Meet Melissa! - Stamford Moms

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have one son who is 18 months old

What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Stamford?
I love bartaco for lunch!

Tell us about your career.
I began my nursing career as a charge nurse at an assisted living facility in Branford on a Dementia and Alzheimer’s unit. In 2017, I joined CT ENT Sinus Center Hearing & Balance as an allergy nurse under the guidance of Allergy and Sublingual Therapy Expert Dr. Michelle Leonard. I was then promoted to department charge nurse and now oversee the allergy drop program as well.

I’m always interested in learning more about my field and gaining expertise to better help our patients. I am currently working towards a Registered Nurse degree via a hybrid nursing program at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

What do you do at CT ENT?
I’m so lucky to be able to be able to help people manage their allergies and get back to living their lives! Allergies can be debilitating for so many. Patients who suffer from ENT allergies often don’t realize that relief is possible. In many cases, allergies can be cured. After meeting with a patient and performing a quick allergy test, I provide an individualized allergy plan that often includes sublingual immunotherapy. This simple treatment, achieved by placing an allergy drop under the tongue each day, desensitizes the immune system long-term, while minimizing ENT allergy symptoms in the meantime.

What do you love about CT-ENT’s Stamford office?
One of our two CT ENT offices is located in Stamford. The office just opened a couple of years ago on Summer Street and offers a facial rejuvenation room. We also offer patient care with sinus issues, seasonal allergies and a wide variety of ENT specialties.

What are your tips as we head into springtime allergy season?
For some people the beginning of spring brings a new round of feeling miserable with allergies. Some things that can help are to watch for signs of allergies and rising pollen counts. Limit your outside time when pollen counts are high. Also, avoid irritants such as smoking, cleaners and chemicals and keep windows closed and replace air filters. It is key to be consistent with treatments.

How do you juggle work and mommyhood?
It can be crazy at times. However I am lucky to have a big family support system to help. Also CT ENT is very accommodating in my busy life schedule!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
Not every kid is the same. You kind of go with the flow and see what works best with your child in regards to teaching and learning processes. Don’t stress out if your child does not pick up on things as quickly because every child learns at a different rate!

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