Drs. Tarbell and Mabasa -- at a glance

As young children, Dr. Karen Tarbell and Dr. Abra Mabasa knew their futures would include a career in medicine.

Their dreams came true, as today the women are doctors at Western Connecticut Medical Group Litchfield Crossings in New Milford.

The practice originated as Brookfield Family Medicine/New Milford in 1996, became Housatonic Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and eventually Western Connecticut Medical Group.

The office moved to its location in Litchfield Crossings in March 2011.

It is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which operates New Milford, Danbury and Norwalk hospitals.

Tarbell graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, received a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center.

Tarbell has been with the practice since 1999.

For some time, Mabasa envisioned herself as a surgeon, following in the footsteps of her father, the late Dr. Ramon Mabasa, a well-known New Milford surgeon.

However, unlike her father, she chose a different path, realizing she could focus on family medicine and still do smaller surgical procedures such as sutchering and performing minor dermatology tasks.

The graduate of Bryn Mawr College, holds two master's degrees -- one from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and another from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington; received a medical degree at Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland, and completed her residency at Bryn Mawr.

She joined the practice in 2008.

-- Deborah Rose