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Welcome to Our Newest Team Members

Starling is thrilled to continue to grow our team with outstanding medical practitioners. They come from all over the world, bring unique skills, and share a commitment to building enduring relationships their patients.

Here are some of newest team members. Click on their name to learn more about each of our providers.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Oosman Tariq  Internal Medicine: 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 welcomes new primary care patients in Plainville and Bloomfield.

Call (860) 747-5766.

Dr. Flora Parvin  Internal Medicine: Southington
Dr. Parvin did her medical school training in Iran. She spent six years practicing as a primary care physician in Iran before coming to the United States. She then completed a post-sophomore fellowship in Anatomic Pathology at UCONN and went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

Since 2004, she has served as a hospitalist, treating hospital patients facing a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. She enjoyed her experience as a hospitalist helping seriously ill patients get better. However, she missed building long-term relationships with her patients and is excited to be a part of Starling’s primary care team, where she can spend time getting to know her patients and guiding them on their health journeys.

Dr. Parvin welcomes new primary care patients in Southington.

Call (860) 329-0401.

 Dr. Pixie Plummer Internal Medicine: Bloomfield

Dr. Plummer completed her medical school training at the University of Iowa before completing a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center – Tufts University in Springfield, Massachusetts. She then completed additional fellowship training, working with people with disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard.

Dr. Plummer worked in Massachusetts for 20 years, providing primary care and working to improve care for patients with complex special healthcare needs in a community health center practice and teaching site. She has gained a strong reputation as a caring and trusted partner for patients with complex medical needs and their families throughout her career. Most recently she was recruited to improve care for people with disabilities in her home state of Iowa before returning to Connecticut to be a part of Starling Physicians.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, she is committed to partnering with all patients to support them in their health and life goals, no matter what the challenges may be.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Plummer in an interview.

Dr. Plummer welcomes adult patients in Bloomfield.

Call (860) 726-1455.

Nicole Pensiero, MSN, APRN, FNP-C  Internal Medicine: Wethersfield

Nicole attended the University of Saint Joseph for undergraduate and graduate school, where she studied nursing and obtained her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She served as a nurse at Bristol Health for seven years while working on the medical-surgical floor and intensive care unit.

At Starling, she provides a full range of primary care services including annual visits, treatment of illness, routine screenings, and management of chronic health conditions.

Nicole cares for her patients holistically and strives to achieve her patient’s goals of care while educating them on how to be advocates for their own health.

Nicole welcomes new primary care patients in Wethersfield.

Call (860) 258-3470.

Maria Turturici, FNP-S, RN, BSN Internal Medicine: New Britain
Maria practiced as a registered nurse at Hartford Hospital, remaining on her unit for over ten years and caring for many different populations with varying health conditions. In 2020, Maria graduated from the University of Saint Joseph with a master’s degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Maria has chosen primary care because she knew she wanted to be with her patients from the beginning and support them through whatever their lives bring. Maria wants to be an active resource for her patients and provide them with the proper tools they need to live healthy and balanced lives. Her goal is to work together with patients to foster the achievement of an optimal health outcome.

Maria welcomes new patients in New Britain at 300 Kensington Avenue.

Call (860) 522-1633.

Family Medicine

Dr. Umara Saleem Family Medicine: Enfield

Dr. Saleem is an accomplished board-certified family physician treating patients of all ages. Recognized for her excellence in clinical medicine, Dr. Saleem has won multiple awards in pediatric care, women’s health, and teaching. She is published in the reputable journal, Family Doctor, and sits on the NYSAFP Diversity Inclusive Task Force.

Growing up in Queens, New York, Dr. Saleem proudly calls Barnard College at Columbia University her alma mater. After that, she attended AUA School of Medicine, where she graduated summa cum laude and then went on to complete her residency and training at the renowned Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Program in Hudson Valley, New York.

She has served as an attending physician in outpatient clinical practice, perfecting her skills in incorporating mental health and well-being in patient-centered care. Her interests include newborn, pediatric, and adolescent medicine, and women’s health, with a strong focus on maternal/ post-partum care/ new families. She also serves as a family medicine lecturer and adviser at Kingsbrook University Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Saleem welcomes patients of all ages to her practice in Enfield.

Call (860) 253-5330.

Dr. Muhammad “Ahsan” Iqbal Family Medicine: Enfield

Dr. Iqbal is excited to join the Starling family and bring his expertise in adult, geriatric, and addiction medicine, as well as women’s health to the Greater Enfield/  Western Massachusetts region. After completing medical school at Saba University in the Dutch Caribbean, he acquired more than 5 years of experience seeing patients of all ages in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Dr. Iqbal trained in Hudson Valley, New York at the prestigious Institute for Family Health. He completed part of his training in Pediatrics and Newborn care at Albany Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center.

Dr. Iqbal, also known as “Dr. Smiley,” treats children as if they were his own and takes great care in focusing on the totality of his patient’s needs. He understands the unique aspects of each community and aims to better serve his patients through preventive care and evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Iqbal welcomes patients of all ages to his practice in Enfield.

Call (860) 253-5330.

Dr. Diamond Tyrell-Smith  Family Medicine: Harford

Dr. Tyrell-Smith received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She did her residency with Eastern Connecticut Health Network Family Medicine in Manchester, Connecticut. In her final year, she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Tyrell-Smith was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut and she is honored to deliver care in this community. As a family medicine physician, she sees patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly. She has received extensive training in geriatric care in outpatient and long-term facility settings, as well as in women’s health and pediatric care. Dr. Tyrell-Smith loves all aspects of family medicine with a special interest in women’s health, pediatric care, adolescent care, preventive medicine, weight loss management, and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma.

