Dentist in Bristol, CT

All our professionals at Bencivengo & Ko maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Bencivengo & Ko

Charles Bencivengo DMD

Dr. Bencivengo received his D.M.D. degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1974. While at Farleigh Dickinson, he received the Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement from the Department of Endodontics.

Dr. Bencivengo served four years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.   He has been in practice for over thirty years and during this time he has seen much advancement in the science of dentistry.  Dr. Bencivengo enjoys keeping current with all of the new advances and techniques while constantly improving his clinical skills by taking advanced courses with the leaders in the dental industry, namely, The Dawson Academy of Dentistry and the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education.  Some of the courses Dr. Bencivengo has taken include:  Advanced Endodontics, Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry and Implant Restorations.  He has also been certified with the World Clinical Laser Institute and is certified in Oral Sedation. Dr. Bencivengo is an alumnus of both the Dawson Academy and the Spear Education programs. 

Dr. Bencivengo lives in Burlington with his wife Mary and is the father of three sons.  He is an avid bicyclist and also enjoys skiing, traveling and spending time with his wife and children in his free time. 


Dr. Ko was born and raised in Hong Kong, moving to the United States to attend college.  After graduating cum laude from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he was employed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a senior lab technician.  He received his Doctoral degree in Dental Medicine from Tufts University in 2001.

Dr. Ko has been practicing dentistry in central Connecticut since 2003.  He completed his certificate in Orthodontics and the International Association for Orthodontics in 2005, and has been helping his patients achieve healthy, beautiful, natural looking smiles with Invisalign and Lumineers, as well as conventional braces.  In addition to orthodontics, Dr. Ko is also experienced in restorative, endodontic, cosmetic, prosthodontics, and laser dentistry, as well as implant restoration and oral surgery.

Dr. Ko is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and International Association for Orthodontics.  He has been volunteering for the Connecticut Mission of Mercy since 2010, providing free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in Connecticut.  

Dr. Ko lives in Avon with his wife and three children.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling and attending his children’s violin and piano performances.

Office Manager - Vivian

Vivian was born and grew up in Taiwan, moving to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue and advanced degree. She received an MBA from the University of Hartford, and the designation for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Manager from The Institutes. Vivian lives in Avon with her husband, Dr. Ko and their three children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and good food.


Dental Hygienist - Cindy

Cindy grew up in Sharon, CT. After attending Northeastern University in Boston for a Dental Assisting Certificate she furthered her career in Dental Hygiene at Tunxis Community College. Upon her graduation in 1979 she has worked in private practices as well as being a hygienist for the Bristol Public and Parochial School Systems.

She has been a part of Drs. Bencivengo & Ko's hygiene team since 2005 and is a valued employee with her thirty five years of experience.
As a professional, Cindy continuously strives to provide "gentle" optimal oral health care to all of her patients. Her passion for dental hygiene continues to grow from the positive results she has seen her patients achieve over the years.

Cindy is married with two children. She enjoys spending time on the coast of Maine with her family, and visiting new places. Her hobbies include baking, crafts and gardening.


Dental Hygienist - Eden

Eden graduated from Westbrook College in 1980 with a degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been with Dr. Bencivengo since 1990. Eden stays current with all subjects related to dental hygiene, including periodontal procedures and techniques.  Eden is certified to administer local anesthesia, and is happy to educate patients regarding their oral health. When not at work, Eden enjoys reading, cooking, going to the gym, watching baseball, and spending time with family and friends.


Dental Hygienist - Kristin

Kristin graduated from Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport in 2009. She began working as a dental assistant in 2002 and has since become a dental hygienist. She attends continuing education classes to stay current on modern dental practices. Kristin is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, and is certified to administer local anesthesia. In her spare time she enjoys being with her friends and family. She and her husband, Tom, enjoy hiking and camping. She is also an animal lover and has a beautiful, loving cat, Raven.


Dental Hygienist - Pauline

Pauline’s love for the dental profession began in high school when she became an assistant for her orthodontist. From there, Pauline received her dental hygiene degree from Tunxis Community College, graduating with recognition for her academic achievement. She has a passion for whole body health, making the connection between the oral cavity and physical well-being! Pauline resides in Canton with her husband, Michael of 30 years and has 2 wonderful, grown children! She enjoys spending time with her extended family and dog, Bailey. Past times include: hiking, playing cards and watching Boston Red Sox baseball and Boston Bruins hockey. She is greatly looking forward to working with Dr. Bencivengo, Dr. Ko and their amazing team!!


Insurance Coordinator - Linda

Linda joined our practice in 1995.  With over 30 years of experience as an insurance coordinator, she can answer all our patients’ insurance coverage questions. She has two sons and two grandsons.  She loves singing and traveling.


Dental Assistant - Melissa

Melissa graduated from the Dental Assistant program at Briarwood College in May of 2009. Before joining Bencivengo & Ko in April of 2012, she worked in a pediatric dental office; she is great with children. She has an excellent work ethic, a spunky attitude, and a good sense of humor. She enjoys her work and finds it very rewarding. Melissa is a single mother of two wonderful kids.  In her free time, she and her family enjoy hiking, roller skating, and going to museums.  Some of her other hobbies include drawing and scrapbooking.


Dental Receptionist - Lorraine

Lorraine started her dental career as a Certified Orthodontic Assistant where she enjoyed motivating young teens in the practice. After many years in Orthodontic offices, Lorraine managed a dental office for several years. She is happy to be in a team atmosphere where she can accommodate the scheduling needs of the patients. In her spare time she likes to read, ballroom dance, shop and travel. Lorraine is a volunteer at the Warner Theatre in Torrington where she assists in the front of the house activities. She goes home each day to her two pampered cats.


Patient Care Coordinator - Melissa

Melissa obtained her Nursing Assistant certification in 1994. After several years working as a C.N.A, she became the Scheduling Coordinator for Farmington Valley V.N.A. At this time, she realized her love for the administration side of health care. In 2002, Melissa crossed over to the dental field as a Dental Treatment/Insurance Care Coordinator. After fifteen years of working for a General Dentist in Farmington, she is very excited and optimistic joining the Bencivengo & Ko team! She and her husband are parents of three young boys that keep them very busy. Some of her past times are family time, church, skiing and running a small hobby farm of miniature goats.


Patient Care Coordinator - Angelica

Angelica has worked in the dental field for almost 10 years. She was inspired to work in the dental field by her positive experiences visiting the dentist while growing up. She is passionate about the field and is currently furthering her education with the goal of being a Dental Hygienist. She finds great reward in being able to calm fears, answer questions, and help make treatment possible, especially in a soothing environment. There is no greater pleasure than seeing the satisfied look on patients face along with a big smile. Outside of work, her passions include exploring nature, long walks, kayaking, and being with her family. She is also practicing and learning about yoga and meditation.


Dentist - Bristol
21 Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 582-8095