Dentist in Putnam, CT

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All our professionals at Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D.

Dentist in Putnam, CT

Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates

Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D.Dr. Stephen A. Solomon was born in Brooklyn, NY and spent his childhood and teenage
years growing up on Long Island. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University
with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1974. He continued his education at Hofstra University
where he earned his MBA degree in accounting and finance. In 1984 Dr. Solomon
earned his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
He continued to broaden his dental knowledge and experience by participating
in the dental residency program at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY.,
completing the program in 1985.

Dr. Solomon is a member of the American Dental Association and the Connecticut State
Dental Association

Outside the office Dr. Solomon enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, their two
children Jacqueline and Jonathan, his son-in-law Chris, and his grandson Matthew.
He and the boys love playing tennis and golf. He also has been taking dancing lessons
with his wife, which he admits is a work in progress!


Gerald S. Cohen, D.D.S.

Dentist in Putnam, CT

Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates

Gerald S. Cohen, D.D.S.Following graduation from Clark University and S.U.N.Y at Buffalo, School of Dentistry, Dr. Cohen spent two years active duty in the United States Air Force as a military dentist.  Considering a career in teaching and research, he spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in nutritional biochemistry at MIT.  Following a year of research, Dr. Cohen chose to go into private practice in Sharon, MA.  After 30 years, he sold his practice in 2002 and enjoyed a semi-retirement.  After meeting Dr. Solomon at a dental meeting, Dr. Cohen came out of semi-retirement and joined Dr. Solomon's practice in 2010.

Dr. Cohen finds working with the patients of the Putnam area to be richly rewarding and thanks our patients for the opportunity.

Dr. Cohen has ten grandchildren.

Dr. Cohen enjoys ballroom dancing and can often be seen riding off into the sunset on his motorcycle.


Judy Durand — Office Financial Coordinator

Judy Durand — Office Financial CoordinatorJudy has worked in our office for 26 years.  Her knowledge and expertise of dental- insurance plans helps patients feel comfortable and informed.  Because of her background in Early Childhood Education, she is in charge of our very extensive toy drawer.





Donna Sabourin — Financial Administrator

Donna Sabourin — Financial AdministratorDonna has been an integral part of our dental practice for 17 years.  Her professionalism and business insights have helped our team evolve and succeed.  She will continue to help our talented staff into the future.  Donna enjoys contributing to our dynamic, patient-focused office.





LeeAnne Zeleznicky — Appointment Coordinaltor/Dental Assistant

LeeAnne Zeleznicky — Appointment Coordinaltor/Dental AssistantLeeAnne is a 2005 graduate of the Windham Tech Dental Assisting Program.  She and her husband Matt have been married since 2006.  They have two sons:
Austin, 11 years old, and Isaiah, 8 years old.  LeeAnne enjoys camping with her family, horseback riding, and sewing.





Carolyn Laconto — Registered Dental Hygienist

Carolyn Laconto — Registered Dental HygienistCarolyn has practiced as a dental hygienist for 25 years and was a dental assistant for 5 years prior.  She is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in health services from Worcester State University.

Carolyn has practiced in our office since 1992.  She is licensed to administer local anesthesia.  She also works part time as a clinical instructor in Quinsigamond’s dental hygiene program. 

Carolyn’s tenured expertise in the dental hygiene field shows through in her dedication to her patients, which is illustrated through patient loyalty.

Carolyn loves her work and enjoys helping her patients keep their healthy smiles.


Deb Merrill — Registered Dental Hygienist

Deb Merrill — Registered Dental HygienistDeb has over 20 years experience in the dental field.

Deb takes pride in educating her patients and motivating them to continue good dental health through their lifetime.
Her cheerful and upbeat personality help patients feel relaxed and comfortable.

She states, “ It’s all part of being on a great dental team to assure healthy smiles for all our patients.”



Nicole Gisleson — Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole Gisleson — Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole has been practicing dental hygiene in the Quiet Corner for the past 25 years. She graduated from The University of Vermont School of Allied Health in 1990.

Nicole has been affiliated with this office for the past seven years on a per diem basis and now looks forward to being a permanent part of this wonderful dental team. She is excited to offer her experience and fun-loving personality with the patients and staff.

Nicole is also a busy mother of two, married to her husband since 1992 and 
enjoys volunteering her time in her parish community. 


Cheryl LaPorte—Dental Assistant

Cheryl LaPorte—Dental AssistantCheryl is a certified dental assistant.  She says she was very fortunate to become a part of Dr. Solomon’’s office in 2000.  

Cheryl works directly with Dr. Solomon, assisting him in providing comfortable dentistry in a pleasant, relaxed environment.  She is passionate about making patients’ experiences as pleasant as possible. She believes communication and education in regards to dental treatment play a major role in overall dental care.



Conni Bennett—Dental Assistant

Conni Bennett—Dental AssistantConnie is a registered dental assistant.  She graduated from the  Windham Tech Dental Assisting Program.

Connie finds working in our office an enjoyable, fun experience.  Her goal is to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible,  so let her know how she can help you!




Krystina Lewis — Administrative Assistant

Krystina Lewis — Administrative AssistantKrystina has been working in our office for three years as an administrative assistant.  She loves technology and plans to attend Quinnebaug Community College for Computer Science .

Krystina will greet you when you come into our office and make sure your records are up to date.

She’s our Go-to Gal for all things computer.


Mikayla Van Dam — Administrative Assistant

Mikayla Van Dam — Administrative AssistantMikayla is a senior in high school, who is looking forward to attending college in the fall.  

She helps Judy process insurance claims.
She also helps her see that our toy drawer is stocked and organized. Mikayla enjoys her work and can’t wait to see you at our office!