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Steven Angelo, MD FACP

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Steve Angelo, M.D. is our Vice President of Medical Affairs.  He joined Masonicare in December 2012.  Dr. Angelo is responsible for clinical leadership and medical direction throughout our continuum and for overseeing the full spectrum of our physician services.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.  His residency was completed at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Prior to joining us, Dr. Angelo was the Director of Hospitalist Services for the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital and a clinical instructor at Yale University School of Medicine.

In 2008, ACP-Hospitalist placed him on their Honor Roll of 20 Top Hospitalists nationally.  He has authored or co-authored a number of healthcare-related publications. Dr. Angelo has a clinical professorship at the Frank H. Netter Quinnipiac School of Medicine as well as UConn Medical School.   His main area of interest is how best to guarantee the safest and the highest quality medical care

 Tara Auth PA-C 1774Tara Auth, PA-C

Long Term Care, Masonicare Health Center

Mrs. Auth has been a physician assistant at Masonicare since May 2013. She received her MS in Physician Assistant Studies at Mercy College and has earned NCCPA: Physician Assistant National Certification and ACLS Certification.

 Ridhi Bansal MD 1544

Ridhi Bansal, MD

Long-Term Care, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Ridhi Bansal is originally from India where she earned her medical degree from Dayanand Medical College & Hospital. A board certified physician of Internal Medicine, she performed a Psychiatry Residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH and an Internal Medicine Residency at Danbury Hospital.

SONY DSCFarzana Begum, MD

GMPP Psychiatrist, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Begum attended Dhaka Medical College in India for her medical degree and also did internships in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology. She then came to Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY and performed a residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Begum is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry & Geriatric Psychiatry.

Alla Bernshteyn, MD FACP

Primary Care Physician, Medical Office Building

Dr. Alla Bernshteyn has been a physician with Masonicare Primary Care Physicians since November 2001. She received her medical degree from Tashkent State Medical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (formerly the U.S.S.R.) in 1991. Board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Geriatrics, she completed her Internship and Residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington and her Geriatric Fellowship at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Mary E. Cash, PA-C

GMPP,  Long-Term Care

Ms. Cash treats patients and provides medical evaluations for adult patients admitted to Masonicare Health Center’s acute psychiatric hospital unit. She received a BS degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, graduating with distinction, and attended Bayley Seton Hospital in Staten Island, New York, where she obtained her P.A. designation. Ms. Cash has authored and co-written several articles and medical abstracts on a variety of healthcare topics.

Robert W. Elwell Jr., MD

Primary Care Physician, Medical Office Building

Dr. Robert Elwell was well-known in the area prior to joining Masonicare in 2007, having been in private practice in Southington for 25 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, completed his internship in Family Practice at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA, and his residency in Family Practice at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Elwell has board certification in Family Practice.

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Yvette Fernandez, MD

Medical Director, Masonicare at Newtown

Since, 2010, Dr. Fernandez has been the Medical Director for Masonicare at Newtown. She attended Binghamton University for her Bachelor of Science and earned a medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fernandez then went to Montefiore Medical Center for her Internal Medicine Internship & Residency. After that, she did a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Bronx, NY. Dr. Fernandez is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Mark Gregorio APRN 1771Mark Gregorio, APRN

Clinician, Masonicare Health Center

Mr. Gregorio has been a long-term care clinician at Masonicare since 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Connecticut State University and then a Masters in Nursing (Nurse Practioner) from Quinnipiac University.

Genevieve Henry MD 1817

Genevieve Henry, MD

Associate Director of Psychiatric Consult Services, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Henry earned her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She then came to Connecticut for an internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and has had fellowship geriatric psychiatry training there as well. Dr. Henry is certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and board certified in geriatric psychiatry by the APBN.

Simina Ionescu, MD

Pathways Geriatric Assessment Program, Medical Office Building

Simina Ionescu, MD, board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, is a specialist in adult healthcare issues.  Her primary role with the practice is to conduct comprehensive evaluations of the cognitive, emotional and physical functions of older adults through Masonicare’s outpatient Geriatric Assessment Pathways Program.   Following an in-depth assessment, Dr. Ionescu and staff make recommendations and follow up with individuals and their families to maximize function and community living.  In addition, she will provide primary care for new geriatric patients.  Dr. Ionescu received her medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania.

 Andrea Joseph

Andrea Joseph, LCSW

Outpatient Behavioral Health, Medical Office Building

Ms. Joseph has been at Masonicare since 2011 working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received both her BS and Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Joseph holds a certificate from the National Association of Social Workers.

