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 I Smile Dental Studio 

At {I Smile Dental Studio} , our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Quality Care
When you have dental problems, you need to turn to a dentist who listens and responds ... an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs ... a friendly dentist who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our staff meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.

Informed Patients
I Smile Dental Studio believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. That is why we've included an extensive section on this web site covering the full array of topics associated with dentistry and dental diagnoses and treatments. We encourage you to look through these pages whenever you have an interest or concern about your dental needs and care.

Comfortable, Convenient Setting
The best care in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't access it. At I Smile Dental Studio, we strive to make our Enfield office as efficient and convenient as possible. Included in these web pages is information about I Smile Dental Studio's office, including our Enfield location, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. You can even email a request for an appointment right here!

Infection Conrol
Infection Control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We hope you find this web site useful and invite you to contact us with your questions at any time.

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Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Connie Y. Gao D.D.S.

    Dr. Gao graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1998 with a degree in Biochemistry, minor in Biology. She then attended Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine in New York City and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2005. She also completed one year General Residency Program at New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, New York. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Gao took advanced courses on orthodontics and provides orthodontic treatment to both children and adults. Her interest in science, combined with a love of art, led her to establish a career in family and aesthetic dentistry.

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  • Peter Michaelson D.M.D.

    Since graduating from UCONN Dental School in 1981, I have seen many different methods and models of dental practice. I enjoy discovering each patient's unique situation, wants and needs. The challenge of designing the perfect treatment plan for each patient, utilizing today's materials and methods consistent with proven principals of sound dentistry, is something I enjoy every day.

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  • Kathleen A. Salius D.D.S.

    Dr. Salius began her career as a dental hygienest in Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Connecticut she entered the Medical College of Virginia Dental School. She graduated in 1990 with numerous awards in the area of Prosthodontics including OKU-National Dental Honor Society. This was followed by two years of advanced training to receive a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Prosthodontics from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Leaving the South, Dr. Salius moved to New York to study implant dentistry. She completed a two year Fellowship in Implant Dentistry from New York Unniversity.

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  • Jason Hernandez D.M.D.

    Born in New York but raised in southeastern Connecticut, Dr. Hernandez is proud to call Connecticut his home. Dr. Hernandez graduated from the University of Connecticut Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Cell Biology. He graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 2011. He received a certificate for completion of a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Lutheran Medical Center Eastern Shore Maryland. 

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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Enfield Location

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm** (once a month)

Sunday:

Closed

Hartford Location

Monday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

 

Contact Hartford Location for Office hours:
860-247-1021