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Willows Pediatrics Gives Back at the Connecticut Food Bank

Willow's Pedicatrics team giving back at the Connecticut food bankA number of our physicians, PA’s, nurses, lab techs and receptionists recently teamed up with the Connecticut Food Bank to give back to our local community last month. The Willows team gathered at the food bank’s Fairfield location to sort and package food for those in need.

We filled 442 bags and nearly two full pallets of boxes. This is not the first time the physicians and staff at Willows have volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank. Read More

Dr. Marks wins award from Yale School of Medicine

We are proud to announce that Dr. Laura Marks was awarded “Best Preceptor of the Year” for her excellence in teaching Yale medical students pediatric primary care. Some of you may have met some of her students who come from Yale to spend time learning about pediatrics. Dr. Marks was selected by the students and faculty at Yale Medical School for the award based on her ability to demonstrate the ideals of medical care, especially the close bonds that she forms with her patients. Everyone at Willows Pediatrics takes pride in the relationships we have with our patients and their families; it at the heart of what we believe the care of your infants, children and adolescents should be about.



Message from Dr. Peter Czuczka

We want to share this message from Dr. Peter Czuczka as he embarks on his next steps, and let you know what the future holds for Willows Pediatrics.

It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to share plans of my retirement beginning December 31, 2017.

I have had the deep privilege of serving the Fairfield County community for over 44 years. From celebrating the happiest moments together, welcoming a new baby into your families, to the ultimate heartache of grieving a loss together – and each earache, stomach bug, and strep throat in between – it has been a true privilege to serve as your pediatrician. I am confident about my decision to “hang up my stethoscope” because the Willows team is as strong as ever. My fellow physicians and physician assistants are among the best and most dedicated health professionals I have ever known. They and their staff will ensure a smooth transition for you and your children.

We are very excited to welcome a new physician starting this July. Lauren Allison grew up in Redding, CT and graduated from Wellesley College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then attended the Dartmouth School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Lauren is intelligent, compassionate and very personable; she will be a tremendous addition to Willows. If you have any questions about which Willows doctor is right for you and your children, please do not hesitate to call.

Thank you for entrusting the care of your children to me and teaching me to be a better doctor and person. I look forward to seeing you in the community in future years, and I wish you all good health and much happiness.

Peter Czuczka, MD

Letters of Appreciation from Dr. Czuczka’s patients.

Willows Pediatrics Joins the Maker Faire

Maker Faire Drone

Willows Pediatrics was proud to join the 2017 Westport Maker Faire as a sponsor. Under the theme “Creative Kids,” Dr. Jonathan Sollinger hosted our booth. The Willows’ patients and families representing us at our booth enjoyed a full day of creating and sharing with the over 10,000 individual who attended the annual event. Our patients made over 30 batches of Slime with other kids who stopped by, explained how drones work, taught how to make colorful custom lip balm and displayed a sign created for a heat safety campaign to keep kids and pets safe in cars and took photos of the Faire. Thanks to drone technology and the entrepreneurial spirit of a Willow’s patient, we also helped capture a bird’s eye view of the Maker Faire opening from above, and shared the experience of learning how to fly a drone and take the steps needed to earn FAA certification as a remote drone pilot. Many thanks to all of our families for donating their time and sharing their talents, and we hope many others were able to attend and enjoy the activities and innovations, and came away inspired to develop their own crafts and ideas.

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Dr. Marks, Dr. Owens and Dr. Sollinger Earn “Top Doctor” From Castle Connolly

We are proud and excited to announce that Castle Connolly has recognized three of our physicians in the January/February 2017 issue of Fairfield Living Magazine. This is Dr. Marks’ fifth, Dr. Owens’ first and Sollinger’s fourth year as a Castle Connolly “Top Doctor”.

Every year Castle Connolly publishes a list of physicians in a variety of medical fields throughout the country who have been selected based on the results of a survey of their peers as being “Top Doctors” in their specialty. While we congratulate Dr. Marks, Dr. Owens and Dr. Sollinger for being recognized by their peers, Willows Pediatrics takes pride in knowing all of our physicians – and our entire medical team – are at the top of their field providing compassionate, expert pediatric care to hundreds of local families.

Castle Connolly names top doctors

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines*

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines

*for home-use for healthy full term infants (Storing times may differ for premature or sick babies. Please check with us.)

We know new parents have a lot of things to worry about! At Willows, we believe that remembering breastmilk storage times shouldn’t be one of them. Here’s a quick reference for you to bookmark, download or print for easy access. Please keep in mind, these are guidelines – not strict rules. For more detailed information, please see the links in the references below. When in doubt, call one of our lactation consultants, Cathy and Dana, with any questions or concerns.

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper Storage and Handling of Human Milk.

New HPV Vaccine Schedule

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC recently recommended that young adolescents receive two doses of HPV vaccine six months apart instead of the previous three doses. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections.

This recommendation was made after a review of data from clinical trials showed that two doses of HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (aged 9-14 years) produced an immune response similar or higher than the immune response in young adults (aged 16-26 years) who received three doses.

We recommend that the first dose of HPV vaccine be administered at age 11 or 12 years, but it could be given as young as age 9 and or at ages 13-14 years. The second HPV dose would be then be given 6 to 12 months after the first dose. However, if your adolescent does not receive the first dose of HPV vaccine until after their 15th birthday, that individual should receive three doses of HPV vaccine over a 6-month period.

This simplified schedule makes it easier for parents be certain that their adolescents are be protected from genital warts and cancers caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.

CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents:

HPV Infection Fact Sheet:

Toys for Tots

Willows Pediatrics is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program. Once again we are collecting new, unwrapped toys and welcome any toy donations. Toys can be dropped off in a box that you will see near our front desk. All donated toys will be given to the local Toys for Tots campaign to be distributed to children in need in our community.

Toys For Tots Logo

Halloween on the Green

Willows Pediatrics is proud to support Halloween on the Green, a town-wide event being held in Fairfield on Sunday, October 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.   This is an opportunity for children and families to take part in a costume parade, and enjoy entertainment, crafts, games and fantastical displays.  This will be a safe, fun costumed experience for families with kids twelve years of age and under.

Halloween on the Green Event - Willow's Pediatrics

Head Injury and Concussion Care

willows concussion blogConcussion Care for Active Children and Adolescents in Fairfield County

Despite taking precautions, active children and adolescents may experience head injuries, need to be evaluated, and appropriate return to school and play guidelines must be provided. Year round, Willows Pediatrics is committed to providing complete, consistent and comprehensive concussion management for our patients. However, with school starting and “Concussion Season” upon us, we want to review the services and expertise Willows Pediatrics can provide to children and adolescents who experience a head injury. Read More