FOR RELEASE: 2/28/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

New Women’s Wellness Services in Fairfield at The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD--The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, an innovator in breast care in Connecticut, is taking a new, holistic approach to women’s health. The Center, which has been providing breast care since 1999 to all women, regardless of insurance status, now offers a comprehensive program of women’s wellness services at its expanded offices at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield.

The Center has added more office space and exam rooms, and new classroom space for workshops and movement classes. The staff has grown with the addition of ten new healthcare professionals offering a full spectrum of health and wellness services for women.

Breast Care Center Staff

The Breast Care Center’s expanded women’s wellness program is part of a new effort to promote overall health in women. Offerings include yoga, massage, mental health counseling, naturopathic medicine, nutrition counseling and Pilates, in addition to plastic surgery, breast surgery and general surgery.

Dr. Mary Pronovost, the Center’s Medical Director and breast surgeon, came up with the idea of a central location for women’s wellness when she saw the benefits of a holistic approach to healing in her work with patients. “Nutrition and other lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise can impact a woman’s breast health as well as her overall health,” says Pronovost. “Our new offerings will help women stay healthy. Best of all, they’ll be staffed completely by women, so our clients will feel comfortable getting the care they need.”

For more information about the Center’s new women’s wellness programs, call (203) 255-5300.

Dr. Zinaida Boutaeva is a psychiatrist with a specialty in addiction psychiatry. She studied medicine at Saint Petersburg State Pavlov Medical University. She completed a fellowship at Yale University and residency at Maimonides Medical Center.

Judith Chessin, MSN, APRN-BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, specializing in issues related to aging, including dementia. Through her private practice and work at Yale New Haven Hospital, she gained extensive experience in helping older adults with psychiatric issues. She earned graduate degrees in adult psychiatric nursing and gerontological nurse practitioner from Yale University School of Nursing.

Dr. Roselle Crombie will open the first general surgery practice at the Breast Care Center, open to all patients. Dr. Crombie is a specialist in general surgery, critical care, trauma and burn treatment. Dr. Crombie trained in surgical critical care and trauma at Yale University and in critical care burn surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. She studied medicine and public health at the University of Connecticut.

Doris Pasteleur Hall has over thirty years experience in dance, Pilates and yoga. Hall is interested in the effect of the mind-body connection on movement and applies three widely used systems of movement re-education, Laban, Body-Mind-Centering, and kinetic anatomy, to help her clients get from where they are to where they want to be.

Dr. Mindy Hersh is a psychologist with nearly twenty years of experience working with patients with depression, anxiety, trauma, body image, relationship and parenting issues. She provides a compassionate, supportive and non-judgmental approach tailored to meet the needs of her clients.

Dr. Mihaela Nedelcuta is a psychiatrist working mainly with adults. She trained at Tufts University Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Fundeni Clinical Hospital and Colentina Hospital in Bucharest, Romania.

Laura Pennock is a certified Pilates instructor with a background in movement and dance. Pennock teaches clients to safely mobilize and stabilize their bodies. Having watched family and friends battle cancer, Pennock is acutely aware of the physical and non-physical toll illness takes on the body and is determined to help her clients achieve their movement potential.

Karen Pirhalla is a licensed massage therapist and certified Reiki Master. She offers a variety of wellness services, including therapeutic massage, such as Swedish, sports and deep tissue massage, and guided meditation to reduce stress and restore energy.

Joan Shanley, a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, was inspired by her own transformational experiences practicing yoga to become a teacher. Kripalu yoga combines physical movements with focused breathing techniques and meditation to unite the body, mind and spirit and create increased health and wellness.

Jenn Spitzer is a certified Registered Dietician with over seven years experience counseling individuals with eating disorders, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity in healthy eating and weight loss. She works with adults and children. Spitzer was an elementary school teacher when she first noticed the effect of nutritional deficiencies on learning and was inspired to study nutrition.

Dr. Veronica Waks, a licensed naturopathic physician, combines a contemporary naturopathic approach to healing with the insights of a medical doctor. She uses the latest techniques of botanical, physical, and behavioral medicine to help her patients regain and maintain their health, a process she encourages her patients to be actively involved in. She also counsels patients in nutrition.

Erica Wright is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has counseled patients struggling with anxiety, depression and issues surrounding loss and incorporates many of the strategies she learned at Harvard University Medical School Department of Continuing Education’s training program in mind/body medicine. Ms. Wright also facilitates support groups for patients and their caregivers.

Dr. Anke Ott Young is a plastic surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction. Dr. Young is a member of Bridgeport Hospital’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a partner in the New England Center for Oncoplastic Surgery.

Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 18,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials. The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.