Kaitlyn, Dental Hygienist

Kait, our dental hygienist, has been working in the dental field for over 2 years. She resides in her hometown, Salem, Connecticut, with her fiancé Rick, and their beloved pit bull, Remi! Formerly a dental assistant, Kait is well rounded in many facets of dentistry. She is someone who loves to laugh, and make her patients feel comfortable at their hygiene visits. She says “I love cleaning teeth of course, but most of all I want my patients to feel that they are getting more than just a cleaning out of their time with me. I strive to give them the tools and the knowledge they need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health! Making a difference in my patient’s lives and seeing their beautiful smiles is what I love about my job and what makes it so rewarding.” In her free time, Kait likes to go fishing, trips to the beach, arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends.

Keisha, Dental Assistant

Keisha grew up in Puerto Rico as a child then, moved to New Britain with her mom and brother. She graduated from New Britain High School in 2015 and, started a dental assisting program soon after. She obtained her dental assisting diploma in 2018 from American Institute in West Hartford.

While not in the office she enjoys making memories traveling around New England. She loves camping, swimming, and cooking Puerto Rican food for her family and friends.

Chelsey, Dental Assistant

Chelsey, our Dental Assistant was raised in Florida, but moved to CT after graduating high school. She started the Dental Assistant Program at American Institute in East Hartford, CT, and finished the program in 2015. She has been an assistant for 9 years. When not working, Chelsey loves to be with her daughter and her family.

Donna, Treatment Coordinator

Donna entered the dental field several years ago after a career in Information Technology at a large insurance company and then as a Practice Manager of a veterinary hospital. She has an M.B.A. in Business Management from the University of Connecticut. She resides in Moodus with her husband, Bob, and their two Australian Shepherds, two Great Bernese, and five cats. She has three grown children—twins: a daughter who just earned her doctorate in Psychology and is practicing at an eating disorder facility and a son who just earned his third Master's Degree in Sports Marketing (the other two Master's were in Performance and Conducting), and a daughter with her B.S. in Mathematics who is working in the pharmacy of two local hospitals. Besides spending time with her family, pets, and friends, Donna enjoys scrapbooking, card-making, and doing service projects.



Vijaya Canakala, DMD

Dr.  Canakala graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2006.  She worked in Private practice in Massachusetts for over nine years before she moved to Connecticut.

Dr. Canakala’s practice philosophy is to help restore and maintain good oral health for all her patients by providing excellent dental care in a gentle and compassionate way.  She strongly believes in continuing education and training, and she will continue to make it a top priority in her practice.  She gained extensive knowledge in not only general dentistry but expanded her skillset in aesthetic procedures and implant restorations in her practice.

Dr. Canakala is a member of American Dental Association (ADA), Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) and Middlesex County Dental Society.

In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mukesh (who is also a Dentist), their family and friends.  

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