Dr. Melissa Blake is a board certified pediatric dentist, specializing in dental care for infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients. She attended Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Studio Arts in 2011. Following college she attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she obtained her Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 2015. During her time in training Dr. Blake realized her true calling was in caring for the needs of children. She subsequently attended a specialty training program and obtained her certificate in Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry in 2017 at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. Since then she has enjoyed making the rewarding field of pediatric dentistry her life’s work. She states “The most rewarding moment of my day is when an anxious child puts their trust in me that everything will be okay.”
Dr. Blake obtained her board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentists (ABPD) in 2018. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) and the American Dental Association. During her training in dental school she received multiple awards for her dedication to clinical research. In 2013 she was awarded the Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Research award for a clinical study she conducted with Colgate-Palmolive Company, and in 2017 she received the Leo & Mickey Sreebny Research Award for her study on the use of audiovisual media in the behavior management of pediatric dental patients. Since residency Dr. Blake has also received additional training in the use of pediatric zirconia crowns to offer more esthetic options for families.
Outside of work Dr. Blake, her husband, and son Daniel, enjoy discovering new restaurants, cooking, hiking, and spending quality time with family. They own a Keeshond named “Aria” who they hope will make a wonderful therapy dog one day.