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Dr. Jonah Barasz

My name is Jonah Barasz; welcome to our website! We view this as a place where we can share with you our passion for dentistry. We feel so fortunate to have a profession where we can directly help others and make a significant impact in the lives of our patients with regards to their oral health and the way they feel about themselves.

I would like to share with you a little about who I am and why I chose dentistry. I am a proud father of three wonderful daughters, and the faithful sidekick to my amazing wife, Allison. I serve my community in a variety of different ways, including as an officer in the Connecticut Air National Guard. I served previously in the Connecticut Army National Guard for Nine years.

I grew up in Guilford, Connecticut with a father who was a general dentist, however, I didn’t originally plan on becoming a dentist myself. My first passion was teaching and I enjoyed the sciences. I thought I might like to be a college chemistry professor. I graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME, where I received a Bachelor's Degree in BioChemistry. My real success at Colby, however, was meeting my future bride Allison. After graduating, I attended The Ohio State University and earned a Master's Degree in Chemistry. I learned a great deal about myself while I was in Ohio. I learned that I loved engaging with people and learning about their interests and passions. I learned that I loved working with my hands and that I wanted to make a difference in people's lives.

I came back to Connecticut and completed a Doctorate of Dental Medicine, specialty residency training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, and Master's of Dental Science degrees at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (UConn). I completed my Board Certification by the American Academy of Periodontology in the areas of Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery. I have been humbled by my peers for their recognition of me as one of Connecticut Magazine's "Top Dentists" for multiple years.

I founded Dental Implants and Periodontics of Connecticut, LLC in 2015 after taking the reins of the dental practice built by Dr. Marianne Urbanski. In 2018, Dental Implants and Periodontics of Connecticut, LLC merged with the periodontal practice of Dr. Leif Washer who had previously practiced in Wallingford for over 40 years. In 2020, we moved to a larger state of the art facility to better meet the needs of our patients, and the rapidly evolving discipline of dentistry.  Additionally, in 2020 we added a second location in Waterbury, combining with the long-time practice of Dr. Bill Tarasuk.

I strive to provide a patient-centered approach to periodontal and implant therapy. My team is wholly committed to this approach by listening to each patient's needs and concerns, and taking the time to educate our patients about their treatment. Of particular interest to me are oral rehabilitation, esthetic implant placement, and oral plastic surgery.

I have served as President of the Connecticut Society of Periodontists and the Meriden-Wallingford-Cheshire Chapter of the Connecticut State Dental Association. I look forward to meeting you and for you to meet our TEAM!

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
AND CREDENTIALS

Diplomate, American Board of
Periodontology

American Dental Association

American Academy of Periodontology

Connecticut State Dental Association

Connecticut Society of Periodontists

Dr. Vidushi Gupta

My name is Vidushi Gupata. I joined Dental Implants and Periodontics of CT, LLC in 2020. I am excited to meet you and share with you my passion for oral health. My family and I moved to Valdosta, GA when I was 17 years old. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS in Biology. I decided on a change of scenery for dental school and traveled up to the Great State of Maine, where I completed my dental degree at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine. I pursued my interested in dental surgery by earning my Certificate in Periodontics and a Master’s in Science at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry. During my residency, The Michigan Periodontal Association recognized me for outstanding clinical performance. I was invited to present my research on the treatment for gum recession and root coverage at an international conference in London. I also taught as an adjunct faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry for three years.

I my free time, I enjoy cooking. My favorite dishes are Greek cuisine. I travel throughout the country and the world, where I explore new places and as well as take time to visit with my friends and family. I began hiking many years ago and have set the goal to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you at your next visit to our office!

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
AND CREDENTIALS

American Dental Association

American Academy of Periodontology

Connecticut State Dental Association

Connecticut Society of Periodontists

The People You'll Meet In Our Office

Karen

Treatment Coordinator

Hi, my name is Karen.  I've been in the dental field for over 20 years.  I am very proud to be a part of the Dental Implants & Periodontics of CT team who prides themselves on state of the art technology, equipment, & a fabulous knowledgeable staff.  As a financial & treatment coordinator, I am happy to discuss treatment options & review financial details.  I am excited to help you maximize your insurance benefits to minimize your out of pocket expense as we navigate you smoothly through treatment.  If at any time you have a question or concern, I will gladly work with you to reach a positive outcome!  I look forward to meeting you!

