On Tuesday, April 14, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) recognized Dr. Joseph Picone, of Southington Family Dentistry, at the annual Dental Society of Greater Waterbury dinner with the Daniel F. Lynch Award. It was presented at the Country Club of Waterbury.
Picone received his bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from The University of Connecticut in 1984. He went on to receive his doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1988. At graduation, he was singled out by faculty Upon with the Academy of Periodontology Award for excelling in periodontics.
After graduation, Picone returned to his hometown of Southington to join the dental practice of Dr. Richard Simone, and in 1999 they moved to a new facility in Plantsville.
Dr Picone’s desire for dental excellence through quality education was recognized by his many achievements. He was conveyed the prestigious Fellowship Award in the Academy of General Dentistry and later its Mastership Award in 2009. In addition to being chairman of the CSDA, Council on Continuing Education since 2002, Dr. Picone has served in many capacities within the Association, including the dental trade and laboratory relations council (1989-1993) and the annual scientific sessions council, where he is still an active member.
He has served in many positions within the CSDA and has been a leader in the dental profession. He served as President of the Dental Society of Greater Southington. He has served as delegate to both the CSDA HOD and the ADA for several years. He has been very involved with Connecticut Mission of Mercy Program and serves on its Steering Committee and has served as a Restorative Chair for many years.
He is also Clinical Instructor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health at the University of Connecticut Dental School. In this capacity, he currently serves as a mentor to two dental students. In addition, he accompanied several third year UConn dental students on a mission trip to Paraguay in 2011 in which dental care was provided to the poor.
Most recently, Dr. Picone was named chair of the Academy of General Dentistry’s Annual Meetings Council. Additionally, he serves as a consultant to the Benecare Insurance Program.