Dr. Van Strait and his wife, Julia, are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest advancements in dentistry and have attended at least four national educational meetings every year for the past twenty-five years. Every day, they bring to work over thirty years’ experience plus a strong commitment to excellence. Their practice is a family business, and their patients are like an extended part of the family. The Straits’ commitment to patient education makes everyone an insider.
Dr. Strait is a life-long Connecticut resident. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut. Following graduate studies in bacteriology, he earned his D.D.S. degree at Temple University. Then, prior to setting up his practice in Connecticut, he served as Chief Periodontist and Preventative Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Strait’s History
Dr. Strait is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Federation Dentaire Internationale, a life member of the American Dental Association, a life member of the Connecticut State Dental Association, and past president of the Greenwich Dental Society. In addition he is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. From 2004 to 2010 he has been voted by the Consumer Research Council of America one of “America’s Top Dentists” and by his peers one of the “Best Dentists in America”.
Dr Strait says:
The reason we decided to practice dentistry in Wilton and Bethel, Connecticut, is because we love the area and the people of Fairfield County – not only Wilton and Bethel, but Ridgefield, New Canaan, Weston, Redding, Redding Ridge, Georgetown, Westport, Newtown and Stepney. The area is so very much like the childhood town where I grew up. Also, by having two practices, we can offer more hours, better after-hours care, and more diverse services.
Family and Activities
Dr. Van Strait has been very active in the community and in helping those in need, volunteering for the American Cancer Society and the United Way, and serving as Deacon of the First Congregational Church. He and his family enjoy gardening, travel, hiking, fishing, tennis, and sailing. As a family, they have sailed throughout the Long Island Sound and around Block Island, Newport RI, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Julia Strait has been an avid competitive dancer and was the US Ten Dance Champion. She is also an accomplished artist in several fields including sugar sculpture art; she had a show at the Greenwich Garden Center showcasing botanical plants and flowers created in sugar and cold porcelain. Most recently, she has been creating one-of-a-kind knitted and felted women’s handbags.
Dr. Strait’s son, Jonathan, is a successful actor and has been seen on CSI Miami, 24, Southland, The Forgotten, Mad Men, House MD, Las Vegas, CSI New York, and more.
His daughter, Tiffany, is a professional photographer and is currently studying to become a dental hygienist.