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Lois Kamugisha, M.D, Hematology/Oncology

August 11, 2022

Lois Kamugisha, M.D, warmly referred to as Dr. Kami by her patients, attended medical school at U.W.I in Trinidad, completed her residency at Morehouse in Atlanta, and completed her fellowship…

Janet R. Sadler, MSN, NP, FNP-BC, Cardiology

June 30, 2022

Janet R. Sadler, MSN, NP, FNP-BC is a board certified family nurse practitioner.  She started her nursing career after earning an Associated Science in Nursing from Capital Community Technical College…

Calan Sowa, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

June 29, 2022

Dr. Calan Sowa, M.D., M.A. grew up in Rhode Island and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.  He went on to pursue his medical degrees at Boston University School…

Mohammed Yosufzai, M.D., Geriatric Care

June 28, 2022

Dr. Mohammed Yosufzai received his medical degree at Ziauddin Medical University in Pakistan.  He went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia…

Jude Hall, APRN, FNP-BC, Internal Medicine: New Britain

June 13, 2022

Jude earned her diploma at St. Francis School of Nursing in 1993 and her bachelor’s degree at Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. She worked in the areas of medical/surgical…

Jeanne M. Young, MD, FAAD, Department of Dermatology

May 23, 2022

Dr. Young completed her Dermatology Residency at the University of Virginia where she served as chief resident. She pursued her fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology at…

Alexis Coughlan, PA-C, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

May 12, 2022

Alexis received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, PA. She went on to receive her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the same institution…

Alla Kirzon, APRN, Internal Medicine: Newington

May 12, 2022

Alla Kirzon, APRN started her career in the Boston area as a surgical nurse at Cambridge Community Hospital. Following her husband, she traveled to New Mexico, providing home health care…

Brian Oliver, Balance Center: New Britain

February 9, 2022

Brian is an experienced Physical Therapist with a demonstrated history of excellence in outpatient orthopaedics and neurology. He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health and Exercise from Colorado…

Lindsey Robins, PA-C, Dermatology

January 20, 2022

Lindsey attended Springfield College for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She credits her comprehensive approach to patients’ concerns to…

Troy E. Chilson PA-C, Physiatry/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

December 28, 2021

Troy is an enthusiastic, dedicated, and versatile Physician Assistant. He received his  Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is well-rounded in…

Kristina Benoit, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, OB/GYN: Avon

December 28, 2021

Kristina started her nursing career by earning an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Capitol Community College in 2012. She then went on for her Bachelor of Science degree…

Deborah L. Hackett, APRN, Internal Medicine: Enfield

December 28, 2021

Deborah is a professional registered nurse with more than 14 years of emergency/critical care experience. She has a wide range of knowledge, ranging from pediatrics to gerontology, neurology, and cardiology. She…

Dr. Pixie Plummer, Internal Medicine: Bloomfield

November 2, 2021

Dr. Plummer attended medical school at the University of Iowa and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center – Tufts University in Springfield, MA.…

Diamond Tyrell-Smith, DO – Family Medicine: Hartford

August 9, 2021

Dr. Tyrell-Smith received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Providence College. She then went on to get her master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She…

Anna Perrone, DO – Family Medicine: Newington

August 9, 2021

Dr. Perrone is a board-certified family medicine physician who prides herself on delivering high quality, patient centered care. Dr. Perrone attended Pennsylvania State University where she received her bachelor of…

Muhammad Iqbal, MD, MS – Family Medicine: Enfield

August 9, 2021

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…

Umara Saleem, MD – Family Medicine: Enfield

August 9, 2021

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…

Dr. Anna Meola: Family Medicine: Granby

August 9, 2021

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…

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

July 15, 2021

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…

Erika Maria Paggioli, APRN: Vernon Pediatrics

June 30, 2021

Erika earned a bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular Science from Central Connecticut State University in 2015. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in…

Grace D. Bundens, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

June 30, 2021

Dr. Bundens treats a complete spectrum of issues affecting sexual and reproductive health. Her special interest include 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.

