Meet The Dental Staff

Hygienists

Kelly Byrd, RDH, BSDH, M.Ed,

is a graduate of Tunxis Community College, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Hartford. Kelly has over 30 years experience in dentistry as a practicing dental hygienist. Kelly maintains memberships in the American Dental Hygiene Association, Connecticut Dental Hygiene Association, Hartford Dental Hygiene Association, the International Academy of Periodontology, and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. She has been a clinical instructor and educational assistant for the Dental Hygiene program at Tunxis and continues to share her passion for dental hygiene by mentoring students in the Dental Hygiene program. She currently is a part time instructor for the dental hygiene program at Lincoln Technical Institute in Southington, CT.

Associated with Dr. Viagrande for seventeen years, Kelly’s strengths include soft tissue management and periodontal therapies. She possesses the valuable ability to make even the most anxious patient feel comfortable. Kelly is certified in local anesthesia delivery, chairside tooth whitening, CPR, and soft tissue laser therapy. Kelly is a five year volunteer for the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CT-MoM) and a member of DIRT, (a Federal Diaster Response Team).

Judith Zuffelato, RDH

Judith Zuffelato, RDH is a graduate of the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport. Judy has practiced dental hygiene for over 35 years, and has been with Dr. Viagrande for over 20 years in two offices. During those 35 years, Judy has also assumed the duties of a GP dental assistant, oral surgery assistant and orthodontic assistant. Judy has been a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, and the Connecticut Dental Hygiene Association. She attends numerous continuing education courses annually, is certified in CPR, and is active in several local hygiene societies. Judy still looks forward to treating and caring for patients with compassion.

When not performing professional services, Judy can be found in any of several community service organizations and is a fixture in the church food booth at the Berlin Fair. She resides in Berlin with her husband and has three children.

Agnieszka Pyc, RDH

Agnieszka Pyc, RDH graduated from Tunxis Community College with an Associate's degree in Science in 2012. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, and is certified to administer Local Anesthesia, and CPR. Agnieszka is responsible for clinical patient contact and treatment.

She loves working with patients and is very gentle. Agnieszka is very enthusiastic about her chosen career, and her priority is making patients comfortable.  She speaks fluent Polish and can be a accurate translator for a Polish patient.

Agnieszka also holds the position of General Manager at her husband’s manufacturing business. She has two little ones and recently celebrated the birth off her third child. She likes to spend her free time with her family.

Kim Preato, RDH

Kim Preato, RDH, is a graduate of Tunxis Community College and has practiced dental hygiene for over 18 years. Kim continues her education in advanced dental care through seminars and yearly courses designed to keep attendees at the forefront of dentistry. She is trained in oral cancer screening, certified in CPR, the delivery of local anesthesia, and is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the good oral health of her patients. Her favorite part of her job is the day-to-day interactions with her patients, learning about their lives or just sharing part of their day. You will find your hygiene visits with Kim to be not only thorough but comfortable, educational and non-judgemental. She strives to help her most anxious patients feel relaxed so they will look forward to their next visit.

Kim is married and a mom of two sons, one who recently married, and is proud to say BOTH have achieved the rank of EAGLE SCOUT. She also enjoys reading, traveling, tends to a award winning garden and cooking gourmet meals for her husband.

Emilia Kolc, RDH 

After graduating with a Masters’ Degree from University of Bialystok in Poland, Emilia moved to the United States and started her career in the dental field. She found her passion for dental hygiene while working as a dental assistant. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Science from Tunxis Community College in 2013.

With her experience, Emilia will make every patient comfortable. She enjoys taking continuing education courses to stay up to date with the newest technology available in dentistry. She maintains her professional membership with American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, and Hartford Dental Hygienists’ Association. She puts her heart in everything she does and always strives for perfection while providing hygiene services to her patients.

