Welcome to Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut!

Mission Statement

Our mission at Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut is to provide high quality care and support to the families that we serve. We strive to be the first resource for medical guidance to our patients and their families. Our doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and staff are dedicated to creating a personalized, patient-focused practice and to build ongoing relationships with their patients from birth through early adulthood.

Practice History

Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut has been serving families of the greater Danbury area since 1960. We offer a variety of services and are open 7 days a week, 364 days a year, in order to avoid unnecessary emergency room and urgent care visits for your child. Our practice offers family-friendly, evidence-based medicine in a warm environment to welcome your child and look forward to each visit. Our goal is to provide accessibility to your designated Pediatrician, and also offer extended support by working as a team. Your children can benefit from the combined knowledge, experience and skills of our seven board-certified pediatricians, two physician assistants, and two advanced nurse practitioners; one of whom is a certified lactation consultant. Pediatric Associates is committed to ensure patient satisfaction by keeping all lines of communication open with our providers at all times.

Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut has been serving families of the greater Danbury area since 1960. We are proud to be a Patient Centered Medical Home practice. We offer a variety of services and are open 7 days a week, 364 days a year, in order to avoid unnecessary emergency room and urgent care visits for your child. Our practice offers family-friendly, evidence-based medicine in a warm environment to welcome your child and look forward to each visit. Our goal is to provide accessibility to your designated Pediatrician, and also offer extended support by working as a team. Your children can benefit from the combined knowledge, experience and skills of our seven board-certified pediatricians, two physician assistants, and two advanced nurse practitioners; one of whom is a certified lactation consultant. Pediatric Associates is committed to ensure patient satisfaction by keeping all lines of communication open with our providers at all times.



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Meet Our Providers

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  • Leon A. Baczeski, Jr., MD, FAAP


    Dr. Leon Baczeski joined Pediatric Associates in 1984 following completion of his residency at the Bridgeport Hospital-Yale University Pediatric Residency program, finishing his last year as Chief Resident.

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  • David A. Gropper, MD, FAAP


    Dr. David Gropper joined Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in 1989 after completing his residency in New York City. His areas of special interest in pediatrics include allergic disease and Lyme disease.

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  • Bruce W. Cohen, MD, FAAP


    Dr. Bruce Cohen joined Pediatric Associates in 1995, after completing his Pediatric residency at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell in Long Island, NY.

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  • Rachel R. Rothschild, MD, FAAP


    Dr. Rachel Rothschild joined Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in 2000. She graduated Yale University Medical School in 1997 and completed her Pediatric residency at Cornell-New York Hospital in Manhattan in 2000. 

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  • Jamie L. Alon, MD, FAAP


    Dr. Jamie Alon joined Pediatric Associates in 2001. She graduated from Cornell University Medical School in 1998 and completed her Pediatric residency at Cornell-New York Hospital in Manhattan in 2001. 

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  • Leah A. Sterry, DO, FAAP


    Dr. Leah Sterry joined Pediatric Associates in 2012, after completing her residency in Valhalla, NY. Her special areas of medical interest include endocrinology, nutrition/obesity, breastfeeding and asthma.

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  • Aaron M. Slaiby, DO, FAAP


    Dr. Aaron Slaiby joined Pediatric Associates in 2015. He graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. 

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  • José F. Arraiano, PA-C


    Joe Arraiano joined Pediatric Associates as a physician's assistant in 2004.  He has extensive experience in pediatric emergency medicine and continues to work part-time at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Emergency Department. 

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  • Anne-Marie Vogt, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CLC


    Anne-Marie Vogt joined Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in June of 2017. Anne-Marie has spent most of her nursing career as a staff nurse at Danbury Hospital working as a Maternal-Newborn Nurse at the Family Birth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

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  • Nicole A. Woering NP-C, APRN


    Nicole joined Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut in January of 2020. Nicole grew up locally and knew since high school that she wanted to work in the medical field. She started her medical career as an Registered Nurse.

