Dr. Joseph A. Walz
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Dr. Joseph Walz earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He graduated from the University with a 3.92 cumulative GPA. Dr. Walz then continued his education and attended the University of Connecticut of Dental Medicine from 1998-2001. He was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award, the Merit Award in Esthetic Dentistry and the Olmstead Prize in Geriatrics. In 2013 Dr. Walz completed his Implantology Fellowship with the Misch International Implant Institute. He feels privileged to have studied both surgical and prosthetic disciplines of implant therapy under the late, world-renowned Dr. Carl E. Misch.
Dr. Walz is an active member of the following organizations:
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Massachusetts Dental Society
- Valley District Dental Society
Dr. Walz proceeds to further his education with the country’s leading dental education centers. He has studied at the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Education, the Pikos Institute, and Dr. Allen’s Center for Advanced Dental Education. He continues to take courses in implant esthetics, implant dentistry, endodontics, and CEREC dentistry. Dr. Walz would be honored to personalize a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and desires. He is dedicated to making a plan that will ensure a beautiful smile and quality dental health for a lifetime. Dr. Walz does not think of dentistry as his occupation, but rather his passion.
Dr. Walz opened Dental Studio Associates in 2004. When not in the office, he and his wife Kristy, along with their two children Joseph and Alexandra reside in Southwick. On the weekends he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, fishing, working on home projects, cycling and running. Dr. Walz has completed three full distance Ironman triathlons.
Dr. Stephanie Plonski
Dr. Stephanie Plonski graduated summa cum laude from Springfield College with a degree in biology and minor in chemistry. She attended dental school at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where she graduated in 2014. She then completed a 1-year general practice residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT where she received advanced training in dental surgery, restorative work, and treating medically compromised patients.
Dr. Plonski provides care in all aspects of general dentistry, with a primary focus on esthetic composites, fixed crown and bridgework. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentists, American Dental Association, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. Plonski is currently studying advanced continuing education in esthetics, implant placement, and endodontic therapy. She has completed courses and certifications in Invisalign treatment and treatment of occlusal disease and dysfunction at the Dawson Academy. Her primary concern is to provide quality care while easing patient anxieties in a comfortable and relaxed setting. When not in the office Dr. Plonski enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family.
Dr. Carly Walz
Dr. Carly Walz earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Westfield State University with a cumulative GPA of 3.99. She continued to advance her education at The University of New England College of Dental Medicine to achieve her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry. During her studies and clinical training, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. This prestigious award recognizes leadership, clinical excellence, and high ethical standards amongst the top students in the class. Dr. Walz was also awarded for excellence in Periodontics.
Dr. Carly Walz is an active member of the Massachusetts Dental Society and American Dental Association. She provides a wide array of care to both children and adults. During her free time, Dr. Walz enjoys, cooking, traveling, as well as spending time with her family.