SONY DSCRichard Kull, MD

Out-Patient Behavioral Health, Medical Office Building

Dr. Kull has been a psychiatrist here at Masonicare since 2010. He earned his medical degree from Duke University, and went on to do his psychiatry internship and residency at Mass General Hospital in Boston. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Gail Labadia, MD

Lead Physician, Rehabilitation Services

Since 2007, Dr. Labadia has been providing medical care to patients receiving physical rehabilitation services at Masonicare Health Center. She also serves as Associate Medical Director for the Wallingford branch office of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice. Dr. Labadia received her medical degree at New York University and completed her Geriatric Fellowship at Yale University. She was also a Scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program while at Yale.

Sylvia Parker APRN 72-6200Sylvia Parker, APRN

Long-Term Care, Masonicare Health Center

Since 2008, Ms. Parker has been a long-tern care clinician. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University and a Pre-Med Certificate from the University of Vermont. She then went on to study at Yale School of Nursing and earn a Master’s in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree.

SONY DSCBonnie Piascyk, APRN

Outpatient Behavioral Health and Consultive Services, Masonicare Health Center

Ms. Piascyk has been at Masonicare since 1994. She went to Eastern CT State University for her BA in Psychology and then to Yale University where she earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing (Adult Psychiatry) Chronic-Care Concentration. She is board certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Gina Reiners, APRN

Outpatient Behavioral Health, Medical Office Building

Ms. Reiners has been a clinician at Masonicare since 2011. She studied Psychology at Southern CT State University earning a Bachelor of Arts. She then went to New York University for her Master in Psychology and St. Joseph College for a Master of Science in Nursing. Ms. Reiners earned her PhD from Capella University.


Yuliya Riat, MD

Ashlar Village, Medical Office Building, and Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Riat is a Geriatrician in multiple areas at Masonicare. Originally from Kazakhstan, she earned her medical degree and performed an Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Karaganda State Medical University. She then did a residency in Internal Medicine at St. Raphael Hospital/Yale University and a Geriatric Fellowship at Yale University.


Anace Said, MD

Internal Medicine, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Said has been a long-term care physician at Masonicare since 2008. Originally from Iraq, he earned his medical degree at Baghdad School of Medicine. Dr. Said then did his Internal Medicine Internship & residency at North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills in NY. He is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

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Javier Salabarria, MD

Director of Behavioral Health, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Salabarria attended Oberlin College for his BA and then received his medical degree at New York University. He went on to do an Internal Medicine internship at Cambridge Hospital, an Adult Psychiatry Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry ay Yale University/West Haven Veterans Administration. Dr. Salabarria is certified in Psychiatry and Geriatrics by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Ronald J. Schwartz, MD FACP

Medical Director at Masonicare Health Center and Hospice Services, Primary Care Physician

Board-certified in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Schwartz began his career with Masonicare in 1995, when he joined the medical staff as a staff physician. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1988 at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York in affiliation with the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz completed a chief residency year in 1989 at the same institution prior to pursuing a Geriatric Fellowship at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center/Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, which he completed in 1991.

Zeba T. Syed, MD

Staff Physician, Masonicare Health Center

As part of the on-staff interdisciplinary team, Dr. Syed provides comprehensive care for adult patients in the state-of-the-art Acute Care Hospital Unit and in the Rehabilitation Department at Masonicare Health Center. Dr. Syed received her medical degree at Kasturba Medical College, India, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore of New Rochelle Hospital in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Devika Umashanker MD 1518

Devika Umashanker, MD

Lead Physician, Acute Care Unit at Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Umashanker received her medical degree at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. She then came to Connecticut for do her Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Umashanker is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

 SONY DSCLouis Waldman, MD

Rehabilitations Services, Masonicare Health Center

Dr. Waldman is a rehabilitation physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to do an Internal Medicine Internship and residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY. He also received a geriatric fellowship from Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Franklin J. Wendt, Jr., APRN

Clinician, Masonicare Health Center

As a licensed, independent practitioner, Mr. Wendt works in collaboration with doctors to provide all aspects of care to acute and chronically ill patients. He has been with Masonicare since 2008. Mr. Wendt received an MSN from Yale University and has had AANC/APRN certification since 2006. Mr. Wendt has been a clinical preceptor at Yale School of Nursing and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University.

 SONY DSCJennifer Young, PA-C

Clinician, Masonicare Health Center

Ms. Young works as a night clinician. She received a BS from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Science from Pace University in NY. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.