The History of Westwalk Orthodontic Group


The Westwalk Orthodontic Group was formed in 1978 when Dr. Richard Kleefield and Dr. David Romeo merged practices. In 1983, Dr. Gary Romeo joined the group.

Drs. David and Gary Romeo are natives of Westport, Connecticut. They come from an orthodontic family: Their father, Dr. Anthony F. Romeo, began an orthodontic practice in 1961 after receiving his certification at Columbia University. Dr. Kleefield received his graduate orthodontic training at Columbia as well.

Dr. David Romeo received his orthodontic certificate from the University of Connecticut and Dr. Gary Romeo received his certification at the University of Illinois. This diverse training background gives our group a uniquely broad scope of treatment philosophy. Our practice has offices in Westport and Norwalk, Connecticut.

In our more than three-decade history, we have successfully treated more than ten thousand cases, ranging from children of five years in age to adults older than 70. We have a broad range of experience in treating patients with skeletal deformities who require a combination of orthodontic and surgical treatments.

We work with outstanding teams of surgeons at major teaching institutions, including Columbia Presbyterian, UConn Health Center, and St. Francis Health Center, as well as local oral-maxillofacial surgeons.

Dr. David Romeo has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington and taught graduate students in the orthodontic department of The School of Dental Medicine. He is currently the head of the subsection of orthodontics in the Department of Surgery at the Norwalk Hospital. Both Drs. Romeo are senior attendings in that section.

With a love for teaching, Dr. Kleefield decided to dedicate his career solely to orthodontic education and left private practice to be the program director of the orthodontic residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. He later became an attending in the orthodontic residency program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Dr. Kleefield trained Dr. Steve Cagliostro during his tenure at Montefiore, and introduced Dr Steve to the team at Westwalk Orthodontic Group. Dr. Steve formally joined the practice in July of 2016, after completing his specialist training. 

Drs. David, Gary and Steve are all board-certified members of the American Board of Orthodontics, the third oldest specialty board in the United States, founded in 1929. Of the two hundred-plus orthodontists in the State of Connecticut, only 35 are certified in this way. Additionally, both Drs. David and Gary are members of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. All three doctors are members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Connecticut State Society of Orthodontists, and American Dental Association (ADA).

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