OUR TEAM

Our Team

ABOUT OUR TEAM

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials, and work experience.

DR. ROBERT GOLIA

The restorative dentist of the 21st century must be at once a student, a practitioner, and an artist. To set my practice apart from others, I rigorously pursue extracurricular professional experience and continuing education in order to be fluent in all facets of dental specialties.

I focus my practice on cosmetic and restorative dentistry and prosthetics, but tailor my services to your individual comprehensive dental health. When complex needs exist, I am able to gather and lead a team of specialists to outline necessary treatment and effectively orchestrate treatment for the benefit of the patient.
Dentistry, as a specialty of medicine, has become increasingly complex, and it demands a team approach to difficult problems. A commitment to engaging one's mind, seeking out new experiences and treatment modalities, and acting in leadership roles remain essential to my dental practice; this is what sets my practice apart from the rest.

I actively define my practice as a relationship practice- one that treats the person and not just the patient. By emphasizing the humanistic approach to dental care, the process of dental therapy is infinitely easier and more accessible.

My position as Section Chief of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Dentistry, Yale-New Haven Hospital mandates that I must stay current with the newest trends and developments.

Click Here to View Dr. Golia’s Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Robert Golia: Excellence in Dentistry
Dr. Golia received a B.A. degree in Biology from Lafayette College in 1976. He received his DDS from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1980. In 1981, Dr. Golia completed a General Practice Residency at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Golia is an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute, having taken continuous post-graduate studies there from 1989 until 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Golia is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut Dental Association, New Haven Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He attained his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1990, and his Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2004.

Appointments

Dr. Golia holds appointments at Yale-New Haven Hospital as the Section Chief of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Dentistry, Yale School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Dental). He regularly lectures to the General Practice and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery residents. He has been a State Police Surgeon, Department of Public Safety, State of Connecticut since 1981.
CLAIRE ZEIDENBERG
PRACTICE MANAGER
I have held administrative positions in the dental field for over 12 years. Over 10 years of these have been with Dr. Golia. I have an extremely diversified work background including banking and real estate sales. Currently, I am involved in real estate on a part-time basis but my main focus is here with Dr. Golia as Practice Manager. My job is to see that the office runs smoothly. We have an excellent team of both clinical and administrative people who are proficient in their positions and are caring and compassionate. These qualities ensure that every patient receives the best dental treatment available in an environment that fosters comfort and trust.

My husband and I live with a very spoiled Yorkshire Terrier in Woodmont. When I’m not working, I love to take long walks, read, travel and most of all, spend time with my children and grandchildren.
ELIZABETH SHERIDAN
TREATMENT COORDINATOR
I have been in dentistry for over 30 years; 25 years of this time I have been working with Dr. Golia. When I started working with Dr. Golia, I was his chairside assistant. As I became more proficient in my abilities, I took on added responsibilities such as laboratory assistant and supply ordering. Recently I have evolved to the position of Treatment Coordinator. I manage Dr. Golia’s schedule and interact with patients and specialists. I also oversee and advise our current chairside assistants, Mary and Aubrey. This position has allowed me to use the knowledge and experience I have gained from Dr. Golia, as well as my acquaintance with everyone in the practice, to create the most personal experience possible for our wonderful patients. Dr. Golia is a doctor who practices with very high standards. His passion for outstanding dentistry for his patients and his dedication to teaching at Yale sets a bar for us all.

When I’m not working I enjoy movies, theater, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
MARY DOBB 
DENTAL ASSISTANT
I am a certified Dental Assistant and have been in the dental field for over 15 years. The things that I love about dental assisting are interacting with people every day in a professional, hospitable, and comforting way. Working with Dr. Golia has been the “icing on the cake” for me in my dental assisting career because he is the very best and pushes me to be my very best. I love being a part of Dr. Golia’s team. I live in Hamden with my husband, George, and my son, Colman. When I am not working I enjoy cooking, gardening, and running.
TRICIA DEMAIO
DENTAL ASSISTANT
I am a Certified Dental Assistant and have been in the dental field for over 12 years. I graduated from Eli Whitney Dental Assistant program in 2003. I worked in an endodontic office as a chair side assistant for six years. I also worked in a periodontal office handling implants, extractions, and root scaling. I joined Dr. Golia’s group this February and truly love being a part of this highly skilled and energetic team. I continue to learn new things on a daily basis from Dr. Golia and the great staff.

When I am not working, being a mother of two boys keeps me very busy with sports and school. We love spending our weekends at the fields watching our boys excel in sports in North Haven where we live.
BRENDA RUGGIERO, RDH
DENTAL HYGIENIST
I started out my dental career as a Dental Assistant after receiving my certificate from Briarwood College. This is where I discovered my love for dentistry and the important part that oral health plays in overall health.

I continued my education at the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene where I graduated with a BS in Health Sciences. I received the Dr. Paul P. Liscio Award for outstanding Community Dental Health.
Throughout my dental hygiene career, I have always been very active on a component, state and national level. I’ve even had the privilege of serving as President of the Connecticut Dental Hygiene Association and represented the Register Dental Hygienists (RDH) in Connecticut on a national level.

Clinically, I am very passionate about all aspects of dental hygiene, and throughout my years I have specialized in periodontal soft tissue management and implant therapy. I enjoy being proactive and seeing current as well as new clients from adolescence to adults. I enjoy discussing new aspects of dental hygiene during these ever-changing technological advances and paradigm shifts. Today, the field of dental hygiene focuses greatly on the oral systemic link as it relates to our overall health.

I enjoy spending my free time with my wonderful husband, Richard, and two terrific daughters, Margaret & Natalie, at our family-owned and -operated Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery. I take pleasure in being outside in the fields, tending to the vineyard, feeding my chickens, and greeting visitors who are interested in agriculture and viniculture.

It is an honor and privilege to return to Dr. Golia and his outstanding staff, providing care to his family of patients. I am so excited to be on board, bringing my knowledge and expertise to this exceptional practice.
BETHANY AYOUB, RDH
DENTAL HYGIENIST
I graduated from the University of New Haven’s Dental Hygiene program at the top of my class over five years ago. I am originally from wild, wonderful West Virginia and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from West Virginia University. Although I came into the dental field later in life, I love my profession and feel my background enables me to provide high-quality care in a relaxed atmosphere. I cherish volunteering my clinical skills and do so regularly for CT Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile. I live in Milford with my husband, Albert, and our three young children, Sean, Sophia, and Chloe. In what little free time I can find, I enjoy Pilates, reading, and crocheting.
MARIA SANTOS
DENTAL RECEPTIONIST
My name is Maria and I am currently the newest member of Dr. Golia’s team. I have been in the dental field for the past nine years. What I like most about my job as a dental receptionist is learning new things, helping others, and meeting the patients. I take pride in being organized and having a strong work ethic. Since day one, Dr. Golia and his team have treated me as family. I am proud to be a part of such a friendly, dedicated staff.

I live in Hamden with my boyfriend, Devin. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, which includes my dog, Simba. 
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