We are conveniently located at 10 Queen Street in the center of Newtown, at the entrance to Big Y, next to My Place.
Office hours are 9-5, Monday - Friday.
Weekend coverage is provided by a rotating call group of 3 local pediatric practices who provide office hours
We return phone calls as they come in and provide same day sick appointments.
After hours calls are sent via text to
Dr. Nowacki on weeknights. You should get a return call within 30 minutes.
Our office was designed and custom built in 2003 by Dr. David Nowacki (Laura's husband, the dentist next door).
We have separate sick and well reception areas, waiting rooms, exam rooms, and ADA wheelchair accessible restrooms, as well as a wheel chair accessible ramp entrance.
We renovated the interior in the Spring of 2013, adding new children's furniture and kitchen play equipment to the well waiting area, and new train sets and ride-on toys to the sick waiting area.
We also have public wifi available for supervised use while in the office. We hope our waiting rooms encourage creative imaginary play and interactive enjoyment.
Our office is our second home and our staff is our extended family.
We believe respect and close personal relationships with our families and
our community make us
better healthcare partners.
Dr. Laura Nowacki is a Sandy Hook mother of four amazing children, aged 21, 19, 17, and 15. Dr. Nowacki's talented husband, David, is a dentist, artist, and builder, with his own dental practice adjacent to Newtown Center Pediatrics.
Dr. Nowacki graduated with honors from Duke University in 1987 where she was co-captain of the swim team and rowed crew. She worked as a pediatric physician assistant at Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals while attending medical school at University of Connecticut where she graduated in 1995. Dr. Nowacki went to Connecticut Children's Medical Center for pediatric and chief residency before coming back to Newtown in 1999 to begin private practice pediatrics.
Professional affiliations include the CT chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team, Sandy Hook School Foundation, and the United Physicians of Newtown. Professional interests include preventative pediatrics, breastfeeding medicine, and care of children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Nowacki is also an assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Quinnipiac University, the University of CT and at the University of Vermont teaching medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students.
Dr. Nowacki's personal interests include being home with her family, training for marathons, swimming for NMST, rowing for NHRC, weeding the vegetable and berry gardens, and going to Lake George to hike, paddleboard, kayak, swim and play with her family.
In 2013 we were pleased to announce the ongoing expansion of the practice included the addition of Newtown's very own Jennifer Burns, Pediatric APRN.
Jennifer is a loving mother of 3 wonderful children, and is actively involved in her childrens' schools, sports, church, and community activities. Her extensive pediatric experience includes caring for sick and well children in an outpatient pediatric office, serving as visiting nurse for newborns, and working with special needs children in pediatric neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC.
In 2016, we also welcomed Emilie Koepke Gibbs, PA-C to our team.
Emilie has been a Pediatric Physician Assistant for over 13 years, working along side her parents in their Danbury practice until they retired and now continuing to care for many of their patients who followed her here to NCP. Emilie blends her private practice experience with her academic connections gained from also running the Henry Abbott school based health center. Emilie expertly balances her time between pediatric and adolescent medicine, all while raising two beautiful daughters now in elementary school.
With Emilie's hiring, we look forward to creating an even stronger healthcare team between our schools and the community we serve.
We are equally grateful for the dedication of our nurse manager extraordinaire, Elizabeth Bonis of Kent, who has been with Newtown Center Pediatrics for over 15 years.
Elizabeth maintains our vaccine program, trains new staff, and provides calm and caring advice to all of our patients.
In 2015, we welcomed another valuable team member, Stephanie Pruchnik, IBCLC, LPN of New Milford.
Stephanie came to NCP with over 10 years experience as a pediatric nurse and is also a certified lactation consultant, providing comprehensive phone and office pre and post natal breastfeeding education tailored to meet each families' individual needs and goals.
Stephanie is available by email and for private consultations in the upstairs breastfeeding suite at NCP.
In 2016, we won the lottery with the addition of our newest nurse, Alyssa Ciraolo of New Milford.
Alyssa has quickly become one of the family with her positive attitude and love of children and challenges. Her playful rapport with the kids reminds us why we love our profession and why we are so lucky to have patients who are fun to care for in sickness and in health.
Our devoted receptionist team includes community leader and business woman, Jordana Bloom of Newtown, front office manager, creative business innovator and biller, Cindy Shaw of Southbury, and former Danbury Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Assistant Nicole Kullgren of Sandy Hook.