbins Eye Center Fairfield, 203-371-5800 robbinseyecenter.com

Joanna Lumba

Sarracino

Ophthalmic Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 ophthalmicsurgeonsof greaterbridgeport.com

Richard Scartozzi

Connecticut Eye Consultants PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

Scott Seo

Merritt Medical Center Bridgeport, 203-372-4211 scottseomd-com/home

Elizabeth Siderides

Stamford Opthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 stamfordeye.com

Mahsa A. Sohrab

Greenwich, 914-200-1405 drmahsasohrab.com

Jerry W. Tsong

Yale New Haven Health Stamford, 203-869-3082 greenwichhospital.org

Esteban C. Vietorisz

Stamford Opthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 stamfordhealth.org

Eric L. Wasserman Eye Care Center of Stamford Stamford, 203-978-0800 stamfordhealth.org

Richard B. Weber Stamford Health Stamford, 203-353-1857 stamfordhealth.org

James M. Weisz

Retina Consultants LLC Bridgeport, 203-365-6565 ctretina.net

Marc L. Weitzman

Ophthalmic Surgeons of Greater Bridgeport Fairfield, 203-371-0141 ophthalmicsurgeonsof greaterbridgeport.com

Andrew Wolf Stamford Ophthalmology Stamford, 203-327-5808 stamfordeye.com

Katherine J. Zamecki

Connecticut Eye Consultants PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

Stephen J. Zuckerman

Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons PC Danbury, 203-791-2020 danburyeye.com

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Jonathan L. Berliner

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

David F. Bindelglass

Orthopaedic Specialty Group PC Fairfield, 203-337-2600 osgpc.com

Michael Brand

OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Dante A. Brittis

Orthopaedic Specialty Group PC Fairfield, 203-337-2600 osgpc.com

Adam Brodsky

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

New Canaan, 203-323-7331 ossm.net

Jeffrey Brooks

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

New Canaan, 203-323-7331 ossm.net

David B. Brown

Ortho Care Specialists Bridgeport, 203-372-0649 orthocarespecialists.net

Mark H. Camel

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Curtis Lyle Campbell

The Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Trumbull, 888-676-3627 hartfordhealthcare.org

Russell J. Cavallo

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-614-8888 stamfordhealth.org

Angelo M. Ciminiello

OrthoConnecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Michael R. Clain

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

James G. Cunningham

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Demetris Delos

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Jeffrey V. Deluca

Ortho Connecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

Francis A. Ennis

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

James J. Fitzgibbons

Orthopaedic Specialty Group PC Fairfield, 203-337-2600 osgpc.com

Mark J. Fletcher

Ortho Connecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

Joshua B. Frank Ortho Connecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

Andrew Haas

Westmed Medical Group Stamford, 203-210-2830 westmedgroup.com

D. Ross Henshaw

Ortho Connecticut Danbury, 203-797-1500 myorthoct.com

Steven E. Hindman

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Peter W. Hughes

Westmed Medical Group Stamford, 203-210-2830 westmedgroup.com

Brian F. Kavanagh

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

T. Jay Kleeman

Hartford Health Care Darien, 203-845-2200 hartfordhealthcare.org

Marc S. Kowalsky

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Michael M. Lynch Ortho Connecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

Daniel S. Markowicz Hospital For Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-0715 hss.edu

Seth R. Miller Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Sean C. Peden

Yale Medicine Stamford, 203-785-2140 yalemedicine.org

Nicholas V. Polifroni Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-845-2200 nuvancehealth.org

William T. Schmidt Westmed Medical Group Stamford, 203-210-2830 westmedgroup.com

Paul M. Sethi

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Marc Silver Stamford Health Stamford, 203-210-2830 stamfordhealth.org

Michael Soojian Ortho Connecticut Norwalk, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

James I. Spak Connecticut Orthopaedics

Fairfield, 203-601-5237 ct-ortho.com

Karen M. Sutton Hospital For Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-0725 hss.edu

Samuel A. Taylor Hospital For Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-0750 hss.edu

Craig Tifford Yale Medicine Stamford, 203-470-9253 yalemedicine.org

Allen I. Troy Specialty Surgery Center Stamford, 203-325-4087 specialtyascct.com

Katherine B. Vadasdi Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Corinne VanBeek Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-2277 stamfordhealth.org

Mark A. Vitale Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Stamford, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Mark E. Wilchinsky Connecticut Orthopaedics Trumbull, 203-601-5238 ct-ortho.com

ORTHPAEDICS

John D. Dowdle Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-2277 stamfordhealth.org

Gerard Girasole Connecticut Orthopaedics Trumbull, 203-601-5235 ct-ortho.com

Andrew W. Grose Hospital For Special Surgery Stamford, 203-705-0935 stamfordhealth.org

David Jon Martin Connecticut Orthopaedics Trumbull, 203-601-5236 ct-ortho.com

OTOLARYNGOLOGY/ EAR, NOSE & THROAT

Adam Arguello Connecticut Ear Nose Throat Medical and

Surgical Specialists PC Trumbull, 203-452-7081 entdoctorsct.com

Michael C. Bard

Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Dov Bloch

Advanced Specialty Care Stamford, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Steven A. Bramwit Greenwich Ear Nose & Throat - Head & Neck Surgery PC Greenwich, 203-869-2030 greenwichhospital.org

Stephen D. Breda Bridgeport, 203-371-5166 bredamd

Jacquelyn M. Brewer

Ear Nose and Throat Center LLP Stamford, 203-353-0000 stamfordhealth.org

Bradford S. Chervin

Ear Nose & Throat Allergy and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists Southport, 203-256-3338 drbchervin.com

Steven M. Feldman

Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-210-2870 greenwichhospital.org

Lawrence J. Fliegelman Fairfield, 203-259-4700 bridgeporthospital.org

Neil A. Gordon Retreat at Splitrock Wilton, 203-834-7700 retreatatsplitrock.com

Jay Klarsfeld

Advanced Specialty Care Stamford, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Jason R. Klenoff

Ear Nose and Throat Center LLP Stamford, 203-353-0000 stamfordentcenter.com

Biana Lanson

Ear Nose and Throat Center LLP Stamford, 203-353-0000 stamfordhealth.org

Richard Levin

ENT of Fairfield Fairfield, 203-259-4700 entoffairfield.com

Michal A. Manaster

Pediatric Practice Associates Stamford, 203-323-8171 pediatricpractice associates.com

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Michelle Siegel Marrinan

Greenwich Ear Nose & Throat - Head & Neck Surgery PC Greenwich, 203-869-2030 greenwichent.com

Andrew J. Parker

Parker Ear Nose & Throat Norwalk, 203-866-8121 parkerent.com

Sara Richer

Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-459-2666 bridgeporthospital.org

Stephen J. Salzer

Greenwich Ear Nose & Throat - Head & Neck Surgery PC Greenwich, 203-869-2030 ynhhs.org

