Dr. Robert A. Brugnone (pronounced Bro͞o-nyō-nā) was born in Los Angeles and raised in the small city of Brighton, Michigan with his two brothers. Following a year studying criminal justice at Michigan State University, he moved here to Santa Barbara and attended SBCC and CSU: Channel Islands, where he was awarded a BS in Biology. Following college, he was welcomed into the DDS program at the NYU College of Dentistry in New York City. In addition to the general curriculum, Dr. Brugnone was an active member of the student government, helped with fundraising for oral cancer research, and graduated with honors.
While New York City has its own charm, Santa Barbara was always on the horizon. With the culture, beauty, and opportunities Santa Barbara has, it was not difficult for him to return. In his free time, Dr. Brugnone enjoys hiking the trails of the Santa Ynez Mountains, camping, playing volleyball, eating avocados, and relaxing on the sand.
Dr. Brugnone also brings to the team a proficiency in the Spanish language which allows him to reach out and offer his skills and services to more of our community.
Through his experiences in NYC, he has crafted a doctor-patient experience that encompasses communication, mutual understanding, needs, wants and humanism. His love for this city, for knowledge, for dentistry, and for the people of this community are the cornerstones of a foundation that have allowed him to flourish in the field and as an essential member of the Ericson Dental team.