Meet Your Doctors

Board Certification and Professional Memberships

All of the Pedi-Care physicians are licensed to practice medicine in Connecticut and are Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with current Maintenance of Certification. We are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and members of the Connecticut State Medical Society and Fairfield County Medical Association.

Hospital Appointments

We are Senior Attending Physicians in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale Children’s Hospital, New Haven, CT and Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT.

Education and Community Service

Karen Laugel, MD, FAAP founded Pedi-Care in 1988. She graduated from Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. and completed her pediatric residency (including appointment as Chief Resident) at Waterbury and John Dempsey (CCMC) Hospitals in Connecticut. Dr. Laugel is the Medical Director of HeadZone Concussion Care Services, and ConcussionCORPS, a community outreach program for concussion education and prevention. She is certified by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) and is a member of the Connecticut Concussion Task Force.
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Melanie Georgalas, MD, FAAP joined Pedi-Care in 1990. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, NY and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Georgalas serves as Consulting Physician for several local nursery schools and daycare centers.
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Nicholas Mongillo, MD, FAAP joined Pedi-Care in 1990. He graduated from St. George’s University College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency (including an appointment as Chief Resident) at Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Mongillo serves as the Pediatric HIV consultant and educator for the YNHH-Bridgeport Hospital Program, Pediatric Medical Adviser for the Stratford Department of Health, Medical Director of Residential Facilities Saint Vincent’s Special Needs Center, and Community Health Educator for the Shelton Public Schools.
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Michelle Rivelli, MD, FAAP joined Pedi-Care in 1992. She graduated from UCONN Medical School graduate and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rivelli serves on the Board of the Gesell Institute of Human Development.
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Christa Johnson, MD, FAAP joined Pedi-Care in 1997. She received her medical degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Johnson serves as a Community Health Educator for the Shelton Public Schools.
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Kevin Benson, MD, FAAP joined Pedi-Care in 2001. He graduated from the State University of New York College of Medicine, Brooklyn, N.Y. and completed his pediatric residency (including an appointment as Chief Resident) at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y. Dr. Benson serves as a Health Education Mentor for the Stratford Public Schools.
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