Caring for Children is Our Specialty

At Appleseed Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, we provide high-quality, evidence-based medical care for your child in a small independent practice setting, from birth to young adulthood.

After many years of working in different practice settings, we recognized the need for a more personalized approach to pediatric care. We set out to build a small practice where we can spend time with our patients and families and maintain the personal connections that are so vital to your child’s health, growth and development. We opened our doors in August 2021 and are excited to share our vision with you!

We utilize the latest technology, including a pediatric-specific electronic health record and state of the art in-house rapid diagnostic testing, to bring up-to-date care to your child.  Being an independent practice, we can be more nimble in responding to our patients’ needs.


Our providers have been practicing in our community and have over 50 years combined experience.

Continuity of Care

We recognize the importance of having direct access to your medical provider who personally knows you and your family the best. Your child will have one provider who will consistently see them for every well child visit.


Because we take the safety and health of your child seriously, our office has separate sick and well entrances and exam rooms. All our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Specialty Care

We are part of the Connecticut Children’s Physician Network, which helps us provide the highest-quality care to your child through more efficient communication, collaboration, and access to speciality care at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and The Village for Families and Children.

Pediatric Services

As pediatricians, we receive special training in the health and well-being of infants, children, teens, and young adults. We provide general preventive health care including vaccinations, developmental, vision and hearing screenings, fluoride varnish and tests for anemia, lead levels and cholesterol. In addition, we provide general guidance on behavior and development, growth, safety, nutrition and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.

We also provide care for chronic illnesses, such as asthma, ADHD, anxiety and depression as well as for acute illnesses such as cold or COVID symptoms, rashes, sprained ankles and more. We do rapid/in-office tests for COVID (rapid PCR), Influenza, RSV, strep, urine tests for pregnancy and urinary tract infections (UTI). We pierce ears too.

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Susan Glasser, MD FAAP (she/her/hers)

Dr. Glasser grew up in Hamden, CT and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1989. She received her medical degree in 1998 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UCONN) and completed her pediatric residency there in 2001. Dr. Glasser is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Glasser worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor for 12 years at the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Saint Francis Hospital (Trinity) where she enjoyed watching her patients grow and teaching the UCONN medical students and residents. She was thrilled to receive a teaching award from her residents in 2014. Since 2014 Dr. Glasser has worked in private practice and continues as a community based faculty member at the UCONN School of Medicine. She also works in pediatric urgent care at PM Pediatrics. Dr. Glasser enjoys being a camp doctor at several day camps including Summer Place, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and HARTT Summer Musical Theatre Program; she has also worked at Camp Eagle Wing an overnight camp in Maine. In April 2021 she was honored to speak on humanism in healthcare to rising third year medical students for the Gold Humanism Society.

As a pediatrician, Dr. Glasser cherishes the relationships she has built with her patients and families over the past 20 years, and believes in partnering with them in making medical decisions. Dr. Glasser is passionate about treating all her patients and their families with kindness, compassion and respect. She loves working with children of all ages and backgrounds; she has a special interest in adolescent medicine and welcomes LGBTQ patients and families.

When she is not working, Dr. Glasser enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children Emma and Ethan, her Labradoodle Oliver, and her cat.

She also enjoys running, hiking, and eating foods from around the world. She has hosted high school exchange students in her home from Hong Kong, Switzerland and Italy.

Denise Filosi, PA-C (she/her/hers)

Denise Filosi, PA-C, is a board certified physician assistant specializing in pediatric medicine. Denise obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Salem State College in 1998. With four young children at home below the age of 8, Denise graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. She was inducted into the honor society Sigma XI, and Phi Kappa Phi. In 2000 Denise obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Notre Dame College. She graduated with distinction and first in her class again. Denise is affiliated with the American Academy of PediatricsAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants.

Denise has worked as a neonatal PA for 20 years. She was employed at Manchester Memorial Hospital for 14 years and served as the neonatal midlevel provider program director. She is currently employed in a neonatal capacity at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She started her outpatient pediatric career 10 years ago at Manchester Pediatric Associates (MPA).

Denise’s favorite part of her practice is building relationships with her patients and families. She is committed to providing evidence – based, compassionate and high-quality care. She works hard to gain the trust of the child and family and relishes being part of their “village.” She has a special interest in caring for the newborn and new parent and evaluating developmental progress of the growing child.

Residing in Killingworth Connecticut, Denise enjoys spending her free time with her closest friends and family. She has four adult children that all reside in the area with their wonderful spouses and five beautiful grandchildren. She especially enjoys listening to live music, board games, pickleball, hiking, and spending time with her husband James and her Golden Retriever, Astro.

Nichole Kycia, PA-C (she/her/hers)

Nichole “Niki” Kycia PA-C MPAS was born and raised in Manchester, CT. She received her undergraduate degree in biomolecular science from Central Connecticut State University and graduated magna cum laude in 2011. Niki completed her Masters Degree in physician assistant studies (PA) from the University of Bridgeport in 2014.  She is certified through the National Commission in Certification of Physician Assistants and has seven years of experience as a PA. Prior to becoming a physician assistant Niki worked as an emergency medical technician for six years in the town of South Windsor. Niki is currently studying to become a lactation consultant and is expected to complete the program in April of 2023.

After completing her physician assistant studies, Niki has worked in urgent care for seven years. Although she enjoys the fast pace of the urgent care setting, she has always been drawn to working in primary care pediatrics. In 2015, Niki started working in an out patient pediatric office in Manchester  and has been working in primary care since then. She is very excited to be working exclusively with children now at Appleseed Pediatrics. Niki is committed to providing a superior level of individualized care in a small practice setting. She highly values establishing close relationships with her patients and their families. She feels strongly that forming a partnership with families maximizes the healthy growth and development of her patients.

Niki currently lives in Manchester with her husband and their four children who are between the ages of two and fifteen.  They have many pets two dogs, three ferrets, three parakeets, two guinea pigs and a very grumpy hedgehog named William. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, gaming, painting, camping, and hiking.

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