Many doctors know they want to be a doctor from a very early age. For me that was not the case, I have always had a strong interest in both medicine and the arts. As an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, I majored in both architectural design and biology. After college, I further pursued my “artistic” side and received a Master in Architecture from Columbia University. I worked as an Architect in New Canaan and Greenwich for several years before starting my family. However, soon after becoming a mother, I decided to pursue my true love – medicine. I attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx while continuing to raise my young family. My husband and I have been long time Fairfield County residents living with our two sons in Greenwich and then North Stamford for over 20 years. After medical school, I was a pediatric resident at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and soon after joined The Center for Advanced Pediatrics as Medical Director of the Nightingales Breastfeeding Support Center and a primary care pediatrician.
In addition to being a board certified pediatrician, I am an internationally board certified lactation consultant. (IBCLC) As both a pediatrician and a mother, I’ve recognized the necessity for health care providers that understand the importance of breastfeeding and can support families to have successful and positive breastfeeding experiences. How perfect it was to find a home at Advanced Pediatrics – a place where this kind of support has been an integral part of the practice for years.
When I have free time, I still enjoy architecture and graphic design. I use those skills to create and manage the TCFAP website and Facebook pages. I love to travel and anything to do with technology. I’m involved with several foundations, including Circle of Care for Families with Cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Academy of Pediatrics section for Breastfeeding, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, AAP Section on Breastfeeding and AAP Section on Office Administration & Management. (SOAPm)
M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
B.A. in Architecture, minor Biology from University of Pennsylvania
M. Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture
Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital
Board Certified – American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Board Certified – International Lactation Consultant Association
Medical Advisory Board, Circle of Care
Member, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Hospital Privileges at Norwalk & Stamford Hospitals
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics since 2007, Partner
Ariana, MSN, FNP, IBCLC, has worked in nursing since 1999, initially as a Registered Nurse, and currently as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She will complete her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in April 2019.
Early in her career, she worked as a registered nurse in the Neonatal ICU. Ariana’s interest in the mother-baby dyad began with her work in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, assisting new mothers to care for their newborn. This included not only the special needs of the infant, but also breastfeeding or providing expressed breast milk to babies and understanding the challenges some women face when feeding their babies. This led her to pursue a graduate education in nursing, enabling Ariana to participate in the care of her patients more independently.
In 2004, she earned her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University. Since becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse, Ariana has worked with both adult and pediatric patients in general medicine as well as more specialized fields, including pediatrics, maternal- child health, gastroenterology and liver transplant.
Ariana’s role as a Nurse Practitioner and IBCLC is to provide high quality care through education and partnership with her patients.
I received my BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh and worked as a nurse in a variety of roles. In my over 13 years of nursing experience ranging from newborns to adults, I especially love helping families set out on their unique parenting journeys. I really enjoy educating and assisting moms through support groups and one-on-one consultations. My passion is supporting parents with their breastfeeding goals and guide them on newborn care. I have always loved working with children and I enjoy my time as a volunteer as a nurse for my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. I enjoy spending time in my North Stamford home with my husband and two girls. I am thrilled to be a part of the TCFAP family and look forward to meeting everyone!