A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business, finance & education.
Produced by Proactive Resources in the May 25, 2011 issue of the Hartford Advocate newspaper.


Certified Nurse-Midwives Vicki Nolan Marnin and Elizabeth Herskovitz of BIRTH & BEYOND are the only licensed nurse-midwives providing home birth care in the state. They believe in the body's inherent wisdom and respect each woman's right to guide her own health care. Their goal is to assist women to explore their options and provide resources and support to help them make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and parenting. With back-up medical care available at Middlesex Hospital, this approach empowers women and their families to make the best choices possible.

The practice also offers a spectrum of women's health care services including annual, pelvic and breast exams, preconception and fertility counseling, inseminations, birth control options including IUDs and treatment for infections along with breastfeeding, menopause and adolescent care. Most office visits are thirty minutes long to provide ample time for discussion of client concerns. Birth & Beyond qualifies for direct reimbursement from private insurance companies as well as Medicare and most managed care insurance plans.

Birth & Beyond
411 Durham Rd, Madison, CT 06443


Founded in 1970, COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, INC. is recognized as one of the oldest community health centers in Greater Hartford. Serving more than 18,000 patients, the Center's services include pediatrics, internal medicine, infectious disease, obstetrics & gynecology, dental, nutrition, podiatry, optometry, adolescent medicine, adult psychiatry, on-site laboratory and pharmacy. Responding to the needs of a predominately low-income patient population, the Center offers many specialized programs. Among them are WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment assistance, Healthy Start, HIV/AIDS counseling & treatment, chemical dependency counseling & treatment, outreach & health care for the homeless, and pharmacy & medication assistance.

The Center has admitting or referral privileges to local hospitals, including St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center & John Dempsey Hospital. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance plans, and for the uninsured offer a sliding fee program based on income & family size. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Community Health Services is a private, non-profit corporation with a community-based Board of Directors. For more information:

Community Health Services, Inc.
500 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT 06120


THE LAW OFFICE OF PETER UPTON & ASSOCIATES, LLC represents individuals & organizations in connection with dispute resolution, achieving numerous successful results, judgments or verdicts in a wide range of matters that reflect the diversity of the practice. Working in conjunction with Mr. Upton is his Partner Attorney Sally A. Roberts. She has experience in the area of civil rights, which involves fundamental issues of human rights & freedoms. If your civil rights have been violated, she will see to it that the party responsible is held accountable.

Attorney Upton's areas of practice include breach of contract, consumer's rights, criminal defense, employment discrimination, personal injury & medical malpractice, securities fraud, Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation and Veteran rights & issues. Attorney Upton is a combat veteran and a former navy lawyer, is admitted to practice in State & Federal Courts, Court of Military Appeals and before many administrative boards. He is often called upon to service the needs of the Veterans' Community.

The Law Office of Peter Upton & Associates, LLC
One Liberty Sq, Ste 208, New Britain, CT 06051


HUGHES HEALTH & REHABILITATION, INC. is a licensed skilled nursing facility. For more than 50 years, it has provided quality care for those with chronic illness, convalescence & rehabilitation.

The Hughes staff is a devoted group of trained nursing, rehabilitation and medical professionals who have spent 10, 20, even 30 years providing an environment conducive to the residents' recovery. Their mission is to provide health care services in an environment where caring makes the difference. Their method is direct: Caring for loved ones family style. For the third consecutive year, Hughes was selected as one of America's Best Nursing Facilities by the Consumers' Research Council of America’s Guide to America's Top Nursing Homes. Hughes was selected for its performance in health inspections, staffing and quality measures. Overall, Hughes received the highest 5-star rating. It also received the Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and was selected as one of America's best nursing facilities by U.S. News & World Report.

Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, Inc.
29 Highland St, West Hartford, CT 06119


With Stephen D. Lipman, D.M.D. of FAMILY DENTISTRY OF WINDSOR, PC you will receive quality dental care in a warm and caring environment. Dr. Lipman's emphasis is on total body health. Cutting edge research now has proven that many of the chronic diseases that plague us as we age begin in the mouth. He offers the latest techniques available including ground breaking laser technology, digital x-rays and ViziLite oral cancer detection to achieve that goal. Community conscious & civic minded, Dr. Lipman is a graduate of the UCONN School of Dental Medicine. He belongs to the World Clinic Laser Institute, the American Dental Association, the CT State Dental Assoc. & the Hartford Dental Society. An avid singer, Dr. Lipman can also be found locally performing songs from the Great American Songbook billed as The Singin' Dentist.

Dr. Lipman provides all the preventive, restorative & cosmetic procedures you'd expect from a quality dental practice driven by excellence. Most insurance plans are welcome. Make the commitment to beautify your smile and enhance your health. Call today.

Family Dentistry of Windsor, PC
230 Broad St, Windsor, CT 06095


Dr. Jennifer Decker at GLASTONBURY PODIATRY GROUP explains that most people are aware that corns, calluses, ingrown toenails & warts are commonly treated by podiatrists. However, did you know that they are also specially trained to care for many other ailments such as diabetic foot problems, sprains/strains, fractures, heel pain, gait abnormalities in children and adults and foot deformities including bunions, hammertoes & spurs?

Dr. Decker is trained in corrective & reconstructive foot surgery, foot orthopedics & sports medicine. She practices from a limb salvage philosophy with respect to the diabetic patient, wherein she utilizes medical & advanced surgical techniques to effectively treat complex wounds/infections to ultimately preserve limbs that would otherwise be lost. Dr. Decker also provides orthotics and customized shoes. She personally sees each patient at every visit for consistency & accurate care. Most insurance plans are accepted.

