Meet Connecticut’s Oral Health Heroes

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June 2022 CT Oral Health Heroes 

Many healthcare workers in our hospitals and health care facilities are recognized as heroes for their commitment to patient care. There are also dentists, oral healthcare professionals and community partners who go above and beyond to meet the oral health needs of those in their care.  And since June is National Oral Health Month, The Connecticut Dental Health Partnership awarded Oral Health Heroes – selected for their exemplary services to CT families.  Read about them here:

Amy Gagliardi and Marty MilkovicAmy D. Gagliardi IBCLC, RLC – Statewide

Amy is a tremendous advocate for Oral health in Connecticut.  She has been a strong supporter of perinatal women in her role as Director of the Maternal and Infant Program at Community Health Center in Middletown and was actively involved in CTDHP projects that increased the dental utilization rate for perinatal women in HUSKY Health.  Amy has also worked with the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative and the March of Dimes to promote oral health for perinatal women. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Sciences, with the Department of Medical Sciences of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, an Associate Investigator for the Weitzman Institute in Middletown, Chief Operating Officer for Lily’s Kids Inc. a non-profit organization in Hartford and a lead for the internationally renowned Text4baby program. She is also Co-Chair of the Women and Children’s Health Committee, Council Member and Executive Board Member of the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council (MAPOC), a committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and a member of the Board of Directors and Chair, Advocacy and Government Affairs, Connecticut March of Dimes of Dimes.  In the photo:  Award winner Amy Gagliardi (l) with CTDHP Nominator Marty Milkovic (r).

Harvey L. Frydman – Naugatuck

Mr. Harvey Leon Frydman is an oral health advocate and has been active and involved with the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership for many years, encouraging and educating people to maintain good physical and oral health. He serves as the director of the Naugatuck Senior Center and The Connecticut Dental Health Partnership participates in the Center’s yearly Wellness Day and Naugatuck Senior Day.  These events attracts over 500 attendees where Seniors have been able to meet with future dentists and dental hygienists from the Fones Dental School and Tunxis Community College’s Dental Program.  Attendees benefit from current information on the importance of maintaining good oral health throughout one’s life. 
In the photo:  CTDHP Nominator Martin Schneeberger (l) with award winner Harvey Frydman (r).

Helene Strazza, DMD – Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury, Derby

Dr. Strazza is a pediatric dentist who is dedicated to HUSKY Health members, going above and beyond to provide the best service possible.  She coordinates dental care and at times refers clients to community resources to help them overcome barriers that interfere with their access to dental care. She also provides assistance to uninsured children, and partners with local pediatricians to support medical-dental integration initiatives.  She is active in community events and collaborates to improve oral health awareness.  Nominated by Karina Reininger, CTDHP.

February 2022 CT Oral Health Heroes 

Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, The Connecticut Dental Health Partnership awarded Oral Health Heroes – selected for their exemplary services to children.  Read about them here:

Ronald J. Albert, DMD, Manchester, CT – Dr. Albert has been a part of the HUSKY insurance program for many years. He is one of the few dentists in the state who routinely sees HUSKY children in an operating room setting at CCMC and Johnson Surgical Center. He has a dedicated full day in his schedule to see patients in the OR while transporting his own equipment to the facility when needed.  Due to recent demand Dr. Albert closed his office to the public to strictly devote his time to seeing children in an OR setting.  Nominated by Tyra Monteiro, CTDHP Care Coordination Supervisor.

Linda Conti, RDH BS, Greenwich, CT
Linda has been a dental champion at the town of Greenwich for many, many years leading the town’s Dental Hygiene Program at all the Pre-Schools, Head Start Program and K-12. She is the “go to” person in her community to find dental resources for the children. In some occasions, she also secures pro-bono dental services for uninsured kids.

She is a key collaborator with CTDHP to bring comprehensive dental services to the Town of Greenwich in a pilot program that includes the Head Start, and New Lebanon Pre-K and K-5. Nominated by Karina Reininger, CTDHP Outreach Lead covering Southwest CT.



Nishit R. Modi, DMD, Southington, CT
Dr. Nishit Modi was nominated for always accepting emergent referrals for HUSKY Health members of all ages no matter the day or time. In the field of dentistry for the last 13 years,  Dr. Modi graduated from Boston University, where he was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dentistry has always been his first passion. He enjoys practicing cosmetic and restorative dentistry and has a special interest in performing oral surgery procedures, which include implant surgeries and root canal treatments. He also has a special interest in finding oral health solutions for children.  Nominated by Paulette Sapp, CTDHP Member Services Supervisor.



Alexis Tomarelli, RN, Naugatuck CT
“Lexi” is the school nurse at the Naugatuck Head Start with 121 enrolled children, ages 3 to 5 years old.  She is very involved in her student’s oral health and is instrumental in getting her kids to go to the dentist regularly.  Lexi was nominated because the current pandemic has not stopped her from educating her enrolled children on how to brush and floss. She encourages and reminds them daily how important it is to have clean teeth, especially after eating.

As the kids are leaving school for the day, she reminds them not to forget to brush and floss at home. She reports her students are happy to receive the free oral health care kits provided to them from the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership and come to school excited to tell her they brushed and flossed at home! Nominated by Martin Schneeberger, CTDHP Dental Health Care Specialist who covers the Northwest region in CT.

2021 CT Oral Health Heroes 

(published 7/19/21)

The Connecticut Dental Health Partnership introduced its first group of distinguished Oral Health Heroes in July 2021.  These individuals are honored as everyday people doing extraordinary work improving oral health in Connecticut.  Oral Health Heroes are selected based on their demonstrated commitment, dedication and passion in providing excellent oral health services to HUSKY Health members in the state.

Please join us in congratulating them.

Our Distinguished Award Winners

Sandra Carbonari, MD FAAPOral Health Hero

CT Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Medical Director

Oral Health HeroDemetress L, Davis DDS, MDSC

Wellsprings Endodontics

Joseph N. Sciarrino, DDSOral Health Hero

Strawberry Hill Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center

Jeffrey S. Berkley, DDS

CT Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center

Reza Radmand, DMDOral Health Hero

Advanced Dentistry of CT

Darnell Young, DMD

True Pediatric Dental Care

2021 Community Partners Acknowledgements

Meet our Community Partners who Received Certificates of Acknowledgement

  • Susan Consoli – Youth & Family Services of Old Saybrook
  • Kestine Osbourne – WIC Program Norwalk
  • Lisa Hallock – Women’s Health CT
  • Christy Georgoulis – The Institute for Communities
  • Glenda Rosario – Saint Francis Dental Clinic
  • Ted Shackford – Community Ally
  • Heather Sperry – UCONN Dental Clinic
  • Kari Cifarelli – New Haven MOMS Partnership