HOW OUR WINNERS ARE CHOSEN: For 2012, we sent questionnaires to every dentist licensed in Connecticut—over 2,800—asking them to recommend a dentist to whom they would send a loved one for care in seven categories. We received 550 completed questionnaires (20 percent), a very good return rate. Thus, every dentist listed has been recommended by a significant number of his or her peers—indeed, the only way to make the list is through these peer recommendations. We like to say that every dentist who makes the list is a good one, or at least a recommended one, but not every good dentist makes the list. You should use it as a reference, not the final word, as you search for someone to help you with your dental needs. You must ultimately do your own due diligence in order to decide which dentist is right for you or your loved ones.
DR. PHILIP J. DEPASQUALE, AVON ORTHODONTIST, EARNED HIS d.d.s. FROM CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY school of dental medicine in Cleveland. He then completed his specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1984. Dr. DePasquale (“Dr. De”) attributes his success to a constant commitment to excellent patient care, as well as to great staff members, all of whom make up Farmington Valley Orthodontic Associates. “The experience we strive to create,” he says, “is a friendly and fun environment for our adult and young patients. We want to make a treatment appointment one of the best parts of a patient’s day.” He adds, “Orthodontic care is continually improving, with less patient discomfort for both traditional braces and invisible (Invisalign) treatment.” His main goal, he says, is “to provide quality orthodontic treatment to each patient, as I would to a member of my own family.”
Practice Name: Farmington Valley Orthodontic Associates
Dental School: Case Western Reserve University, UConn Health Center (specialty orthodontic training)
Professional Affiliations: American Assocation of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)