Meet our friendly, experienced pediatric providers and staff at TLC Pediatrics! Our entire team is dedicated to helping you and your child feel at home from the moment you walk through the door. We're proud to serve the needs of the children of Norwalk CT and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves in being an exceptional pediatric practice where children come first. Our child-focused practice works hard to meet the needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive staff is the cornerstone of TLC Pediatrics quality care. All of our pediatricians and medical staff are highly trained professionals, and maintain the highest level of accreditation in pediatric care to address the special needs of infants, children, and teens.
Patricia Jorquera, MD, FAAP
Patricia Jorquera, MD (aka Dr. Patty), who founded TLC Pediatrics in February 2008, is a board-certified pediatrician and native Spanish speaker, born in Chile. Dr. Patty attended New York University School of Medicine on a full scholarship, and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Residency Program. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as a member of the Fairfield County Medical Association and the Connecticut Medical Society. She has been practicing general pediatrics in Fairfield County since 1999, specializing in child development, asthma and allergy, and obesity. Dr. Patty's mission at TLC Pediatrics has been to serve her patients with the highest quality of care, in a friendly, family style environment. She has emphasized quality of care, continuity, and education, which has enabled TLC Pediatrics to become a certified Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.
She is currently a volunteer at “Count On Me Foundation”, and has volunteered in medical clinics in Ecuador in 2006 and traveled to Haiti in January 2010 to assist in the relief efforts after the earthquake.
During her time off, Dr. Patty enjoys many hobbies, such as hiking, jogging, and gardening. She has two young boys who keep her busy and young!
Cindy Perry, MD, FAAP
Cindy Perry joined TLC Pediatrics in September 2016. Dr. Perry is a board-certified pediatrician. She was born in the Philippines and was raised in northern New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate training at Villanova University and returned to New Jersey to attend Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She then completed her residency program at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Dr. Perry has always loved working with children. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on staff at Norwalk and Stamford Hospitals. She has a special interest in lactation counseling and support, asthma and childhood obesity. At TLC Pediatrics, she enjoys the philosophy of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, which enables her to provide comprehensive, quality care to her patients.
Dr. Perry currently resides in Darien with her husband and two young, active boys. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors and traveling.
Alicia Zeidan, APRN, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
Alicia Collen Zeidan, APRN, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined TLC Pediatrics in 2017. After graduating with a BA in French Studies from Wesleyan University, Alicia had a brief foray in business management before deciding to pursue medicine. She began her medical career as a Registered Nurse, working first in a Manhattan fertility practice, then in pediatrics, while completing a Master’s Program at Pace University. Upon receiving her MSN, Alicia started working in community health, treating patients from infancy until late in life, and managing a broad array of acute and chronic conditions.
Recently, Alicia completed coursework to become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. In addition to general pediatrics, Alicia has also started to see mothers and infants for breastfeeding consultations. Having 3 young children at home has made her empathetic to the challenges of parenting young kids, and she is passionate about helping new parents (and not-so-new parents!) navigate the demands of raising healthy, well adjusted children. Hence her passion for breastfeeding and preventative medicine! She enjoys partnering with kids of all ages and their families to achieve healthy growth and development, and to create habits that turn kids into healthy adults.
Alicia speaks French and medical Spanish. When she is not working, she enjoys skiing, the beach, learning about different cultures, and hiking with her husband, daughters, and Golden Retriever, Sully.
Melissa McCarthy PA-C is a board certified physician assistant who joined TLC Pediatrics in 2021. She was raised in Connecticut then attended DeSales University in Pennsylvania majoring in medical studies with a minor in philosophy while working as a certified nursing assistant. She continued at DeSales earning her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2019. Upon graduation she worked in a small pediatric office in Pennsylvania before returning to New England. Her special interests include mental health concerns and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. She believes in the power of patient education and the importance of empowering children to take control of their own health.
In her free time she loves hiking, running, crafting, cooking and donates blood regularly.
Ingrid Pasten, LCSW
Ingrid Pasten is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving in the area of Norwalk. She obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work with a minor Psychology from Sacred Heart University and her Masters in Social Work with a clinical con centration from Fordham University.
Ingrid has a variety of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Her
populations of interest include working with children and adults in suicide prevention, trauma, behavioral issues, anger management, domestic violence, child welfare, LGBTQ+, grief & loss, depression, and anxiety. In her experience, she previously worked at The Sexual Assault Crisis Center, working with individuals in crisis and providing services to victims affected by sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. Additionally, she has experience in presenting and giving training to multiples agencies and schools on the topics of Sexual abuse, Domestic Violence, Assertive Communication, and Leadership.
As a therapist, Ingrid will help her clients to identify problems, resolve conflicts and promote optimal functioning in everyday life. In addition, she specializes in promoting families and children to build and strengthen relationships to promote optimal child development.
Some of the techniques that she incorporates during sessions include TF-CBT (Trauma Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Person-Centered, and mindfulness-based solutions. She is currently working toward her goal to become a Registered Play Therapist. She is fluent in English and Spanish. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, traveling and attending music events.
Kingy , joined TLC Pediatrics in 2015.
He is our Havanese hypoallergenic therapy dog, whose purpose is to provide comfort to our patients who request him.
Kingy is getting comfortable in his PPE during these times!