Our Dental Team
Meet our amazing dentists here at Blue Back Dental. Together our four dentists offer top quality care for all of our patients. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.
Theodore K. Wu, DMD, MAGD
Dr. Wu, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, received his Bachelors degree at the University of California at San Diego and his Dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at UCONN Health Center, during which time he grew fond of West Hartford.
Dr. Wu has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, New England Mastertrack Study Club, Farmington Valley Study Club, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His professional interests emphasize Cosmetic, Family, Implant dentistry and Adult Orthodontics. Dr. Wu received his Masters status with the Academy of General Dentistry in June 2015, awarded to less than 1% of all dentists. Additionally, Dr. Wu is honored to be selected as a leading provider for Six Month Smiles, designated to highly experienced dentists who represent Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Orthodontics. Dr. Wu and his wife Noyem have three boys, Andy, David and Sammy. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Wu enjoys coaching youth ice hockey and skiing.
Elizabeth Dolan Holzhauer, DMD
Dr. Holzhauer grew up in Wethersfield, CT where she graduated as salutatorian from Wethersfield High School. She went on to graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and was inducted into the OKU National Dental Honor Society.
During dental school Dr. Holzhauer received many awards and scholarships for academic and clinical excellence including the Dr. Sidney Rafal Memorial Scholarship, UConn Alumni Scholarship Award, Dental Dean Merit Scholar Award, and Opinsky Scholarship Award. Upon graduation she was the recipient of the Academy of General Dentistry Award for Excellence in General Dentistry. After graduating from dental school she furthered her dental education by completing a General Practice Residency at Hartford Hospital. She received the Dr. Dick D'Alessandro Award for clinical and professional excellence upon completion of her residency.
Dr. Holzhauer has been voted a Top Dentist in CT Magazine every year since 2015. Dr. Holzhauer is interested in all aspects of patient care and is committed to continuing her education throughout her career. She has become a certified Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider since joining Blue Back Dental. Dr. Holzhauer is a member of the ADA, CSDA, Hartford Dental Society and Academy of General Dentistry.
She currently resides in Farmington with her husband, Dr. Tim Holzhauer, son Everett, and their two rescue dogs, Brady and Levi.
Timothy Holzhauer, DMD
Dr. Timothy Holzhauer is a native of Newington, CT. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Connecticut and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Holzhauer completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Dr. Holzhauer has been voted a Top Dentist in CT Magazine every year since 2015. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has trained extensively in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders including obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. He is also a certified Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider. He is an active member in the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. He is dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients and is working towards attaining his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry through extensive continuing education.
Dr. Holzhauer enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Dr. Liz Holzhauer, son Everett, and their two rescue dogs. Look for him playing guitar in his rock cover band, Man Hands!
Steven L. Meltzer, DMD, Periodontist
Dr. Meltzer attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 1970-1974. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity. He received his DMD Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, (located in Farmington) in 1978. Dr. Meltzer attended a residency in Periodontics from 1978-1980 at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where he received his certification in Periodontology. He served as Chief Resident from 1979-1980.
In private practice since 1980, Dr. Meltzer continues to attend dental education courses given by the American Academy of Periodontology in all phases of periodontal and implant treatment. Dr. Meltzer has attended courses and is certified in the Straumann ITI, Nobel Biocare, and 3I implant systems. He has also attended courses in advanced bone regeneration techniques.
Dr. Meltzer is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, the Hartford Dental Society, and the Connecticut Society of Periodontists. Dr. Meltzer lives in Farmington with his wife Susan. He has three children. His daughter Sari has studied computer science and works in Atlanta. His son Patrick and daughter Kristina work in business related fields.
For the past twenty years Dr. Meltzer has been an active member of the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards, State of Connecticut. He presently holds the rank of Major. When not relaxing with his wife and yellow lab, he can be found riding horses through the trails of Avon.
Edward V. Molyneaux, DMD (Retired)
Dr. Molyneaux is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School. He spent three years as a dentist in the US Navy, before starting a dental practice in West Hartford in 1981.
