Meet The Doctors

Dr. Joseph Tartagni

Dr. Joe completed dental school at the University of Connecticut in 1985, but his postgraduate education continues to this day. Each year, he completes hundreds of hours in professional training courses. This includes a dental implant residency operated through NYU, along with advanced studies with the Dawson Center, TUFTS University, UCLA, and the Las Vegas Institute. In fact, he is one of the most educated dentists in the state.

Most recently, Dr. Joe has been studying airway management techniques of patients with sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Joe really enjoys working as a family dentist, but when he’s away from his office, he also has a passion for traveling and physical fitness.

Dr. Jason M. Tartagni, MS, MPH, DMD, FICOI

Along with holding a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jason also holds a Master’s degree in public health. He enjoys giving back to underserved children through the ADA’s “Give Kids a Smile” program, along with mission trips to Jamaica with other dental professionals. During dental school, he was recognized for his achievements in prosthodontics and received an award for his work. 

Dr. Jason joined his father at Shoreline Dental Care to fulfill his goal of providing relationship-based, comprehensive oral health care to the families he has already grown to know and love.

Like his father, Dr. Jason also enjoys spending as much time as possible being a dentist. When he isn’t seeing patients, he enjoys physical fitness, lacrosse, and spending time with his family and friends.

For the second time, Dr. Jason took part in the Advanced Implant Education (AIE)’s dental implant immersion program. This program is a hands-on surgical course where dentists place dental implants under the supervision of world-renowned implantologists. The program is 5 days long, with 4 days of live surgery. The program is run by Dr. Isaac Tawil of New York, and Dr. Scott Ganz of New Jersey. Both serve as mentors to Dr. Jason.

During the trip, the doctors place between 15 and 35 dental implants and perform advanced procedures such as sinus lifts, ridge splitting, bone grafting, platelet rich fibrin (PRF), and all other advanced surgical/pre prosthetic procedures involved with dental implant placement.

Both Dr. Joe and Dr. Jason are deeply committed to their continuing education, completing hundreds of hours of training in various areas of dentistry. Some of Dr. Joe’s notable continuing education includes the below courses and certifications:

  • Wehrle Implant Immersion Course, Tijuana, B.C. Mexico
  • NYU/Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Implant Maxicourse
  • NYU – Advanced Dental Implant Education
  • Sinus Lifts – Crestal Contemporary Approaches to Transcrestal Sinus
  • Jamaica Mission Trip – Mentoring Nova University Students
  • Hard and Soft Tissue Regeneration for Ideal Implant Placement
  • D.O.C.S. – Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Center For Esthetic Excellence
  • Craniofacial Epigenetics
  • Ortho-Tain Healthy Start Removable Ortho Appliances
  • Six Month Smiles
  • Airway Focused Dentistry
  • Align Technology – Numerous Invisalign Courses/Study Group
  • Epigenetic Orthodontics
  • Periodontal Team Management
  • Soft Tissue Management
  • Periodontal Medicine For Total Body Health and Wellness
  • Dental Sleep Masters Levels, I, II, III
  • Implementation of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Somnomed-Sleep Disturbed Breathing and Oral Appliance Therapy
  • Diplomate
  • NYU – Aesthetic Advantage Hands on Continuum
  • Lasers/Electrosurgery, Tooth Colored Restorations, Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Osseous Surgery, Ceramic Restorations, Clinical Diagnosis, Esthetics
  • LVI – Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Infonet Academy
  • The American Society for Clinical Research (ASCR) The New Paradigm
  • Tufts University Occlusal Design
  • Vantage Institute
  • Sunrise Dental Summit

Dr. James McGrath

Dr. James McGrath graduated and received his postdoctoral residency training in clinical dentistry from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. McGrath is passionate about giving back and has traveled to Grenada on a dental service trip to provide free dental screenings, restorative procedures, and extractions. Locally, Dr. McGrath has volunteered his time to Special Smiles, CT Mission of Mercy, and the South Park Dental Clinic.  Dr. McGrath is committed to providing both quality care and education to patients in order to deliver a more pleasant dental experience. In his free time, Dr. James McGrath enjoys soccer, tennis, golf, physical fitness, skiing, and traveling. 

Dr. Rebecca Sonick 

Dr. Rebecca Sonick grew up in Fairfield, CT and graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in New London.  She achieved her D.D.S. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she was awarded for her work in Periodontics.  She completed a General Practice Residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, where she received additional training in dental trauma, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, dental implants, endodontics, TMJ Dysfunction, and the management of medically complex patients.  Dr. Sonick attended the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she focused on TMJ and Smile design courses.  

Dr. Sonick is a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Fairfield County Dental Club, and is a committee member for the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. 

Dr. Sonick values meaningful patient relationships and prides herself on providing quality dentistry. She strives for healthy smiles on everyone who comes into her office and is excited to be a part of a cutting edge practice that prioritizes patient comfort and excellent care.  During Dr. Sonick’s free time, she likes to dance, spend time outdoors, and hang out with family and friends.