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 Connecticut Magazine every year since 2015 as well as a Top Dentist in Hartford Magazine in 2019. Dr. Holzhauer is interested in all aspects of patient care with a focus on preventative and cosmetic dentistry. She has dedicated herself to educating her patients on their oral condition and preventative measures to improve their oral health. Dr. Holzhauer has committed to continuing her education throughout her career. She is an active member in multiple local professional study clubs, pursues advanced training through SPEAR education annually, and has trained extensively with Invisalign. She is a certified Healthy Start provider dedicated to helping her pediatric patients sleep and breathe better. Dr. Holzhauer is also a member of the clinical faculty at UConn School of Dental Medicine serving as a mentor for dental students. Dr. Holzhauer is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Clear Aligners and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
She currently resides in Farmington with her husband, Dr. Tim Holzhauer, and their two sons Everett and Beau.
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 Connecticut Magazine every year since 2015. He believes in the importance of continuing education and strives to continually improve his expertise. He has extensive training with SPEAR education, Invisalign, and Sleep Apnea. He is also a certified Healthy Start provider and is dedicated to helping his pediatric patients sleep and breathe better. Dr. Holzhauer is a member of the clinical faculty at UConn School of Dental Medicine serving as a mentor for dental students. He is a member in the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Clear Aligners, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Holzhauer is dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients.
Dr. Holzhauer enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Dr. Liz Holzhauer, and their boys Everett and Beau. 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.
Wendy Austin, DMD
Dr. Austin grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended college at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Following college, she spent two years doing vaccine research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston before pursing dentistry.
Dr. Austin graduated cum laude with her dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. After dental school, Dr. Austin continued her education by completing a general practice residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Austin is a firm believer in educating her patients on their oral health and encourages an open dialogue about their dental care. She enjoys practicing as a general dentist where she can build lasting relationships with her patients.
Dr. Austin is an active member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, and Hartford Dental Society. She is also Invisalign certified.
Out of the office, Dr. Austin is a patchwork quilter and a voracious reader. She resides in West Hartford where you will find her walking the neighborhood with her husband Matt, son Elliot, and their Pembroke Welsh corgi Zoey.
Our Hygiene Team takes care of you during each visit!
Michele, Lead Hygienist
Michele earned her Dental Hygiene degree from Westbrook College in Portland, Maine in 1989. Michele has been with the practice for 27 years. Along with being certified in local anesthesia, Michele continues to further her education by focusing on new periodontal products and techniques for her patients’ optimal health. While Michele has many patients that she has been seeing for many years, she always enjoys meeting new ones.
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 9 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, sons Nolan and Blake, and their cat Bella.
Lucy, Dental Hygienist
Lucy graduated from the Lincoln College of New England’s Dental Hygiene Program in 2012 and joined Blue Back Dental’s Hygiene Team in 2017. Along with being certified in local anesthesia administration, she frequently attends a variety of continuing education courses to stay current on the latest developments in the dental world.
She is proud to be associated with the high quality of care provided at Blue Back Dental, and loves seeing people who can’t stop smiling after reaching their dental care goals.
Lucy is married and has two boys, Fation and Rion. She enjoys the beach, hiking, going for rides, and being close to family, and she also has a fine art degree and loves to paint in her spare time.
Rachel, Dental Hygienist
Rachel earned her BS from University of New Haven in Spring 2015, and her MS in Healthcare Administration in December 2017. She is active in the dental hygiene community as secretary for the American Dental Hygienist's Association in Connecticut, as well as working as an adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven, having taught dental radiology, clinical concepts, and taking students to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona for their externships. Rachel loves being a dental hygienist at Blue Back Dental and being able to educate her patients to help them have the best oral hygiene they can! In Rachel's free time she loves the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and gardening.
Ruth, Dental Hygienist
Ruth graduated from the Tunxis Community College Dental Hygiene Program in 2019 where she was an active member of the Student Dental Hygienists Association and Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society. She enjoys connecting with and learning from her peers through continued involvement in the American Dental Hygienists Association's Connecticut chapter. Ruth also holds a certification in local anesthesia administration.
Dental hygiene has been a fascinating and rewarding career change where Ruth enjoys helping patients look and feel their best while assisting in whole body as well as oral health.
Ruth enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and cat, Lynel.
Julia, Dental Hygienist
Julia is excited to be a dental hygienist at Blue Back Dental because the team works together to provide the best care for our patients. Julia has been a dental hygienist for 13 years and is currently working as an adjunct faculty at Tunxis Community College and Goodwin University as a clinical instructor.
