Hillary Mendillo, D.D.S. General Dentist
Dr. Hillary A. Mendillo was born and raised in Branford, Connecticut. She attended Branford public schools, graduating from Branford High School in 1998. Dr. Mendillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. After college, she worked for Sea Education Association as a shipboard engineer and educator for several years, sailing to such places as Tahiti, Hawaii, and throughout the Caribbean. Growing up immersed in the dental field, with a dentist father and a hygienist mother, Dr. Mendillo couldn’t help but notice the disparity in oral health while traveling to these island nations. The desire to help people access and achieve better oral health was her inspiration to pursue the field of dentistry.
Dr. Mendillo attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in May of 2012. She returned to Branford soon after and joined her father in his practice.
Professional Affiliations and Outreach
While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Mendillo was active in the Student Council and was a member of the American Student Dental Association. She participated in numerous community outreach programs, such as Give Kids a Smile and Student Council-sponsored Dental Health Day.
Since returning to Branford, Dr. Mendillo has maintained her passion and commitment to helping underserved populations. She has been active at both the local level and globally, participating in various dental outreach missions in Connecticut as well as in Haiti, Jamaica, Cambodia, and South Africa. She is unsure where she will take her compassionate care and skilled hands to next…
Dr. Mendillo is a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Shoreline Dental Society.
Hobbies and Interests
As a lifelong avid boater, Dr. Mendillo has become an active member of the Branford Yacht Club. She has run their annual Take A Vet Fishing event since 2016, where she pairs local boaters with over 100 veterans for a day of on the water fishing, sailing, or cruising. Dr. Mendillo has sailed competitively, cruised recreationally, and is always looking forward to more adventures at sea!
In her free time, Dr. Mendillo enjoys playing outside! When she is not in the office, it’s a safe bet that she’s in New Hampshire doing all the outdoor fun stuff with her guy, Ben. Stand-up paddle-boarding and downhill skiing are her two favorite activities, but if you were to ask her dog Leo, he’d vote for hiking or mountain biking. Dr. Mendillo has a passion for seeing live music and is always open to new band suggestions.
Dr. Mendillo is thrilled to have joined forces with CIDC! She is excited to be part of a larger team of dental professionals and work in a collaborative and high-tech environment, delivering the highest level of care for her patients. Merging her practice with CIDC has reignited her passion for dentistry!