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Dr. Katz has been practicing dentistry in West Hartford since 1977. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Katz is a dental commissioner for the State of Connecticut and assistant clinical professor at Tufts University.

Dr. Katz grew up in Hartford, Conn., moving to West Hartford in his junior year of high school. He is a 1966 graduate of Weaver High School. He attained his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut in 1970, and his D.M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1974. After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Katz became a member of the U.S. Public Health Service, and was stationed in Englewood, Colo. at the Federal Correctional Institution from 1974-1977. Here he volunteered as clinical faculty for the University of Colorado Dental School, and ran externships for senior dental students and hygiene students. Dr. Katz left the Public Health Service in 1977 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander to return to West Hartford, Conn. to enter into private practice.

He has been practicing dentistry at 125 La Salle Rd since 1977. In addition to his duties in private practice, Dr. Katz is also a dental commissioner for the State of Connecticut, and volunteers weekly as an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the Prosthodontics and Operative Department. In his free time, Dr. Katz enjoys many diversions. He is a certified PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, teaching students at Scuba Shack in Rocky Hill. He also enjoys travelling with his daughters, especially for ski trips in Vail, Colo. and dive trips to Nassau, Bahamas. He is also an avid boater, enjoying trips in and around Long Island Sound with his wife on his Fountain powerboat.

Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz is a native of West Hartford and is currently living in Burlington. Following a passion of horses she’s had since childhood, she graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J. in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Equine Studies.  Upon completion of her degree she worked and trained with horses in Florida, Vermont and Connecticut.

Realizing horses were more of a passion as opposed to a career choice; she switched gears and started to work for Regional Physical Therapy in Bloomfield. While she enjoyed working with people she felt that she could do more to help them.  She decided to go back to school and pursue a career as a dental hygienist at Tunxis Community College.

While in school, she traveled to Belize for a service learning project, worked in different community settings and volunteered at the Mission of Mercy. She graduated with honors from Tunxis Community College in May 2010. She is currently working at Katz Family Dental.  When she isn’t working, she enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, horseback riding, scuba diving, hiking and being outdoors.

Sarina

Sarina is one of two dental assistants and has been employed at Katz Family Dental since 2006. Although she had already had more than five years of experience as a dental assistant, Sarina chose to enroll as a post-graduate student at A.I. Prince Technical School’s Dental Assisting program which enabled her to earn her x-ray certification.

Sarina enjoys her position as dental assistant, but is interested in furthering her career by becoming a dental hygienist. She is currently enrolled in prerequisite classes at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. In addition to working full time and attending school part time, Sarina enjoys volunteering her dental assisting skills in the community. This includes Connecticut’s Mission of Mercy, the annual statewide free dental clinic.

Monica Perkins

Monica PerkinsMonica has been a dental assistant at Katz Family Dental since 2002, having returned to us from other endeavors in February 2010.

Monica is a native of West Hartford, and received her Dental Assisting Certificate from Tunxis Community College in 1989.

Monica is married with three children and when not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing in Maine and making jewelry.

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. There she also earned her degree in Dental Hygiene. Jennifer has been practicing dental hygiene since 2006, and has been with Katz Family Dental since 2009.

When not in the office, Jennifer volunteers in Connecticut school systems to educate children and parents about optimal dental care. Jennifer enjoys taking continuing education classes for dental hygiene and is CPR certified. She is also a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA).

In addition to her dental hygiene career, Jennifer has achieved certification for the Natural Disaster Response Team. Part of her duties include taking DNA swabs and bite registrations for a database to aid in the recovery of missing children. Jennifer has also recently earned her certification in Holistic Nutrition.

Mary-Eileen Giordano

Mary-Eileen grew up in West Hartford and still calls the town home. She is a 1995 graduate of Hall High School. In 1999 she earned an Associate Degree of Science in General Studies from Tunxis Community Technical College. Prior to coming to Katz Family Dental in October of 2011, Mary-Eileen worked as a medical records and office manager at a skilled nursing facility.

When not working as one of our two friendly receptionists, Mary-Eileen enjoys spending time with her husband and their newly adopted black Labrador retriever Richie. She also enjoys baking, crafting and vacationing when she can in Virginia Beach.

Linda

Linda has been in the dental field since 2005. She finds the field of dentistry rewarding by helping people improve their oral health, rejuvenate their smile and impact their general health.

Linda’s favorite past times include cooking, gardening and losing herself in a good book. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and two dogs.