About Pediatric Associates of Connecticut

Our Mission:

We at Pediatric Associates are specialists in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The doctors in our group are all well trained and have been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics indicating that they are recognized as experts in their field. Our caring office staff has been hand picked to provide the all important link between doctor and patient in the office and on the phone.
Our basic philosophy is that nurturing and caring for children demands a trusting partnership between physician and parent. We attempt to provide as much education as treatment in order to help your children thrive. To accomplish this we are committed to being available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Education is a two way street so we encourage feedback from patients and parents about methods of treatment and office policies and procedures. If we can be of help in any situation please ask us.

A Brief History:

Dr. Charles A. Fischbein opened the doors at 1078 West Main Street in Waterbury, CT. to begin private practice in July of 1982. With a staff of five, the office was open 5 days a week and Dr. Fischbein was available 24/7 for our increasing patient population. In 1983 Dr. Jeffrey Berg joined the practice followed by Dr. Maria Tasso in 1987 and Dr. Neil Vitale in 1989. With the addition of the three doctors, we were able to include Saturday office hours for our patients convenience as well as open a satellite office in Southbury, CT.

In 1994 we moved into a larger office suite located at 160 Robbins Street in Waterbury, CT. At this time, Dr. Ellen Mascoli-Lanza, certified in both Internal and Pediatric medicine, came aboard.  Dr. Ena Chow started in July of 1997 and was later joined by Maria Bernardi, PAC. In 2007 we welcomed Neysa McDonnald, MD and in 2008 Sarah Baum, MD returned to the Waterbury area to join our growing practice. With the retirement of Dr. Neil Vitale from primary care pediatrics in late 2013, Dr. Cynthia Roque, a Waterbury native, came to Pediatric Associates from CHC in New London. 

We are open for patient appointments 7 days a week. We staff with a group of trained pediatric personnel, including RN's, LPN's and Certified Medical Assistants.


Our Friendly Staff

Our staff at Pediatric Associates has been one of the main reasons that patients and their families feel comfortable coming to visit with the pediatrician. Physicals, check-ups and sick visits can be a time of concern, fear and confusion. The hand picked staff that will greet you and guide you through this process is one of the finest in the area. Many have been with us over 10 years and it gives families reasurance when they see a familiar face.

Talking with parents over the phone about a sick child has always been one of the more difficult tasks in pediatrics. Our nursing staff, however, has been thoroughly trained to discuss whatever medical or behavioral problem parents are concerned with. The pediatrician is always available to discuss concerns with parents, but we have always felt it important to give families adequate time for their concerns to be addressed, and our telephone nursing staff does a truly great job.  

Medical Assistants prepare charts for an office visit

Nursing staff talking with parents

Charles A. Fischbein, M.D.

Born in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Western Reserve University, Cleveland and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Harvard University's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston.  He is board certified in Pediatrics and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and at the University of Connecticut Medical School.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was the founding pediatrician at Pediatric Associates and was most recently named one of the "Top Doc" pediatricians in the 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015 and 2016 Connecticut Magazine survey.

Jeffrey Berg, M.D.

Born in New York City, New York.  He received a B.A degree from New York University and received his M.D. degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico.  He attended the State University of New York at Stonybrook Medical School and completed an acting internship there.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Primary Care Pediatric Program in Waterbury. Dr. Berg was Chief of Pediatrics at Waterbury Hospital for ten years. He is Community Chief of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center at Waterbury. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Berg was recently named one of the "Top Docs" pediatricians in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Connecticut Magazine annual survey. He was previously honored in the 2001 "Top Docs" issues.

Maria G. Tasso, M.D.

Born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She attended Medical School at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse and completed her residency in Pediatrics at University Hospital S.U.N.Y. Health Science Center at Syracuse.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ellen M. Mascoli-Lanza, M.D.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut , Dr, Mascoli received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Columbia University. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, and completed a residency in combined Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven Hospitals.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.  She is also a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ena Chow, M.D.

Born in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She received a B.A. degree from Boston University and received her M.D. degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla.  She completed her residency training in General Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center/Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She is Board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Maria Bernardi, PA-C

Maria was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. degree in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut. She then graduated from Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program in Illinois. In addition to pediatrics she has an interest in emergency medicine and has worked at Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Department. She is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant and holds a Connecticut state license. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Neysa McDonald, M.D.

Born in Seattle, WA and grew up in West Hartford, CT. Neysa received a BA in Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She graduated from Northwestern Univeristy Medical School in Chicago, IL, with a combined Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health nutrition. She completed her residency at Albert Einstein-Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Neysa is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

She was elected one of Connecticut's Top Docs by Connecticut Magazine in 2015 and 2016!

Sarah A. Baum, M.D.

Born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Sarah did her undergraduate work at Columbia University, graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sarah is very happy to be returning to Waterbury to practice pediatrics.

Cynthia C. Roque, MD

Dr. Roque was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. where she attended public school from kindergarten to 12th grade. She earned a full scholarship to Columbia University of New York, where she received a B.A. in Pre-Medicine with a concentration in psychology. In 2007, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Roque completed her pediatric training at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program and is a Board Certified Pediatrican. Prior to joining us at Pediatric Associates, Dr. Roque was working at the Community Health Center, Inc., of New London for 3 years.

Stephen J. Maddox, M.D.

Stephen John Maddox Jr. MD is a board certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He grew up in New Jersey. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did his residency training at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital where he also did a fellowship in primary care pediatrics and stayed as a member of the faculty for the year after, when life brought him to Connecticut where he has been practicing primary care pediatrics since 2007.