Apollonia Dental is named after the patroness of dentistry, Saint Apollonia. Apollonia was persecuted for her beliefs and chose to be a martyr for her principles instead of compromising them. That is the foundation for our practice's approach to dental care. We are here to help you take care of your dental health, with the focus being on what is best for your health and you as an individual patient.
Our clinical team at Apollonia Dental is made up of welcoming, friendly people who love dentistry and helping people have a healthy, beautiful smile. While we take our work seriously, we also have fun! We enjoy visiting with our patients and getting to know each and every one of you so that we can better meet your needs.
James McGrath DMD
Dr. James McGrath grew up in North Haven, CT and attended the University of Connecticut for both his undergraduate and dental school education. After graduating, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of Connecticut. After completing his education, he worked in West Haven and Milford Connecticut treating patients at a cutting-edge dental practice. While working full-time, he completed hundreds of hours of online education in many aspects of general dentistry including implantology, full-mouth rehabilitations, complex treatment planning, periodontics (gum procedures), restorative procedures, endodontics (root canals), and oral surgery. He also attended a year-long advanced education course in orthodontics, and hands-on seminars at the New Jersey Health Professionals Developmental Institute to further his education in bone grafting, suturing, and wisdom teeth extractions. Dr. McGrath is committed to a lifetime of learning because he constantly strives to provide the highest quality of care to all of his patients. Dr. McGrath is also passionate about giving back to the community, and has even traveled to Grenada on a dental service trip to provide free dental screenings, restorative procedures, and emergency care. Locally, he has volunteered his time to Special Smiles, CT Mission of Mercy, and the South Park Dental Clinic. In his free time, he enjoys golf, tennis, hiking, camping, skiing and traveling to new places.
Amanda Baxter is from Trumbull, Connecticut and worked for four years as a dental assistant and veterinary technician. She has always been passionate about animals, and currently has two dogs of her own, Cooper and Taz. During her time as a dental assistant, she became more interested in the dental field and decided to pursue it further. She enrolled in Fones School of Dental Hygiene, and graduated in 2019. Amanda brings a large array of skills to Apollonia Dental, including years of experience in both the administrative and clinical aspects of dentistry and dental hygiene. In her free time, she enjoys spoiling her dogs, hiking, fishing, baking, and working on arts and crafts.
Bianca - Dental Assistant
Bianca has been an assistant for 3+ years and is also adept at working at the front desk. Bianca would like to go back to school to further her education in business management. She would like to create her own natural hair product line and own her own business one day.
She recently became a resident of Rocky Hill where she resides with her two dogs. She enjoys camping in the summer with her family
Genesis - Dental Assisant
Genesis come to us as a life long resident of Meriden, CT. She has over 3 years of experience as a clinical assistant in the dental field and is training for front desk responsibilities at our office. She also works in her family's bakery business when she is not being busy at Apollonia Dental; Gen's goal is to someday own a business of her own. Gen has an irresistible smile and has been a positive and welcome addition to our team!
Krista - Dental Hygienist
Krista has been a hygienist for 8 years. She received her certification of local anesthesia and graduated from the University of New Haven in 2012 with Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene. Krista likes to participate in Mission of Mercy free dental clinic every year. She absolutely loves being a hygienist and is excited to join the Apollonia Dental Team.
Nikki - Dental Hygienist
Nikki has been in the dental field for 10 years. Starting as a dental assistant, she was determined to make dental hygiene her lifelong career. She received her Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene at Lincoln College of New England in Southington, CT.
Nikki was very enthusiastic to take part in the Apollonia dental team with the most up to date equipment and the chance to put all of her hard work to use and building great relationships with her patients.
Outside of the dental practice, Nikki loves all outdoor activities and spending every free moment with her dog. In the future Nikki is planning on going back to school to complete both her bachelors and master degrees.