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  • Emma G. Hanrahan, PA-C


    Emma Hanrahan joined the PAWC team in January of 2020. She received a Bachelor’s of Science of Medical Studies and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. While taking an accelerated course load, she played for the collegiate volleyball team and club rugby team.

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  • Samantha J. Quinn, PA-C

    Samantha 'Sam' Quinn joined PAWC in March of 2022 shortly after graduating from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. Sam grew up locally in Sherman and attended New Milford High School.

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    Remember that your teen’s doctor can help assess whether your teen has a drug problem and a laboratory test is not always needed. However, if a drug test is recommended, your teen should know about it. The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes drug tests without a teen’s knowledge and consent. ...

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    After an exam, the doctor may order a blood test or an x-ray. These tests can help your doctor decide how to treat your child's infection. If your child needs medicine, be sure you know the right amount, when to give the medicine, and if you should give food with it. If you forget or don't understand ...

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    The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum that is usually filled with air. When a child has middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion), it means that a watery or mucus-like fluid has collected in the middle ear. Otitis media means middle ear inflammation, and effusion means fluid. ...

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  • Urinary Tract Infections in Young Children

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in young children. These infections can lead to serious health problems. UTIs may go untreated because the symptoms may not be obvious to the child or the parents. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about UTIs—what they are, ...

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Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us

    Pediatric Associates is a true family affair, with myself, my children and now my grandchildren all being patients. All the doctors through the years have genuinely cared about their patients. From the providers down to the staff, the atmosphere is one of warmth and caring. I wouldn't want to bring my boys anywhere else!! I've been very happy bringing the family here.

    Kathleen, a grateful Nana

    My son has Dr. Rothschild as his PCP, she is so caring and attentive at every visit! He is 17 years old now and has had the upmost best care at Pediatric Associates. All the doctors are so sincere and care so deeply about their patients. We would highly recommend this office to anyone.

    Donna

    Pediatric Associates of Western CT provides the best care to my daughter. They have stayed one step ahead throughout the pandemic and I feel grateful to have them as our pediatricians. Thank you Pediatric Associates for always caring about my daughter and our family!!

    Cynthia

    What can I say about Pediatric Associates! They are amazing! They cared for me when I was a child and now they provide care for my daughter. The doctors are kind and understanding. At appointments they give the utmost attention. The staff from reception to those behind the scenes are always warm and helpful. The nurses are friendly and pleasant. I would absolutely recommend Pediatric Associates to anyone who is looking for quality care for their children.

    Alison

    I am so happy to call Pediatric Associates my Doctor! With 2 boys we frequent there often, the staff has become like family. The Office staff is Wonderful, billing and scheduling are all very knowledgeable and accommodating. Dr. Sterry is our Primary Pediatrician, she is an excellent doctor and she takes the time to listen, talk, and answer questions. It's comforting to know I can speak to a doctor at any time and with extended hours we are easily able to get an appointment.

    Christine

    Pediatric associates it wonderful. My son was hurt at school, when I picked him up, he could not turn his head. I called the office, they ask me some questions and they fit us in immediately. Nurse Amber greeted us, and the doctor on call diagnosed and treated my son right away.

    Anonymous

    Pediatric associates it the best! My Son was exposed at school and I was so worried. I called and Nadine was able to schedule us a test and explained how the process worked. They have a very organized and safe process. We called when we arrived, Medical Assistant Lee was so great he explained to My 4-year-old how the test is done. Dr. Sterry examined my son and talked with me, calming my nerves. I was impressed by the whole team.

    Mrs. G

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Hours of Operation

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Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut

Monday:

9am – 5pm

Urgent care hours 6pm – 9pm

Tuesday:

9am – 5pm

Urgent care hours 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday:

9am – 5pm

Urgent care hours 6pm – 9pm

Thursday:

9am – 5pm

Urgent care hours 6pm – 9pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:30 am – 12 noon - Urgent Care Hours (depending on patient volume)

Sunday:

8:30 am – 12 noon - Urgent Care Hours (depending on patient volume)