Meet Our Dental Staff in Wallingford, CT

Dr. McPhail, D.M.D. - Dentists in Wallingford, CT

Cynara C. McPhail, D.M.D.

Dr. Cynara McPhail graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts and then went on to dental school at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, Conn. She graduated in 1984 with a degree in Dental Medicine. After graduation, she completed a General Practice Dental Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. and has been practicing in Wallingford for over 30 years. Dr. McPhail is interested in all phases of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, veneers, implants and root canals. Dr. McPhail lives in Wallingford with her husband, Jon. Her daughter Sarah, 26, a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall (2010) and Bates College (2014) is presently teaching third grade at the Hoover Elementary School in Melrose, Massachusetts. Son, Daniel, 22, graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall as well (2014) and is presently a senior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, and a past President and current treasurer and member of the Meriden-Wallingford-Cheshire Dental Society. Dr. McPhail has been involved involved with the Wallingford Public Library, serving as President of the Library Board of Managers. She has also held several different offices for the Pond Hill Elementary School and Dag Hammarsjkold Middle School P.T.O., and the Choate Rosemary Hall Parents Fund Council. She is currently a volunteer for the Bates Welcome Committee and is a member of the University of Connecticut Health Center School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board. She enjoys reading, sewing, knitting, running, soccer, swimming, traveling and gardening. Dr. McPhail has always been involved with her children's activities and tries to attend most of their sporting events. She is an avid UConn basketball fan, enjoying both the women's and men's games.

Renee P. Rubenstein, D.M.D. - Dentists in Wallingford, CT

Renee P. Rubenstein, D.M.D.

Dr. Renee Rubenstein graduated from University of Delaware with a BA in Chemistry before attending University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, CT. After graduation in 2015, she spent a year in Boston, MA working as a general practice resident at Mass General Hospital. During this residency she spent a good deal of time working in the Oral Medicine Department as well as Head and Neck Cancer Center and General Dental Practice.
After spending time in Boston, she decided to move back to North Haven, CT where she was born and raised, and now currently resides. Renee has a particular passion for root canal therapy but is interested in cosmetic dentistry and surgery as well. Her other interests and hobbies include hiking, yoga, traveling, guitar, dogs, and musical theater. Renee has one older brother and is looking forward to starting a family of her own in the next few years. She is very excited about working in her home state and meeting and treating all the wonderful patients of Wallingford Dental Associates.

Marcelle - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


Marcelle has more than 39 years of experience in the dental field, formerly as a dental assistant, receptionist and practice administrator. She is currently our office manager and keeps the practice running smoothly with her bookkeeping and accounting knowledge.
Marcelle is married and has two sons, both recently married and two awesome daughters-in-law. She enjoys family time, traveling, cooking and spending time with her horse, Chloe.

Gail - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


I have been a part of Wallingford Dental Associates for 34 years. I help manage responsibilities at the Front Desk, which involves scheduling appointments, greeting patients, and processing insurance claims. I love my job and find it very gratifying. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband including walking on the “Rails to Trails”. I love to garden and enjoy reading and spending time with my 2 grandchildren. I am a dog lover and currently care for my elderly dog of almost 14 years!

Linda - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


I graduated from Stone School of Business in 1980 and went to work in the medical field as a patient care technician and phlebotomist for many years before coming to WDA, which I now consider my second home. I enjoy meeting and working with the public.

I moved to East Haven after purchasing my new home and married my best friend, Steven. I have three grown children, Sarah, Jessica, and Jacob and six beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time, I can usually be found doing some sort of home improvement project, gardening, or enjoying my grandchildren and family.

Danielle - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


I began my career as a Dental Hygienist with Wallingford Dental Associates after graduating from Lincoln College of New England in 2011. I love the environment in our dental office that affords me the opportunity to meet people, implement my clinical skills and ultimately help our patients better themselves.

I’ve been married for nearly 7 years and my husband and I have two small children; my daughter is three and my son is eight months. In my spare time I love to read, spend time outdoors with my family and refinish and restore old furniture. My family and I head to Maine every chance we can, and some of our favorite places are Bar Harbor and Aroostock County.


Gina - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


I grew up in Wallingford and graduated from Lyman Hall High School. I attended Briarwood College, successfully completing my certification in Dental Assisting. I then continued my studies at Tunxis Community College obtaining my Associates in Science Degree, becoming a Dental Hygienist.

I now live in Wolcott with Vinny and our three girls, Hannah (20), Hailey (17) and Alessia (14). In my spare time, I enjoy living on our lake, boating, gardening, cooking and spending time with my family.


Jenifer  - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


My name is Jenifer. This is not a typo, my name only has one n. I am married and have two sons but unfortunately no pets. I used to be an extremely active baseball mom but now that my boys are grown I enjoy my down time with long walks on our town’s linear trail, dinners with my husband, movies with my friends and my new fascination with puzzles.

I graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in Dental Hygiene after deciding to change careers when I was 33. I have been working here since July of 2006 and the years have gone quickly. I love working here and always enjoy the conversations I have with everyone who sits in my chair.

Kirsten - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


Kirsten graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Tunxis Community College. Before becoming a dental hygienist she worked as a Certified Dental Assistant for 3 years. She joined the team at WDA in July 2017. Her main priority, as a hygienist, is to provide quality care in a friendly and comfortable environment for all patients. Kirsten was born and raised in Connecticut and currently resides in Middletown with her fiancé. She is excited to be getting married in May of 2018! During her free time, she enjoys traveling (especially to the Caribbean), hiking, and spending time with family, friends, and her Doberman pup, Kaiser.

Pam  - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


My name is Pam. I have been one of the dental hygienists at Wallingford Dental for 29 years. I have 2 grown children. In my spare time I enjoy reading and gardening.

Daniela   - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


I’ve been with Wallingford Dental Associates for 19 years. I am certified in Radiation Health and Safety as well as Infection Control. Getting in the dental field has been the biggest change in my professional life; a change I never regretted in spite of many challenges and changes. I love most the interaction with our patients not just helping to keep their smiles healthy but also to share the moments of our lives – happy, sad, great and not so great, pictures, memories and achievements. I love to see kids grow into young adults and then bring into the office their own children, just like a family. In my free time I love walking, working in my little garden, knitting but most of all I love spending time with my grandchildren Victoria and Jacob.

Emilia  - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


Emilia was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States. In 2015, she graduated from Tunix Community College and passed all exams for a Certified Dental Assistant. Emilia joined Dr. McPhail’s practice in 2017. She loves working with people and performing the duties of a dental assistant. In her time away from the office, Emilia enjoys gardening and keeps busy with her husband and two young children.

Margaret  - Dentists in Wallingford, CT


My name is Margaret and I have been working at WDA for the past 7 years. I earned my Dental Assisting Degree from the Dental Career Institute in 2001 and am certified in Radiation Health and Safety as well as Infection Control.
I am originally from Poland immigrating to the United Sates in 1991. My family and I reside in Meriden along with our dog. When not at work, I enjoy outdoor activities, reading, exercising, and traveling to new places with my husband and three children. I am a very sociable, committed and compassionate employee. Others say I have a great sense of humor, which I believe our patients appreciate while interacting with me.