Dr. Joseph Bonkowski, Dentist & Owner
Dr. Bonkowski is a Westfield native who graduated from St. Mary’s High in 1975. He continued his undergraduate education at Holyoke Community College and Marquette University to receive his B.S. in 1979. He graduated from Marquette School of Dentistry in 1983. Among his many post-graduate accomplishments in 1988 he earned a Certificate of Orthodontics and Orthopedics from United States Dental Institute on Boston. In 1991 he became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) and in 2001 he earned the prestigious Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD). In 1999 to 2001 he also travelled to St. Petersburg Florida to learn under Dr. Peter Dawson in the center of Advanced Dental Study. In 2002, he completed the “Mastery Program” in Scottsdale Arizona under Dr. Michael Schuster in the “Center for Professional Development”.
In the mid 2000’s “Dr. B.” spent many hours studying TMJ and Bite Issues and completed Level III training at OBI (Orthographics Bioesthetics International) in Louisville Kentucky. He also assisted teaching levels II course in nearby Boston. In 2007, after taking a hands-on implant course in Augusta Georgia he became certified in IV sedation from Medical College of Georgia and began placing Nobel Biocare Implants in his private practice. Soon thereafter he became an assistant faculty member for the General Practice Residency (GPR) program and travels to Augusta several times a year.
His professional affiliations are The American Dental Association (ADA), The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), Valley District Dental Society, New England Mastertrack Study Club, Noble Hospital Staff, Westfield Dental Society, and the Berkshire Facial study group. Dr. B. holds Dental Licenses in Massachusetts and Georgia.
He enjoys reading, golf, carpentry, ski racing, Red Sox baseball, and Patriot football!
Dr. Kristen M. Bonkowski, Dentist
Dr. Kristen Bonkowski is the daughter of Dr. Joseph Bonkowski and was born and raised in Westfield, MA. She graduated Westfield High School and completed her undergraduate training at Northeastern University, Boston in 2009. Dr. Kristen received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (formerly known as Medical College of Georgia) in May 2014. Upon graduation, she earned the Quintessence award for clinical excellence and patient centered care. She completed a one year residency program at Augusta University in July 2015 with advanced training in general dentistry, including IV sedation, implant placement, surgical extractions including wisdom teeth and bone grafting techniques.
Her passion in dentistry is to restore a patient's confidence back in their smile. Her approach to patient care is with compassion and understanding. She is dedicated in learning new technology to make dental visits easier on her patients, such as the Cerec crown (crown in one day) and 3D CBCT imaging. Her new interest is in Botox as a therapeutic treatment in TMJ and orofacial pain, as well as wrinkle prevention and esthetics.
She stays active in organized dentistry through her memberships in American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS). She earned the fellowship award in International College of Implantologists (ICOI) in February 2016 and is working towards her fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Her future goals include offering spa dentistry to her patients which includes warm neck wraps and calming mediation music.
Outside the office you will find her spending time with family and friends. She is filled with wanderlust and enjoys traveling. Also enjoys yoga, soccer, skiing, ski racing and hiking and biking.