Dentist in West Haven, CT

All our staff at West Shore Family Dental LLC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Allison Baylis, DMD

Dr. Allison Baylis grew up in West Haven where she played girl's ice hockey and was in the marching band.  Dr. Baylis graduated with an Honors Degree in Physiology and Neurobiology and a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Connecticut.  She went on to study at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA where she earned her degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine. Dr. Baylis returned to Connecticut to complete her General Practice Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford where she continued her education with a focus on restorative, endodontic, periodontic and surgical procedures. She also has a great love for treating children and special needs patients.  When not in the office, Dr. Baylis enjoys watching hockey, cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, Elliott and young son, Nathan.

Lawrence Messina, DDS


Dr. Lawrence Messina has been practicing dentistry in West Haven, CT since 1977. He and his wife Chrystyna, have three grown daughters and one very adorable granddaughter.  Dr. Messina earned his BS degree at Pace University Manhattan Campus, and his DDS at the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry. Dr. Messina enjoys spending time with family and friends, being involved with the Lions Club, Land Trust and his church. He is especially happy now that he is in 'semi-retirement'. Proper nutrition and exercise are goals for his life as well as his patients. 

Patty - Insurance Coordinator

Patty has worked for the office for just about 8 years.  Patty lives in West Haven with her husband and has 2 grown daughters.  She loves to travel and is always extra happy to celebrate St Patrick's Day!!

Krysta - Dental Assistant & Front Desk

Krysta grew up in Milford.  She graduated from LABCO School of Dental Assisting.  In her spare time, Krysta LOVES to cook and play softball. Krysta has an awesome sense of humor and is always making us laugh.

Kayla - Dental Assistant

Kayla is the newest member of our team and is from West Haven.  She graduated from Porter and Chester Dental Assisting School. She did her externship with our office and just had to stay!!  She is a big animal lover especially her own dog and cat at home.

Lisa - Hygienist

LIsa has been a licensed dental hygienist and worked in the practice for over 30 years.  She has loved working and raising her family in West Haven.  Lisa has a very loyal following and has a special connection to all of her patients.

Michele - Hygienist

Michele has been a licensed dental hygienist for over 20 years.  Before becoming a hygienist, she worked for Dr Messina as his dental assistant for 3 years.  She attended the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport.  Michele is an avid animal lover. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 grown children and 2 dogs!

Sarah - Hygienist

Sarah is from New Hampshire. She is a graduate of University of New Haven's School of Hygiene. Sarah keeps us smiling all day long with her singing.  She lives on the beach here in West Haven. Sarah's favorite food is an italian combo from Tom and Pat's!