Emilia is trained in oral cancer screening, and is certified in CPR, and local anesthesia. She also obtained Radiation Health and Safety Certificate and Infection Control Certificate. Emilia is a hard working member of our team who treats patients based on their individual needs. She believes that oral health is important because it is strongly associated with systemic health. Since she is fluent in Polish, she can accurately explain a recommended treatment to the Polish speaking patients.

 

Dental Assistants

Felicia Crespo

Felicia is a life long resident of New Britain, CT. She graduated from New Britain High School and continued her education at the American Institute where she earned her certification in Dental Assisting. Felicia has also been trained in the Perio Protect Program, Sleep Apnea awareness and testing program and is Certified in CPR and Digital Radiation. She looks forward to continuing her education in the dental field with our team.

Felicia’s pride and joy are her three beautiful children, Kayli, Kaloni and Kaylin. Family is of the utmost importance to Felicia and spends her spare time on outdoor activities including going to the museum with her children. She also enjoys cooking, fishing, arts and crafts and party decorating. Felicia’s favorite holiday is Halloween although Christmas comes close to tying her favorite.

 

Office

Administrative Manager and Medical Records Review
Catherine Florio-Viagrande BSN, RN.

Cathy received her four-year nursing degree from Fairfield University, graduating cum laude in 1981. Cathy worked for several years as a charge nurse at the Valley Hospital in New Jersey. After marriage, she took a position as a phlebotomist with the American Red Cross in Connecticut, before joining our office staff in 1990.

Cathy works tirelessly as medical history reviewer, administrative manager, and sometimes chair side assistant. Our patients always appreciate her warm, caring and friendly attitude.

 

Financial Coordinator
Debbie Seller

Debbie has worked with Dr Viagrande for over sixteen years. Previous to this, she held positions as a Supervisor for Cigna Dental Benefits Claims Department and as a dental software computer trainer for a northeast regional computer dental software company. In addition, Debbie has held several managerial positions in other dental offices before working with Dr Viagrande. Debbie's personal interests include cooking, baking, gardening, reading, bird watching and being a diehard Red Sox Fan.

Debbie's main focus is to help our patients obtain the care and smile they desire and to take the stress out of the financial aspects. She works closely with insurance companies to ensure that patients utilize their benefits to their fullest potential. Debbie acts as a liaison between the doctor’s treatment plan and each patient account on an individual basis, utilizing interest free payment plans to help make the right treatment affordable for all patients. Her monthly responsibilities include tracking insurance submissions, and statement billing. If you have a financial question, please call for Debbie.

 

Patient Coordinator
Teresa Chudy

Maybe when you call our office, or maybe when you walk in our front door, one of the first staff you will talk with is Terry Chudy. Terry is our patient co-coordinator as well as our bi-lingual Polish-English translator. Her warm, friendly personality quickly puts patients at ease.

She will help you to schedule your dental appointments and wade through the confusing vocabulary of insurances. Terry has been on staff in several different positions since 2006. Since that time our patients have grown to appreciate the constant efforts of her hard work.

 

Laboratory Staff

In-houseRemovable Denture Dental Laboratory Services
Gary Lavine, CDT

Gary is the owner of Precision Dental Laboratory in Hartford. He has helped Hartford area dentists fabricate hundreds of successful denture cases for over thirty-five years. Gary brings his expertise to each patient individually by assisting Dr. Viagrande chairside.

This in-office, per patient team approach, unique for most dental offices, allows the creation of denture cases with the highest quality customized fit and appearance. Many times Gary can suggest repairing or relining a existing denture, keeping it useable - and saving a patient considerable money. Consults and Second Opinions are always welcome.

 

In-house Ceramic Dental Laboratory Services
Henry Coehlo, CDT

Henry is a certified dental technician for crowns, bridges, and veneers of all types. He is very highly trained in dental cosmetic restorations, and is present on-site for custom shade matching for perfect color blends and facial makeovers, to give you the outcome you desire. Henry has 25 years of experience in the dental laboratory business.