Dr. Cecile Windels

started the Healthy Child in March 2007. She has been a pediatrician in Fairfield County for over twenty years. After graduating from Cornell University, she entered the Peace Corps. As a volunteer, she taught in Ghana for two years. During that time, she decided to pursue a career in medicine. Subsequently, she completed premedical course requirements at Columbia University School of General Studies. Dr. Windels also worked in cataract research at The Eye Institute at Columbia. She received the Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College. Dr Windels completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale Children’s Hospital where she was the Chief Resident in Outpatient Pediatrics. She began her career in private practice with a large pediatric group in Stamford. She was responsible for creating a satellite office for this practice in Darien. Seeking to provide more personal and the highest quality care for pediatric patients, she decided to open The Healthy Child. Dr. Windels is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is recertified every seven years. She also holds certification in Neonatal Advanced Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Windels is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Fairfield County Medical Association and an attending physician at Stamford Hospital. Her special practice interests include pediatric asthma and allergies, as well as the psychological and educational issues of children.


Dr. Elena Gazzola

Dr. Elena Gazzola immigrated to the United States with her family and became a citizen in 1998.  A former professional violinist, teaching and performing in Orchestra, Opera, and Chamber music, and Film in Zurich, Switzerland with a master’s degree in Violin and Music education; she decided to change her career and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a pediatrician while living in Rye, New York. She attended the State University of New York at Purchase; receiving a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Molecular Biology and Psychology. Dr. Gazzola received her M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her residency was at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Elmhurst Hospital and Medical Center.  She also did neurogenetic research and genetic research in inherited metabolic diseases at NYU. Medicine is her true love and Dr. Gazzola loves newborn medicine, preventive and sports medicine. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, photography and skiing! In addition to English, Dr. Gazzola speaks Italian, German, Spanish, French and Swiss. Dr. Gazzola has three children and lives on a former farm.


Dr. Janet Karpiak

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Janet Karpiak is a graduate of UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Karpiak moved to Connecticut to complete a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at Yale University School of Medicine, and made Connecticut her new home. After 15 years in private practice in the Trumbull- Stratford area, caring for up to 4 generations of families, she joined the hospitalist team at Norwalk Hospital, to allow for more family time. Initially on the adult team, Dr. Karpiak quickly became involved in helping to set up a similar program in Pediatrics, where she continued for over 8 years. Missing the long term supportive relationships of outpatient primary care, Dr. Karpiak joined the staff at Norwalk Community Health Center where she continued to support and care for many families she met while working as a hospitalist. Dr. Karpiak has also been a member of the Norwalk Board of Health since 2010, and has been a medical examiner for the Greater Norwalk Child Advocacy Center since 2008. Dr. Karpiak is thrilled to be joining the team at Health Child who share similar ideals for a family centered practice. She has always enjoyed teaching, whether a child about their health, or medical students, residents in training, as well as other healthcare providers to work with families toward a common goal. Dr. Karpiak is a “hands on” person who enjoys many handcrafts, including knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch (preferably on linen), and has designed a number projects from scratch. She also enjoys gardening and walking, and hopes to explore as many trails in Connecticut as possible.