Heather H. Waters

CT Ent Sinus Center | Hearing & Balance Norwalk, 203-716-6008 ct-ent.com

Robert Lawrence Weiss

CT Ent Sinus Center | Hearing & Balance Norwalk, 203-716-6008 ct-ent.com

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Rahul S. Anand

Connecticut Pain & Wellness Center LLC Fairfield, 203-319-9355 bridgeporthospital.org

Arghiris Barbadimos Stamford Health Stamford, 203-276-1000 stamfordhealth.org

Vincent R. Carlesi Pain Management Associates of CT PC Stamford, 203-325-5700 paindoctors.net

Cristina Tamasdan

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-382-2350 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

PATHOLOGY

Robert C. Babkowski

Stamford Pathology Group PC Stamford, 203-276-7420 stamfordhealth.org

Raymond A. Baer

Stamford Pathology Group PC Stamford, 203-276-7420 stamfordhealth.org

Paul N. Fiedler

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7453 nuvancehealth.org

Eugene Lewis St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Bridgeport, 833-431-0013 stvincents.org

Steven C. Sieber

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-739-7453 nuvancehealth.org

Bo Xu

Stamford Pathology Group P.C. Stamford, 203-276-7420 stamfordhealth.org

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Allison B. Levey Stamford Health Darien, 203-662-0313 doctors.columbia.edu

Michael S. Snyder Stamford Health Darien, 203-662-0313 stamfordhealth.org

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

Patricia Eagan

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Bridgeport, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Mary Sarrantonio

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Norwalk, 203-229-2090 pha4kids.com

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

Mark S. Glassman

Yale New Haven Health Norwalk, 203-853-7170 greenwichhospital.org

Sarah Lusman Cohen Children’s Specialty Center Stamford, 203-276-1000 stamfordhealth.org

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Nimrod E. Dayan

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Trumbull, 203-452-8322 bridgeporthospital.org

PEDIAT RIC OTALARYNGOLOGY ENT

James S. Batti Advanced Specialty Care PC Danbury, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

Jacob Hen Pediatric Specialty Center Trumbull, 877-925-3636 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Hossein Sadeghi Pediatric Pulmonology LLC Stamford, 203-276-5949 stamfordhealth.org

PEDIATRIC SURGERY

Gerard Weinberg

Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-5912 stamfordhealth.org

PEDIATRICS

Robin Abramowicz Village Pediatrics Westport, 203-221-7337 villagepedi.com

Nicole Abramowitz Bay Street Pediatrics Westport, 203-227-3674 baystreetpediatrics.com

Peter J. Acker

Westmed Medical Group Greenwich, 203-210-2815 westmedgroup.com

Amy Agoglia Doctors’ Pediatric PC Wilton, 203-762-3363 drspedi.com

Jamie L. Alon Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut LLC Danbury, 203-744-1680 pediatricassociatesct.com

Joanne Angiello

Ridgefield Pediatric Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-9557 childrenshospital.org

Maura Angiello-Smith

Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

Karen E. Beckman

Riverside Pediatrics LLC Riverside, 203-629-5800 stamfordhealth.org

Marivic Botta Pediatric Healthcare Associates Bridgeport, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Jane M. Brotanek Ridgefield Pediatric Associates Ridgefield, 203-438-9557 childrenshospital.org

Sofia Chiocconi

Summer Pediatrics Stamford, 203-388-8668 summerpediatrics.com

Loretta Cody Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-661-2440 childrenshospital.org

Bruce W. Cohen

Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut LLC Danbury, 203-661-6430 pediatricassociatesct.com

Erik L. Cohen

Next Generation Pediatrics Greenwich, 203-744-1680 ngpeds.com

Jay V. D’Orso

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Ridgefield, 203-438-6541 nuvancehealth.org

Jason M. Davis New England Pediatrics LLP New Canaan, 203-972-5232 nepeds.com

Arthur E. Dobos

The Center for Advanced Pediatrics Norwalk, 203-229-2000 thecenterforadvanced pediatrics.com

Richard M. Freedman

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Lambros G. Geotes Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

C. Nicole Gorman Village Pediatrics Westport, 203-221-7337 villagepedi.com

Debra K. Gotz

Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

Stephen Grevious Park Street Pediatrics LLC Norwalk, 203-840-7566 pspkids.com

David B. Gropper

Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut LLC Danbury, 203-744-1680 pediatricassociatesct.com

Jennifer B. Gruen

Village Pediatrics Westport, 203-221-7337 villagepedi.com

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Eva L. Grunberg

New Canaan Pediatrics New Canaan, 203-972-4250 stamfordhealth.org

Andrew S. Hart Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

Jennifer F. Henkind Stamford Pediatric Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

Thomas P. Homa Pediatric Healthcare Associates Southport, 203-452-8322 bridgeporthospital.org

Maria Ieni New Canaan Pediatrics New Canaan, 203-972-4250 stamfordhealth.org

Susanna K. Jalkut Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Paul Juan Valley Pediatrick Greenwich, 203-622-4301 valleypediatricsof greenwich.com

Rosemary E. Klenk New England Pediatrics LLP New Canaan, 203-972-5232 stamfordhealth.org

Elizabeth Z. Krowitz Greenwich Pediatric Associates Old Greenwich, 203-637-3212 greenwichhospital.org

Susan E. Lasky Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-327-1055 stamfordhealth.org

Rebecca L. LePage Doctors’ Pediatric PC Wilton, 203-762-3363 drspedi.com

Christine E. Macken Doctors’ Pediatric PC Wilton, 203-762-3363 stamfordhealth.org

Laura Marks Willows Pediatrics Group Westport, 203-319-3939 willowspediatrics.com

Melanie G. Mier Doctors’ Pediatric PC Wilton, 203-762-3363 drspedi.com

Katherine Mini Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-661-2440 childrenshospital.org

Jennifer Moore

The Center for Advanced Pediatrics Norwalk, 203-229-2000 thecenterforadvanced pediatrics.com

Alan H. Morelli

Stamford Health New Canaan, 203-972-5232 stamfordhealth.org

Alyssa Newman

New Canaan Pediatrics New Canaan, 203-972-4250 stamfordhealth.org

Katherine Kelly Noble Stamford Health Stamford, 203-363-0123 stamfordhealth.org

Karen Nordberg Summer Pediatrics Stamford, 203-388-8668 summerpediatrics.com

Laura Nowacki Newtown Center Pediatrics Newtown, 203-426-3267 newtowncenterpediatrics. com

Nancy H. O’Hara New England Center for Health Wilton, 203-834-2813 castleconnolly.com

Thomas I. Odinak

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Jeffrey A. Owens Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 willowspediatrics.com

Todd Robert Palker New England Pediatrics LLP New Canaan, 203-972-5232 stamfordhealth.org

Kathryn J. Quinn

Trumbull Pediatrics Trumbull, 203-268-1766 trumbullpediatrics.com

Henry M. Rascoff

Sound Beach Pediatrics Stamford, 203-363-0123 soundbeachpediatrics.com

Meredith M. Renda

Doctors’ Pediatric PC Wilton, 203-762-3363 drspedi.com

Dara Thomas Richards

Southwest Community Health Center Bridgeport, 203-330-6000 swchc.org

Marisa B. Rommeney Stamford Pediatrics Associates Stamford, 203-324-4109 stamfordpediatrics.com