In my spare time I love to travel to my happy place, Sanibel Island, where I swim, shop, ride bikes, and collect gorgeous shells.  During football season I cheer on my favorite Dallas Cowboys!

Jody

Treatment Coordinator

As a treatment coordinator I am so excited to work with you towards a happy smile and healthy teeth and gums. I will work closely with you during your dental care and will be your liaison to navigate questions regarding scheduling appointments, post-operative care, as well as financial questions. My goal is for you to have full knowledge and engagement in every aspect of your dental care.

Amy

Hygienist

Hi all! I’m Amy. I grew up in Wallingford, CT. and now reside in Watertown with my husband. I graduated as a dental assistant in 2007 and without hesitation continued my education to earn my degree in dental hygiene. What I love most about my career is getting to know my patients one-on-one, and building strong, trustworthy relationships. My philosophy has always been “treat everybody as if they were your family.” Outside of work I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you!

Allison

Business Manager

My name is Allison Barasz and I am the Business Manager. I am originally from Ohio and I met Dr. Barasz at Colby College in 2001. I officially  joined his “team” when we married in 2005. We have been through a lot together - including raising our three beautiful daughters. I have been a part of Dental Implants and Periodontics of Connecticut since the beginning. With my background as an attorney and also in economic consulting, I have been able to contribute in a variety of different ways over the years. I have found my niche in my current role where I work mostly behind the scenes on Human Resources. When not at work, I enjoy playing the piano, Zumba, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Kerri

Office Manager

Welcome you to our office. Over the years I have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people. My role is to work closely with you to ensure you are cared for and comfortable in every step of the process of your dental treatment. I work with your general dentist and coordinate any information that needs to be communicated for a smooth transition from surgical to restorative care.

Samantha

Hygienist / Clinical Director

I was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, and have been in the dental industry for over 12 years.  I earned my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Haven where I graduated with honors and was inducted into the Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society.  I was also the recipient of the prestigious Hu-Friedy Clinical Excellence Award.  I plan to further my education by working towards a master’s degree in healthcare administration. As a dental hygienist, I focus on providing personalized, high quality care to my patients, and together with the team at Dental Implants and Periodontics of Connecticut will formulate a patient centered hygiene care plan that meets all your dental needs.  In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two beautiful daughters.

 

Karen

Hygienist

As a Registered Dental Hygienist specializing in periodontics since 1977, I have seen so many dramatic changes in the field. It has been exciting to be able to continue my career at Dental Implants & Periodontics, when Dr. Leif Washer merged with Dr. Barasz in 2018. I love being part of this team of dynamic dental professionals! There is nothing as satisfying as seeing a patient take charge of their dental health and work with us to create positive change in their life.

Working as a hygienist for as many years as I have can create some aches and pains, and I found yoga to be extremely helpful. In 2009 I became certified to teach yoga., having both the 200 and 500 hour level certifications. I also love Nordic skiing and hiking in New Hampshire, and this past summer finished hiking all 48 4000’ peaks, a quest I began in 2005.

Jenn

Surgical Assistant

My name is Jen. I have been working in the dental field for twenty five years as a surgical assistant. My main duties at Dental Implants and Periodontics of Connecticut are preparing the patient for exam/procedures and assisting the doctor throughout their appointments. My main goal is to make each patient feel comfortable and answer any questions they might have about their visit in our office. I chose this career because I enjoy patient care and hands-on assisting in periodontics. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my children’s sports events, and vacationing.

ARIANA

Surgical Assistant

My name is Ariana and I have been with the practice since the summer of 2017. I assist Dr. Barasz in everything from routine visits to intricate surgeries. We are truly blessed with an amazing team of people who love what they do and strive for perfection. I feel blessed to be able to work with them, as well as our fabulous patients!

In my spare time I enjoy hiking and camping. I also love to see live music and have made many friends across the country on my musical adventures. I was born and raised in Connecticut and currently live in the city of New Haven with my two cats, Tiger and Lily.

TINA

Surgical Assistant

My name is Tina and I have many years of dental experience as a certified dental assistant. I love being part of an awesome team who provides nothing but the best care to all our patients. I could not have been more fortunate to work alongside such professional and compassionate team members every day. When not helping to restore one’s periodontal health, I enjoy going on hikes with my boyfriend Bryan and my dog Ellie, volunteering as a Southington Jaycee member, taking spontaneous road trips, and from time to time playing a game of corn hole!

Melissa

Patient Care Coordinator

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Treatment Coordinator

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