Welcome to the Pediatric Center!

Our practice has been in existence for nearly five decades and we continue to offer family centered compassionate care to the children of Fairfield County and Westchester.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a medical home is “a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.”

This is what we have strived to be and what we have been committed to become since our inception…long before the term, Medical Home was created.

Our ultimate goal as a practice is to provide a warm, comfortable, and friendly environment where you know your child will receive the best possible care.

Our practitioners:

Sanford L. Swidler MD

Dr. Sanford L. Swidler received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He did his pediatric training at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center and was also the Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital/ NYU Medical Center. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University School of Medicine and is a past Associate Pediatrician-in–Chief at Stamford Hospital. Dr. Swidler is also a past chairman of the hospital credential’s committee and past member of both the Pediatric Executive committee and the Stamford Hospital Medical Executive Committee. He serves as medical consultant for various schools, daycares, and camps in the community. Dr. Swidler is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Paule Couture MD

Dr. Paule Couture received her medical education at McGill University in Montreal. She went on to do her pediatric training at the Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Couture also did a fellowship in ambulatory and developmental pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is an active mother in the community and speaks French and Spanish. She is currently involved in teaching medical students from New York Medical College.

Timothy Kenefick MD

Dr. Timothy Kenefick received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He did his pediatric training at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center and was also the Chief Resident in Pediatrics at New York Hospital. Dr. Kenefick retains his academic affiliation with Cornell University Medical College. He is the Medical Advisor to the Darien Public School System. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lisa Rooney MD

Dr. Lisa Rooney received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She did her pediatric training at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center and was also the Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital/ NYU Medical Center. Dr. Rooney was in private practice in Los Angeles prior to joining The Pediatric Center. She is the co-author of a book for adolescent girls entitled Your Body Yourself . She serves on the Pediatric Executive Committee at The Stamford Hospital, and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. Dr. Rooney is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Monique Gagnon MD

Dr. Monique Gagnon received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She did her Pediatric training at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston. She did a Clinical Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine also at The New England Medical Center and is an active member of the Society of Adolescent Medicine. She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Susan Lasky DO

Dr. Susan Lasky completed her degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she graduated with highest honors. She did her residency training in Pediatrics at the Maria Fereri Children’s Hospital/ Westchester Medical Center. Following completion of her residency program, Dr. Lasky joined the faculty of Westchester Medical Center as Chief Resident. Dr. Lasky is board certified in Pediatrics and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Julie Sweeney MD

Dr. Julie Sweeney received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital/ Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Sweeney serves on the Board of Directors of Darien EMS-Post 53 and is a Board Member of the Darien Domestic Abuse Partnership. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Joan Gildea, APRN

Joan M. Gildea received her nursing diploma from Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing, NY. , her BSN from Farleigh Dickenson University of Rutherford , NJ, her MA from Columbia University, NY , and her post masters PNP certificate from Hunter College, NY. Certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has extensive experience in pediatric nursing and nursing education particularly at the NYU Medical Center. She is active in the community and volunteers as an EMT with Darien EMS and is the community training coordinator for the American Heart Association.

Courtney Parker APRN, IBCLC

Courtney Parker graduated from Fairfield University School of Nursing and received her Masters in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner certification from UMass Boston. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as the International Board of Certified Lactation Examiners. As The Pediatric Center’s certified Lactation Consultant, Courtney works with nursing moms and babies to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship as well as assisting to overcoming specific breastfeeding issues including painful or poor latching, low milk production, oversupply, pumping, poor weight gain, engorgement, and weaning.