Dental care providers

Dr. Holder, Medical Director

Gordon Holder, DDS, MPH – Dental Director

Dr. Gordon Holder joined Community Health & Wellness Center in 2017. He received his D.D.S. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Holder brings a wealth of experience to our Center, having practiced dentistry for many years including previously working in the community health setting at other Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in the state of Connecticut. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and has participated in the Waterbury Oral Health Collaborative (WOHC) which provides oral care to pregnant mothers and school children in grades K-12.

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Tessie Jacob, DDS

Dr. Tessie Jacob received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Stony Brook University in New York. She furthered her training in General Practice Residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center located in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Jacob strongly believes in dental excellence and compassionate care.  She also believes that education is an ongoing commitment, and keeps up to date with dentistry through continuing education lectures and courses. Dr. Jacob is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Women Dentists.  Dr. Jacob finds great happiness in helping people achieve confidence in their smiles and looks forward to making their experience in the dental clinic comfortable and positive.

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Yamini Patel, DDS

Dr. Yamini Patel graduated with Bachelor of Dental Surgery from SRM University in India. Following graduation, Dr. Patel practiced dentistry for 1 year in India before moving to Connecticut. She then completed the first and second year General Practice Residency Program at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury and Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA respectively.

Dr. Patel is an active member of Academy of General Dentistry and CSDA. She strives to stay up to date with the latest in techniques and technology in the dental profession.

Dr. Patel is a fervent believer in “creating the healthy smile you want through science and artistry”. Her mission is to be a competent and friendly dentist who provides compassionate dental care. She just recently started working as a general Dentist at Community Health & Wellness Center in December 2015 and is also a faculty member at UCONN School of Dental Medicine. Outside Dentistry, she enjoys listening to music and likes spending time with her family and friends.

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Nancy Wong, DMD, MPH- Dentist

Dr. Wong joined Community Health & Wellness Center in 2017. Dr. Wong received her D.M.D and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. She completed her dental residency program at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Wong is an Urban Health Scholar, an enrichment program for collaborative care, medical management of vulnerable and underserved populations and public service. She has participated in many mission programs, both in Connecticut and abroad.


Dr. Shalin Patel Dentist

Shalin Patel, DMD, MPH- Dentist

Dr. Patel was pleased to join CHWC in July 2018. He received his DMD from the University of Connecticut and completed his General Practice Residency at Danbury Hospital.  He participated in the Urban Health Scholars Program (UHS) and is committed to providing the highest-quality dental care, especially to the underserved community.  In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys cooking and playing tennis.  

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Josseelaine Diaz, R.D.H-Dental Hygienist

Jossee Diaz is our Registered Dental Hygienist at Community Health & Wellness Center. She received her Dental Hygiene degree in 2015 from Lincoln College of New England, where she was an honor student and recipient of the Liguori Merit Scholarship. Committed to helping her patients achieve excellent oral health, she puts an emphasis on preventative care. She is a regular volunteer at the “Mission of Mercy” annual events in both Hartford and Danbury, providing free dental cleanings to those in need. Jossee speaks fluent Spanish.

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Shaleah Small, R.D.H-Dental Hygienist

Shaleah Small is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Community Health & Wellness Center. She received her Dental Hygiene degree from Lincoln College of New England back in 2015. Shaleah started her dental career as a dental assistant 16 years ago and has volunteered with “Give Kids a Smile” and “Mission of Mercy.”  As a dental hygienist, Shaleah enjoys sharing her dental knowledge with all patients and giving personalized care that begins with talking about dental concerns and tailoring her care to your special needs.

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FISH of Torrington
332 South Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Sullivan Senior Center
88 East Albert Street, Torrington, CT 06790

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160 Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098

Torrington Soup Kitchen 
220 Prospect Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Torrington Middle School
200 Middle School Road, Torrington, CT 06790 

Oliver Wolcott Technical School
75 Oliver Street, Torrington, CT 06790