Meet the Dentists

Mark D. Rubin, DMD
Mark Rubin graduated from Queens College in New York and went on to complete his DMD degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He completed a General Practice residency at New York’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital before relocating to South Windsor, CT. He opened his dental practice here in South Windsor in 1973 and has been treating patients in town for over 40 years.

Dr. Rubin has earned the respect of his patients and colleagues over the years for being a highly skilled dentist in addition to being a caring, compassionate person with the patients’ best interests in mind. Dr. Rubin has been consistently selected by his fellow dentists to be listed as a Top Dentist in Hartford Magazine.

Dr. Rubin is a member of the American Dental Association, CT State Dental Association and Hartford Dental Society. He enjoys participating in dental continuing education programs.

He was thankful to have his son, Todd, join the practice over 10 years ago and is now excited at the opportunity to work with his daughter-in-law, Dr. Satoko Ono Rubin, as well. Mark plays tennis regularly year-round and enjoys travelling with his wife and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Todd B. Rubin, DMD
Todd Rubin graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine before completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at University of CT. He is an alumnus of Binghamton University and grew up in South Windsor before relocating to West Hartford where he graduated from Hall High School.

Todd is a strong believer in patient-first care with the highest ethical standards. With a history of painting and sculpting, his passion for performing dental procedures to the highest standards of care yield esthetic and predictable long-term results. This has led to his fellow dentists selecting him consistently to be in both Hartford Magazine’s and Connecticut Magazine’s Top Dentist Issues for multiple years running.

Todd is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society and furthers his expertise with the Spear Education Group, a continuing education workshop with other specialists and dentists.

Todd feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from his father for the past 10 years, and is thrilled and honored to have his wife join the practice, adding her years of specialty training to what can be offered to our patients. He enjoys traveling to new places with his wife, plays tennis, golf and likes to ski.

Satoko Ono Rubin, DMD, MDSc
Satoko Ono Rubin graduated from Adelphi University in New York before earning her DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She then completed a three-year program at Boston University where she earned her Prosthodontic specialty. Dr. Ono Rubin also completed a three year Periodontics program at the University of Connecticut which gave her the privilege and distinction of being the only dual specialist in the state of Connecticut holding these two titles. Dr. Ono Rubin practiced in Boston for a number of years but we now have the honor of having her here at Rubin Family Dentistry & Associates.

Her prosthodontics training focuses on complex full-mouth reconstruction cases including veneers, crown and bridge, dentures and implant restorations whether they be individual units, hybrid appliances or complete implant overdentures. Periodontics focuses on the surgical component of implant placement as well as periodontal surgeries such as gingival grafting, sinus grafts, osseous surgeries as well as preventative gum care programs. Dr. Ono Rubin brings these specialties to us allowing these procedures to be completed in the same convenient location and not having to refer our patients elsewhere.

Dr. Ono Rubin teaches periodontal surgeries to the periodontal residents at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. She earned an international award for her clinical research while at UConn entitled “Immediate vs. Delayed Loading of Two Implants Supporting a Locator Retained Mandibular Overdenture.” She is a member of the American Dental Association, CT State Dental Association, Hartford Dental Society, American Academy of Periodontology and holds the position of Secretary of the Connecticut Society of Periodontists.

She is an avid road biker, runner and usually shoots a better round of golf than Todd.

Samuel Li, DDS
Samuel Li attended the University at Buffalo in NY for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological sciences and his degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery. Following dental school he completed a General Practice Residency training at Sheehan Memorial hospital in NY where he gained further expertise in restorative dentistry as well as oral surgery.

Dr. Li moved to Connecticut close to 4 years ago and has been practicing in private practice since. He has extensive experience in pediatric dental care treating children of all ages but is proficient in adult and geriatric care as well. He approaches dental care with the belief that good communication and trying to make dental visits a more positive experience are important keys to dental treatment. He is fortunate to have been mentored by many excellent clinicians and continues to study all aspects of dental care.

In his free time, Dr Li enjoys biking, canoeing, and learning how to cook. We are thrilled to have Dr. Li join our family of dentists and provide you with the best of care.

Zahra Punjani, DMD
Zahra Punjani graduated from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine. She earned her Bachelors from University of Florida and she went on to receive her Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, FL.

Dr. Punjani practiced in Atlanta, GA following dental school. After moving with her husband to Connecticut in 2016, Dr. Punjani instantly fell in love with the warm and loving people of CT and saw a promising future here. She is a well-rounded practitioner who focused most of her educational experience on esthetic dentistry and oral surgery. She received the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Award for Clinical skill and leadership. She is a strong believer in continuing education and spends a lot of time taking courses throughout the year to become proficient in the different aspects of dentistry. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Hartford Dental Society. She volunteers yearly at the Inner-city Dental Mission and Mission of Mercy, where she provides care to the underserved population in CT.

Dr. Punjani is excited to be joining Rubin Family Dentistry & Associates and is overly enthused to meet all of the lovely patients. She treats patients of all ages and is dedicated to make dental visits a positive experience for everyone. She likes to use the latest technology and services, but takes pride in creating a comfortable environment, working to address each patient’s individual needs and concerns in order to achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

She keeps busy in her spare time by working out, playing tennis and going on road trips. When she is not traveling, she can be found reading, playing chef around the house, and spending lots of time with friends and family.

Lawrence J. Andrus, DDS
Larry Andus graduated from Temple University Dental School after completing college at University of Connecticut. He has been a respected dentist here in South Windsor for over 50 years and has felt privileged to treat so many wonderful people and build so many lasting relationships. His practice and the practice of Dr.’s Mark and Todd Rubin merged in January of 2014 allowing him to work part-time and enjoy more time with his family.

Dr. Andrus knows the doctors here share the same ideals and love of dentistry that he does. He has worked side by side with Dr. Rubin for over 30 years and Drs. Rubin and Andrus built this current office building together almost 25 years ago. They have covered emergencies for each other and continue their professional and personal relationship still. Dr. Andrus states, “The Rubins are talented, compassionate professionals who share my commitment to exemplary dentistry and I can’t imagine leaving you in better hands than theirs.”

Larry Andrus enjoys his commitment to the UConn Huskies men’s and women’s basketball programs and is enjoying the beginning of his retirement with his wife and family.