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Steven Angelo

M.D., 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.


Alla Bernshteyn

M.D., F.A.C.P.

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 (Physician Assistant)

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.


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.

Gail Labadia

MD, Medical Director, Rehabilitation Services
Masonicare Health Center

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.

Simina Ionescu


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.

Ronald J. Schwartz

MD, FACP (Medical Director at Masonicare Health Center)

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

A physician in Masonicare Health Center’s Acute Care Hospital

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 at Masonicare Health Center. Dr. Syed received her medical degree at Kasturba Medical College, India, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Franklin J. Wendt, Jr.

APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)

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.