She has also taught various classes, including local anesthesia and oral pathology. She takes continuing education classes to stay on top of the newest research in the dental field.
Julia earned her Dental Hygiene degree from Tunxis Community College before receiving her BS from the University of Connecticut in Spring 2010. She then received a MS in Health Sciences in November 2018.
In Julia’s spare time she loves hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends, including her three children, Lillian, Leah, and Brady.
Dental Assistant Team
Our Dental Assistants assist our Hygienists and Doctors with patient care. They are an integral part of our office.
Kelsey, Lead 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 6 years of experience in the dental field, you can feel free to ask her any and all questions you have about your treatment.
Kelsey has continued to excel and grow within the dental field and our practice. That has led her to become our Lead Assistant. You will not only find Kelsey assisting, she is also part of our front desk team!
During Kelsey’s free time she loves spending time with her family. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes and relaxing by the water.
Donna, Dental Assistant
Donna has spent over 25 years in dental offices throughout the region. In her 25 years in the industry Donna has 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 has been a part of the Blue Back Dental team for 3 years now and enjoys working in a modern office that has allowed her to use all her dental skills.
Donna is a hardworking mother of two teenage children. She enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling. Her favorite destination is Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Bridget, Dental Assistant
Bridget has been happily assisting in the dental field for 4 years. She enjoys assisting Dr. Meltzer, our periodontist, with in depth periodontal procedures. Bridget takes pride in ensuring each patient feels comfortable and at ease and often hears patients say that their dental phobias are a thing of the past since coming to Blue Back Dental.
Bridge has 2 rescue dogs, Bane and Marli, and she loves to take them on hikes all over Connecticut in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Cece, Dental Assistant
Cece is a graduate of American Institute class of 2015. She is a CDA and has been assisting for 5 years now. Cece loves helping patients learn more about oral health. She likes to travel and spend time with loved ones.
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 25 years in the dental field, starting with Dental Assistant before moving to Financial Coordinator and now Practice Administrator. Kirsten is the founder and former president of Connecticut Practice Manager Solutions, an office manager study group. She is also a member of the CSDA continuing education committee.
Kirsten has earned a certification in medical and dental billing and her fellowship through AADOM, the American Association of Office Managers. Her continued studies enable Kirsten to keep the practice informed on the latest industry trends.
Kirsten is married and has two children, Nina and Joseph. She enjoys spending time at the shore with her family and running road races in her free time.
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 10 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, and going on adventures with their daughter Aileen, and family dog, 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, Dental Assistant, CDA, 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 addition to being a certified dental assistant, she works with our front desk team where she can help answer some of your clinical questions.
Tracey is married and has a daughter. She enjoys photography, cooking, and traveling to Disney with her family.
Ashley, Patient Coordinator
Ashley is a graduate of Rhode Island College. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as a minor in Sociology.
Ashley makes sure each patient feels comfortable and welcomed by greeting them with a bright smile as they walk in the office.
She is very adventurous and loves exploring the outdoors, as well as learning new things. In Ashley’s free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, as well as going to the gym.
Emily, Patient Coordinator
Emily graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a B.A. in the History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health. She has been involved in various craniofacial non-profit organizations, including Operation Smile and Smile Train.
She hopes to use her own experiences as a patient with cleft lip and palate to inspire others who undergo similar dental journeys. She has clinical experience as an assistant to oral surgery and has done extensive archival research on the history and development of orthodontics.
In her spare time, Emily loves to binge watch Gilmore Girls, plan her next Disney vacation, and sing with her collegiate a cappella group, Something Extra.
Shannon, Patient Coordinator
Shannon is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a long term passion for dentistry. She will start school for dental hygiene in the fall of 2021. Shannon is happy to assist patients with appointments for their dental care.
Shannon has two dogs, Archie and Kodak, who keep her active when she’s not at Blue Back Dental. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, longboarding, and skiing.
Laritza, Patient Coordinator
Originally from Cuba and raised in Connecticut, Laritza was a military spouse moving around the country. During that time, she earned a dental assistant certification in 2018. After her husband separated from the military they moved back to Connecticut where she has been working in the dental field for the past 2 years. Outside of work, she has two kids that keep her busy most of the day. She likes to spend her time doing family activities like hiking, playing board games, and watching movies.
Kim, Patient Coordinator
Kim is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has over 3 years of experience in dentistry with treatment, dental insurance, and financial coordination. Kim loves being a mom to her little one, Brayden. You can almost always catch her with her nose in a book, following new music, or spending time with loved ones.