About Dr Elizabeth Bird
Dr. Bird graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 2002, when she won both the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow Memorial Award and New England Pediatric Society Prize. Elizabeth completed her residency at University of Michigan in 2005 where she also served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics with distinction.
Upon completing her residency, Dr. Bird worked both in the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and as a hospitalist in the pediatric inpatient wards until 2014. During that time she was Associate Program Director for the Brown University Department of Pediatrics Residency and won the 2011 Brown Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award.
Dr. Bird moved to Chester with her family in the Spring of 2014 and worked as a primary care pediatrician for Yale New Haven Health until she decided to open up a practice in Chester in the Summer of 2018. She is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has completed additional training through the Institute for Functional Medicine, including the Advanced Practice Module in Pediatrics and Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. Dr. Bird holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor at Yale University School of Medicine and has contracts with the major insurance payors in the state of CT.
My primary focus is on restoring and preserving wellness. I take an integrative, evidence-based approach to facilitating the body’s innate healing response whenever possible. I draw from my knowledge of pharmacology, nutrition and herbal medicine when arriving at treatment plans. Often, understanding a child’s social, familial and emotional context will have a significant impact on my approach.
I do everything you'd expect from a traditional pediatrician. I sew lacerations, treat rashes, give immunizations, give breathing treatments and offer wellness visits to name a few. However, sometimes the patient with strep has been in the office 3 times in the past 3 months and there may be much more that I can be doing to help optimize this child’s health than simply dosing with antibiotics.
Through the micro-practice model, I am able to pursue the kind of investigative medicine that makes my job far more fulfilling and my results far more successful. I am able to take the time to arrive at underlying causes, rather than just masking bothersome symptoms.
In the spirit of creating a true medical home for primary care patients, it will be necessary to limit new patients from time to time and in such instances I will create space on a waiting list. Nonetheless, in addition to providing primary care to a small panel of patients, I also will offer integrative consultative services to patients who are not on my panel whenever possible.
Well Child Preventive Care at the following times:
Same-day sick visits
24 hr physician access
Integrative Consultations for:
Asthma and allergies
Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBD and IBS
Poor growth/failure to thrive
Sleep difficulties and disturbances
Vaccinations and vaccine schedules
Nutritional deficiencies and concerns