Our doctors and staff are committed to your obstetrics and gynecology needs. Most of our staff members have been with OB-GYN Services for many years and we take pride in our long term relationships with our patients and their families. OB-GYN Services consist of six physicians, two nurse practitioners, and four licensed nurse midwives.
We routinely provide the following women's health services:
Pelvic exams • Pap smears • Colposcopy • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) • Pelvic ultrasound • Hysterosonogram • Prenatal care • Delivery of normal and high risk pregnancies
Dr. David Kalla
Dr. David Kalla received his Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics from Brown University in Providence, RI, in 1979. He attended University School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree in 1983. During this time, he was awarded the Sara & David Weis Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research (1980) at the Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Kalla completed his Residency at the University of Connecticut in 1987 and holds membership in the American Medical Association and Connecticut State Medical Society and is a Representative for New London County Medical Society.
He has been with OB-GYN Services since 1987 and is Board Certified. Dr. Kalla serves on various committees at Backus Hospital including the Medical Executive Committee, the Infection Control Committee, and the Quality Improvement Committee, as well as served on the Backus Board of Directors from 2001-2005.
Dr. Suzelle Hendsch
Suzelle Hendsch, MD, received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. During this time she was in the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society and President of MIT Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Hendsch attended Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received her Medical Degree in 1997. During this time she was in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was an instructor at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Hendsch completed her residency in 2001 from Western Campus of the Tufts University School of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. While at Tufts, Dr. Hendsch served on the Colposcopy Committee, participated in the Student Mentorship Program, and was Clinical Instructor for the Department of OB/GYN at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hendsch has been at OB-GYN Services since 2001. She is Board Certified and serves on various committees at Backus Hospital.
Dr. Stephen Briggs
Stephen Briggs, MD, is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. For his training, he received a Bachelors of Arts in English from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, in Farmington, CT from 1987-1991. Dr. Briggs completed his residency at the Medical Center of Delaware in Newark, DE in 1995.
Dr. Briggs has been at OB-GYN Services since 1995. He has twice been named a “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. He is Board Certified and a past president of the Medical Staff at William W. Backus Hospital where he now serves on its Board of Directors, Bylaws Committee, and Institutional Review Board.
Dr. Melissa Welch,
Melissa Welch, MD, received a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Yale University in New Haven, CT, in 1992. Dr. Welch received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY, in 1999. During this time she did an AMSA International Language and Culture Summer Fellowship in Mexico. Dr. Welch completed her residency at Brown University at Women’s and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, receiving the Berlex Award for Top Resident Teacher of the Year (2001) and a Resident Excellence Teaching Pin (1999-2001). She has volunteered at the Rape Crisis Center and Planned Parenthood and speaks some Spanish in addition to English.
Dr. Welch has been at OB-GYN Services since 2002. She is Board Certified and serves on various Medical Staff Committees at Backus Hospital. She is from Southeastern Ct and grew up in Mystic.
Dr. Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown, MD, received a Bachelors of Science in Genetics and Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1995 and his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, in 2000. He completed his internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, where he received the Berlex Laboratories Teaching Resident of the Year (2002) and Pfizer OB/GYN Resident Scholarship (2003). He was Administrative OB/GYN Chief Resident from 2003 – 2004. From 2004 through 2007 he served at the US Naval Hospitals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Charleston, SC, receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Commendation (2005). Dr. Brown has been with OB-GYN Services since 2007. He is Board Certified and serves on various committees at Backus Hospital.
Dr. Julie Belcher
Julie Belcher, MD, is originally from Granby, Connecticut. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, graduating cum laude. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, ranking in the top third of her class and received the Sarah G. Miller Obstetrics and Gynecology Prize in OB/GYN. She completed her residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. During this period she was Resident Physician of the Year in 2008 and Administrative Chief Resident from 2007-2008. She belongs to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been with OB-GYN Services since 2008. Dr. Belcher is Board Certified and serves on several committees at Backus Hospital. She is married and has two children. She enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking.
Dr. Kellen Sikora
Kellen Sikora, MD, received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, in 2007 graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Sikora received her medical degree from Rush University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, in 2011. During this time she completed the Illinois Medical Society Externship Program in 2004 and volunteered at Marah’s Place providing women’s health and education services. She completed her residency at the University of Connecticut, receiving the Dr. Spero Neckles Award for Outstanding Resident Research (2014) and The Dorfman Award for Excellence in Patient Care (2015).
Dr. Sikora belongs to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is Board Eligible. She has been with OB-GYN Services since 2015. She enjoys playing basketball, reading, and travel.
Kristin Scarlata, APRN
Kristin Scarlata, MS, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and MS in Nursing from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She serves as clinical faculty for the Yale School of Nursing and Three Rivers Community College. Kristin has been with OB-GYN Services since 1997.
Melissa Bergfeld, APRN
Melissa Bergfeld, APRN, is an Adult and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with honors from Yale School of Nursing, earning a Master of Science in Nursing. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University. She is certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the National Certification Corporation. Melissa is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing and serves as clinical faculty for the Yale School of Nursing. She has been with OB-GYN Services since 2004.
Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys yoga, cooking, knitting, reading, hiking, skiing, tennis and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Maureen Davis, CNM
Maureen Davis, CNM, has been with OB-GYN Services since 2007. She has provided women’s health care in southeastern Connecticut since 1996. She was pleased to meet her personal “bucket list” goal of delivering over 1000 babies a few years ago, and still feels that each birth is special and unique.She believes it essential to participate in the education of new midwives and nurse practitioners. She has been a preceptor to students from Yale University, St. Joseph’s, Georgetown and the Frontier School of Nursing.
Maureen earned her Bachelors Degree from Connecticut College and her Nursing and Masters Degree from Yale University while being mom to three active sons. Along the way, she was involved with many school and community groups, from Little League Baseball to the Senior Citizens Commission.
Maureen enjoys outdoor activities in the summer including biking, kayaking and the beach. In the winter, she’d rather bake cookies and read, or work on home décor, than ski. Her favorite “hobby” is her family, especially playing with her grandchildren and two dogs, Bailey and Ruby.
Tyann Nordness, CNM
Tyann Nordness, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1981. After working as a labor nurse for over ten year, Tyann pursued her Master of Nursing in Midwifery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences, graduating in 1995. She began working with OB-GYN Services in 1997. Since 2011, Tyann has shared her experience and perspective with nursing students as a clinical faculty member with the University of Connecticut. She is a member of ACNM.
Carol Rinzler, CNM
Carol Rinzler, CNM, was welcomed into OB-GYN Services in June 2010. She has been practicing nurse midwifery in southeastern Connecticut for nearly 18 years. Prior to which she was a labor and delivery nurse and childbirth educator at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. Carol graduated from the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Skidmore College, and then earned her Masters Degree in Maternal Newborn Nursing and Certificate of Nurse Midwifery at Yale University. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and a preceptor for nurse-midwifery students from Yale School of Nursing.
Kathleen Gauthier, CNM, IBCBC
Kathleen Gauthier, CNM, IBCBC, received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, in 1981. Kathleen received her MSN from Stony Brook University in NY in Midwifery in 2009. Kathleen is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and American College of Nurse Midwives. She is currently an adjunct faculty for Rhode Island College and teaches the maternal child clinical rotation for nursing students at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI. Kathleen is on the board of directors for MATH (Medical Aid to Haiti), a nonprofit organization that supports a medical mobile clinic in outlying villages in Haiti. Kathleen coordinates US medical team trips to Haiti several times a year to provide primary and obstetrical care to the villages. Most recently, Kathleen recevied her IBCBC (International Board Certificatied Breast Consultant).