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May 2021 Newsletter

We Make It Easy to Find an Available Primary Care Provider!

We now offer one central number to book an appointment with a primary care provider (PCP) in a town near you. Don’t wait until you are sick to look for a PCP.  Seeing a primary care provider on a regular basis is essential and they provide comprehensive care including:

Schedule a visit today by calling (860) 721-5743.

Or click here to learn more about PCPs who are accepting new patients.


Click here to review 5 common questions to ask a primary care doctor at your next visit>


Helping You Review and Elect Medicare Plans

We now offer a special program called Starling Senior Care Advantage to patients who have a Medicare Advantage plan with Aetna, ConnectiCare, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare, and WellCare.

Each year there are significant changes to health plans and features to be reviewed.

Ask your doctor for more information. Or, call (860) 996-8104, and a licensed insurance professional can assist you in making your selection.

Click here for details

Diabetes Education Classes

We are pleased to have two excellent diabetes educators who work with patients to understand and manage diabetic care. They offer a variety of free, online education events on the following topics:

Basic Diabetes Care & Management

Overview on what is diabetes, medication instruction, balancing food, medication, nutrition and exercise, blood glucose goals, tools to help successfully manage diabetes.

Carbohydrate Counting & Meal Planning

Discussion on what are the macronutrients, how do carbohydrates affect your blood sugar, healthy meal planning.

Sensor Therapy

Introduction to continuous glucose monitoring, interpretation of glucose monitoring, professional CGM trials, individual and group training on personal devices.

Pump Therapy

Introduction to benefits of pump therapy, instruction on pump basal and bolus theory, individual  training classes on personal pumps. 


Instruction on Smart Pen to record insulin usage as a tool for evaluation of current medication regimen.

Click here to find upcoming classes and learn how to register. These classes are free and open to Starling patients and members of the community.

Pregnancy Resource Page

Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time. We now have a pregnancy resource page with helpful information on diet, medications, when to call your OB/GYN, and how to manage the side effects of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Resources

Lab Update

Starling is pleased to partner with Labcorp as the laboratory provider of choice for our patients and providers. We encourage our patients to only use a Starling or Labcorp patient service center for laboratory services.  We appreciate your continued support following our transition to Labcorp earlier this year.  

We are confident that you will now enjoy the many benefits of improved access, cost-effective care, and excellent customer service from one of the nation’s leaders in diagnostic testing.

Convenient: Starling and Labcorp offer dozens of new sites throughout Central Connecticut, including 10 Labcorp at Walgreens locations. You can also continue to visit lab patient service centers in select Starling offices. Click here for all locations and hours.

Easy: Labcorp offers a free and simple-to-use Labcorp Patient™ App that makes scheduling appointments and getting results secure and easy. Click here to learn more>

Cost-Effective: Labcorp provides comparable, if not lower, rates than many commercial laboratories. We do not charge facility or administrative fees. Labcorp is in-network with most insurance plans including Connecticare, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, as well as many other health plans in the state.

Safe: Labcorp offers the “Wait Where You’re Comfortable” Program, which allows you to check-in online and wait in a convenient place until you receive a text to enter the Labcorp patient service center.

Professional: Well-trained, certified laboratory phlebotomists are staffed at every location, welcoming each Starling patient.

When your Starling provider orders lab testing, you want it to be easy, comfortable, and convenient. You want Labcorp and Starling Labs. Visit for all hours and locations, or visit to find a Labcorp site near you.

Have You Gotten Your Vaccine?

Now Vaccinating Those Age 12 & Above

We now offer the Pfizer vaccine to those aged 12 and above. Our Vernon Pediatrics practice is running Pfizer drive-up clinics. Our pediatrics practice in New Britain is offering the vaccine during business hours. You do not need to be a Starling patient. Click here for details on scheduling appointments at both locations.

Vaccine Update for Adults

We continue to offer the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccine for those aged 18 and above. Call the number below and schedule a vaccine today!

We Still Require Masks

On May 19th, Connecticut lifted the mask mandate for people when they are outside and people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer need to wear masks in several places.

For our patients, we will continue to require masks because we are a Health Care Facility.  If you do not have a mask, please ask our staff to provide you with one.  

For more information about mask usage from the CDC, click here.

Thank you for your cooperation!




Physician Spotlight

This month we are pleased to highlight 4 of our doctors.
Dr. Oosman Tariq >>
Primary Care: Plainville, Bloomfield

Dr. Tariq’s education and clinical experience span over twenty years. As a primary care provider, he has a particular interest in preventive medicine and the role of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle modification in the management of chronic conditions. He enjoys partnering with his patients to help them improve eating habits and modify behavior to attain better health.

Dr. Tariq sees patients in Plainville and, starting in June, will see patients in Bloomfield, also. Call (860) 747-5766. Click here to watch a short video in which Dr. Tariq discusses a very common issue he encounters – insomnia.

Kathleen Abbott, MDDr. Kathleen Abbott >>
Physiatry: Glastonbury, Enfield

Dr. Abbott is a physiatrist who aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments, pain, or disabilities. She diagnoses and treats both acute pain and chronic pain and provides non-surgical treatments, including fluoroscopy-guided spinal injections, electrodiagnostic testing (EMG, nerve conduction), trigger point injections, and joint injections.

She welcomes new patients in Glastonbury and Enfield: (860) 749-3045. Click here to watch a short video in which Dr. Abbott explains more about the field of physiatry.

Dr. Courtney Souza >>
Pediatrics: Newington

Dr. Souza knew she wanted to be a pediatrician from the time she decided to go to medical school. She is grateful for the wonderful opportunity to follow the growth and development of her patients from newborns through adolescence. She is dedicated to promoting the establishment of lifelong health and wellness and serving as a trusted partner to her patients and their families. 

Dr. Souza provides comprehensive pediatric care including:

Now welcoming new patients in Newington: (860) 666-5167. Click here to learn more about Dr. Souza.

Dr. Xiomara Okonkwo >>
Podiatry: Glastonbury, Enfield

Dr. Okonkwo is an experienced podiatrist. She specializes in advanced wound care/ diabetic limb salvage, biomechanics, orthotic evaluation, sports medicine, management of foot and ankle injuries and surgery, heel pain/ plantar fasciitis, bunion, hammertoes, calluses, fungus infection, warts, ingrown toenails, flat foot deformities, disability medicine, and Achilles tendon injuries.

She welcomes new patients in Glastonbury and Enfield. Call (860) 721-5773.

Click here to learn about the newest technology she uses for custom orthotics>