She welcomes new patients to her Hartford practice located at 580 Farmington Avenue.

Call (860) 522-1621. 

Dr. Anna Perrone Family Medicine: Newington

Dr. Perrone attended medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She did her residency with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) Family Medicine in Manchester, Connecticut. She concurrently pursued her master’s degree in Medical Education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Perrone has extensive experience in treating patients of all ages, ranging from infants to the elderly, in both inpatient and outpatient practice settings. Special interests include preventive medicine, lifestyle and behavioral modification, geriatric care, nutritional counseling, osteopathic manipulative treatment, pediatric and adolescent medicine, women’s health, and the management of chronic conditions including, but not limited to, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, thyroid, and gastrointestinal disease.

Dr. Perrone is up to date with the latest evidence-based health screening guidelines and immunization recommendations. She performs a variety of procedures in the office including skin biopsy and excision, cryotherapy, steroid joint injections, hyaluronic joint injections, trigger point injections, cerumen removal, pap smears, IUD placement and removal, and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

She is pleased to be part of Starling’s growing Family Medicine practice where she can provide high-quality, compassionate care to the community. She sees patients in Newington.

Call (860) 594-1199.

Dr. Anna Meola  Family Medicine: Granby

Dr. Meola attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, before completing her residency training at ECHN Family Medicine Residency in Manchester, CT. During her final year of residency, she served as chief resident.

As a board-certified family physician, she has strong interests in physician leadership within the community, osteopathic manipulation, nutrition, preventative health, and chronic diseases including but not limited to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Dr. Meola welcomes new primary care patients in Granby.

Call (860) 653-7261.

Specialty Care

Dr. Ela Banerjee  Endocrinology: Wethersfield and New Britain

Dr. Ela Banerjee did her medical training and residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. She then completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  

Her areas of specialty include general endocrinology, diabetes, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, calcium disorders, and transgender care. She is also trained in thyroid ultrasound and thyroid biopsy. As a part of Starling Physicians, she looks forward to providing the best, evidence-based care for her patients.

Dr. Banerjee sees patients in Wethersfield and New Britain.

Call (860) 547-1278.

Dr. Olurotimi Adekolu Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine: Bloomfield, Wethersfield, and New Britain

Dr. Olurotimi Adekolu completed his residency at the University of Connecticut in Farmington
after which he served as a Chief Resident at the Yale Waterbury Internal Medicine program. He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health care system. During his fellowship, he also served as a Chief Fellow and was subsequently accepted to the highly coveted Sleep Medicine fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Adekolu is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is also a member of various academic societies. His special interests include the management of sleep-disordered breathing, non-invasive ventilation, disorders of hypersomnia, asthma, COPD, and pulmonary hypertension.

He sees patients in Bloomfield, Wethersfield, and New Britain.

Call (860) 547-1876.

Dr. David Emmel Ophthalmology: Wethersfield

Dr. David Emmel is an experienced ophthalmologist. He graduated from medical school at Cornell University in 1980. He went on to complete a residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and did his fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Emmel’s clinical interests include cataract laser surgery, cataract surgery, eye care, and glaucoma. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital’s Eye Surgery Center.

After running a successful private practice in Wethersfield for many years, he joined Starling Physicians in July of 2021. He remains in the same location at 1260 Silas Deane Highway.

Call (860) 721-8960.

Dr. Paul Azimov Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Springfield, MA

As a board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Azimov has been serving the community of Western Massachusetts since 2005. He provides musculoskeletal and spine care, with a special interest in spinal injections and non-surgical treatment options to reduce pain and restore function.

Dr. Azimov diagnoses and treats both acute pain and chronic pain and provides non-surgical treatments for patients suffering a wide range of conditions impacting the lower back and neck.

We are pleased to have him join our practice where he will continue to see patients in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Call (413) 224-6420.

Dr. Grace Bundens OB/GYN: Hartford, Bloomfield, and Wethersfield

Dr. Bundens earned her medical degree at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Following medical school, Dr. Bundens completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency, training at the University of Connecticut where she received the Resident Teaching Award, the Gretchen Allen Award for Outstanding Care in the Women’s Clinic, and the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons Outstanding Minimally Invasive Surgery Resident Award.

Dr. Bundens treats a complete spectrum of issues affecting sexual and reproductive health with
a particular interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and is certified in Da Vinci® robotic surgery. She also has a special interest in medically complex pregnancies, adolescent gynecology, LGBTQ care, and family planning. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

Dr. Bundens sees patients in Hartford, Bloomfield, and Wethersfield.

Call (860) 246-4029.

Dr. Yousaf Shaikh Gastroenterology

Dr. Shaikh completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Mercer University where he majored in the biological sciences. He went on to Saint George’s University School of Medicine where he was a member of the Iota Epsilon Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Shaikh completed his residency training at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. During his residency, he was awarded intern of the year and was selected to serve as Chief Resident of the Internal Medicine program. Following his residency, Dr. Shaikh completed his Gastroenterology training at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. 

Dr. Shaikh has interests in luminal GI, including colon cancer screening, esophageal disorders, and functional bowel disease. He sees patients at Starling two days a month in our Glastonbury office at 289 Western Boulevard. He sees patients on the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month.   

Now scheduling patients in Glastonbury.

Call (860) 368-2270.