Meet Our Team

Dr. Richard Amato

Dr. Richard Amato

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Amato attended Adelphi University majoring in Chemistry on academic scholarship and graduated with High Honors. He then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook University where he was awarded the School of Dental Medicine Department of Periodontics Award for Excellence in Periodontology. Dr. Amato completed a specialty post-doctoral residency and received his Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics from Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. He spent four years gaining further experience in several large group practices before opening his own office. Dr. Amato has limited his practice to Periodontics and Dental Implant placement and Laser Periodontal therapy with emphasis on minimally invasive procedures and has been in full time practice in Monroe, CT since 1989. Active in periodontal research throughout his education years, Dr. Amato is a former Clinical Instructor of Periodontics at the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine teaching both post-doctoral residents and undergraduate dental students clinical periodontics. He was awarded a Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry in 2011.

Christina

Christina

We feel very fortunate to have Christina join our dental family. She brings dental insurance knowledge and experience to the practice.

Christina grew up in Stratford. She enjoys spending time with her three children and family. She is a cat enthusiast and enjoys reading in her spare time.

Anna

Anna

Anna has been working with Dr. Amato for 7 years. When patients come in to have a surgical procedure done they usually don’t know what to expect and can be very nervous. Anna is very comforting to the patients and makes them feel better about having their procedure done. Anna and Dr. Amato are a great team together, which makes the patients feels at ease. She is very good about keeping the patients on schedule and making sure every patient leaves with proper post op instructions.

The most important part of Anna’s job is keeping everyone in the office laughing it helps the day go by smoother. When not at work, she’s a full time Wife and Mom (taxi).She loves walking her dog Christmas, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Meeghan

Meeghan

Meeghan was born in Korea and raised in Trumbull, CT and resides in Stratford, CT. She graduated from Fones School of Dental Hygiene with a BS degree as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Meeghan has certification to administer local anesthesia and has current CPR certification. She says “Although I love hiking, biking, fishing and anything outdoors, I will always find time to be a couch potato or curl up with an old book. Recently I was married in Monroe, CT and can’t wait to meet every patient." 

Sandy

Sandy

Sandy is a registered dental hygienist possessing over 20 years experience with periodontal patients.  She graduated from Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport.  She obtained her local anesthesia certification from the University of New Haven.  She is very excited to be part of our team and looks forward to providing our patients with the best care possible by utilizing her knowledge and expertise.

Sandy and her husband reside in Watertown with their two lovely daughters, two frisky cats, and lovable chocolate lab.  Her hobbies include reading, gardening, skiing, boating, biking, and kayaking.

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy has over 25 years of experience in the dental field. She joined Dr. Amato’s team in 2011. She is an integral addition to our office. As Treatment Coordinator, Nancy speaks with patients in regards to their treatment options and assures they fully understand. Nancy also facilitates communication with referring doctors. Our patients truly appreciate Nancy’s caring “chair side” manner and values her knowledge of procedures. In addition of her love for dentistry, she enjoys teaching Zumba classes as a Certified Zumba instructor, traveling, boating, skiing, gardening, and spending time with her Fiancé. 

Terneisha

Terneisha


Terneisha has served our country in the military. She was in the Army for 3 years before she joined our “Dental Family” here at Advanced Periodontics.

“T” completed an extensive Dental Assisting program at Porter & Chester Institute of Branford. She is certified in Radiation Health and Safety & is studying to take the DANB Infection Control Test in the fall of 2017 and become a Certified Dental Assistant.

Terneisha resides in New Haven, CT along with her lively, energetic, beautiful daughter, Jaela and a mischievous adorable puppy, Baily. In her off time, Terneisha enjoys activities with Jaela, singing Karaoke with family and taking kickboxing classes. Above all, her mom is her best friend.

Terneisha is a great asset to our practice and we all enjoy her infectious laughter and ever present smile along with her caring way with patients.

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