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Rachel R. Rothschild

Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut LLC Danbury, 203-744-1680 pediatricassociatesct.com

Alicia A. Salas

Stamford Pediatric Associates Darien, 203-655-3307 stamfordpediatrics.com

Steven Schiz Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich Greenwich, 203-552-5276 childrenshospital.org

Sarah Siegel Village Pediatrics Westport, 203-221-7337 villagepedi.com

Jonathan E. Sollinger Willows Pediatric Group Westport, 203-319-3939 willowspediatrics.com

George V. Tsimoyianis

Darien Pediatric Associates LLC Darien, 203-655-9741 stamfordhealth.org

Mark H. Vincent Black Rock Pediatrics Fairfield, 203-337-5333 blackrockpeds.com

Amy S. Weinrib

Pediatric Healthcare Associates Fairfield, 203-452-8322 pha4kids.com

Beth Wittenberg Black Rock Pediatrics Fairfield, 203-337-5333 blackrockpeds.com

Janet Woodward Willows Pediatrics Group Westport, 203-319-3939 willowspediatrics.com

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION

Beth S. Aaronson

Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-794-5605 nuvancehealth.org

Michael J. Brennan

Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-255-3451 bridgeporthospital.org

Alice Chen Stamford, 212-606-1000 hss.edu

Janet E. Freedman

Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, 203-863-4290 greenwichhospital.org

Linda F. Grant

Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, 203-863-4290 greenwichhospital.org

Jeffrey M. Heftler

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Tamar Kessel

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Stephen J. Massimi Stamford, 212-606-1000 hss.edu

Edwin Richter Stamford, 203-316-0610 doctorrichter.net

Angela H. Ryan

Rehabilitation Consultants PC Norwalk, 203-523-0100 rehabmdconsultants.com

Christopher S. Sahler

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Stamford, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

Halina M. Snowball

Integrated Pain Solutions Stamford, 203-263-1683 castleconnolly.com

Gary Solomon

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists Greenwich, 203-869-1145 onsmd.com

David Lee Tung

Core Medical Group Bridgeport, 203-373-1593 coremedgroup.com

PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Harvey Jay Bluestein

Yale New Haven Health Fairfield, 203-254-8557 bridgeporthospital.org

Gregory F. Brucato

Brucato Plastic Surgery Center Ridgefield, 203-431-7644 brucatoplasticsurgery.com

Harold S. Gewirtz

Harold S Gewirtz MD Stamford, 203-325-1381 stamfordhealth.org

Boris Goldman

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center Westport, 203-222-3700 westportplasticsurgery.com

Sohel Islam Advanced Specialty Care Danbury, 203-830-4700 ascdocs.com

Anya Kishinevsky Norwalk, 203-388-9919 anyakishinevskymd.com

Joseph B. O’Connell

Total Aesthetics LLC Westport, 203-454-0044 plasticsurgeryct.com

David Passaretti Darien, 203-450-4384 davidpassarettimd.com

Elsa M. Raskin Greenwich, 203-861-6620 greenwichhospital.org

Arthur R. Rosenstock Stamford, 203-359-1959 arosenstockmd.com

Alfred Sofer Fairfield, 203-336-9862 drsofer.com

Tito L. Vasquez

Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group LLC Southport, 203-652-8272 ctpsg.com

PSYCHIATRY

Linus Abrams Greenwich, 203-861-2654 abrams-linus-s-md. business.site

Jeremy B. Barowsky Greenwich, 203-340-1115 drjeremybarowsky.com

Joseph F. Goldberg Norwalk, 203-854-9607 josephgoldbergmd.com

Charles R. Herrick Nuvance Health Medical Practices Danbury, 203-797-7420 nuvancehealth.org

Daniel Kelleher Danbury Psychiatry Consultants Danbury, 203-616-5234 danbury-psychiatryconsultants.com

Javier Lopez Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-551-7350 northeastmedicalgroup.org

Laurence S. Lorefice Old Greenwich, 203-637-4006 laurenceloreficemd.com

Charles J. Morgan Ridgefield, 203-293-0343 charlesjmorganmd psychiatry.com

Joshua C. Pollack

Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, 203-863-4373 greenwichhospital.org

Bruce Shapiro Stamford, 203-327-4144 castleconnolly.com

John S. Tamerin Greenwich, 203-661-8282 castleconnolly.com

Mark Waynik Fairfield, 203-254-2000 thewaynikgroup.com

PULMONOLOGY

Amy M. Ahasic Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-2392 nuvancehealth.org

Michael A. Bernstein Stamford Health Stamford, 203-348-2437 stamfordhealth.org

John J. Chronakos Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-8330 nuvancehealth.org

James S. Krinsley Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437 stamfordhealth.org

Caroline P. Kurtz Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-855-3888 nuvancehealth.org

Christopher Manfredi Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-855-3888 nuvancehealth.org

Dominic J. Roca Pulmonary Associates of Stamford Stamford, 203-348-2437 stamfordhealth.org

Daniel J. Rudolph Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates PC Trumbull, 203-261-3980 bridgeporthospital.org

Paul Sachs Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-348-2437 stamfordhealth.org

Adil Salam Pulmonary & Internal Medicine Associates PC Trumbull, 203-261-3980 bridgeporthospital.org

Robyn N. Scatena Nuvance Health Medical Practices Norwalk, 203-852-2392 nuvancehealth.org

Philip Simkovitz Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Trumbull, 203-365-0577 hartfordhealthcare.org

Ian Weir Norwalk Hospital Norwalk, 203-852-2392 castleconnolly.com

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Sean W. Dowling

Bennett Cancer Center Stamford Stamford, 203-276-7886 stamfordhealth.org

Deborah X. Fang St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Bridgeport, 475-210-5085 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Christopher M. Iannuzzi St. Vincent’s Hospital Bridgeport, 203-576-6000 stvincents.org

Frank A. Masino Bennett Cancer Center Stamford, 203-276-7886 stamfordhealth.org

Bruce McGibbon Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, 203-863-3701 bridgeporthospital.org

Pradip M. Pathare Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-852-2719 nuvancehealth.org

Seema Sanghavi Radiation Oncology Danbury Danbury, 203-739-7190 nuvancehealth.org

John Spera Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-739-7190 nuvancehealth.org

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY

Joshua M. Hurwitz RMA of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 rmact.com

Mark Peter Leondires RMA of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 rmact.com

Andrew J. Levi Park Avenue Fertility Trumbull, 203-372-6700 parkavefertility.com

Cynthia Murdock

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Norwalk, 800-865-5431 rmact.com

Ilana Belle Ressler

RMA of Connecticut Stamford, 800-865-5431 castleconnolly.com

Spencer S. Richlin

RMA of Connecticut Norwalk, 203-750-7400 rmact.com

Barry Witt Greenwich Fertility and IVF Center Greenwich, 203-863-2990 greenwichivf.com