Olurotimi Adekolu, MD, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

June 30, 2021

Dr. Olurotimi Adekolu earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences in Nigeria. He subsequently completed his residency at the University of Connecticut…

Maria Turturici, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Internal Medicine: New Britain

June 24, 2021

Maria graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2010, earning her bachelor of science degree in Nursing. She practiced as a registered nurse at Hartford Hospital, remaining on her unit…

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

May 25, 2021

Dr. Azimov is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan (part of the former Soviet Union). Before pursuing a career in medicine, he served two years in the Russian Army. He also was…

Jared Marshall, PA-C, Cardiology

April 30, 2021

Jared grew up in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. He received a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biochemistry/Biophysics. Afterwards, he completed his master’s degree in Physician…

Yalitza Wright, Internal Medicine: Avon

January 18, 2021

Yalitza earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012. She has worked in med-surgery/geriatrics/renal unit in Yale New Haven Hospital for 6 years.  She…

Dr. Christopher Betz, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

November 30, 2020

Dr. Christopher Betz is a skilled orthopedic surgeon and has served the communities of Bristol, Southington, and New Britain. At Starling, he brings his extensive experience to our Glastonbury office…

Rebecca Kent, MD, Transplant Nephrology

November 13, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Kent joins our Nephrology team where she provides transplant nephrology care in a hospital setting. Dr. Kent graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor of…

Jillian Sullivan, APRN, Internal Medicine: Wethersfield

November 13, 2020

Jillian attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate, where she was a student-athlete on the cross country and track and field teams while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in…

Dr. Oosman Tariq, Internal Medicine: Plainville

September 1, 2020

Dr. Tariq’s education and clinical experience span over twenty years. He graduated with honors from medical school in Slovakia and then trained in ophthalmology. Prior to coming to the United…

Gabrielle Berthiaume, APRN, Internal Medicine: Enfield

August 11, 2020

Gabrielle is a compassionate and committed family nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree from Quinnipiac University. Prior to joining Starling, Gabrielle worked as a trauma nurse at Hartford Hospital from…

Welcome Dr. Andrew Nelson, Orthopedic Surgeon: Hand, Wrist, and Elbow

August 1, 2020

Dr. Nelson is originally from Chicagoland. He came east to attend Brown University where he studied Biomedical Engineering and Biology in preparation for medical school. At Brown, he was also…

Mary Leahy, APRN, Department of Internal Medicine, Farmington

July 31, 2020

Mary Leahy, APRN is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree…

Lani Ralston, Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine

July 13, 2020

Lani earned both her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at the University of Connecticut. She completed advanced practice studies in 2006. She has experience in primary care, neurology, and gastroenterology.…

Karina Kuruvilla, PA-C, Internal Medicine: Newington

April 29, 2020

Karina has worked as a Physician Assistant since 2014 and has experience in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Urgent Care. She has a special clinical interest in integrative medicine, nutrition,…

Dr. Courtney Souza, Pediatrics, Newington

April 1, 2020

Dr. Courtney Souza was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University where she majored in applied mathematics and statistics. She attended…

Kristen Walton, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Hematology/Oncology, Wethersfield

February 10, 2020

Kristen started her nursing career by earning an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Maria College in 2012. She then went on for her Bachelor of Science degree in…

Mahesh Patel , MD, FACP, Internal Medicine: Avon and New Britain

February 7, 2020

Dr. Patel is an experienced, board-certified internal medicine practitioner. He previously served with Starling Physicians as a member of our Hospital Medicine team caring for patients at Hartford Hospital. Dr.…

Davi-Ann Francis Brown, APRN, Internal Medicine: Wethersfield

January 30, 2020

Davi-Ann is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Hartford. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree…

Angela M. De Lisle, PA-C, MHS, Gastroenterology

September 21, 2019

Angela received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford. She went on to receive her Master of Health Science degree in the Physician Assistant Program…

Samantha Neville, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, OB/GYN Midwife

July 3, 2019

This August, we are pleased to welcome our newest midwife, Samantha Neville. Samantha earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Quinnipiac University in 2013 and began her career as a…

Nicole Misiaszek, PA-C, Internal Medicine, Enfield

June 17, 2019

Nicole Misiaszek is an experienced board certified Physician Assistant. She did her undergraduate training at UCONN and earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the Medical University…

Diana Striffler, APRN Internal Medicine within Our Department of Nephrology

May 30, 2019

Meet Our New Nurse Practitioner: Diana Striffler, APRN Internal Medicine within Our Department of Nephrology Diane received her Masters in Nursing and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Holy…

Dr. Carmen Stelea, Internal Medicine: Newington

April 15, 2019

Dr. Stelea did her medical training in Romania and obtained her medical degree in 1994. She continued her training with a medical residency in Oncology. Before starting her residency, she…

Welcome Dr. Shishir Mathur: Cardiology

February 5, 2019

Dr. Mathur has been a physician for over eighteen years. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures for treating vascular and venous disease. He is originally from India where he received…

Alexa Swan MSN, FNP-C, Internal Medicine

December 17, 2018

Alexa Swan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. Since then, she has worked at Hartford Hospital in cardiology for over four…

Dr. Kimberly Gygi, Family Medicine

November 16, 2018

Dr. Kimberly Gygi is originally from Michigan.  She completed her undergraduate work and obtained her medical degree from Michigan State University in Lansing.  She served as chief resident during her…

Dr. Kathleen Abbott, Physiatry

November 13, 2018

This December, we welcome Dr. Kathleen Abbott.  She is one of Connecticut’s leading physiatrists. Physiatry,  also called physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance…

Dr. Rachelle Dyquiangco/Nephrology: New Britain

August 13, 2018

Dr. Dyquiangco completed her residency training at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, CT. She completed her nephrology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  She obtained her…

Kelly Nolin, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC: Internal Medicine: Enfield

August 13, 2018

Kelly is a graduate Family Nurse Practitioner with thirty years of experience as an emergency and critical care registered nurse. She has extensive clinical excellence and leadership demonstrated with pediatric…

We Are Pleased to Welcome Vernon Pediatrics to Our Team

August 9, 2018

This September the excellent providers of Vernon Pediatrics will join our pediatrics team. Drs. Rapaport, Martin, Lahman, Huang-Bulger and nurse Karpey will continue to see patients at their office at…

Dr. Lawrence Giove, Hematology/Oncology

July 19, 2018

Dr. Giove did his Internal Medicine residency at UCONN and completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Hofstra/Northwell Health in New York. There he managed a busy inpatient leukemia service and…

Dr. Daniel Morganstern, Hematology/Oncology

May 29, 2018

Dr. Morganstern is originally from Westchester County, New York. He earned his medical degree from the State University of NY Health Science Center in Brooklyn and completed his residency at…

Welcome Ashley Bogue, PA-C, Internal Medicine

March 22, 2018

Ashley Bogue is originally from CT. She was an undergraduate at Central Connecticut State University where she studied biology, chemistry, and psychology, and graduated summa cum laude. She earned her…

Welcome Dr. Gilbert Ching, Cardiology

March 22, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ching to our Department of Cardiology. Dr. Ching completed his internship and internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut.  He then completed his…

Welcome Jillian D’Eramo RN, MSN, CNM, OB/GYN

February 8, 2018

We are pleased to welcome certified nurse midwife Jillian D’Eramo to our OB/GYN team. She is originally from Connecticut and went to college at the University of Scranton where she…

Welcome Kim Keegan, APRN, Hematology/Oncology

February 5, 2018

Kim received her Bachelors of Science degree in Cytogenetics and Nursing from the University of Connecticut. She received her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Saint Joseph. She…

Welcome Dr. Kenneth J. Andrews, Ear, Nose & Throat

November 6, 2017

As a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Andrews treats issues impacting: Ears: hearing loss, infections, tinnitus, balance issues, and facial nerve disorders Nose:  sinus…

Welcome Elisa A. Marley, RD, CD

October 31, 2017

Elisa is a registered and certified dietitian. She graduated from Marywood College with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. After gaining local experience, she relocated to Seattle where she spent 20…

Welcome Dr. Jeffrey Mawhinney, Dermatology

October 4, 2017

Dr. Mawhinney is an experienced dermatologist. He conducts full body checks for skin cancer, performs onsite biopsies and excisions, diagnoses and treats skin, hair and nail conditions, and performs dermatological…

Welcome Dr. Raphael Cooper, Urology


September 7, 2017

Dr. Raphael Cooper, Urology
 Dr. Raphael Cooper is a board-certified urologist, in practice for 27 years. He has a particular interest in the treatment of prostate disease, kidney stones, and…

Welcome Dr. Abdel Salam, Internal Medicine

August 31, 2017

Dr. Abdel Salam provides a full range of primary care services including health and wellness exams, treatment of illness, maintenance of chronic conditions, and management of risk factors. She has…

Welcome Dr. Sidra Azim, Endocrinology


August 8, 2017


Dr. Azim joins us from an endocrinology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, osteoporosis, and adrenal and pituitary disorders. Now seeing…

We Are Proud to Welcome Dr. Raphael Cooper, Urologist

July 5, 2017

Dr. Raphael Cooper is a board-certified urologist, in practice for 27 years. He attended Harvard College, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, magna cum laude. He then completed medical school…

We Are Proud to Welcome Dr. Carol Watson to our Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

November 15, 2016

Dr. Watson has more than a dozen years of experience providing exceptional, personalized OB/GYN care to women from their teen-age to their post-menopausal years. She places a strong emphasis on…

Welcome Nicholas Klock, PA-C & Nicole Babaran, PA-C

September 29, 2016

Please join us in welcoming our two new Advanced Practitioners with Starling Physician’s Hospitalist Division, Nicholas Klock, PA-C and Nicole Babaran, PA-C. Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology,…

We welcome two new doctors to our team

September 19, 2016

We are pleased to welcome two outstanding physicians: Wael El-Mallah, MD, PhD, Invasive Cardiology Dr. El-Mallah joins our Cardiology Department at One Lake Street, New Britain. He joins us from the…

Meet Our New Midwife: Molly Nathanson, MSN, CNM

July 19, 2016

Molly attended Columbia University’s accelerated nursing program and received her master’s degree in their Nurse-Midwifery program. While attending Columbia, she trained and volunteered as a doula in New York City.…

Our Nephrology & Internal Medicine Department welcomes Dr. Alfred Vichot

July 10, 2016

Dr. Vichot joins us from his clinical and research fellowship in nephrology at Yale University. Prior to this, he received his Masters in Health Administration at Tulane University’s School of…

Dr. Joseph Tremaglio joins our Nephrology & Internal Medicine Department

July 1, 2016

Dr. Joseph Tremaglio completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. He has training in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, inpatient consultation, outpatient care,…

Two outstanding physicians join our Dialysis Access Center team this summer

July 1, 2016

They bring a wealth of experience and will ensure healthy vascular access to facilitate the highest level of dialysis access care. Dr. Matthew Brown Dr. Brown joins us as a transplant…

Meet our new Midwife: Nicole Musshorn, MSN, CNM

June 22, 2016

Nicole holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati Nurse-Midwifery program. She is experienced in high-risk obstetrical care and utilizes a holistic approach to management of gynecology and obstetrical patients.…

We are proud to welcome Courtney Christman, APRN to our Dermatology Department

June 3, 2016

Courtney is thrilled to have joined the Starling Physician community and is grateful to work alongside of such knowledgeable and caring dermatologists and staff. Courtney received her Doctorate of Nursing…

Welcome to our new Midwife: Nicole Musshorn, MSN,CNM

May 4, 2016

Starling Physicians welcomes certified nurse midwife Nicole Musshorn to our OB/GYN team. Ms. Musshorn has extensive experience in high-risk management while utilizing a holistic approach to the gynecology and obstetric…

Starling Physicians is proud to welcome Dr. Alexander Komm to lead our Department of Neurology

March 11, 2016

Dr. Komm has extensive experience treating a wide range of neurological disorders that impact the central and peripheral nervous system. If you or someone you love is facing neurological issues, Dr.…