Medical Staff

Christina Smillie MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Christina Smillie our founding physician, devotes full time to clinical practice at Breastfeeding Resources, while finding occasional time to speak both nationally and internationally. Board certified as both pediatrician and lactation consultant, she is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Smillie believes strongly in the innate instincts of both the mother and the baby. She has two adult children and one grandchild.

Liza Goldman Huertas MD, IBCLC

Liza Goldman Huertas is a family medicine doctor who joined us in 2017. A 2008 graduate of Yale’s School of Medicine, she did her Family Medicine residency in the Social Medicine program at Montefiore in the Bronx. She worked for three years at Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven before joining us. Her knowledge of breastfeeding and lactation is matched by her warmth and compassion for the mothers she sees.  She brings to our table a broad knowledge of women’s health issues, in particular expanding our clinical support for breastfeeding mothers with Type 1 and gestational diabetes, those with chemical dependence, and those with mood disorders.  And, as a native of Puerto Rico, she’s fully fluent in Spanish.

Beth Iovinelli RN, BSN, IBCLC

Beth Iovinelli comes to us from a large pediatric practice where she served as both a pediatric nurse and director of their lactation program. Beth has been in maternal child health for almost 25 years, and has been certified as an IBCLC since 2000. Her experience as a labor and delivery nurse, a postpartum nurse and lactation consultant, and as RN in a regular pediatric office, keeps us in touch with the real world beyond our walls. She works with us fulltime, and additionally spends a day a week as a nurse lactation consultant at Greenwich Hospital. She is sought out frequently to share her knowledge of breastfeeding and lactation, as teacher and speaker for both mothers and professionals. The mother of two adult children, she loves travel, volunteers every summer as a nurse for the Hole in the Wall Camp for kids with cancer, and sings weekends for a rock ‘n roll band.

Sue Marchitto APRN, IBCLC

Sue Marchitto is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She has worked part time with us since 2014 while remaining a valuable member of the Yale Health Plan pediatrics team, sharing her breastfeeding expertise with families both in New Haven and with us. We are so grateful to have her wisdom, experience and expertise.

Amy Pavia RN, BSN, IBCLC

Amy Pavia brings nearly two decades of maternal child health expertise to BFR. Amy started her career as a labor and delivery nurse where she first discovered her passion for helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals. From the hospital setting, to home care, to private practice, she has since cared for women in all stages of their breastfeeding journeys.  Amy graduate from Columbia University School of Nursing and has been an IBCLC since 2005. She loves running, traveling and spending time with her husband and three previously breastfed boys. 

Sue Iwinski IBCLC

Sue Iwinski is board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has been with our practice since 2000. As our senior lactation consultant, she trains and mentors new staff. Her attention and care with each and every family draws many mothers to our practice by word of mouth. This thoughtful approach to each family, as well as her clinical expertise and insight, have set the tone for our practice, individualizing care to each family’s circumstances. A leading voice for babies in her role with Connecticut’s La Leche League, she speaks regularly at League annual conferences. She has two adult children and is lead vocalist for AfterShock, Connecticut’s powerhouse danceable rock band.

Laurie Rubel APRN, IBCLC

Laurie Rubel has been with us since 2016. Her experience in family medicine at a federally qualified health center in New York City has given her a broad perspective on breastfeeding issues. A thoughtful and experienced clinician, she approaches each family with an inquiring clinical mind and a compassionate heart, helping mothers navigate their complex breastfeeding and feeding issues. The mother of three previously breastfed children, her kids keep her on her toes!

Administrative Staff

Sharon DeBernardo

Sharon DeBernardo joined Breastfeeding Resources as an office assistant in 2001. She  currently processes patient claims and attempts to unravel the complexities of the insurance world. Calls are welcome if patients need assistance in resolving insurance or billing questions. She is the mother of 2 grown sons and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her 3 year old twin granddaughters.

Linda Kozlowski

Lisa Papp Terifay 

Lisa Papp Terifay spans both the administrative and clinical sides of our practice. A welcoming and cheerful receptionist, she is both tech savvy and breastfeeding knowledgeable. She takes on a wide variety of techy projects for us, and most importantly, organizes and facilitates our weekly mothers’ support group. The mother of three previously breastfed children, she for many years was a volunteer leader for La Leche League International, giving her broad experience supporting breastfeeding mothers.

Valerie Wilke

Valerie Wilke works part-time to provide BFR with administrative assistance and tech support. She maintains our Patient Portal, which helps our patients to communicate their needs and to understand the services of our practice. She handles a variety of office management tasks and supports the delivery of patient care by interfacing with our medical records company, creating informational materials and building connections to community services. When our Front Desk or Mom’s Group needs back up, Valerie happily fills in. A former La Leche League leader, her passions include childbirth support, parent education and maternal mental health.