RHEUMATOLOGY

Lana I. Bernstein

Northeast Medical Group Greenwich, 203-302-4181 greenwichhospital.org

Sharon Karp

Westchester Health Northwell Physician Partners Stamford, 203-327-9321 stamfordhealth.org

Joao M. Nascimento

Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport, 203-371-0009 bridgeporthospital.org

Stuart N. Novack

Western Connecticut Medical Group Norwalk, 203-852-2290 castleconnolly.com

Roberta Rose

Nuvance Health Norwalk, 203-852-2290 nuvancehealth.org

Alla G. Rudinskaya

Nuvance Health Danbury, 203-794-5600 nuvancehealth.org

Michael Spiegel

Danbury Hospital Danbury, 203-794-5600 castleconnolly.com

Jessica Rachel Stein

Rheumatology Norwalk Norwalk, 203-852-2290 nuvancehealth.org

Marcie Lynn Wolinsky-Friedland

Soundview Medical Associates Norwalk, 203-838-4000 hartfordhealthcare.org

SPINE SURGERY

John N. Awad

Orthopaedic Specialty Group PC Fairfield, 203-337-2600 osgpc.com

David A. Bomback

Connecticut Neck and Back Specialists LLC Danbury, 203-744-9700 ctneckandback.com

David Lawrence Kramer

Connecticut Neck and Back Specialists LLC Danbury, 203-744-9700 ctneckandback.com

SPORTS MEDICINE

Brian Bast

OrthoConnecticut Darien, 203-845-2200 myorthoct.com

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UROLOGY

Milton Frank Armm

Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute Bridgeport, 203-338-8760 stvincents.org

Michael E. Karellas Stamford Health Medical Group Stamford, 203-276-8545 stamfordhealth.org

Nicholas Viner Northeast Medical Group Trumbull, 203-375-3456 bridgeporthospital.org

Joseph Robert Wagner

Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute Bridgeport, 203-338-8760 hartfordhealthcare medicalgroup.org

Matthew S. Wosnitzer

Northeast Medical Group Fairfield, 203-256-5500 northeastmedical group.org

VASCULAR SURGERY

Paul J. Gagne

Vascular CT PLLC Darien, 203-548-7858 nuvancehealth.org

Brian King Connecticut Vascular Surgical Associates PC Fairfield, 203-382-1900 ctvascular.com

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Lynne M Haven, MD D ermatology & Laser Center

5 Oak Street, Greenwich, CT 203.869.4242

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DR. LYNNE HAVEN IS A BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST in Greenwich who specializes in cosmetic dermatology and laser treatments. Dr. Haven graduated from Harvard University and received her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her dermatology residency at New York University.

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For those of us who have been around since the 1970s, it was chart-topping singer Karen Carpenter who brought the term “anorexia nervosa” into our vocabulary. Her velvety contralto voice was the soundtrack of the era, but those rich, full notes she sang were in stark contrast to her frail body, wasting away before the world’s eyes until not much more than a ghoulish clothed skeleton remained. Carpenter died of a heart attack in 1983, at the age of thirty-two.

Without treatment, up to 20 percent of all eating disorder sufferers do not survive. Knowing the warning signs and where to turn for help can be a matter of life and death. Fortunately, in Fairfield County we have some of the best doctors and treatment centers to support patients and their loved ones in understanding and overcoming the various eating disorders that can devastate young people and adults. »

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TYPES OF EATING DISORDERS

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, severe calorie restriction to the point of starvation, distorted body image and abnormally low body weight.

BULIMIA

Characterized by cycles of binging and purging: bouts of extreme overeating followed by self-induced vomiting, purging, fasting or excessive exercising. Sufferers often have a normal or above average body weight.

BINGE EATING DISORDER (BED)

Frequently binge large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.

EXERCISE BULIMIA/ ANOREXIA ATHLETICA

Characterized by excessive and obsessive exercising. May focus more on exercise performance than body image.

AVOIDANT/RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER (ARFID)

Aversion based on sensory characteristics of food, not body dysmorphia. Can cause disturbance in growth, nutritional deficiencies and significant weight loss.

ORTHOREXIA

Uber clean eating and obsessing about nutrition to the point that it becomes damaging. Can be a forerunner of anorexia.

DIABULIMIA

Affects Type 1 diabetics who reduce or stop taking insulin with the goal of losing weight.

OTHER SPECIFIED FEEDING OR EATING DISORDER (OSFED)

A blanket term to catch all other eating disorder variations.

Something Seems Off WARNING SIGNS

“Our daughter, Leah*, was eleven when we realized something was off,” says local mom Tina Collins. “She was a ballet dancer and had always been tiny, so it didn’t occur to us until she sent me a text saying: ‘I don’t want to eat. I think I’m fat.’ By then, she was already fully delusional with body dysmorphia.”

Looking back, Tina realized there had been signs: Leah had become obsessed with food in a strange way—she was compulsively cooking but not really eating, she was moving her food around on her plate, she could not casually talk and eat, she was struggling in school because her brain wasn’t functioning, and she had lost weight. “It’s a tricky disease,” says Collins. “Your child disappears. This disordered brain takes over. She went from being a joyful little imp to a nonperson who didn’t communicate with us for months. For a little while, you lose them. The hardest part is that panic.”

Collins turned to Westport psychotherapist Dr. Noni Eden, whom she describes as the “gold standard” in the area for eating disorders. In addition to the telltale signs that Collins had noted, Dr. Eden adds, “If a child is active and open and starts retreating, staying in bed and not wanting to see friends, that’s concerning. Changes in academics or eating habits, or if out of the blue they become vegan, a red light goes off for me. A drop or gain in weight out of nowhere, change in mood, change in dress; they start wearing baggy clothes or layers, so parents won’t see their bodies. They eat in their room by themselves, avoid restaurants or run to the bathroom after eating. They are like turtles that go in the shell.”

Westporter Mark Baker remembers the day he and his wife realized something was desperately wrong with their teenage daughter. They had gone to a dance recital and noticed she was blossoming into a young woman. “A few months later, at the next recital, she had lost her entire shape. We were crushed,” says Baker. “We didn’t know what to do. She had disappeared, and it felt like overnight. We saw it on stage in front of all these people.”

Looking back Baker realized “she’d been hiding in massive sweatshirts, and there’s no question we missed how little she was eating.

Some fictitious names have been used in this story.

We don’t sit down and eat family dinners, none of my kids eat breakfast and we don’t know what they are eating at lunch. On vacations, she’d order a big meal and eat a few bites. We took it as a positive that she was being health conscious.”

Dr. Ingi Soliman, a clinical psychologist in Westport, advises parents to also look out for: “elimination diets [even vegetarianism sometimes], irritability around food or body or weight, a sudden change in your child’s growth chart percentile, depression and over exercising.” It is not only girls battling these demons—20 to 30 percent of her patients are boys. “We see it a lot with athletes, especially wrestlers and runners who have to maintain their weight,” says Soliman. Eating disorders also affect adults, especially those who had issues in their youth—whether diagnosed or percolating below the surface. College-age young adults are particularly at risk.

