Meet Dr. Thomas Dobie
Dr. Thomas Dobie is a board certified Orthodontist who started his dental training at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a dental student, he was a member of the C. Edmund Kells Honorary Society, which only inducted students that were in the top 10% of their dental class who had also distinguished themselves both academically and clinically.
Dr. Dobie earned his post-doctoral specialty degree in Orthodontics from the University of Connecticut. In the field of Orthodontics, UConn is considered to be one of the most prestigious programs in the world, with both past and present faculty that have established themselves as pioneers in the field. During his 3-year residency program, he also completed a Master of Dental Science degree with a focus on novel approaches to accelerate Orthodontic tooth movement.
After working for a few years in private practice as an associate, Dr. Dobie joined Dr. Rollins and together they formed dobie + rollins orthodontics. Dr. Dobie is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Orthodontics at the University of Connecticut. He has also spent the last 4 years serving on the board of the New Haven Dental Association, where he recently stepped down as President in order to serve on the board of the Shoreline Dental Society.
Dr. Dobie, a native of the northeast coast of England, has lived in three countries throughout his lifetime and was exposed to many cultures throughout his childhood. Growing up in a family with a father who is more than just a clinician in the medical profession but also a life-long researcher and professor, Dr. Dobie has always been exposed to the importance of a life oriented around both academic and professional excellence. Dr. Dobie’s pursuit of higher education began at the Pennsylvania State University where he was awarded his Bachelor of Science. Following this, he obtained a Master of Science in Pharmacology from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He was able to complete this degree despite the interruption of Hurricane Katrina, just prior to entering dental school.
Dr. Dobie has a very enthusiastic personality which carries over into his work, allowing for a fun and relaxed environment for both children and adults. He enjoys attending multiple orthodontic conferences every year to ensure that he stays on the forefront of technology. He strives to be able to bring the latest advances back to the office to improve his patient’s care. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and most importantly spending time with family and friends. He is also an avid sneaker collector and loves talking to patients about the latest shoes when they come for their appointments. Above all, Dr. Dobie is a people person and looks forward to connecting with his patients and parents just as much as he enjoys perfecting their smiles.
Meet Dr. Doug Rollins
Dr. Doug Rollins was born, raised and educated in Connecticut. He graduated from Trinity with a double major in Biology and Psychology, and went on to Dental School and Orthodontic Residency at the University of Connecticut. In the field or Orthodontics, UConn is considered to be one of the most prestigious programs in the world.
During his residency program, he was fortunate enough to be trained by Dr. Charles Burstone and Dr. Ravindra Nanda, two of the most formative academic clinicians in the field. They also taught Dr. Dobie more than 20 years later!
Dr. Rollins has been practicing in the Greater New Haven area since 1990. His first orthodontic office was in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, followed by offices in Orange and Woodbridge, and he now practices in our Hamden and Guilford locations. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Rollins has helped four of his trusted colleagues transition their practices to his care at the time or their retirement. Dr. Rollins has always focused on the importance of organized Dentistry and the need for close collaboration between the various dental specialties. He spent 7 years on the board of the New Haven Dental Association, culminating in him serving as President of the association.
Dr. Rollins has always been very interested in music. He is a founding member of the Conn Artists, a highly-acclaimed, seven-member, a capella singing group that has performed extensively throughout New England for the last 25 years. Dr. Rollins also serves as the Co-President of the Guilford High School Music Boosters Parent group. Dr. Rollins is also active in the outdoors, and is an avid golfer and skier and now coaches the Guilford High School Ski Racing Team. He has a High school Junior, Emma, and a Bates College son, Bennett. Doug’s wife Susan is an Artist and graphic designer who actually helped design our logo!
Dr. Rollins has always considered himself a very family oriented person with strong ties to his local community. He truly enjoys getting to know his patients and their families, and he takes pride in knowing that he has made a difference in so many of his patient’s lives. He couldn’t ask for a better career or for a better group of people to be sharing their new smiles with.