Dr. James MendilloDr. James H. Mendillo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in the Connecticut communities of North Haven and Branford. He attended North Haven Public Schools and graduated from Westminster School in Simsbury in 1967. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and continued at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree in 1975.

Professional Affiliations and Outreach

Dr. Jim is celebrating 44 years of practice this year! He has been a member of the American Dental Association and the Connecticut State Dental Association since he began practice in 1975. Dr. Jim is a past president of the Shoreline Dental Society. Dr. Jim and members of the Mendillo Family Dentistry team volunteer their dental services to the uninsured residents of Connecticut each year, participating in the CSDA’s annual CT Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile® programs.

Community Affiliations and Outreach

Dr. Jim has been a member of the Branford Lions Club and the Walter Camp Football Foundation since he began practice in 1975. He has served as co-chairman of the Walter Camp National Awards Dinner for the past 2 decades. He is a past president of the Branford Lions Club, the Hotchkiss Grove Association, the Hotchkiss Grove Shore District, the Branford Sports Council and the Branford High School PTA. He is a member of the Italian American Club, the Branford Yacht Club, and the Branford Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jim belongs to the Gene Casey New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation, volunteers to read for the blind on CRIS radio, and served 6 years on the Branford Board of Education.


Dr. Jim and his wife, Roberta, live in the Branford community of Hotchkiss Grove, where they spent their summers as children. Roberta is a longtime dental hygienist in the practice. They have 3 daughters: Courtney, Jaimee and Hillary. All three graduated from Branford High School and the University of Pennsylvania. Courtney and her husband Adam own and operate a farm, Unbound Glory Homestead, in Pomfret, Connecticut. Jaimee has taken over as Office Manager at Mendillo Family Dentistry. And Hillary has joined Dr. Jim in practice at Mendillo Family Dentistry!