Dr. Joanna Bronfman, the director of Backcountry Wellness for Eating Disorders, mentions a few more disconcerting warning signs: “inflamed parotid glands in purgers, cut knuckles on hands from putting them in their mouths, thinning hair, a chronic chill, lanugo [a downy layer of body hair like babies have to provide warmth], frequent weighing, water loading and use of diuretics.”

Why Is This Happening CAUSES

“The truth of the matter is that eating disorders are caused by a perfect storm. It’s never one thing. It’s bio-psycho-social,” says Dr. Bronfman, affectionately known as “Dr. B.” to her patients. “It’s brain based, temperament, family, heritability, stress response, cultural. The cultural piece is big and loud and has reared its head through social media.”

Media imagery touting the slender “perfect body”—from Twiggy to the heroin-chic look to Victoria’s Secret angels—has been ubiquitous for half a century. But Dr. B. noticed two tipping points in recent years that caused an already bad situation to “morph into a beast.” First, in 2007, a camera was added to the iPhone. Second, Covid hit and life moved onto Zoom. “Seeing your reflection with that degree of frequency creates a loop in the mind that you have to change this or that about your look,” says Bronfman.

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“Identical twins, just by the very nature that they are identical, have a 33 percent higher risk of developing an eating disorder,” she explains. “If that’s the case, what is it? They are seeing themselves in the other, and they are always auto-correcting. We have treated hundreds of twins. If that is so with the twins, then so it is with Zoom and selfies.”

That doesn’t mean every kid with an iPhone is going to develop an eating disorder. The problem often comes on in tandem with “other biological inherent illnesses like anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, when those are in the family,” says Dr. Soliman.

“My mom was bulimic her whole life and still battles anorexia,” says Mark Baker.

Genetics are likely a factor in his daughter’s case, but he also blames social media. “She was obsessed with it. On vacation, she’d be taking 200, 300 photos for Instagram,” he recalls. “Then she disappeared on social media overnight. Clearly something happened in that space, some cyberbullying. Once kids start down that rabbit hole, the algorithms amplify the content that makes them feel less secure.”

Trauma can be a factor as well. Dr. Eden became intrigued by eating disorders when she stumbled upon cases in the Orthodox community in Israel thirty years ago. “There was a lot of incest in that community and other trauma.” Dr. Eden often finds trauma, such as rape, triggering eating disorders in college-age

patients. But often “the thought was there before,” she says. Issues with eating had been brewing.

Collins suspects trauma from an assault was a trigger for her daughter, but so were the overachieving, perfectionist traits that are so common among anorexics. “Kids who are eating disordered, it’s like a competition for them,” she says. “Who can be skinniest, who can not eat the longest.” Social media amps up the playing field.

While the average onset age Dr. Eden sees is fifteen to twenty-five, she has patients as young as seven and as old as sixty-five. “The young ones are sometimes mimicking behavior they are seeing at home or sometimes it is rooted in trauma. There are pre-teens comparing belly fat on the bus. They are feeling a lot of pressure. When kids can’t control anything else, they control food.” Dr. Eden saw a sharp uptick in cases during the pandemic. “I was getting up to twenty referrals a week,” she says. “People were feeling trapped and using food as a substance to give them relief. Food was something they could control and manage when the world felt out of control.”

Dr. Soliman also notes that controlling people in a patient’s life can be a contributing factor: a harsh gymnastics coach or perfectionist parents. “Also, mothers who are anorexic in pregnancy often have babies who are overeaters,” says Soliman. “There seems to be a constant need to compensate for the lack of nutrition in utero.”

Where to Find Professional Help TREATMENTS

“It’s really hard to find people who are deeply trained in this,” says Dr. Eden, who has been treating patients with eating disorders for thirty years. Her practice in Westport utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, with a therapist, nutritionist, psychiatrist and, for children, involvement of the parents and pediatrician. “With kids, we must have family therapy. If you don’t work with parents, no change will happen,” she says. “We have to direct the parents and give them the same language to use at home. Parents become part of the team. This is really the key to success.”

Dr. Eden’s approach is unique to each patient and may involve: cognitive behavioral therapy;

“ if a child is active and open and starts retreating, staying in bed and not wanting to see friends, that’s concerning. changes in academics or eating habits, or if out of the blue they become vegan, a red light goes off for me. ”
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deep work to get to the source; developing healthy coping skills; getting in touch with their feelings; “purging feelings rather than food”; narrative work to “rewrite the story of their life to become a hero, not a victim”; body and somatic approaches to trauma.

“If none of this works, safety always comes first. I will use an outpatient or inpatient program at a treatment center,” says Dr. Eden, who mentions Center for Discovery, Monte Nido, Clementine and Balance. “I have to use a lot of judgment. There can be benefits, but also patients can go and learn more tricks. I try to do programs that prepare them for real life. Life is about using food as a social event; eating should be fun. They need to make friends with food.”

Center for Discovery offers programs for various ages (ten and up) and levels of care in Southport, Fairfield and Greenwich. Northeast Regional Director Elizabeth Damon says, “Our residential treatment programs are located in homes, and our treatment process is set up to encourage ‘real life’ recovery. Our patients are involved in their own meal planning and preparation, and we don’t use measuring cups or scales. We know the work patients are doing in their psycho-educational groups and individual sessions is difficult, so we allow for down time, outings off-site and family visitation. Our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs are physically set up similarly, to create a home-like environment.”

Damon continues, “We know eating disorders develop as a way to help people cope with something. Our goal is to uncover the source and replace the eating disorder with healthy, life-fulfilling coping skills. We work collaboratively with families and loved ones to give them the tools they need to support the patient at home.” Anyone concerned they or a loved one may be suffering from an eating disorder can call and set up a free consultation: 888617-0072. An online quiz (centerfordiscovery .com) can help determine if a consultation is warranted.

Leah Collins tried Center for Discovery and Clementine at Briar Cliff Manor in New York, which her mom describes as “a wonderful, beautiful residence for fourteen girls,” but she still wasn’t eating. Victims are “basically killing themselves, and there’s no silver bullet treatment,” says Tina. Ultimately, Leah went to Eating Recovery Center in Dallas, where

she could be intubated. Thankfully, she pulled through and returned to Clementine and then several years at a therapeutic school. “We put all kinds of restrictions on her social media after treatment,” Tina notes. “She will always have body image stuff, but she’s functioning normally and getting ready to go to college.”

A year into trying different therapists, Baker says, “We found Backcountry Wellness in Greenwich. They were so instrumental, as was my wife who dropped everything else for the better part of two years.” Baker is overjoyed that his daughter is now “doing great. She is so mentally strong, and that is why she beat it. You battle it your whole life, don’t get me wrong, but I’m stunned by her progress in the past year.”

