Helping Hands Pediatrics providers are equipped to give your child the best possible care with a calming smile and years of experience.
Paul Chlpka, MD, attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, for his undergraduate education followed by the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel) in Philadelphia, PA for medical school. His residency training in Pediatrics was completed at Tod Childrens’ Hospital in Youngstown, OH. After completing three years as a resident he also completed a fourth year of training as Pediatric Chief Resident at Tod. He began private practice in 2000 with Hermitage Pediatrics and opened Helping Hands Pediatrics in July of 2002. Dr. Chlpka is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Carla Vadala, CPNP, attended Pennsylvania State University for her Bachelor’s degree and received her Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Carla has 20+ years of pediatric experience. Her prior experience includes pediatric hematology/oncology at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Tod Children's Hospital and Akron Children's Hospital. Carla grew up in West Middlesex, PA and is happy to return to the Shenango Valley to care and serve our pediatric population.
Valerie (Sloboda) Weyand, DNP, attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio for her Bachelor’s degree and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Valerie received her Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sloboda has been a clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and has previous clinical experience working at The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the recipient of both the Cameos of Caring Scholarship and A Step Above Award, both recognizing her exemplary nursing performance. Valerie is also fluent in American Sign Language.


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585 East State Street - Sharon, PA 16146 - (724) 346-6494
26 Nesbitt Road, Suite 400 - New Castle, PA 16105
Member: American Academy of Pediatrics - Pennsylvania Medical Society
Voted Best of the Best 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
United Healthcare (formerly Unison) Gold Star Provider 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011