Candlewood Valley Pediatrics

About Us


Left to right: Dr. Frank Fanella, Dr. Kristi Beck, Dr. Evan Hack, Dr. Matthew Abel, and Dr. Wendy Drost

Below: our waiting room

Welcome to Candlewood Valley Pediatrics!

Candlewood Valley Pediatrics was founded in 1988 by the husband and wife team of Evan Hack, MD, and Diane D'Isidori, MD. While we have grown as a practice, our core beliefs have never changed. We are committed to providing quality, family-oriented care in a friendly and compassionate environment. Each child we touch is unique and deserving of individualized care and respect. We are a team that is dedicated to going beyond what is expected to enhance your family's well being. Throughout our 25-year history, Candlewood Valley Pediatrics has continuously strived to provide comprehensive care of the highest quality to our patients and their families. To achieve these goals most effectively, the practice uses an ongoing quality improvement process to set goals and act to improve performance. We are currently working toward Patient Centered Medical Home certification.*

Our practice provides preventative care as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of illness in infants, children and adolescents.

Our medical practice consists of five full-time and one flex-time, board-certified pediatricians. All physicians have ambulatory privileges at WCHN New MilfordCampus.

*A Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a team-based model of care led by your personal physician. The team provides continuous and coordinated care to maximize outcomes while working to decrease the overall cost of healthcare. A PCMH is not a building, house or hospital but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality, cost effective manner (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004). A PCMH is responsible for providing and coordinating your healthcare needs by arranging consultations with and continuously communicating with other qualified healthcare professionals involved in your care. This also includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and assisting with the transition of care. "Patient Centered" means YOU are the most important person on your healthcare team.

Meet Our Physicians & Staff

Evan R. Hack, MD
Frank Fanella, Jr., MD
Matthew G. Abel, MD
Wendy H. Drost, MD
Kristi F. Beck, MD
Stephanie Tiso, MD

Office Hours

Appointments may be made by calling the office at (860) 355-8190. (Please note that we are closed from 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm.)
More information about our appointment policies is available here.

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-7:00* pm
Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday By appointment only for acute sick visits

*We try to reserve the hour between 6 and 7 pm Monday-Thursday for our sick patients


Las llamadas seran contestadas por nuestras recepcionistas entre las siguientes horas. (Por favor note que estamos cerrados entre 12:45 pm hasta 1:45 pm.)

Lunes a Jueves 8:00 am-7:00* pm
Viernes 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Sabados Solo por citas

*Las horas entre 6 - 7 seran reservadas para pasientes enfermos.


Adolescents have very unique and important health care needs. Today's adolescents face tremendous social and academic pressures, as well as potentially serious illnesses, and exposure to destructive habits and high risk behaviors. As pediatricians, we are trained to care for adolescents and their health needs through young adulthood, typically up to twenty-one years of age. During their teenage years, we invite our patients to become more involved in their medical careboth in terms of education and in decisions regarding their own care.

As we allow our adolescent patients to move toward self responsibility for health care, we ask for parental support and understanding. We advocate that our adolescents have an opportunity for examination and counseling apart from parents, and that confidentiality will then be preserved between the adolescent patient and their doctor. Our adolescent patients (and their parents) should understand that under certain circumstances (i.e., health-threatening emergencies) the doctor will abrogate this confidentiality. Adolescents tend to underutilize existing health care resources. The issue of confidentiality has been identified, by both providers and young people themselves, as a significant access barrier to health care. With the above issues in mind, we hope that, as providers, we can confidentially care for and counsel teens through the many physical and emotional changes and challenges that arise during adolescence.

Special Services

Meet & Greet

Whether you are expecting a new baby, are new to the area, or simply looking for a pediatrician; we invite you to attend one of our Meet & Greet informational gatherings designed for you to meet with our physicians. We will tell new parents what to expect at the time of your baby’s delivery. All prospective patients will learn about our practice and will receive a tour of our facilities.

These visits are informal and are held on the first Tuesday or Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. You can expect the visit to last for approximately 30 minutes to an hour. You are encouraged to ask any general questions you may have for our physicians. There is no cost for this program. We ask that you pre-register to attend by calling the office during regular office hours (860) 355-8190.

Multi-language Services

Part of our mission at Candlewood Valley Pediatrics is to clearly communicate with all our patients. Please let us know your preferred language, and we will be sure to provide you information in that language. For our Spanish- and Portuguese -speaking patients, we offer in-office translations. When you call, please let us know you prefer to speak in either Spanish or Portuguese, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Additional translation assistance can be found through the following websites:

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If you need additional help, please call our office at (860) 355-8190.