New Haven Office: (203) 776-1243
Woodbridge Office: (203) 397-1243

New Haven Office

303 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 776-1243
Fax (203) 785-1247

Woodbridge Office

1 Bradley Road, Suite 102
Woodbridge, CT 06525
(203) 397-1243
Fax (203) 397-1241

Welcome to Our Practice


At Child and Adolescent Healthcare (CAHC), our skilled team of New Haven area pediatricians offers comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents. Conveniently located in New Haven and Woodbridge, our courteous and knowledgeable staff works hard from your first contact with us to make every visit to our office a positive one..

Whether it's your child's first visit, or a routine well–child checkup, we strive to make sure you and your child are always comfortable and informed. We take the time to talk with parents to help you understand your child's needs, and we equip you with the knowledge necessary for promoting a lifetime of optimal health and wellness.

To help you get acquainted with our practice, we have provided the important information you need on our website. Please browse these pages to learn more about our skilled doctors, services, office details and commonly asked questions. For patients who have been accepted to the practice (please note there are times that our practice is closed to new patients) after a "meet and greet" visit or a prenatal/pre-adoptive visit patient forms are also available through our website. Please contact our office to confirm that we are accepting new patients and discuss the new patient procedure with our office staff.

Our pediatricians at CAHC believe exceptional care is obtained when there is an ongoing relationship between the doctor and patient. We want to be lifelong partners in your child's health. We achieve this goal by listening to your questions and concerns, and educating and working with you and your child to promote a healthy lifestyle for your entire family.

When you choose Child and Adolescent Healthcare (CAHC), you can feel confident that you are teaming with knowledgeable, compassionate doctors who have dedicated their careers to child and family-focused health care. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns. Our pediatricians and nurturing staff look forward to meeting you and your family..

What's New?

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  • TRAVEL INFORMATION: Visit and click on the country you will be visiting. There may be vaccinations or medication required for travel. Please advise us as early as possible as we may not have all required vaccines available in our office. Passport Health website will also assist with travel vaccinations. 


  • has updated information on a wide range of topics from COVID-19 and flu to injury/violence prevention and safety information. 

GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: has information for parents/guardians on a wide range of topics related to your child's health, growth, mental health, safety and preventive measures. 

Parent Resources

An online resource center providing you with additional helpful information.

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Sick Child?

View the KidsDoc Symptom Checker from

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Choosing a pediatrician is an important and personal decision and we want you to feel at ease with the care you and your child will receive.

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We invite all patients to connect with us on our new patient portal! You may use this link if you have ALREADY established a portal with us. If this is your first time, please contact the office to get an invitation to the portal to set one up, otherwise you will set up a link that will not link to your child's chart.

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Chadis is an online system that will deliver developmental and health questionnaires directly to parents and families. CHADIS results come directly to your doctor at CAHC. Use CHADIS for all visits and all ages. It will help your doctor at CAHC address any concerns about your child's health and development. For NEW USERS: Enter your office's main number as the invitation code or click the link below. For Returning Users: Log in with your username and password.

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Please check for any travel advisories. Simply choose the country you will be visiting and the recommendations will be listed including up to the minute advisories. Some travel vaccines can be obtained in our office and some need to be given at a travel health clinic. PLEASE check weeks to months before travel so that your child and family can be adequately protected.

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Doctor Practice Overview

Joe Avni-Singer, MD

Shari Storeygard, MD, FAAP

Shannon Martinello, MD, FAAP

Namita Wijesekera, MD, FAAP

Elizabeth Northrop, MD, FAAP


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1) School/Camp/College forms

2)Sick Visits at CAHC during cold/flu season

3)Medicaid patients: you may need to reapply even if you still qualify. Please double check that your children are actively insured. 


5)Illness prevention: Flu Shots,  Covid Boosters and RSV immunization

6)Ticks--they're back! 


School/Camp/College forms:  This is the beginning of form season! Generally, there will be a "yellow form" (age 0-4 for daycare/preschool) and a "blue form" (age 5+ for school/camp/sports) on file from your child's last wellness visit. You may print these from the Athena patient portal and they are "good" for 1 year from the time of the visit. 

If your child plays a sport the form can't expire anytime during that season from the first day of tryouts to the last day of the season. Sometimes this requires an extra visit for a "sports physical" if their form will expire during their season. Your insurance may or may not cover a sports physical. We will work with you to try to accommodate these visits as best we can. 

We request that you give our physicians 5-7 days to complete these forms. Camp forms are often lengthy but most camps will accept the State of CT Blue form that we provide. 

College forms often require lab tests, TB tests or other information that may not be routine. Please ask your senior to download their college forms as soon as they decide on their school and get those forms over to us to review and complete at least a month before they are due back to the college. This allows any additional testing or blood work to be completed or any vaccines updated that might be required. 


We expect that the fall/winter will bring the usual illness we see as children have returned to school and cold/flu season has begun. If you feel that your child needs to be seen please CALL the office to schedule a visit. 

Portal messages are not monitored 24/7 and should not be used to request an office visit or for more complicated discussions which would be better served with an office or telehealth visit. 

