Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Allison L. Cappitella, A.P.R.N.

Allison has been a nurse for many years, having worked initially on the Postpartum Unit of Yale New Haven Hospital, then as a member of Orange Pediatrics in the New Haven area. She joined the Wildwood family in January 1999.

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After graduating with her Master’s from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Yale in 1993, Allison worked for four and a half years for South Jersey Hospital in their school-based clinic program and local Community Health Center (for three of which she was a member of the Public Health Service). In 1999, she and her family returned to Connecticut with her two young daughters, Melissa and Kelly. A son, Christopher, was born in 2001 and a third daughter, Emily, followed soon thereafter at the end of 2002.

Allison’s professional activities have included membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP), and the United “Who’s Who” Registry of Executives and Professionals. A member of the Courtesy Faculty of the Yale School of Nursing for many years, she has written on the topic of parental grief after the loss of a newborn.

When not at work, Allison enjoys sports, cross-stitching, music and traveling, and was an assistant Brownie troop leader for five years. She also speaks some Spanish. Currently she is an active parent member of the Hale-Ray Music Boosters and Project Graduation Committee. Allison spends a great deal of “non-Wildwood” time at her children's school and sporting events. Her oldest daughter, Melissa, is college-bound in the fall of 2013 and will be pursuing a nursing degree as well.

Heather Corcoran, A.P.R.N.

Heather joined the Wildwood Pediatrics team in 2021 after graduating from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Prior to attending graduate school Heather got her Bachelor's degree from Quinnipiac University.

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She began her journey in the medical field as a certified nursing assistant on an inpatient cardiac floor then worked her way up to becoming a registered nurse.

Heather pursued her Masters degree in Nursing at Regis College after finishing her Bachelors in Nursing. During her MSN degree she cared for pediatric patients in a variety of settings including outpatient pediatric primary care practices, school based health clinics, and pediatric otolaryngology at Boston Medical Center. During the Summer of 2021 Heather had the pleasure of caring for campers at Incarnation Camp in Deep River. Heather enjoys building relationships with her patients and being able to care for them throughout childhood.

When not at work, Heather enjoys going to the gym, traveling back home to Massachusetts, and spending time outdoors.

Christina F. Rickenback, A.P.R.N.

Tina has a varied nursing background including medical-surgical nursing, pediatric research, newborn nursery, general pediatrics, emergency room and neonatal intensive care. She joined Wildwood Pediatrics in 1982.

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Tina received her B.S. in nursing from Catholic University in 1972, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at Catholic University she received the Saint Catherine Medal and the Olivian Society Award. She graduated from the Yale School of Nursing with an M.S.N.

In addition to her civilian role, she was a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and served in a Fleet Hospital in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. She retired from the Naval Reserves after 27 years of service.

Tina is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), serving as State President from 1997-1999 and from 2011-2013 as the founding member of the Children in Disasters Special Interest Group at NAPNAP. In 2013 she was elected to the National Board of NAPNAP as Clinical Practice Chair. She is also a member of the Naval Reserve Association, VFW, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and Kappa Gamma Pi. She is on the Courtesy Faculty of the Yale School of Nursing, and was on the State Task Force for Healthy Child-Care Connecticut 2000.

When Tina is not working she is enjoying life with her husband, Rob. They have two children, and are proud and involved grandparents of Raymond, Judah and Michael. She sings in the Folk Choir at St. Pius X Church in Middletown. Tina relaxes by hiking, dancing, listening to music, cooking and reading.

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