Dr. Bronfman at Backcountry Wellness has focused exclusively on eating disorders for twenty-five years. “We are small and more boutique, with a six-bed adolescent residential program, only eight kids per section in our other programs, deeply compassionate caregivers and skilled clinicians. We really take the time to know our kids and get them better,” she says. “We are about health and wellness. There are days for kale and days for cupcakes in life— that’s balance. Food is joyous. Food and love are one and the same; a baby in it mother’s arms nursing or being given a bottle cannot distinguish between the two.”

Dr. B. believes Backcountry is the best in the county for treating ARFID. “We have really cracked the code,” she says. Dr. B. also notes

“we can enjoy the food we eat for all it brings us—nutrients, energy and social connection. we can move our bodies because we enjoy doing so, instead of worrying that we need to exercise because of something we ate . ”
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a trend in many more boys suffering with these disorders now than in the past and, not surprisingly, many transgender people. “They are experiencing not only gender dysmorphia, but also body dysmorphia,” she explains. “There are all sorts of eating issues subsequent to that.”

Dr. Soliman emphasizes that catching the signs early and seeking treatment early gives the best chance of recovery. Six months prior to a girl getting her period is the average onset age she is seeing—and that is an easier age for parents “to swoop in and manage food intake” than later on. “They are starting to become an adult, their bodies are doing things they aren’t comfortable with, and they literally try to stop their body from developing,” she explains. “Parents need to treat them like a two-yearold; if your toddler is sick, you figure out a way to get the medicine into them. Treat the food as medicine. I have had parents sit in the car with their child at lunch time at school; you really have to supervise every meal. It’s really hard for parents, taking away their teen’s autonomy, but the physical piece comes before the emotional. Once the weight is up, it’s easier to address the emotional issues and figure out what the obstacles are.”

Dr. Soliman likes working with the Center for Discovery, Yale’s program (Child Study Center and Intensive Outpatient Program) and Greenwich Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and she suggests checking out the virtual offerings and resources offered by Monte Nido (montenido.com) and The Renfrew Center (renfrewcenter.com).

The potential long-term effects of eating disorders—including heart disease, osteoporosis, amenorrhea, infertility, dental problems from stomach acid, cancer of the esophagus, abdominal bleeding from laxatives—are frightening, but Dr. Eden says, “We have a good rate of success of recovery. There may always be a hesitation or fear of food, but many people can have a healthy life.”

What Parents and Society Can Do CURBING THE TREND

“Social media is awful for kids. Parents need to be vigilant about what their kids are watching

and what accounts they’re following, especially if you suspect your kid is struggling,” advises Collins.

Baker adds: “We have to have the uncomfortable conversations with our kids. We have to stay on them. You have to look in their drawers and closets. You have to monitor their social media.”

Dr. Eden advises, “Don’t minimize kids’ feelings. Listen, don’t judge, and offer help. You can’t have the attitude: ‘Oh c’mon, get over it, just eat.’ It’s an illness like drugs or alcohol, except that we need food. Get informed.” She adds, “Never comment on looks or weight. Don’t talk about ‘bad foods.’ Kids need to learn balance in food and balance in life. Try to cook together.”

Dr. Soliman notes a change society can make: “Some countries have outlawed airbrushing to make people look thinner in the media. With the body-positive movement, we are seeing more of an athletic body ideal. Actors of different body types are being cast.” We have to keep pushing the needle. She reiterates for parents not to “comment on body or weight or eating—yours or theirs” and for binge eaters, to “encourage an active lifestyle.” Binge eaters can refer to Yale’s POWER program for support (@yaleteenpower on Instagram).

“I think a shift in the way we talk about our bodies, food and exercise is a little way to make a big difference,” says Damon. “We can stop labeling food as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ We can stop commenting on other’s bodies, especially refraining from commenting on someone’s assumed weight gain or loss. We can enjoy the food we eat for all it brings us—nutrients, energy and social connection. We can move our bodies because we enjoy doing so, instead of worrying that we need to exercise because of something we ate.”

Dr. Bronfman recommends having dinners together. “If schedules are busy, pick one time during the week to eat together; it could be Sunday brunch. Food is family.”

She adds, “The way to talk about food is not to talk about food, except ‘Yum, this is so good! You have to try it.’ ”

For comprehensive, compassionate guidance, Dr. Bronfman finds the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to be outstanding (nationaleatingdisorders.org, helpline: 800-931-2237). ND

HELPFUL RESOURCES Center for Discovery Recommendations BOOKS Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon Body Respect by Linda Bacon
Lucy Aphramor Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
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OUR WRITER TOM CONNOR HAD THE ROUGH JOB OF VISITING SOME LOCAL SPAS TO FIND OUT JUST WHAT THE GUYS ARE UP TO.

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BODY,MIND ANDSPIRIT

COMING OFF-SCREEN AND BACK TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS AND DATING, GUYS WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL NOT LIKE THEIR OLD SELVES, BUT LIKE THEIR NEW, POST-PANDEMIC SELVES— YOUTHFUL, HEALTHY AND READY TO RE-ENGAGE WITH THE WORLD

Massage is just one of the popular options for men.

We’ve been looking at ourselves on-screen for more than two-and-a-half years, and it's not always pretty. The pandemic has left many men with more wrinkles and weight, less hair and energy, and a general disapproval of the way we look.

“Studies show that the increase of webinars and virtual meetings have led to an increase in facial dissatisfaction overall,” notes Kim Nichols, M.D., the celebrity dermatologist and owner of NicholsMD of Greenwich.

So what? We’re guys! Who cares how we look? Well, it’s finally time to admit the obvious: We do!

Women, of course, have long known both the benefits and the sublime pleasures of spa treatments. And for almost as long, they’ve been trying to get the men in their lives—husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers and sons—to experience them, too. »

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Making changes to one's face takes time— and a strategy.

Men can work on skin perfection with deep-cleansing facials.

Now, as guys are back to in-person meetings and dates in real time, we’re having to do so without Zoom’s “Touch up my appearance” feature or the filter that smooths wrinkled skin. In fact, we’re steadily leaving virtual rooms and showing up in light-filled, calm and soothing spas in record numbers. According to the International SPA Association, men’s presence in spas has shot up from 31 percent ten years ago to 47 percent today. In the past, guys had to travel to the grand spas of Europe for aesthetic treatments or to only a handful of iconic American spas—The Golden Door in Southern California during Men’s Week, for example, or the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia (full, obnoxious disclosure: I’ve been to both). But the intersection of Covid, prolonged screen time and men’s growing concern for their health and wellness has given rise not only to new aesthetic centers, but also to the opening of half a dozen or more medical spas across Fairfield County in the past two years alone.

WELL, IT’S FINALLY TIME TO ADMIT THE OBVIOUS: WE DO!

SO WHAT? WE’RE GUYS! WHO CARES HOW WE LOOK?
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THE ZOOM EFFECT

Launched in 2013, Zoom reported 200 million—both free and paying—daily meeting participants in March 2020, the first official month of the Covid pandemic. According to Business Insider, by the following month another 100 million users were in daily Zoom meetings. But enough about them! Seeing myself on Zoom one night earlier this year, I realized I looked like Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, the day the FBI pulled him from his remote cabin in rural Montana after more than two decades of living in isolation. I felt like turning myself in.