On the WEEKENDS we ask that you call in the morning as we are available for shortened morning hours on the weekends for urgent visits. 

Our physicians are on call 24/7 for urgent matters after hours but please keep non-urgent calls (medication refills, form requests, wellness visit scheduling) to business hours. 

If your child is coming into the office for a sick visit, please bring all of their medications with them (inhalers, spacers, etc.) to review.  Please mask if your child is over the age of 2 and has cough, runny nose, congestion, fever, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or pink eye. This helps to keep other patients and our staff safe. 

Fever reducer dosages are located on our main page. Close this tab and search under "more" at the top of the website. Always dose by WEIGHT, not age, when giving pain reliever/fever reducer. 


As the "Public Health Emergency" phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has come to an end, some Medicaid patients may need to re-apply even if they still qualify. Please be sure to check that your family or child is still eligible and that you are still active. Many people have been dropped from Medicaid coverage even if they still qualify. Please check that you and your children still maintain coverage.



 We strongly recommend that all family members have updated immunizations to prevent spread of preventable illnesses during your gatherings.

Influenza vaccine is recommended and available for anyone over 6 months of age at our office. 

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all over age 6 months of age.  We have vaccine available for children age 6 months-11 years. Children age 12+ can get the vaccine at local pharmacies with their parents. There is an updated vaccine for 2023-24 winter. 

RSV Immunization is available for newborns through 8 months of age. Pregnant parents can get a similar immunization during pregnancy which will protect your infant through their first RSV season. AND family members over age 60 can get an adult immunization for RSV to protect themselves and protect the young members of your families.

Pertussis vaccine is generally part of the TDaP vaccination adults get every 10 years. Pertussis causes “whooping cough” which can be deadly to young infants who have not yet had all of their pertussis immunizations. For adults, pertussis can cause a serious cough that can last for months and they can pass this deadly illness to young infants.

Pneumococcal vaccine (“pneumonia shot”) is recommended for all eligible not only to protect the adults in the family but also to protect young children and medically fragile individuals.

A reminder to please stay home and avoid gatherings if you are sick or feeling ill. COVID-19 testing is still recommended even for mild symptoms as it can still be quite variable in it’s presentation…everything from a mild scratchy throat to a mild cough to high fevers and pneumonia can all be attributed to COVID-19.

Hand washing is an excellent way to prevent spread of germs, covering coughs appropriately, cleaning high touch surfaces (door knobs, handles, etc) and not sharing utensils when sick can be helpful. Ventilation such as cracking a window or running a HEPA filter in a room during gatherings may help as well. Wearing a mask when you are sick and have to be around others is a great way to prevent sharing your illness with others.

Flu shot info: https://www.healthychildren.or...

Covid vaccine info: https://www.healthychildren.or...

RSV antibody information: These links also contain a video that may be helpful to determine if your child is breathing too fast or too hard which always requires a call to our office. 

RSV: When It's More Than Just A Cold

Almost all children get RSV at least once before they are 2 years old. For most healthy children, RSV is like a cold. But, some children get very sick with RSV. With RSV season starting earlier than usual again this year, here's what parents need to know.


Immunization information specifically about the RSV immunization:


This is a general guide to help you manage seasonal allergy symptoms with your children. Seasonal allergies are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores released as the weather gets warmer. In the fall other spores and pollen are released that can cause the same type of symptoms.

General recommendations would be to ***WASH*** off the face, hands and even change clothing, if possible, after your child comes indoors. Just as the pollen collects on cars and windows, it will land on your child as well. Whenever your child touches his/her hair, skin, clothing and then rubs his or her eyes or nose, your child can cause continuous exposure to the pollen even when indoors. Wearing a hat to cover hair and removing it when he/she comes indoors can also help. Keep your children off of their beds and furniture in the home after coming in from outdoors until they have changed their clothing to keep pollen from those surfaces as well.

Keeping windows closed at night can be helpful as well. Many pollens and mold spores are released into the air in the very early morning hours even before sunrise.

The following may be helpful tips to help manage seasonal allergy symptoms.

Intermittent symptoms (if your child has sporadic symptoms—only has sneezing or runny nose with some exposures like a freshly mowed lawn, etc.) might only need a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the times that he or she is having symptoms. This is an antihistamine that works fairly quickly but only lasts about 4 hours. Most children do just fine with this medication but some kids will get a bit tired or sleepy. A small percentage of children can actually get a bit of an energy boost for those hours. 

MAINLY EYE SYMPTOMS: Over the counter antihistamine eye drops work quite well and can be used as needed on days that your child has symptoms. Some examples of these eye drops are:

-Pataday or Patanol (generic is olopatadine)***Works really well, used to be Rx but now it’s over the counter

Most major pharmacy chains have their own store brand as well.

