Meet the Doctors

Meet Dr. Jeffrey C. Hoos

HoosportraitbigDr. Hoos is a world renowned dental practitioner. He has invented many successful techniques to provide the best dental experience possible. His philosophy is to provide the highest quality dentistry in a friendly atmosphere. A vital part of this is really taking the time to get to know you and understand your needs. His goal is “teeth for a lifetime” and he goes to great lengths to preserve a person’s natural teeth as long as possible.

Dr. Hoos has been lecturing to dentists nationally and internationally over the last 25 years and continues to do so, teaching advanced techniques as well as the innovative procedures he’s developed.

Fear of the dentist changed to a career choice when at age 5, a compassionate, friendly dentist simply listened and understood young Jeffrey Hoos’ terror and calmly explained how he would proceed so that the procedure wouldn’t hurt. To this day, Dr. Hoos remembers and strives to carry that compassion and understanding to all his patients.

Educational background

  • MS degree in Biology from the University of Bridgeport
  • BA degree in Zoology from Drew University
  • DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Awards and affiliations

  • Chosen as a leading national speaker by Dentistry Today for 7 years in a row
  • Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Implantology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • Block Drug Award for teaching hygiene to the developmentally disabled
  • One of the first general dentists to receive the prestigious Brånemark certification to surgically place and restore dental implants, in recognition of his clinical excellence
  • Mentor for Nobel Biocare to teach general dentists to place and restore implants
  • Doctors from the US and overseas come to the office to learn his methods

Outside the office

Dr. Hoos enjoys fishing and gardening, and relaxing with his wife, Betsy, and their three terrific daughters.

Meet Dr. Johna Zitnay

ZitnayportraitbigConnecticut native Dr. Zitnay is known for her gentle touch and personalized care. If you are afraid of the dentist, Dr. Zitnay will make you feel comfortable. She delivers all general and restorative procedures and is our go-to doctor for gentle and effective root canal treatment. She’s enthusiastic about delivering the highest quality dental services to the community.

Educational background

  • BS degree in Biology, University of Dayton
  • DMD degree, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • General Practice Residency, Mount Sinai Hospital

Awards and affiliations

Outstanding Achievement in Oral Pathology, UCONN

Outside the office

Dr. Zitnay and her husband are the proud parents of two fine daughters. To keep active, she jogs, enjoys sewing for her daughters, and loves traveling to interesting places here and abroad.

Meet Dr. Gemma Kwolek

KwolekportraitbigDr. Kwolek’s philosophy is to look at you, the patient, as a whole person. That’s why it’s so important to her that you’re comfortable with your dental care – because she knows how much oral health contributes to the overall quality of life.

In addition to performing general and restorative dentistry procedures and sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Kwolek is excellent with children. She likes to see children visit the dentist so that they develop positive experiences with dentistry, even when very young. As they grow, she gently does any restorative work needed, educates them and starts them on the road to good oral health for a lifetime.

Educational background

  • BS degree in Biology, University of Scranton. Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • DMD degree, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School, University of Maryland. Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Anterior Esthetic Program at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Study.

Awards and affiliations

  • Maryland Academy of General Dentistry Certificate
  • American Society of Dentistry for Children Award
  • Dental Practice Administration Certificate
  • Block Drug Senior Essay Contest

Outside the Office

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Kwolek enjoys activities with her husband and two handsome young sons. She appreciates her quiet time with yoga or in the company of a good book.

Meet Dr. Julia Latham

drlathamDr. Latham enjoys working with people of all ages and genuinely cares about improving the oral health of her patients. She grew up in New Zealand and moved across the Pacific in 2001 to attend Boston University and compete as a track and field athlete.

Since graduating, Dr. Latham has served in a military dental clinic in Rota, Spain and in a private practice in Virginia Beach. She recently moved to Connecticut with her husband, an emergency room physician at Bridgeport Hospital, and her two young sons.

Educational background

  • BS degree, Boston University, graduated Summa Cum Laude, valedictorian of her graduating class
  • DMD degree, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Awards and affiliations

  • The William S. Kramer Award of Excellence
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society Inductee

Outside the office

Dr. Latham enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and traveling.

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