Pediatric dentists have an extra two to three years of specialized training after dental school and are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through college years. Infants, young children, pre-teens and teenagers all require different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their oral growth and development, and preventing future dental problems. As trained specialists for children, we are best qualified to meet children's unique needs.
Dr. Z. Christopher Religa joined Central CT Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 2000. A native of Newington, CT. he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and his DMD from UConn School of Dental Medicine. He did his residency and specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio and also was awarded a Masters of Science in Pediatric Dentistry by The Ohio State University. Dr. Religa is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry and is a Senior Attending in the Department of Surgery at Middlesex Hospital. Dr. Religa was voted by his peers as one of Connecticut's Top Pediatric Dentists for the Connecticut Magazine. Dr Religa spends most of his free time with his wife, their two children and their dog Chewy. He enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and swimming.
Dr. Robert Gatehouse began practicing pediatric dentistry in Middlesex County in 1977. He received his dental degree from West Virginia University followed by two years of pediatric specialty training at the Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Gatehouse is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Fellow of the American Society of Dentistry for Children. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and a Senior Attending in the Department of Surgery at Middlesex Hospital. He holds a certificate in orthodontics and facial orthopedics from the United States Dental Institute. He is certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry in the use of soft tissue diode lasers. Dr. Gatehouse was chosen as one of CT's Top Pediatric Dentists by Connecticut Magazine.
Dr Gatehouse enjoys fishing, sailing, skiing and travel. He serves on the board of directors of several local organizations and directs the pediatric dental division of CT Mission of Mercy. Dr Gatehouse and his wife reside in Middletown. They have two grown children and grandchildren.
Dr. Tiffany Haim joined Central CT Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 2010. She attended Brandeis University undergraduate and received her dental training (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Haim then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey followed by two years of pediatric specialty training at New York University School of Dentistry. Dr. Haim is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, New York State Dental Association and the Connecticut State Dental Association. Dr. Haim resides in Old Saybrook, Ct and enjoys traveling, skiing, and playing tennis in her spare time.
Dr. Robert Pesce, Jr. joined Central CT Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 2000. After working as an engineer for a few years, he decided to go back to school to become a dentist and orthodontist. Dr. Pesce received his dental degree (DMD) from the University of Connecticut in 2007, and completed a three-year orthodontic residency with a Masters in Dental Science from the University of Connecticut in 2010. Dr. Pesce is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Connecticut State Orthodontic Society, the American Dental Association, and the Connecticut State Dental Association. Dr. Pesce lives in Wethersfield with his wife, Trisha, and their two daughters. As an avid Boston sports fan, he really enjoys following his hometown teams. He also loves to watch movies, travel, and spend time with family and friends. As the newest member of our team, he’s looking forward to meeting new patients and providing healthy, beautiful smiles.
Dr. Amy O’Callaghan grew up in Connecticut. She obtained her B.S. in Biology at Virginia Tech where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She returned to CT for dental school at the University of Connecticut where she obtained her D.M.D. Dr. O’Callaghan went on to complete her post graduate training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She is a member of the AAPD, CSDA and is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. O’Callaghan was voted by her peers as one of Connecticut’s Top Pediatric Dentists for Connecticut Magazine.
Dr. Amy worked previously in Long Island and Greenwich, CT. She lives with her husband Jonathan, a fellow UCONN dental graduate. She enjoys baking, running and playing with her Labrador mix, Riley.
Dr. Amy’s goal is for every child to have a positive, stress-free and fun experience at the dentist.