Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Mary S. Briggs, A.P.R.N.

Mary joins the Wildwood Pediatrics team after graduating from the Yale School of Nursing in May 2019 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Mary's love for pediatric medicine began during her college years, where she spent her summers working as a nursing assistant at a children's hospital in Morristown, NJ in both the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and General Pediatric Medicine departments. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. After graduation, Mary spent two years living and working in the Pacific Islands as a high school teacher and researcher focusing on mental illness.

In 2016, Mary began her studies at the Yale School of Nursing, completing the Graduate Entry Pre-Specialty in Nursing (GEPN) program and obtaining her RN certificate. During her next two years of study, Mary worked as a nurse in a pediatric practice in Hamden, where she worked closely with physicians, patients and families. It was there that Mary honed her passion for primary care. Her clinical rotations as a PNP student included the Pediatric ED at Yale-New Haven Hospital, school-based health centers at both the elementary and high school level, and a full year at Wildwood Pediatrics working with Tina Rickenback! Mary enjoys working with all pediatric age groups and has a special interest in obesity prevention and management. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

Mary lives in New Haven with her husband, George, whom she recently married in June of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and spending time outdoors.

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.

Erin M. Coleman-Cordes, A.P.R.N.

Erin discovered her passion for caring for children in primary care while doing her clinical rotation at Wildwood Pediatrics in 2007. She enjoyed the experience so much that she stayed on as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008.

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Erin has been in the field of nursing since graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with her BSN in December 2004. (Previously, she attained her BS in Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in May 2002). Following graduation from Penn, she relocated to Connecticut and began working as an RN at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital on the Children’s Clinical Research Unit. There she cared for children who had been diagnosed with a variety of chronic illnesses including cancer, epilepsy and diabetes in addition to hematologic and genetic disorders. Additionally, she served in the roles of charge nurse and preceptor to new staff.

Erin remained full-time as an RN at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) until the fall of 2006, when she began the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Yale University School of Nursing. While at Yale, she continued to work part-time at YNHH and focused her concentration on chronic illness, specifically in the area of childhood cancer. In addition to her many clinical rotations, she traveled weekly to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where she was precepted in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric oncology. Erin graduated from Yale with her MSN in May 2008.

Currently, Erin is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners. When away from the office, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and two young daughters, Avery and Mia.

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.

Adeline "Addy" Shaughnessy APRN

Addy joined the Wildwood Pediatrics team in 2018 after graduating from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Yale University School of Nursing,

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Addy pursued her lifelong interest in pediatrics while completing her BSN at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. She began her career as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital where she worked in the cardiac intensive care unit and provided comprehensive nursing care to critically ill infants, children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. She collaborated with the interdisciplinary team of surgeons, cardiologists, intensivists, social workers, nutritionists and child life specialists to assist with coordination of care and act as an advocate for her patients and their families. She also served as a preceptor for senior nursing practicum students at Northeastern University.

After working in Boston for 3 years, Addy and her husband relocated to the Connecticut shoreline to advance their careers in medicine. Addy began pursuing an MSN degree at Yale and cared for pediatric patients in a variety of clinical settings during her training including outpatient pediatrician's offices, school-based health clinics, the Primary Care Center (PCC) and the general surgery clinic at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Addy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). When Addy is not at the office, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Matt.

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