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Connecticut State Dental Association

Dental Connections

 Welcome to Dental Connections

Whether you are a dental student, resident or new dentist, it can be difficult to find someone to talk with about the challenges you face during the early stages of your career. Over the years many new and aspiring dentists have contacted us in search of a mentor or someone who can answer a few quick questions. So we have gathered a list of volunteers who are interested in helping ease your transition into the dental community. 

Each of these volunteers has answered a few questions that can help you learn more about their backgrounds. Please use this information to identify the dentist whose experiences may best match your own goals and interests. Then simply contact the dentist and let them know that you obtained their information through the CSDA Dental Connections’ webpage.

While we offer this service to anyone interested in practicing dentistry, we have to emphasize that the opinions expressed by these volunteers do not represent the official positions of the Connecticut State Dental Association. Instead, these dentists will share their personal opinions with you in order to encourage an open discussion of the topics of interest to you. 



Brian S. Duchan, DMD
duchan@optonline.net
(203) 227-3709

Dr. Duchan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He currently works as a general dentist for a group practice in Westport. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1977

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.

  • CSDA Board—Past President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer
  •  Finance Committee, Chair (CSDA)
  • Annual Scientific Session Council (CSDA)
  • Constitution & Bylaws Council (CSDA)
  • Exhibit Chairman for Annual Meeting (CSDA)
  • Y2K (CSDA)
  • Governance (CSDA)
  • Leadership Development & Qualification Committee (CSDA)
  • Model Dental Practice Act Committee (CSDA)
  • CSDA Delegate
  • District I Caucus Chairman
  • ADA Delegate
  • Greater Norwalk Dental Society, Past-President

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
The clinical challenges and the feeling of satisfaction with the final treatment.

Do you participate in any volunteer work?

  • Connecticut Mission of Mercy, Radiology chairman
  • Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, Board Member
  • Westport-Weston Health District

Are you a member of any other associations?

  • Fellow of the American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists
  • Academy of General Dentistry.

Personal Life: 
I live in Fairfield with my wife, Lynn. Our three sons have finished college and left the nest!

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office? 
Photography and golf



Elie M. Ferneini, DMD
eferneini@yahoo.com
(203) 573-1427

Dr. Ferneini graduated from UConn School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He currently works as an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in a group practice in Waterbury. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
2008

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.

  • Membership Council (CSDA)

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
Patient Interaction and helping people

Please list the volunteer work you participate in.

  • Overseas Medical Missions
  • UConn Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine part-time faculty.

Are you a member of any other associations?

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons.

Personal Life:
I’m married with three children and live in Hamden.

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office? 
I coach soccer and enjoy tennis and swimming.



Ronald Linden, DDS
rl238@cornell.edu
(203) 400-7842

Dr. Linden is a graduate from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1977. He works as a general dentist in a solo practice in Shelton. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1978

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.
Ethics Council

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
I pretty much everything about dentistry - study groups, meetings, working with patients, doing sophisticated, challenging work and mentoring. 

Do you participate in any volunteer work?

  • Study group administrations
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Mentor

Are you a member of any other associations?

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

Personal Life: 
I am married with two grown married children, 2 grandchildren and a rescue dog who is very cute.



Carolyn J. Malon, DDS

malondds@aol.com
(860) 677-8687

Dr. Malon graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1985. She currently works as a general dentist in partnership with her husband at a dental practice in Farmington. 

What year did you become a CSDA member? 
1987

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of. 

  • Council on Legislation (CSDA)
  • Personnel Committee (CSDA)
  • Budget Committee (CSDA)
  • Awards Committee (CSDA)
  • Council on Communications (CSDA)
  • Past President (CSDA)
  • Various Ad Hoc Committees (CSDA)
  • Council on Communications (ADA)

What do you enjoy about dentistry? 
I enjoy my interactions with my patients, getting to know them and maintain that relationship over the years. I enjoy the flexibility of hours and schedule, and enjoy the independence of owning a practice.

Please list the volunteer work you participate in. 

  • Connecticut Mission of Mercy
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Outside of dentistry I also volunteer at my church and my children's schools

Are you a member of any other associations? 

  • International College of Dentists
  • American College of Dentists
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Various political and social/business groups

Personal Life: 
I am married to my business partner, Dr. Stephen Moran. We have two teenage children, a dog, a cat and fish! I am originally from NYC and my husband is from the Washington D.C. area.

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office? 
I spend a lot of time attending political functions, partly on behalf of our profession. I also enjoy cooking, skiing, hiking and just being outdoors.


Stephen Moran, DDS
morandds@comcast.net
(860) 677-8687

Dr. Moran graduated from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1985. He works a general dentist in Farmington in a practice he shares with his wife, Dr. Carolyn Malon. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1989

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.

  • New Dentists Roundtable Subcommittee (CSDA)
  • Annual Scientific Session Council (CSDA)
  • Membership Council (CSDA)
  • CODPAC

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
I enjoy the independence of dentistry, which is something not found in medicine.



William C. Nash, DMD
drtooth73@aol.com
(203) 259-5328

Dr. Nash graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 1977. He works as a general dentist out of his home office in Fairfield. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1977

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.
Current Involvement within the CSDA:

  • Vice President
  • Personnel Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Annual Scientific Council
  • Legislative Council

Past Involvement within the CSDA:

  • Insurance Council
  • Dental Relations Committee 

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
I enjoy my patients, especially the kids. I also enjoy working with my staff and being in charge of my own hours.

Do you participate in any volunteer work?

  • Connecticut Mission of Mercy
  • New Orleans Medical Relief - post Katrina Give Kids A Smile Treating Dentist
  • Re-Entry ministry (until 2001)

Personal Life:
I’m married with three grown children - two are married and one is engaged. And I’m also a grandfather. 

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office?
I enjoy cycling, golf and gardening



Peter Peterson, DMD
ppperio@comcast.net
(860) 677-8747

Dr. Peterson graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1982. He works in a group practice as a periodontics with an office in Farmington and satellite offices in Avon and Simsbury. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1988

List the current/past councils and committees of both the CSDA and ADA that you have been a part of.

  • Hartford Dental Society, Past-President
  • CSDA Board of Governor past member
  • Legislative Council (current member)

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
Dentistry requires being able to incorporate art and science into daily practice

Do you participate in any volunteer work?
I teach Periodontics in the General Practice Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

Are you a member of any other associations?

  • Connecticut Society of Periodontists
  • American Academy of Periodontology

Personal Life: 
My wife Chris and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have two grown sons.

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office? 
Skiing is my passion, and I bike to stay in shape for skiing.



Michael Sonick, DMD
mike@sonickdmd.com
(203) 254-2006

Dr. Sonick graduated from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He works as a Periodontist in a solo practice in Fairfield. 

What year did you become a CSDA member?
1984

What do you enjoy about dentistry?
I enjoy treating patients and teaching future dental providers. 

Do you participate in any volunteer work?

  • Teaching
  • Clinics both in USA and abroad
  • Connecticut Mission of Mercy

Are you a member of any other associations?

  • AAP
  • AO
  • FCDC
  • Pierre Fauchard
  • ACD

Please provide some background about your family life. (ie. spouse, children, pets, etc.)
I have a daughter who is currently in dental school.

What are your hobbies outside of the dental office? 
I enjoy cooking, biking, swimming, photography and playing the piano.