Meet our dentists and staff.

Our dentists, Dr. Gary Millinger and Dr. Tom Dekker, bring more than 50 years of combined advanced clinical expertise to the practice. They provide preventive and general dentistry services, as well as advanced restoration, orthodontics, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry.

Gary Millinger, DMD, MAGD, PC
Dr. Millinger received his BS from Rutgers University, his DMD from New Jersey Dental School, and did his general practice residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He completed his T.M.J. and facial pain residency at New Jersey Medical School and his Orthodontic residency at the Institute for Graduate Dentists in New York City. An additional 5 years of training earned him the prestigious designation of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Millinger has also completed extensive training in restorative dentistry at the esteemed Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He also completed advanced aesthetic and functional cosmetic dental training with Dr. David Hornbrook, one of the nation’s most renowned cosmetic dentists.

In addition to maintaining his practice, Dr. Millinger is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut.

Dr. Millinger is a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the International Academy of Orthodontics, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Seattle Study Club for Excellence in Dentistry, and the New England Master Track program. He has also served on the peer review committee of the Hartford Dental Society for more than 20 years, and is a member of the medical staff at St. Francis Hospital.

Tom Dekker, DDS
Dr. Dekker completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) at the University of Michigan. He completed a 2-year residency at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is still an affiliated staff member.

From 1997 to 2008, Dr. Dekker was the assistant program director at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, overseeing 9 dental residents. Since 2000 he has worked part of his time in Dr. Millinger's practice, providing general dentistry services such as surgical extractions, removing impacted wisdom teeth, fillings, dentures, crowns, routine root canals, and placing and restoring dental implants.

Dr. Dekker is a member of the Hartford Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of Dentistry. He pursues continuing education to stay abreast of the latest dental  technology. His wife, Dr. Beth Dekker, is a dentist, too, with a practice in Sharon, Connecticut. The Dekkers live in Falls Village, CT with their four children.

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With their own brand of warmth and compassion, our clinical experts provide important services and education to our patients.

Audrey Carlson, Dental Hygienist, has been in the profession for 31 years, nearly 21 of them with Dr. Millinger. Keeping the holistic model in mind, Audrey works directly with patients, providing cleanings, x-rays, sealants, periodontal therapies, and patient education.

Ana Pinho, Clinical Assistant, has been working for Dr. Millinger in dental administration for 17 years. Ana is responsible for scheduling, answering phones, greeting patients, filing insurance claims, discusses financial arrangements with patients, dental coding, and dental insurance negotiating.

Vanessa Cordeiro, Clinical Assistant, has been working for Dr. Millinger in dental administration for 9 years. Vanessa’s duties include answering phones, greeting patients, scheduling, billing and bookkeeping, filing insurance claims, and keeping the office organized. Vanessa recently obtained a degree in Medical Assisting.

Shraddha Powar Marshall, MS, Dental Assistant, has been working with Dr. Millinger for one year as a Certified Dental Assistant. Shraddha’s duties include assisting Dr. Millinger in various dental procedures, discussing treatment plans with the patients, and helping to keep them comfortable. She is a General Dentist from India and has brought her skills and experiences to this office.

Kong Chee Yang, Dental Hygienist, has been a Dental Hygienist for one year and has been with Dr. Millinger for 1 year. Kong Chee is responsible for direct patient care, assessing dental health, and teaching her patients how to care for their teeth and gums. Kong Chee is passionate about her patients’ oral health and overall care and hopes to have a positive impact on all patients.

Marleen Grandia, Dental Hygienist, is the newest member of the team. A native of central Connecticut, and a graduate of Tunxis Community College and UCONN, she brings with her 23 years of experience, including specialties in Pedodontics (child care), Periodontics (gum care) and Orthodontics (teeth alignment). Within her profession, Marleen serves as the president of the Hartford Dental Hygienists’ Association, a member of the Tunxis Community College Dental Advisory Board, and as a member of the State Department of Public Health Dental Review Board. Patients of Marleen’s will receive attentive care with an educational and preventive focus in a sincere, personable, and caring manner.


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