Glastonbury Podiatry Group
300 Hebron Ave, Ste 211, Glastonbury, CT 06033


For 40 years, the BRISTOL PRESCHOOL CHILD CARE CENTER, INC. has provided excellence in diverse, year-round childcare programs. The Center seeks to provide for each child, at each age level, the continuum of learning experiences that will promote physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cognitive and creative development. They provide programs for children ages three, four & five.

Executive Director Shirley Anderson & her certified staff realize that quality education begins with the attitudes of parents and teachers. Parents can rest assured that their child is in a secure, happy & educationally appropriate environment. They understand that a high quality approach to education is no longer a luxury, but is essential if children are to develop the maturity & competence required to function effectively in this rapidly changing world. Funded by the City of Bristol, State Dept. of Education, Dept. of Social Services and the United Way of West Central CT, the Center is accredited by NAEYC. Fees are on a sliding fee scale.

Bristol Preschool Child Care Center, Inc.
339 West St, Bristol, CT 06010, (860)314-0597
43 School St, Bristol, CT 06010, (860)589-7135


Serving the Hartford area since 1973, TINKER REAL ESTATE & INSURANCE have made a name for themselves with homeowners, business owners & investors. Their reputation derives from 38 years of experience, a thorough knowledge of the industry and a sincere desire to serve their client’s best interest. President Keith Tinker can be trusted to impart accurate & thorough guidance in any aspect of real estate -- buying, selling, rental, relocating, investment & mortgage counseling. Keith & his professional staff deal with every transaction in a language that everyone can understand and are members of the MLS. From commercial & residential sales and rentals, to mortgage counseling, they cater to first time home buyers as well as seasoned veterans of real estate investment.

Tinker Real Estate & Insurance is also your one-stop source for all of your insurance needs. As a full-service broker, they offer "Creative Insurance Planning" to cover your family, business, home & car. By representing some of the largest insurance companies in the country, Tinker Real Estate & Insurance is able to provide its clients with a wide array of coverage at the lowest cost possible.

Tinker Real Estate & Insurance
1136 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT 06112, (860)247-7026


If you have never had a comfortable, anxiety-free visit to the dentist, THOMAS B. GALVIN, DDS, JOHN M. ROUND, DMD & ASSOCIATE SUSANA HERRICK, DMD invite you to a new dental experience. Their warm, communicative approach is ideal for the dental wary and involves explanations and discussions prior to any procedure. In addition, they offer the most advanced approaches to "worry free" dentistry.

With many years of combined experience, Drs. Galvin & Round provide diagnosis and treatment of a full-range of dental needs. Services include x-rays, check ups, cleanings, white fillings, cosmetic dentistry (bonding, whitening & porcelain laminates), periodontics (gums), prosthodontics (crowns & bridges), extractions, dentures & partials, non-surgical TMD, and surgical placement of implants & final prosthetic implant restorations. All of their methods emphasize education and prevention. State-of-the-art sterilization techniques are always utilized and exceed State, OSHA and CDC regulations. They are currently accepting new patients & emergencies are always welcome.

Thomas B. Galvin, DDS, John M. Round, DMD
628 Hebron Ave, Ste 105, Glastonbury, CT 06033


Reliability. Intelligence. Artistry. Combine these qualities with respect for accuracy, timely customer service and state-of-the-art materials & procedures and you have a dental laboratory which assures area dentists quality & attention. SOUTHINGTON DENTAL ARTS; established by Tom Alemany in 1990, cultivates these values and invests in trend-setting technology and materials to accommodate the complexity of dental cases and to assure customer satisfaction. Partners Thomas Garcia & Nicholas T. Alemany are the Masters Of Shade. Their lab is ideal for those local dentists who want the very best tooth shading and shaping for their patients.

With 45 years of combined experience, Tom & Nick provide custom fabrication of crown & bridge, cosmetic restorations and most implant systems. Both work closely with area dentists and handle each prescription on an individual basis, paying close-attention to every detail of the case. FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY.

Southington Dental Arts
7 North Main St, Southington, CT 06049


Now as you consider making what may be the largest investment of your life, some questions come to mind. INSIDE OUT HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC can answer any & all of your questions. Every pre-owned house will have its share of flaws. Owner Mark H. Hatheway brings many years of experience in the inspection, remediation & construction industry. A seasoned professional, Mark can differentiate between a minor flaw and a major problem.

Mark will go over the entire structure in detail, inspecting the foundation & framing, the exterior, including the roofing, siding & chimneys, and porches or decks. He will also inspect the interior, including electrical circuits, heating, cooling & plumbing systems, as well as a representative sample of doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, and more. Other services offered include water, well, radon & termite inspections. Locally-owned & operated and serving all of CT, Inside Out Home Inspections possesses the resources and advanced equipment necessary to meet all of your inspection needs.

Inside Out Home Inspections, LLC


To most pet owners, their pets are considered to be part of their family. The doctors and staff at BECKETT & ASSOCIATES VETERINARY SERVICES, LLC understand the deep emotional bond that exists between you and your pet. They provide exceptional care for your cherished four-legged family members, equines & large animals by providing the best in wellness, illness and emergency medicine. The doctors offer a personally-tailored plan for your companion's well-being and empathy and support that will surpass your expectations.

Beckett & Associates' comprehensive services include emergency care, holistic & traditional medicine with alternative therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic & Chinese herbs), immunization & wellness care, internal medicine, pain management, dental care, lasers, critical care, microchipping, senior care, nutritional counseling, radiology and surgery. Complete long term services such as annual physicals and vaccination maintenance programs help prevent many degenerative conditions and diseases such as rabies, Lyme Disease, leukemia, dental problems, bone diseases, plus many more.

Beckett & Associates Veterinary Services, LLC
1269 Main St, Glastonbury, CT 06033