“The Zoom Effect is a real phenomenon,” says Merry Thornton, who opened ELEMENT MEDICAL AESTHETICS on Main Street in New Canaan in March of this year. “The pandemic has increased sensitivity to looking old and tired.”

Bags under the eyes and flabby skin on the neck—these, she and others say, are the result both of the stress from pandemic isolation and from the virus itself.

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FACING OURSELVES

Given the prominence of the face, an ideal starting point is a thirty-minute Hydrafacial, a deep-cleansing spa treatment that cleans, extracts and hydrates the skin and neck. And an ideal spa for the treatment is NICHOLSMD OF FAIRFIELD, the third office of celebrity dermatologist KIM NICHOLS, M.D., who, with perfect skin, has appeared on Today and The Dr. Oz Show. The new office opened in May of this year in the Brick Walk near Fairfield’s downtown. Alyson, a youthful-looking registered nurse, has me lie back on a comfortable white lounge chair. After she washes my face— something I clearly should be able to do myself—she uses a laser device with HydroPeel Tips and Vortex-Fusion technology on the skin. The device, I learn, creates a vortex-like effect to vacuum up dead skin and extract “debris,” as she calls it, from the pores.(A superficial detail that, nonetheless, preoccupies me: The “debris” from the vacuumed pores gets captured and collected in a trap. Trust me, you don’t want to know anything more about this.)

The final step in the treatment has her infusing the pores with nourishing serums and intense moisturizers and saturating the surface with antioxidants and peptides. I leave looking fabulous.

PAINTEDWALL SYNDROME

Faces are multifaceted, so medical spas like NicholsMD divide treatment sessions into facial units that require different solutions and that offset the potential danger of too much treatment in one area. The problem with these treatments, however, is similar to that of painting one wall of a room: By comparison, the other walls immediately cry out for repainting.

I make an appointment to see Merry Thornton at ELEMENT MEDICAL AESTHETICS.

Located in a second-floor, 2,000-square-foot space in New Canaan, Element is super-clean, white, bright and uncluttered. After reviewing my medical history and concerns, Merry washes and applies numbing cream to my face and neck. It's a good thing, too, because she now runs the tip of an Ultra laser gun up, down and across the surface of my skin, a procedure that feels like a regiment of mildly agitated yellow jackets stinging me. No matter. The treatment leaves my face feeling warm and tingly and looking slightly sunburned, and far easier for me to face myself onscreen.

For more serious skin issues, Merry suggests the Genius, a system for administering radiofrequency micro-needling— forty-nine tiny needles that penetrate the skin and emit radio frequency—to get rid of dead skin and encourage collagen, a structural protein that tightens it.

“It’s a bit uncomfortable,” she tells me. Actually, the Ultra treatment was “a bit uncomfortable,” so I think I’m good for now, I tell her. »

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GIVEN THE PROMINENCE OF THE FACE, AN IDEAL STARTING POINT FOR POST-ZOOM CARE IS A THIRTY-MINUTE HYDRAFACIAL, A DEEP-CLEANSING SPA TREATMENT THAT CLEANS, EXTRACTS AND HYDRATES THE SKIN AND NECK.
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HAIR THERE, BUT NOT EVERYWHERE

While many men want hair added to thinning areas, others are interested in removing it from unwanted places.

Unless we’ve been wearing baseball caps in Zoom meetings, another noticeable fallout from the pandemic has been the fallout of our hair. Spa owners report an uptick in male clients inquiring about medical treatments to encourage hair growth in bald or thinning areas of the scalp.

One of the more popular treatments for hair restoration is PRP (platelet-rich plasma). For the procedure, a patient’s blood is drawn, spun in a centrifuge, then injected into the scalp with microneedling, which opens channels in the follicles to encourage hair growth. (Think of this as a bag of liquid Scott’s Turf Builder dumped onto the bald areas of the scalp then worked in with a sharpened spade.)

For unwanted body hair, medical spa personnel suggest laser treatments, in which the emission of light and heat damages hair follicles. The drawbacks are that it’s uncomfortable (some have likened it to a rubber band snapping against the skin), and it can be expensive. As many as six treatments may be required, to the tune of roughly $250 each treatment, and then permanent removal isn’t guaranteed.

A faster and far less expensive method of hair deforestation is traditional waxing. Here, strips of cloth dipped in hot wax are laid on a victim’s skin, then ripped off one strip at a time. (On second thought, I may opt for the snapped rubber bands!)

One new treatment expected to be rolled out this summer at DREAM SPA & SALON has owner Lori Dodd mincing words. “I don’t know if you’re ready for this,” she tells me, “but we’ll soon be offering manscaping in the form of manzillians”—in other words, Brazilians for men. (Note: I should have stopped Lori at “I don’t know if you’re ready for this.” I wasn’t.)

THE MASSAGE IS THE MESSAGE

Even before the pandemic, Stephanie Torres, the manager of the DELAMAR GREENWICH HARBOR SPA, saw a significant number of men making appointments for a range of spa treatments but especially massages—Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue. “The kind of massage,” she says, “depends on whether clients want to relax or work on specific muscles and areas of the body that need to be stretched and massaged.”

What may be helpful for some guys to know is that spa treatments aren’t only for the high-powered Greenwich male. For years, one of Torres’s male clients let the gift certificates from his wife pile up before manning up and giving it a try. “He finally came in, and he was blown away,” she says. “Now he’s booking appointments every two weeks.” The gentleman’s occupation? Greenwich police officer, which makes a lot of sense: Standing in the middle of Greenwich Avenue directing Range Rovers and well-heeled pedestrians is reason enough for regular, stress-

reducing massages.

The problem with scheduling an appointment with Stephanie Torres? She’s so in demand that she’s booked out a month or even more.

Standing appointments for weekly or monthly massages is the norm among male clients at ARTISTEX SALON & SPA in Westport, which merged with Born of Earth Spa earlier this year. “A massage helps male clients de-stress,” says Anna, a masseuse at the spa for the past nine years. “Sitting in a chair all day hunched over a laptop can cause a lot of stress on the neck muscles and back muscles, even leg muscles. But beyond physical stress, there is mental and emotional stress, and I think men see the spa as somewhere they can get away from the world.”

Just off the busy Post Road near downtown, stepping into one of the massage rooms at Artistex feels like a full retreat from life outside. The room is narrow, the dark walls a relief from the stark white of medical spa treatment rooms. I strip to shorts and lie under warm sheets on the massage table. Anna, who is Polish and has large, strong hands, attended university to become a teacher but found her calling in this country when her son was diagnosed at age four with rheumatoid arthritis.

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says, “until I realized why I was given them.” After seven years of massaging her son’s limbs and joints to relieve his pain, she accepted her calling to become a massage therapist.

Employing a mix of soft Swedish massage and harder deep-tissue massage, she uses long sweeping strokes to massage the back and leg muscles, and her fingers find and relieve tension knots in the shoulders and neck. “When we are stressed, we lower our heads and raise our shoulders,” she says.

