Our Staff

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

 Connie Y. Gao, D.D.S.

Dr. Gao graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1998 with a degree in Biochemistry, minor in Biology. She then attended Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine in New York City and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2005. She also completed one year General Residency Program at New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, New York. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Gao took advanced courses on orthodontics and provides orthodontic treatment to both children and adults. Her interest in science, combined with a love of art, led her to establish a career in family and aesthetic dentistry.

Dr. Gao's vision is to provide quality, compassiontate dental care for the entire family. Her philosophy is built on giving her patient the very best treatment in a caring and gentle enviroment. Dr. Gao continually strives to advance her knowledge of modern dental care and procedures. Dr. Gao is a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Gao and her family enjoy traveling, hiking, bicycling and swimming. She also is a pet lover. She has goldfish and a dog, Oliver.

Peter Michaelson, D.M.D.

Since graduating from UCONN Dental School in 1981, I have seen many different methods and models of dental practice. I enjoy discovering each patient's unique situation, wants and needs. The challenge of designing the perfect treatment plan for each patient, utilizing today's materials and methods consistent with proven principals of sound dentistry, is something I enjoy every day.

I enjoy travel, movies, music and running...both as a participant and a fan. Sometimes I combine travel and running and I plan to go to Rio to watch the 2016 Olympic track and field competition. I compete in track and road races and was fortunate to win the 2013 Connecticut Masters' Games 800m in my age group.  As far as music goes, my tastes are all over the place. I still volunteer from time to time at the University of Hartford as a jazz announcer where I hosted "Accent on Jazz" for many years.

Kathleen A. Salius, D.D.S.

Dr. Salius began her career as a dental hygienest in Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Connecticut she entered the Medical College of Virginia Dental School. She graduated in 1990 with numerous awards in the area of Prosthodontics including OKU-National Dental Honor Society. This was followed by two years of advanced training to receive a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Prosthodontics from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Leaving the South, Dr. Salius moved to New York to study implant dentistry. She completed a two year Fellowship in Implant Dentistry from New York Unniversity.

Professional Memberships:

  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Dental Association Ninth District Dental Society
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon-National Dental Honor Society NYU Implant Alumni Association
  • Westchester Shore Dental Forum
  •  Greenwich Study Club

Jason Hernandez, D.M.D.

Born in New York but raised in southeastern Connecticut, Dr. Hernandez is proud to call Connecticut his home. Dr. Hernandez graduated from the University of Connecticut Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Cell Biology. He graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 2011. He received a certificate for completion of a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Lutheran Medical Center Eastern Shore Maryland. 

Dr. Hernandez enjoys improving the oral health of his patients while addressing his patient's aesthetic desires. Dr. Hernandez has given 
back to the community by working in public health dentistry; and has treated many patients form different walks of life. He strives to 
provide excellent dental care with the guiding principles of compassion, practicality, and creativity. He loves family dentistry and treating 
patients of all ages. 

When not in the office he enjoys traveling with his family, swimming, taking walks on the beach, dancing, karaoke, going to comedy shows, play and watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. He has been known to sing a tune while performing the dental arts and making pain disappear.