Meet The Doctors

Joseph Tagliarini, General Dentist, DMD

It might sound a tad corny, but I think I'm the luckiest dentist alive.

I get to practice my field in the best little city in the world. Second only to my excitement for great dentistry is my enthusiasm for New Haven. I enjoy some of the most interesting patients in Connecticut. I love my neighborhood in the Elm City's Lincoln-Bradley area (where I've been fortunate enough to take ownership of New Haven's first modernist home in the International style - I'm a little proud, OK?). Whether it's eating sushi at Miso or picking up omelet supplies from Nica's on a Saturday morning, I truly relish living and working here. It's the perfect blend of small town warmth and intimacy with big city sophistication...

Born in New York City in 1961, the son of Sicilian immigrants (my sisters were born in Italy), I grew up in a similar place, in a way – a friendly place where people really got to know each other in neighborhoods. One-on-one interaction was standard. Still, the glitz of Manhattan was always nearby, too.

My first brush with New Haven was attending Yale (BA, 1983), where I majored in architecture. Ironically, what I enjoyed most about architecture was making models and working with my hands - things you get to do often in dentistry, of course. With its emphasis on structure, strength, and beauty, dental work could be called architecture for the mouth.

In the 1980s, I spent a couple years doing "the corporate thing" (real estate asset management). Not for me; I wasn't quite satisfied. Maybe it's the Brooklyn in me, but I felt I missed working with people close-up. I eventually figured out that my great love was dentistry, and I then attended dental school in Connecticut. I remember running into one of my former Yale professors a few years ago, telling him I was slightly ashamed at giving up architecture. He said something to me I've never forgotten, something which revolutionized my way of thinking about my job. "Well, dentistry is architecture for the mouth." Indeed, it is. For me, the penny dropped that day.

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Spending time with my family is important. I have three wonderful sons and a lovely wife, and we relish our moments together, even if it's just watching serial TV, streaming videos, or cooking together.

I sang in the Yale Camerata. Once in a while, I've been known to belt out a bar or two in the office. At Yale, as an undergrad, I also sang in Glee Club. I'm also a big supporter of local arts. You can see one contemporary quilt I commissioned especially for my office in the waiting area. You may have noticed, too, those beautiful, strange photographs on our walls as you walk in the practice. They're actually close-ups of histology slides of teeth turned into abstract art! I'm also a bit of a "gadget guy" and a frequent reader of Wired magazine. I like to stay on the cutting edge of technology.

But in the end, what matters to me most - more than art, more than my state-of-the-art Apple devices—are people. Smart dentistry involves artistry, architecture, technology and skill - but without caring, and even a sense of fun, it's nothing. Being able to help my patients in New Haven has been my enduring joy. Yes, I may just be the luckiest dentist in the world.

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Sean Lee, General Dentist, Implant/Invisalign, DDS

After graduating with a degree in biochemistry from UCLA, Dr. Lee received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the New York University of Dentistry. He then completed his residency at the well-known Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Dr. Lee is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is constantly working to further his dental knowledge through continuing education classes. 

Recently, the doctor attended the Comprehensive Implantology program at Columbia University and AIC education program at HIOSSEN for special implant training. Dr. Lee practices comprehensive dentistry in which he helps to keep the entire body healthy by focusing on good oral hygiene. Dr. Lee enjoys jazz music, especially the work of Charlie Parker. Each year, Dr. Lee participates in outreach dental missions. Some of his past trips have been to Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

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Linda Zheng, DDS

Linda Zheng received her B.S. degree in Bioengineering from Cornell University before pursuing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, graduating cum laude. Following dental school, Dr. Zheng completed a reputable general practice residency at the James J. Peter VA Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Her comprehensive approach involves restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, root canals, clear aligners therapy, oral surgery, implantology and full-mouth reconstructions.

Dr. Zheng cares about building a relationship with each patient and providing comprehensive, individualized dental care. She is passionate about dentistry and life-long learning, in order to provide care to the highest standard and comfort. Dr. Zheng enjoys giving back to the community as evidenced by her involvement in local outreach. She has volunteered in Guatemala, delivering oral care to kids in rural communities.

Dr. Zheng holds memberships with the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She speaks fluent Chinese and basic Spanish.

Dr. Zheng resides in New York and Connecticut. Outside of the office she enjoys skiing, traveling, photography and spending time with family and friends. She welcomes you to call our practice today to schedule an appointment.

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