Meet Our Team
Stony Brook Dental Group is a multi-specialty practice offering you a full range of dental services including preventative care, maintenance, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, teeth whitening, periodontal surgery and dental implants.
Insight, experience and dedication to the highest quality of patient care are the hallmarks of our multi-specialty dental team. Our focus is on cosmetic dentistry services, such as dental implants and dental veneers, but we also offer general dentistry and orthodontics. Our general dentists and specialists have received their training from many of the nation’s prestigious educational and dental institutions. It’s our doctors’ skilled combination of art and science that has made Stony Brook Dental Group one of New York’s most respected cosmetic dental practices. As a group dental practice, we offer everything from preventive care and general dentistry to sophisticated dental reconstructions.
Meet the Dentists
Ronald Wender, DDS
Dr. Wender is most proud of the Stony Brook Dental Group as he has witnessed its growth into one of the leading dental practices on Long Island. The strong and lasting relationships with both the family of patients and staff has created a strong sense of a special community. His passion for dentistry continues to grow along with the many lives he has touched.
“It is truly rewarding to have the trust and confidence of our patients who allow me the privilege of making smiles. I really care about all of our patients and appreciate their loyalty and trust.”
Dr. Wender graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry and then completed a General Practice Residency at Florida State Hospital. He moved to Long Island and opened a solo practice in 1971.
In 1980 he joined the Staff of the State University of New York at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In 2008 he was promoted to an Associate Professor. He has taught Behavior Interactions and then in 1989 became the course director and primary lecturer for Practice Management. In 2003 Dr. Wender became the Executive Director for Continuing Dental Education. He has also served on the Admissions Committee for four years. Through his personal experiences as a practicing dentist and faculty member he has motivated hundreds of students with his passion for dentistry.
Community service is an important aspect of his life and he has tried to instill that obligation in his own family. Serving as a volunteer firefighter for 14 years “was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” In addition to fire service Dr. Wender attained status as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He was appointed as a Suffolk County Medical Director for the EMS Program as he went on to teach the EMT certification program. In 1978 he completed his training at Mather Hospital in the initial A-EMT (paramedic) class in Suffolk County. In 1985 he ran and was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners in the Setauket Fire District and served to 1989.
Dr. Wender and his wife Joy maintain certification with the American Heart Association as instructors and continue to certify groups in basic life support and the use of the defibrillator. To date they certified well over 500 students as well as prepared dental offices in how to respond and manage medical emergencies.
Dr. Wender has always been involved with Organized Dentistry and is a lifetime member of both the American Dental Association as well as the New York State Dental Association. He served as President of the Northern Brookhaven Dental Study Group in 1977, which later became part of the Suffolk County Dental Society of which he is still a member. He has presented lectures to numerous study groups as well as presented at the American Dental Associations’ annual meetings. In 1979 he published the first article on protocols for EMT’s that involved dental injuries; it appeared in the Emergency Medical Service Journal which is now been incorporated into EMS textbooks. Dr. Wender is also a member of OKU, an honorary national dental fraternity.
He enjoys spending time with his family, including 14 grandchildren, boating, hiking, jogging, attending Stony Brook sporting events, and creating movies and shoots as a video editor.
Joseph LaCarrubba, DDS
Dr. Joseph LaCarrubba is an esteemed graduate of Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. Upon receiving his DDS degree in 1996, he received numerous awards from prestigious academies. Dr. LaCarrubba graduated top of his class and is a member of the elite, invitation only fraternity, Omicron Kappa Upsilon which recognizes scholastic excellence and a knowledge and proficiency with the practice of dentistry.
Dr. Joseph LaCarrubba has been a member of the American Dental Association since 1996. He consistently maintains more Continuing Education hours than required by his governing peers.
Dr. LaCarrubba prides himself on being an educator and a communicator and presents all diagnoses and treatment options to each patient in an understandable fashion.
Dr. Joseph LaCarrubba practices all phases of General Dentistry. He has completed many full mouth rehabilitations with natural teeth and implants alike. He has done extensive treatment with prosthetic TMJ therapy alleviating facial pain and headaches. Furthermore, Dr. LaCarrubba performs Short Term Ortho therapy (STO), treating crowded teeth smiles in as little as two months on many occasions.
Dr. Joseph LaCarrubba has a passion and enthusiasm that has motivated countless patients to embark on a professional relationship that is mutually rewarding.
Oleg Zusin, DDS
Dr. Oleg Zusin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine, from Stony Brook Dental School of Medicine in 1997 and has been practicing in the dental profession for over 15 years. He is very pro-active in the newest research and developments in periodontics and implantology, and offers you the best personalized solution to address your dental concerns.
He was born in the Belarus Republic of the former Soviet Union, and immigrated to New York in 1989. While in New York, he completed his General Dental training at Stony Brook Dental School of Medicine in 1997, and practiced general dentistry for a number of years. In 2001 he completed his Periodontal Specialty training at Stony Brook Dental School of Medicine, and worked in the Greater New York area practicing periodontics and implantology.
In 2006, he moved to the San Francisco area, with his wife and three children, where he bought Fremont Perio Associates, a periondontal practice on the East Bay. But his true allegiance was always to the East Coast, and in 2010, despite the success of his California practice, he returned home.
Dr. Zusin’s career includes numerous awards and publications, but his biggest asset is his genuine love for the profession of educating his patients about gum health, and offering them the most comprehensive and appropriate treatment.
Dana Marzocco, DMD
Dr. Dana Marzocco is a graduate of Adelphi University, and received her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein, and subsequently continued on to receive a postgraduate specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from New York University. Dr. Marzocco continued at NYU to complete an Implant Fellowship program.
Dr. Marzocco is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, and is active in many local area study clubs.
In addition, Dr. Marzocco is a Long Island native,and been practicing in the New Hyde Park area for over 6 years.
Our Staff Members
Our staff is characterized by three key principles: teamwork, hard work, and experience. And in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, these qualities are often hard to come by. With each visit, our patients will find the same, familiar, caring faces dedicated to making your dental experience the best it can be. And because we truly get to know our patients, taking their own concerns to heart, we develop an excellent working relationship with each one, providing personalized, professional care.