Dr. Molyneaux is a member of the ADA, CSDA, Hartford Dental Society and
Academy of General Dentistry and he continues to attend many dental seminars to stay current on the newest and latest techniques. Dr. Molyneaux lives in West Hartford with his wife Barbara, a teacher for the West Hartford school system, and their four children.
Our Hygiene Team takes care of you during each visit!
Michele, Lead Hygienist
Michele graduated from Westbrook College in Maine in 1989 with a Hygiene Degree. She is married and has four children. Michele continues to further her education focusing on new periodontal products and techniques. She also is performing the new ZoomII in-office whitening procedure that is now being offered in our office. Michele would be happy to assist you with any clinical questions you may have!
Courtney, Dental Hygienist
Courtney earned her Dental Hygiene Degree from Tunxis Community College in 2008. She is very happy to be a member of the Blue Back Dental, as a hygienist and as a part time patient coordinator.
She enjoys staying current with all subjects related to dental hygiene by attending continuing education classes. Courtney is excited about educating patients regarding their oral health utilizing the technology available at Blue Back Dental. She does her very best to make patients feel at ease and to assist them in achieving optimal oral health.
Jenn, Dental Hygienist
Jenn graduated from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of
Bridgeport in May of 2013 with a Bachelors of Science degree. She was awarded the Colgate star award which acknowledges students who have shown excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession. She is certified in delivering local anesthesia. Her daily goal is to provide optimal and compassionate care for all her patients.
Prior to becoming a dental hygienist Jenn was a dental assistant for nine years where her passion for the dental field began. She is happy to be a part of such a dedicated and committed team here at Blue Back Dental. Jenn currently resides in Naugatuck, with her husband Steven, son Nolan, and their two cats, Bella and Charlie.
Casey, Dental Hygienist
Casey earned her BS from the University of Bridgeport in the spring of 2011. While in school, she developed a deepening passion towards providing people with the highest quality of care. She would love to answer any of your questions to help you reach complete oral health. Her motivation in healthcare inspired her to pursue her MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management.
Upon graduation she was awarded the Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award. Additionally, she has over 10 years of dental experience and is knowledgeable in most areas of dentistry. Casey currently resides in Southbury with her husband Jack, daughter Carmen, niece Vinnie, and their Yorkie, Opal.
Rachel, Dental Hygienist
Rachel Graduated with honors from Tunxis Community College with a degree in dental hygiene. While in school Rachel maintained Dean’s list, volunteered for Mission of Mercy and received certification for local anesthesia administration. She is happy to provide through yet gentile care while educating patients with the most up to date information available.
Before her dental hygiene career, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from New Jersey Rider University in 2006. She worked as a sales representative and a dance instructor. A native of Glastonbury, she currently lives in West Hartford with her boyfriend, Damien, and their dog, Atreyu. Outside of Dental Hygiene, Rachel enjoys dance, trivia, social sports and animals.
Dental Assistant Team
Our Dental Assistants assist our Hygienists and Doctors with patient care. They are an integral part of our office.
Kelsey, Dental Assistant
Kelsey is a graduate of Porter and Chester Institute. She started off interning at an Orthodontic Office in Rocky Hill where she found her love for the dental field. Thanks to Kelsey’s three years of experience in Orthodontics, you can feel free to ask her any and all questions you have about orthodontic treatment. Kelsey’s continued desire to excel and grow in the Dental field is what makes her a perfect fit for our team. During Kelsey’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being outside, going on hikes or just relaxing by the water.
Anya, Dental Assistant
Anya is a graduate of Windham Technical Dental Assisting Program. She began temping at several different dental offices before working at Blue Back Dental. She's aspiring to further her education in the dental field. One of the things Anya enjoys is successfully providing her patients obtain a perfect and healthy smile. She could not imagine working at a better dental practice and is thankful to be working with such a caring dental group. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, tennis and swimming with her close friends!