Children under 3 may not do as well with an eye drop and some are not formulated for very young children. Children younger than 3 may benefit more from a long-acting oral antihistamine. (see below)

-Azalastine Nasal drops work well for nasal AND eye symptoms and can be used 1-2 times a day as needed in addition to olopatadine eye drops or any of the nasal sprays listed below. (the nasal sprays listed below need to be used every day, the azalastine spray can be used as needed) 

MAINLY NASAL SYMPTOMS: (itching, runny nose, congestion) can be controlled with a long-acting oral antihistamine or a nasal spray. Children under 3 may not be able to use or tolerate many nasal sprays. Check with our office for recommendations if the oral antihistamine is not giving your child enough relief.

It should be noted that nasal sprays DO NOT give immediate relief so your child may need to use BOTH a nasal spray and an oral antihistamine for the first 5-7 days while the nasal spray is beginning to work on the nasal passages.

Medicated nasal sprays should always be used in conjunction with a SALINE nasal spray to rinse the nasal passages anytime your child has been outside or before using the medicated nasal spray to clear out the nose of pollen and mucus. Saline nasal rinses can be used several times a day.

Nasal Sprays available over the counter include:

-Fluticasone proprionate(Flonase), Children’s Flonase available as well as Sensimist which is a finer lighter mist that may be better tolerated by young children)

-Budesonide (Rhinocort) “Children’s Rhinocort” available **Fragrance free option**

-Mometasone (Nasonex)

-Triamcinolone (Nasocort) **AGE 2 and up**

Major pharmacy generic versions are also available and more affordable. They are medically equivalent to these name brands.

 These should be given as 1 spray to each nostril once daily. Older children and teens may benefit from 2 sprays once a day for the first week and then decrease to 1 spray daily.  Using a higher dose longer than a week may cause nosebleeds. 

There are other prescription nasal sprays that are similar to the over the counter sprays listed above. These include Qnasl, Veramyst and Beconase among others but they work very similarly to the over the counter medications and are generally not covered by insurance carriers.

Multiple symptoms (itchy eyes, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itching) will likely require using multiple remedies.

In addition to eye drops and nasal spray, a long acting antihistamine can be used.

Long acting antihistamines include:

Loratadine (Claritin or Alavert) 2.5mg for children 20-30lbs, 5mg children between 30-40lbs, 10mg above 40lbs (liquid and dissolve tabs are available in both dosages)ONCE A DAY

Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 5mg daily for children between 3 and 6, 10mg for children over 6 (liquid and tablet available) ONCE A DAY

Fexofenadine (Allegra) liquid for age 2 and up, liquid and dissolve tab for age 6 and up. Follow directions for once or twice a day dosing depending on the type you purchase.

Step-Wise Approach to managing allergies

-Be consistent with all of the prevention measures listed above

-If there is one main symptom, choose the right fit (for eye itching, use eyedrops, for nasal congestion and itching, use nasal spray)

-If there are multiple symptoms (eye, nose, itching, running nose, sneezing, etc)

1. First, start with a long-acting antihistamine.

2. Next, add eye drops or nasal spray or both

3. Next, add in another long acting antihistamine. Generally using loratadine in the morning (less likely to cause sleepiness) and then another in the evening. ***For children under 4 please talk with a physician about using more than one antihistamine.


The following PDF from the CDC contains general information about managing a tick bite.

Removing a tick:

If you find a tick on your child, the best thing to do is remove it quickly by lifting straight up with fine-tipped tweezers. You may need to give a bit of a tug as ticks adhere to the skin quite well. The key is to get off all the parts of the tick that are at and above the surface of the skin. The ticks have barbed "antennae" that they use to hold themselves in place but the "feeding" part of the tick is not on the barbed antennae. Often there are one or two small black dots that remain after removing the tick. These may remain behind and do not cause lyme disease. The body will work them out like a small sliver over the next few days. Digging out these antennae can increase the risk of skin infection. It is best to leave them alone.

Next, clean the area off with soap and water. 

If the tick was possibly imbedded in the skin and feeding it will be engorged (full) of blood. Ticks that carry Lyme disease need to be actively feeding for at least 24-48hours to transmit lyme disease to a person. If a tick was found on your body and was removed within that time frame, the risk of getting lyme disease is extremely low.  This is why doing a very thorough tick check every night before bed is important. Ticks tend to like areas with folds or creases such as behind ears, armpits, the back of the neck, the groin, belly button, under scrotum, behind knees, etc. so check those areas particularly closely. 

**Old fashioned "tricks" for removing ticks with vaseline or a hot match actually increase the risk of transmitting lyme. The best thing to do is to remove the tick quickly with tweezers.  

If the tick was possibly attached for longer than 24-48 hours and was engorged, it is best to closely monitor the area of the bite daily for the next 3-4 weeks. There will be some pinkness and even a "bug bite" mark at the site that lasts a few days as would any insect bite. However, if an enlarging ring-like rash evolves in the area of the bite, your child should be seen in our office for evaluation. The lyme rash is generally flat, not itchy or warm and it does enlarge over several days. This would suggest early lyme disease and this rash is easily treated with a course of antibiotics. 

Other symptoms that would require a call to the office in the weeks following a tick bite would be an unexplained fever, joint pain or swelling, or severe headache. 

Additional information can be found on the Healthy Children Website: