Dentistry combines the two things about which I am passionate: art and helping people.
Being a dentist is truly rewarding because it empowers me to relieve pain and suffering, while creating beautiful, healthy smiles and improving my patients’ overall health. I love interacting with my patients and helping them achieve a better quality of life. I also enjoy helping anxious patients, whether children or adults, to overcome their fears and feel at ease at the dentist’s office. My patients have taught me so much over the years: They have taught me to trust, be patient, be a good listener, and go above and beyond to be appreciative of my role within our community.
As a child and young adult, I spent a lot of time in the dental chair. I’ve experienced everything from simple fillings to a gingival graft and implant. My childhood dentist spent time educating me on my oral health and the benefits of dental procedures, and I want to pass that same experience on to my own patients.
Education and Continuing Education
I began my career in dentistry as a hygienist after attending the University of New Haven for my Bachelor of Science. Five years later, I entered New York University to obtain my Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
I believe that education is an ongoing commitment. It is essential to stay abreast of new procedures and products that will help me improve my patient care. The continuing education courses I’ve taken range from what’s new in restorative materials to orthodontics, implants, and pediatric dentistry.
- American Dental Association
- Connecticut State Dental Association
- New Haven Dental Association
- Advisory board, University of New Haven School of Hygiene
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
Outside the Office
I grew up right here in West Haven and now live in close-by Orange. My husband Jeff and I have two children, Jackson and Emilia. Our home wouldn’t be complete without our dog Roscoe, a cockatoo named Molly, and a turtle named Koby.
In my time away from the office, I enjoy gardening, painting, hiking, visiting the local nature centers, restoring antique furniture, and playing soccer and baseball with my kids. I also volunteer my time in the clinic teaching students at the University of New Haven Dental Hygiene School, and go to local schools to teach children the importance of oral health.