Meet the Team

James McGrath, DMD

Dr. James McGrath grew up in North Haven, Connecticut, 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. He is a member of the American Dental Association® and the Connecticut State Dental Association and is the treasurer of the Middlesex County Dental Society. 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.

Meet Our Team

Who will you meet at Apollonia Dental? We are proud of our team members, who will always make you feel welcome and comfortable. You are more than just your smile, and our team will take all the time you need during your visit with our dentist. They want to make sure that your experience is positive and that your smile looks and feels great. You can get to know our team below, and you can call us at 860-704-8000 for your dental appointment in Middletown, Connecticut.


Office Manager/Hygienist

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.


Dental Hygienist

Krista has been with us since February 2020 and loves being a part of a close, positive and happy team that is dedicated to providing quality care to our patients. She enjoys being able to connect with our patients, taking the time to educate them about their oral health and providing them with comprehensive care.

Krista graduated from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. She and her husband, Eugene, moved to Middletown in 2019 with their two dogs, Titan and Athena, and their cat, Vesta. She loves riding her quad, doing projects around the house and trying new foods and restaurants.


Dental Hygienist

Lori became a part of the Apollonia Dental team in 2020. She earned her Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene from Westbrook College in Portland, Maine, which is now the University of New England. Lori brings more than 30 years of dental hygiene experience and passion for her patients to our office. She is dedicated to helping her patients improve their oral health, which is so important to their overall health. She feels privileged to be a part of such a caring and innovative dental team.

Lori lived and worked in Europe for more than 14 years and now lives in Essex, Connecticut, with her Swiss husband and their son. She loves traveling with her family and exploring new destinations. One of her favorite things to do is hike the Swiss Alps. She is also a food lover and spends much of her free time in her kitchen trying new recipes. As a balance to all of that good food, she runs daily to stay in shape.


Dental Assistant

Genesis is a 2015 graduate of the Porter and Chester Institute and joined our team in March 2018.

She assists Dr. McGrath with various dental procedures and also helps with insurance and billing. She appreciates the opportunity to get to know our patients and help them enjoy healthy mouths.

Genesis has three sisters and one brother. In her spare time, she looks forward to rollerblading and riding her bicycle, watching movies, and spending time with her family and her dog, Charlie.