The massage lasts an hour, though time is blurred by the background ambient music—wind, storms and waves mixed with flutes, strings and horns played, it seems to me, by Himalayan spirit sherpas in yurts blowing into yak antlers. Or something.

There’s a term spa workers use to describe the effect of multiple treatments on men and women: “Spa brain.” I think it may be kicking in, because all I want to do is lie on this massage table, talking to Anna and listening to this music.

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Younger males are skipping hair treatments and for good reason: All their hair is on their heads! Instead, they’re making appointments for I.V. vitamin and hydration drip bags at such sites as Old Greenwich.

“I.V. therapy was a hit, especially in the beginning of the pandemic, because everyone wanted to be as strong as possible in case they did get sick from Covid,” says Melissa Pulcini-Buttine, the founder of ELIVATE, which opened just before the start of the pandemic, closed for several months and reopened in June 2020. Now, they’re coming in to renew energy, as are older male clients, and to boost athletic performance.

As at other spas across the county, men are coming on their own these days as opposed to being dragged in by the women in their lives.

Clients at Elivate lounge in comfortable leather recliners in one of two I.V. rooms and watch movies on a large flatscreen TV as the vitamins—zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and immune booster cocktails—course through their veins.

The vitamins are custom mixed based on a consultation with Pulcini-Buttine or on blood work done in the on-site lab. Treatments, which take about an hour, provide multiple benefits—improved mood, energy, weight loss, immune system strengthening, enhanced athletic performance—with the intravenous vitamins absorbed far faster and more effectively than if taken orally. »

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“DEPENDS ON WHETHER CLIENTS WANT TO RELAX OR WORK ON SPECIFIC MUSCLES AND AREAS OF THE BODY THAT NEED TO BE STRETCHED AND MASSAGED.”

GETTING GROUNDED

With the ordeal of medical spa treatments behind us, it’s time for treatments that both feel good and are good for us. One of the first steps for guys seeking a new lease on life is a pedicure. That’s right: A pedicure!

This is because men have slowly been discovering the benefits of well-tended feet that have spent most of their lives imprisoned in boots or shoes, where some of the nastiest conditions on Earth prevail.

Fortunately, spas are as much centers of health information as they are palaces of pleasure, and a little information can go a long way to getting men in the door for this much-needed treatment. As I learn from Jeannie, who has been rejuvenating feet at DREAM SPA & SALON in Westport for sixteen years, the feet contain more sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body, continually supplying information about the surfaces we’re trodding for better balance, stability and shock absorption. With more than 250,000 sweat glands there, each foot can produce four to six or more ounces of perspiration a day. Enough said.

As with other spa treatments, gift certificates for pedicures are what usually drag men in the door for the first time. “They’ll come in for a pedicure, because they have a gift certificate from a wife or daughter or girlfriend,” Jeannie says. “A lot of the guys will say that when they cut their own toenails, they usually end up bleeding.”

I change my socks and go see her.

The pedicure room at Dream is a small, clean, warm room set off from the rest of the spa so that men don’t feel self-conscious in a sea of chatting women, says Jeannie. She is Greek and has a natural Mediterranean warmth that itself is soothing.

The procedure begins with slipping the bare feet in a warm, shallow bath of powdered milk water mixed with lemongrass essential oil. After drying them on a towel on her lap, Jeannie clips the nails without blood or digit

loss, then applies cuticle eliminator ointment to soften the dead skin on the nails that is pushed back and scraped off. Next, she files the calluses with soft and gritty sandpaper-like files, and finally washes and massages the feet and calves with a washcloth and vanillaorange and brown sugar scrub, the sugar giving a mild grit to the wash. I feel special.

Jeannie recommends that men come back for a pedicure every four to six weeks, which is when toenails have grown long enough to be in need of clipping. I leave feeling not only grounded, but being able to see my reflection in my polished toenails.

Pedicures for men at Dream Spa & Salon include foot baths with essential oils and nail shaping. Other options include massages, which complete a fully relaxing visit.

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

One of the best ways to wrap up a program of spa treatments, both medical and aesthetic, might be with a visit to JANE KOHLER, a Westportbased structural integration therapist and masseuse, who is much sought after for her holistic approach to bodywork. In addition to feeling really good after one of her long sessions, clients receive an education across a wide, freeranging spectrum of information— from yoga and meditation to Rolfing, reflexology and qigong, a traditional Chinese medicine that uses movement to optimize energy and maintain healthy mind, body and spirit.

Kohler’s Westport studio is a spacious, sun-dappled space in an old house furnished with antique Oriental carpets and a simple, cushioned massage table.

“Before clients get on the table, I look at their structure—how they’re standing, how they’re breathing and how they’re moving,” she says. “If the ankles and shoulders and ears aren’t aligned, there are issues that will continue until they’re resolved.”

Kohler focuses on the fascia— the connective tissue of the body—to realign posture and to open tissue that’s tightened due to stress, injury or other factors that cause chronic pain and limited mobility. Some issues involve ingrained habits of sitting, walking and breathing that inhibit daily functioning. Other issues are emotional. Kohler uses a mix of slow, deep, stretching movements and applied pressure to balance the fascial. The release of emotions, memories and/or traumas that have been stored in the tissue can make clients aware of the opportunity for change.

She stretches the limbs, realigns the frame, gently massages sore spots and applies pressure to tension knots, one area at a time. I leave feeling better than I have in years.

CAVEAT

One warning, of sorts: Spa services for men aren’t for the faint of wallet. Aside from prescriptions, which PAs can write, most spa treatments are for those with disposable dead skin, tension and income.

“What we do is purely discretionary, so men have to be able to afford it,” says Dream Spa & Salon’s Lori Dodd.

The Ultra laser treatment Merry Thornton administered at Element, for example, normally runs $850 The Hydrafacial at NicholsMD in Fairfield, $225.

Basic pedicures at Dream, $55 At Artistex, the sixty-minute massage I received, $130. And an hour-and-a-half session with Jane Kohler costs $180 and is worth every dollar. As with most treatments, packages of three to six lower the cost per treatment considerably. (A second, more obnoxious disclosure: All of the above services were free for me. Someone's gotta do it.)

Spa treatments can also be addictive. The Greenwich police officer who disregarded gift certificates from his wife the way scofflaws disregard parking tickets, now schedules monthly appointments at the Delamar Spa for stress-eliminating massages.

Finally, because of that spa brain, you may want to avoid treatments on days when you need to use your brain—like if you've got to give a big presentation. Then again, who cares? Explain that you’ve just come from a massage and pedicure and aren’t wearing shoes so that you can look at yourself in your polished toenails.

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Winter Reflection

There is something nice about the slower pace of winter. It allows us time to reflect, appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, and tackle some of those resolutions we set for the year. Families stroll through town and take in the scene, while joggers and people walking their dogs enjoy the solitude. When the water freezes at Tilley Pond in Darien, the activity picks up with a Norman Rockwell-inspired landscape of ice skating and pond hockey. Bundle up and bring on the hot chocolate. ND

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