To make your journey to optimal dental health as comfortable as possible and to answer all your questions along the way.
Our philosophy is to deliver "optimal" dental care to each and every patient that enters our practice.
We believe each person has the ability to control their dental destiny and we will help you take charge of this aspect of your life. We desire to develop a relationship with each one of our patients so that a great understanding can occur as to "why" we develop a dental disease. It is so important to understand because our practice is grounded very heavily in true "preventative" dentistry. Only when we determine the "causes" and control dental disease can we go on to correct the problems and feel we will get longevity of the results.
There is one very important aspect of our philosophy, you much "choose" to become healthy. This is why the "understanding" must become internalized. We cannot tell you how healthy you can be; we can only help you to understand. So sharing of your information, education, and informed decisions are at the core of our philosophy.
Our goal is to help you to keep all of your teeth, for all of your life, and to achieve this with comfort and maximum esthetics, yet minimal anxiety and expense. Together we will explore and examine your teeth, gums, and joints, and create a lifetime treatment plan. We will use full mouth x-rays where necessary, molds of your teeth, and pictures of your teeth. We will review your past dental history, or past records and x-rays, in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of your individual situation. Only in this way can we create a careful diagnosis, which leads to an optimal treatment plan.
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 Medical College of Georgia (presently known as Georgia Regents University) 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 GRU in July 2015 with advanced training in general dentistry, including IV sedation, implant placement, surgical extractions 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 offer optimal care to her patients, such as the Cerec crown(crown in one day). 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). Outside the office you will find her spending time with family and friends. She enjoys yoga, soccer, ski racing and coaching, hiking, traveling and Patriots football.
Jennifer, Office Manager
Jennifer has been working in the dental field for over 19 years. She graduated from Granby High School and furthered her education by earning her Radiology certification at Tufts University in Boston. Through her years of experience she has had the opportunity to work in all aspects of the dental office from chair side dental assistant to scheduling coordinator and patient relations. Jennifer demonstrates invaluable customer service skills and a strong knowledge of dental insurance benefits and coverage. She is always happy to answer any questions may have about their plans. Jennifer’s passion is to help every patient achieve their dental goals. She will make scheduling your dental appointment convenient and effortless. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son. She likes to stay active hiking and zip lining. She also enjoys going to the beach and spending a lazy day inside watching movies.
Allie, Dental Assistant
Allie is the newest member of our dental team with 5 years experience in the dental field she is a licensed dental assistant. She graduated from Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in 2009 and earned her certification from Porter and Chester Institute in 2013 for Dental Assisting. She is happy to be apart of such a great team, that's current with technology and wants nothing, but to make sure every patient has a wonderful experience. Outside of the office she likes to spend time with family, friends, taking her dog out on hikes, kayaking, or relaxing out on her boat when the weathers warm.
Kara, Dental Assistant
Kara is the newest member of our dental team with over 14 years experience in the dental field. She graduated from Agawam High School and earned a certificate from Porter and Chester Institute for Dental Assisting. She enjoys working with a team that provides the highest level of dental care and strives to make every patient comfortable and at ease.
After working side by side with the doctor most of her career, Kara is now taking her skills to the front desk to help ensure your appointments, and insurance needs are taken care of. She'll also be continuing her assisting role to help the doctors out when needed.
Outside of the office she enjoys relaxing at home or with family. She also likes to hike, read a good book or work on some crafts!
Colleen, Dental Assistant
Colleen was born and raised in Westfield-the youngest of five children. She was inspired to go into the dental field by her childhood hygienist. After graduation from STCC’s Dental Assisting Program she obtained National Certification from DANB (Dental Assisting National Board). She enjoys the variety of procedures that our office offers and thrives in taking very anxious patients and delivering a less stressful and more comfortable experience than they expected. She takes pride when a patient tells her that their dental visit was exactly what she said it would be.
When Colleen is not in the office, she enjoys time with her family, friends, shopping, reading novels and baking. She is the proud aunt of four nieces and volunteers for Shriner’s hospital.
Lisa, Dental Hygenist
Lisa began her career working 12 years as a chair side Dental Assistant before earning her degree as a Dental Hygienist at STCC. In addition to this, Lisa is certified to administer local anesthesia in order to provide optimal patient comfort during deeper cleanings. Her goal is to become a patient advocate to achieve optimal oral health which we believe is an essential step in obtaining overall health. Lisa uses the most up to date dental technology with digital x-rays and intraoral photography to be better able to communicate a person’s current level of oral health. In order to stay currant with the trends in the field, Lisa enjoys attending numerous continuing educational classes each year.
While not in the office, Lisa enjoys being a mom and a wife. She finds it rewarding to go on mission trips where she provides treatment for people of extreme poverty in third world countries. Lisa enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Ama, Dental Hygienist
Ama earned her degree in Dental Hygiene at Springfield Technical Community College in 2009 and has been a part of the team ever since. Ama strives to coach her patient to achieve and maintain optimal oral health and general health. Through positive instruction and education, she believes each person can accomplish their individualized goals for health. With our unique Dental Fitness Programs Ama is able to guide patients to achieve dental goals. She finds that patients enjoy when she uses intraoral photograph at dental visits to help them understand their current dental health. Ama is proud to be a part of a dental team that stays current with technology as well as continuing education. She is looking forward to receiving her laser certification to better serve patients for treatment of cold sores, oral irritations, and periodontal pockets. Being certified in local anesthesia allows her to achieve optimal patient comfort. She finds it important to provide a positive experience in the dental chair and finds it rewarding when even the most fearful patients leave the patient at ease.
While away from office, she enjoys the time she shares with her husband and son. Ama especially enjoys being outside on a nice sunny day, preferably at the beach!
We believe that inside of each person there is a great potential to posses health.
We believe that each person can achieve the level of health they desire given the correct information, a keen awareness of their present health, a clear picture of the level of health that they desire, and a supportive environment. We strive to facilitate this process by co-creating a "Master Plan" for health with each individual we serve and by coaching them throughout their journey. We believe the ultimate reward lies in seeing the people we serve achieve a higher quality of life, and a greater sense of well being through their own actions and choices.
Our vision was to create a dental practice that is focused on wellness for each person we serve.
We seek first to listen to our patients and then understand their needs. With a great relationship, we can become great advocates for their journey towards dental health. We consider each person valuable and worthwhile, and we feel that optimal dental health is a key component to a person's overall spiritual, physical and psychological wellness. It is our vision that our dental practice actively participates in making our patients feel appreciated and happier for allowing us to be their care providers.