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Special services

We are very pleased to be able to offer some special services at the Family Medicine Center at Asylum Hill. These special services truly help make us a Patient-Centered Medical Home. 

Obstetrical care - Having a baby is a very special time and having a doctor who can care for both the mother and the baby is really medical care at its best. Since we provide women's health services, we often care for women before they become pregnant and continuing their care during pregnancy is a logical next step. We deliver our babies at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in the New Beginnings Family Birth Care center. We are very pleased to have an experienced team of senior physicians who work with our resident physicians to provide obstetrical care. Dr. Robin Gold is the co-ordinator of obstetrical services. Dr. Shaista Qureshi comes to the Family Medicine Center from Boston University Hospital where she had extensive experience in obstetrics, including cesarean sections. If needed, we work in collaboration with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists at the hospital for all pregnancies that are more complicated. 

Sports Medicine - Two of the senior physicians at the Family Medicine Center have extra training in sports medicine. Dr. Giselle Aerni is the head of the sports medicine program and is also the interim head team Physician for the University of Connecticut and the team physician for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. Dr. Adam Perrin is Medical Director for Wesleyan University athletics. Dr. Aerni is the interim fellowship director for sports medicine.  Dr. Aerni and the sports medicine fellows provide care in the subspecialty of sports medicine. The have expertise in concussions, other sports-related injuries as well as ongoing sports-related problems and have the capability of using modalities such as ultrasound to help them with their assessments. When appropriate, they are able to performs injections to help relieve pain and improve function. The sports medicine team provides side-line medical care at football games at Hartford High School as well as other services to teams in Connecticut.   

Social work and mental health/counseling services - We recognize that life can be difficult and stressful. We have excellent staff available who can help you (in collaboration with your physician) navigate the difficult times. We are pleased to have Linda Sinapi, ACSW and Rose Santiago, ACSW working with us at the Family Medicine Center. Both of them have had extensive experience working with individuals and families.  Other staff members also assist in obtaining necessary services, if appropriate. Dr. Hugh Blumenfeld, one of the senior physicians, sees patients in consultation to help manage medications, if needed. 

Nutrition services -  We are pleased to have Sue Gebo (MPH, RD), a certified dietician-nutritionist as a consultant in the office. She provides nutrition counseling for individual patients upon referral of their physician. Ms Gebo also teaching the residents and medical students at the practice so that they can incorporate nutrition education in their practices. 

Integrative Medicine services - Dr. Mary Guerrera, one of the senior physicians, is nationally recognized as an educator in integrative medicine. She assists other physicians in the office with evidence-based complementary and alternative medical practice options for their patients including acupuncture. Integrative medicine uses a holistic approach to health care, caring for not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. 

Group visits - We are pleased to offer a number of group visits for our patients. In a group visit, persons with similar conditions get together periodically to learn more about their condition as well as receive support and care. We currently have three groups:
   Diabetes group - This is for Spanish-speaking patients and is lead by Dr. Kenia Mansilla. 
   Obstetrical group - This for our pregnant patients and is lead by Dr. Robin Gold.
   Weight loss group - This is for our patients who want help and support for losing weight. The group is lead by Sue Gebo, RD.