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The pediatric and adolescent medicine experts at Starling Physicians provide ongoing and comprehensive medical care for children of all ages. Our commitment is to help children reach their highest potential by working with families to promote and maintain their child’s physical and emotional well–being.

We are your partners in guiding your child on a path of optimal health. In order to attain this, we continuously strive to meet and exceed our patients’ expectations while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in pediatric medicine. From prenatal consultation visits and preventive care to treatment of acute illnesses and the ongoing management of chronic health conditions, Starling Physicians offers complete medical treatment for children from infancy through late adolescence.

Our pediatricians are accessible and are here to guide you when your child is ill. We offer same-day sick visits when indicated during normal business hours and are available by phone 24 hours a day/7 days by a week for urgent matters.

We provide a wide range of services: 

  • Well child visits
  • Annual school and sports physicals
  • Screenings (vision, hearing, development, mental health, and lead)
  • Guidance for parents or guardians
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment of acute illness
  • Management of chronic conditions

All of our pediatricians are board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and have backgrounds that include an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, and three years of post-doctoral training in inpatient and outpatient medicine. Our offices are conveniently located in Plainville, New Britain, and Newington.

Monday – Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Saturdays: 8:30am–12pm


We are always here for you! When your child is ill, we should be your first point of contact. For urgent matters after hours, your call will be forwarded to our on-call team. Our doctors or nurses can hear your concerns and guide you on next steps.

We are pleased to welcome the excellent providers at Vernon Pediatrics to the Starling pediatrics team. Drs. Rapaport, Martin, Lahman, Huang-Bulger, and nurse Karpey will continue to see patients at their office at 357 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

If you are a patient of the former Vernon Pediatrics, please click here >>

  • Office Policies

  • Well Child Visit Schedule

    Newborn: 2-4 days after birth

    16 mo.

    2 weeks

    20 mo.

    2 mo.

    24 mo.

    4 mo.

    30 mo.

    6 mo.

    Yearly after age 3 until age 18

    9 mo.

    12 mo. 


  • School and Sports Physicals

  • Sick Visits

    What to do when your child is sick

    When your child is ill, it is natural to worry and want to seek immediate care. We can help. The first step is to call us so we can hear your concerns and help you determine the next steps. We are available by phone 24/7 for urgent matters. If our office is closed, a nurse or doctor is on-call and available to advise you.

    Same-Day Sick Visits: We have spaces reserved for children who need to be seen for an acute illness during office hours. Symptoms may include:

    • A fever that lasts several days, is unusually high, or has certain associated symptoms
    • Ear pain, drainage from the ear, or ear pulling
    • Prolonged sore throat with or without white patches on the tonsils
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Trouble with or pain urinating
    • Difficulty breathing; in severe instances, go straight to the ER

    If we feel you do not need to be seen right away, you may be asked to monitor your child and call back with an update if the symptoms do not improve.

    Urgent Care Centers: These centers can be useful after hours or on weekends when an issue can’t wait. However, it is important to touch base with us first to see if a visit is necessary. We know your child’s health history. Urgent care staff may have minimal training in pediatrics and may not be comfortable treating infants and young children for anything beyond the simplest of ailments. If your health concern is not urgent, we may advise you to wait to be seen in our office the next business day. 

    Emergency Room:  Sparing yourself and your child an unnecessary trip to the ER is not just a matter of convenience. A visit to the ER can expose your already sick child to hospital germs and other infections carried by fellow ER visitors. In addition, ER care is generally more expensive and you may find yourself waiting several hours. However, we recommend going to the ER when any of the following issues arise:

    • Fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher in a child under 2 months
    • A severe injury such as a broken bone, laceration, or burn
    • Significant head injury, especially if associated with vomiting or child is not behaving normally
    • A seizure
    • Signs of dehydration, such as very dry lips and mouth, absence of urination for more than 12 hours, lethargy, and confusion
    • Heavy, fast breathing, gasping for air, or trouble speaking
    • Impaired mental state – dazed, confused, or unlike himself/herself

    As a rule, if your child is able to walk, talk, interact and play, chances are that whatever he or she has is not an emergency.

    You want what is best for your child and so do we. Call us so we can discuss your child’s health and guide you in seeking care.

    New Britain: (860) 224-6282
    Newington: (860) 666-5167
    Plainville: (860) 747-1132

    Monday – Friday: 8:30am–5pm
    Saturdays: 8:30am–12pm

  • Back to School Tips

    Pediatrician Dr. Marc Ramirez talks with ABC’s CT Style Live about how to get children ready for back to school. He talks about the importance of getting on a schedule, how to engage your child in healthy eating, and how to avoid back strain.

  • Helpful Resources

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  • Dosing Guidelines