Donna, Dental Assistant
When not devoting her time to her family and friends, Donna has spent over twenty years in dental offices throughout the region. Her twenty plus years in the industry has allowed her to become proficient in all aspects of dentistry, including orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Always looking to continue her education, Donna regularly attends professional development seminars. She prides herself in patient care and comfort.
Donna is new to the Blue Back Dental team and enjoys working in a modern office that allows her to use all her dental skills.
Donna is married and the mother of two teenage children. She enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling. Her favorite destination is Lake Winnepausakee in New Hampshire.
Danielle, Dental Assistant
Danielle is a new addition to the Blue Back Dental team. She brings 15 years of dental assisting experience to our office. Danielle began working in the dental field as an administrative assistant and loved it whenever she was given the opportunity to lend a hand in the clinical area. She attended Teamwork Allied Health Academy in Salem, CT and became certified in order to work fully as a clinical assistant.
Her favorite part of her job is patient care and helping them to be as comfortable as possible during their visit. She is always happy to answer any questions, hold your hand, or get you a pillow; whatever can make your visit a positive experience! Danielle is proficient and enjoys assisting in all aspects of dentistry such as endodontics, oral surgery, restorative procedures, implants, and orthodontics.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys yoga, gardening, hiking with her two dogs, and going to the beach. She is a huge dog lover!
Yazmin, Dental Assistant
Yazmin graduated from Porter and Chester Institute with a 4.0 GPA. She learned that she loved the surgical aspect of dentistry during her internships. With six years of experience, Yazmin can answer all of your questions and concerns. Yazmin's friendly attitude and smiling face is sure to put you at ease during your surgical procedures. She enjoys cooking, taking pictures, and spending time with her two daughters and her teacup Chihuahua.
Our Administrative Team helps with insurance, finance and other questions. They can also answer general questions and help schedule appointments.
Kirsten, Practice Manager
Kirsten has more than twenty years in the dental field. Starting with assisting to treatment planner to Practice Administrator. Kirsten is the founder and president of Connecticut Practice Manager Solutions, an office manager study group. She is a member of the CSDA Continuing Education committee. Retaining a certification in Medical and Dental Billing and continued studies through the American Association of Office Managers, AADOM, keeps her up to date on the newest techniques to help better serve Blue Back Dental Patients.
Kirsten is married and has two children, Nina and Joseph. In her free time she enjoys spending time running various races with her husband, attending soccer games for her son and dance recitals with her daughter.
Cindy, Patient Coordinator
Cindy has brought to our practice her 25 years’ experience in Dental
Administration. With her experience and knowledge, she is always
happy to assist you with any treatment planning, scheduling or insurance
Cindy had served honorably in the U. S. Army, where she met
her husband, and now has two children. In her spare time, she
trains in martial arts, enjoys competing and is looking forward
to achieving her black belt!
Jennifer, Patient Coordinator
Jennifer joins our practice with over ten years of dental front office experience, with a vast knowledge of dental billing, insurance and account management. Jennifer will be happy to assist you with your insurance plans, scheduling and financial questions.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her loving husband, family and her boxador puppy Kensi. She enjoys training for local road races, hiking and traveling.
Julie, Patient Coordinator
Julie is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and has been working in the dental field for over 15 years. Some of the best parts of her days are helping you at the front desk and getting to know you. In her spare time she is a professional violinist and Celtic fiddler. She also enjoys dancing, hiking, biking, rafting, wonderful friendships, and the love of her Tibetan Spaniel.
Tracey, Patient Coordinator
Tracey is a graduate of Porter and Chester Institute where she finished with a 4.0 grade point average. What she loves most about dental assisting is being able to help people every day and make them as happy as they can be during their visit. Since Tracey has completed Six Month Smiles®, she is more than happy to assist you with any questions about orthodontics and cosmetic braces! In her spare time, Tracey enjoys spending time with her family, husband and friends. She also enjoys photography and cooking.