The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our Ridgefield family dental practice is the friendly and inviting atmosphere. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you the best possible experience during your visit to the dentist. Learn more about our team below.
Carole , Dental Assistant
Carole's interest in dentistry started with an after school job at age 15. As a qualified dental assistant for over 30 years, she has had the opportunity to work in many dental specialities, gaining extensive experience in a variety of expanded procedures. Carole is a wiz with Digital Radiography and will make your x-ray experience comfortable and efficient. She enjoys working with patients and is empathetic and intuitive to their dental concerns. Outside of the office her interests include knitting, gardening, reading, and spending time with dog, Murphy.
Doina, Registered Dental Hygienist
Doina is a Registered Dental Hygienist dedicated to providing her patients with excellent, personalized, quality care to make for an enjoyable dental experience. She has extensive training in several areas, which include digital x-rays, periodontal therapy, and teeth whitening procedures. Doina earned her Diploma of Doctor in Medicine with a specialty in Pediatrics, in Bucharest, Romania in 1980. Later, when Doina and her family moved to their home in Connecticut, she was a certified dental assistant for 10 years. She received her R.D.H. degree at the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene in 2005. There she earned several honors, including graduating Cum Laud and the Oral B Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Excellence in Chair-side Education. In addition, she is certified in Reiki Healing, second degree, which can be used to help alleviate dental anxiety. Doina is committed to continuing education by attending dental lectures and dental conventions allowing her to stay informed and trained in the latest techniques and technology in dentistry. She is an active member of the Connecticut State Dental Hygiene Association. Away from the office she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Aurea, Registered Dental Hygienist
Aurea has been a RDH with Dr. Finklea for over 25 years. After working for several years as a dental assistant, Aurea graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. She is enthusiastic about her profession and consistently provides outstanding dental care to her patients. When not at the office sharing, (with much enthusiasm) the latest updates in dental care products and procedures, Aurea enjoys spending time exploring the beautiful Connecticut shoreline her favorite destination, with her twin sons.
Ellen , Office Manager
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Salve Regina Univeristy, Newport RI, in 1975. She is a licensed Registerd Nurse in Connecticut. After many years in the Public Health field she began workng with Dr. Finklea in September,1995. Ellen is responsible for all front desk duties including appointments, billing, and insurance. After 22years she is very knowledgeable regarding insurance coverage and claim submission. She is happy to work with you to plan your treatment schedule and discuss payment options. She makes a special effort to get to know our patient's scheduling preferences. When not at the office she enjoys gardening, running and other fitness endeavors, reading and especially playing with her 4 grandchildren.