Dental Staff

Nutmeg Family Dentistry has been in the heart of downtown Hartford since 2013. It was founded on the principle of providing high quality dental care in a comfortable setting. The beliefs are continued today as we strive to make your experience as pleasant as possible, using the latest in dental technology and advancements.

  • Polly M. Chace,

    Dr. Chace is a native of Connecticut and has been with Nutmeg Family Dentistry since 2013, having purchased the practice from her dental school classmate, Dr. Nicole Mancini.  Dr. Chace attended Syracuse University, (Bachelor of Science, 1995) and University at Buffalo (Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1999).  She had previously practiced in Middletown, Connecticut and, prior to that, Pasadena, Maryland.   She was listed as one of the Top Dentists in Hartford Magazine in 2012, and is a member of the Metro Hartford Alliance.  Dr. Chace now lives in nearby Middlefield with her husband and their two children, and a dog, Moxie.  In her private time, she is an accomplished pianist.

  • Barbara K. Galbreath,

    Dr Barbara Galbreath joined NFD in Oct 2020 after many years of private practice in Hartford, CT. Her office was in Cityplace since 1990. Dr Galbreath graduated from the U Conn School of Dental Medicine after graduating cum laude with a BA in Biology from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. She enjoys her role of Assistant Treasurer at Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Conn Valley Girl Scout Council in many different roles. Black Russian Terriers are one of her passions and breeds and shows her dogs and especially enjoys meeting people who also love the breed. Barb has lived in W  Hartford, CT for many years and graduated from Conard HS.

  • Mara C,

    Mara is our bilingual English/Spanish dental assistant she loves assisting patients, ensuring their comfort level, and completing other duties that will allow her to gain more experience and skills in the dental field. She graduated with  certifications in infection control and radiation health and safety from the Dental Assisting program at Manchester Comm. College in CT in 2016. Mara is married and has two adult sons and in 2020 became a grandma for the first time. In her free time, she enjoys going out, dancing, baking and spending time with family and friends.

  • Melody Howse

    Melody is our highly skilled front office financial coordinator.  She has over eleven years of dental practice management, and has completed coursework in dental assisting, insurance coding and reimbursement.  She has studied Accounting and Management at Tunxis Community College.  Melody is active in her church and does volunteer work for soup kitchens and womens' and homeless shelters.  She enjoys writing, crafts, family and her dog, Josie.

  • Kristen K,

     Kristen Khoury, originally from New Hampshire,  received an Associate’s Degree in Science with a Major in Dental Hygiene from New Hampshire Technical Institute in 1995. She completed her Local Anesthesia Certification from Middlesex Community College, located in Lowell MA, in 2017

           Kristen  has been practicing dental hygiene for over 25 years. She enjoys attending the Charter Oaks Dental Convention every spring and participates in multiple continuing education courses every year. When out of the office, Kristen enjoys and active lifestyle. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include; running, hiking, and kayaking with friends. She also enjoys reading and expressing herself through art.

  • Maria L

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