A beautiful smile can change how people feel about themselves both physically and mentally. My goal is to help you find that smile or learn to maintain that smile for a lifetime!
I love being a dentist as it allows me to beautify, soothe, motivate, and reward, all in a single day! I understand that every patient has a unique situation and I strive to treat him/ her in a professional and conscientious manner each and every time.
Education and Continuing Education
- Union College – Undergraduate Degree
- Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
- Columbia Presbyterian Hospital – Residency
- Bentley University – Mini-MBA
As a career, dentistry allows me time to help others with the skills I have learned and continue to learn. I love learning; this is why I chose to attend dental school with the medical students of Columbia University. Since graduating, I have pursued additional education in all fields of dentistry and have always exceeded the required number by the state. Most recently, I have taken classes in TMJ disorders, orthodontics, sleep apnea, and management. Each class inspires me to bring excitement to our staff and patients about the growing field of dentistry.
- American Dental Association
- Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA),Voting Member of the House of Delegates, Education Committee, Goverance Review Committee, Leadership Development Qualification Committee
- Dental Society of Greater Waterbury
- Lynch Award Dinner Coordinator (2011-2012)
- Program Coordinator (2012-2013)
- Treasurer (2013-2014)
- Secretary (2014-2015)
- Vice President (2015-2016)
- President (2016-2017)
- Board Member Connecticut Foundatipn for Dental Outreach http://cfdo.org
In the Community
I am very active in my community. I enjoy volunteering because each organization I volunteer for brings with it an entirely new way of doing something and a new population of individuals to work with.
I have volunteered at CT's Give Kids a Smile in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. In 2011, Connecticut's free dental clinic, Mission of Mercy, came to Waterbury. I volunteered to take a lead role in this free clinic and have volunteered ever since! I am lucky to be one of the Leads for the Community Volunteers during the event and to manage the post-op phone calls after the event. Although it is extremely tiring, it is tremendously rewarding. I am privileged to work alongside my colleagues and to get a chance to help this population of patients. In 2015, I inspired my office workers to join me as well!
I volunteer at the CT state level and local (Greater Waterbury) component society level as well. These groups of dentists work to inform and educate other dentists and the public.
On a personal level, I have volunteered as a Girl Scout leader to inspire girls to be more than they think they can be. I teach a finance class to elementary school children each year and run the annual Muffins with Mom event at our local elementary school. I have taught CCD to second graders at our local church. These groups enlighten me and keep me thinking out of the box!
Outside the Office
I am originally from Macedon, NY, just outside of Rochester, and currently reside in Newtown, CT. My full married name is Cheryl Sobieraj Wadhwa; however I practice under the name Sobieraj as my husband is a "Doctor" as well. He works as the Chairman of Orthodontist at Columbia University. We have a 19-year-old son, twin girls who are 16, and a 13 year-old son, in addition to three dogs, two cats, a slew of frogs and 10 chickens!
My family is, of course, the most important thing in my life, and I am thankful that dentistry provides me the opportunity to balance a career with a wonderful family. When I have free time, I enjoy walking and hiking, traveling, and reading.