About Us

Dentistry Bridgeport

Our office is a state-of-the-art facility offering all facets of family dental care including cosmetic & implant dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, and non-surgical gum therapy. We take exceptional pride in making patients of all ages feel comfortable while offering only the newest in dental procedures and materials. Our office is handicap accessible to meet special needs patients.

We are committed to helping eliminate dental disease in Connecticut. Our staff takes the time to educate patients, their families, and the community on the importance of good oral health and its relationship to the health of the entire body. Our office is handicap accessible to meet special needs patients.

Our History

DeJesus Dental Group opened in June 1995. Dr. DeJesus had been practicing in New York City prior to opening his own office in Connecticut. Practicing dentistry three days a week, the doctor also continued teaching at St. Barnabas Hospital in NYC. As the practice grew, he found less time to teach as the demand for his time increased here in Connecticut.

Initially, the practice was small (1200 sq. ft); it had two chairs and one assistant at its inception. Growing steadily, the office now employs over 25 people working in over 5,000 sq. ft. of space. Dr. DeJesus attributes this success to his staff's dedication to quality care and the fact that the office treats all patients as family.

Dr. DeJesus has set very high standards in the practice. He has accumulated over 1300 of hours of continuing education and demands the same commitment to the profession from his staff members. Staff members are routinely sent to different continuing education seminars around the country to stay abreast of the ever-changing modalities of the wonderful art and science of dentistry.

Phillip J. DeJesus D.D.S., FAGD, FICOI (General + Implant Dentistry)

Dr. DeJesus graduated from Fordham University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 1992 he graduated from S.U.N.Y StonyBrook School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He was accepted to one of the most demanding general practice residency programs in the United States, at St. Barnabas Hospital, in NYC. He spent 2 years as a resident, the second of which was as Chief Resident of the entire program in 1994. The program was very surgically oriented. He remained on staff as an instructor for many years following his residency.

Dr. DeJesus has over 1300 hours of continuing education in all phases of dentistry, including implants and cosmetic dentistry. He received his fellowship award from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in June of 2005. He is also a pre-fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Bridgeport Dental Association. He received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held in Nashville, Tenn. The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession.

Dr. DeJesus is also very active in the community. He serves as a board member for a local little league and currently manages and coaches several boys’ baseball and basketball teams. He is certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance and thoroughly enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his wife and four children. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Dr. DeJesus is also committed to community philanthropy. In his practice, he offers an annual free day of children’s dental care. He also provides free athletic mouth guards for athletes in select local little leagues and high schools. He also lectures regularly at various schools on sports related dental injuries and the subject of healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Dr. DeJesus is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish

Pericles Rountos D.M.D. (General Dentisty)

A compassionate dentist who strives to help his patients look and feel better, Dr. Pericles Rountos was born and raised in Bridgeport and Trumbull areas of Connecticut. Graduating from Trumbull High School, the University of Connecticut, and the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine, Dr. Rountos was always at the top of his class. He even spent time studying abroad at the University of Athens, Greece. Having completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. Rountos has done extensive volunteer and community work in Hartford, CT, Harlem, NY and on a dental mission in Peru.

He also spent time working in the New York area for several years, serving as attending Dentist for Metropolitan Hospital and working in both private offices as well as a non-profit clinic, where he served as Assistant Director. A married man with a younger daughter and son, Dr. Rountos enjoys traveling, fishing, running, and spending time with his family. Knowledgeable of several languages, the doctor is fluent in both Greek and Spanish.

Peter Yelizar D.D.S. (General Dentistry)

Dr. Peter Yelizar joined the practice as our latest associate in July of 2013. He graduated Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts.  After graduating college in only three years, he took a year off to travel and further enjoy his passion for photography and capturing beautiful smiles. Dr. Yelizar earned his Doctor in Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry. He then pursued an advanced general dentistry residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was able to combine his love for science, art, and altruism to create the beautiful smiles he once captured in his photos.  
 
Dr. Yelizar is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry.  He enjoys taking continuing education courses to better himself as a health care provider and is committed to providing the highest quality care to his patients. His pleasant demeanor and great bedside manner puts patients at ease and makes children feel comfortable while enjoying their dental visits. Dr.Yelizar prides himself in providing the optimal care possible and leaving each patient with a great smile.
 
Outside of dentistry he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, his puppy Zane, reading, playing sports and traveling. 
 

John Rallo D.D.S. (Periodontics)

Dr. Rallo graduated from Amherst College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience & French. After several years in the Petrochemical Industry he attended New York University College of Dentistry where he graduated class valedictorian in 1987. The next three years were spent in Manhattan Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, both as a general practice and periodontal resident. Dr. Rallo served as chief resident in his third year and received his periodontal specialty certificate.

Dr. Rallo has been practicing periodontics in the Fairfield County area since 1990. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Connecticut State Dental Association Stamford Dental Society, Northeastern Society of Periodontitis and Connecticut Society of Periodontitis. Dr. Rallo resides in Easton with his two children. Having lived in Europe as a child, he is fluent in French.

Boris Arbitman D.D.S., C.A.G.S. (Orthodontist)

Dr. Boris Arbitman joined our practice in January 2009. Graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, he attended NYU college of Dentistry and completed his General Practice Residency at L.I. College Hospital. Afterwards, Dr. Arbitman was named Chief Resident of St. Barnabas Hospital. He received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate studies in Orthodontics at Jacksonville University. Skilled in dentistry and conscientious when it comes to all of his patients’ needs. Dr. Arbitman is always staying up-to-date on the latest advancements in the field of orthodontics. We’re proud to have him on our team.

Maria Karayiannis D.M.D (Orthodontist)

Dr. Maria Karayiannis graduated from McGill University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D). She furthered her dental education at Stony Brook University. She received her certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (A.E.G.D). She also went on to complete her postgraduate certificate in Orthodontics at Stony Brook as well.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the America Association of Orthodontics and the Northeast Society of Orthodontics. Dr. Karayiannis is fluent in French and in Greek. Dr. Karayiannis is now living with her husband and her two children in Trumbull, CT.

Our Staff

Our Staff takes exceptional pride in our ability to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed, even those most fearful of the dentist. Our goal is to provide a friendly, positive attitude to our patients, their families and the entire community regarding dental health and treatment.

Dental Assisting Team
From left to right: Joami Mojica, Abraham Alegre, & Claudia Martinez
 
Administrative Team
From left to right: Vilma Rivera, Lucy Pires & Maria Matos, Office Manager
 
 
Dental Hygiene Team
From left to right: Samantha Lafond R.D.H, B.S, Melanie Miranda R.D.H, B.S, Anthony Moran R.D.H
 

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DeJesus Dental Group
Bridgeport Office
4131 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Phone: (203) 372-1220

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