We work with caring local dentists who want to help the children of New York stay healthy and keep smiling. Take a minute to meet the dentists!
Dr. Semma Abdullah
Dr. Francis Barra
Dr. Garima Bhalla
Dr. Erica Bly-Fish
Dr. Dascher Branch-Elliman
Dr. Jennifer Corredor
I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. I graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 2012 and have worked part time with Smile New York since 2015. I enjoy engaging with the kids to teach them the importance of a healthy smile and encouraging them to start making habits that can last a lifetime. Additionally, I work part time in a private office in Westchester, and in my free time I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my awesome dog Oreo, traveling and staying active. Fun fact about me – I love learning about space and growing up I wanted to be an astronaut.
Dr. Dianna Cortese
Dr. Maxine Dove
I studied at Howard University College of Dentistry. I became a dentist because I was influenced by my dentist. When I became truly interested in becoming a dentist, I spent nearly a month observing dentists in large clinic and hospital settings and I was hooked after that. I enjoy making a difference in peoples lives by changing their smiles and seeing how their confidence blooms. The children I treat are absolutely adorable. Maybe I may influence someone to become a dentist. I love to hike, travel and entertain. I love sports and my favorite sport is tennis. I have been married for over 27 years and I have 2 daughters who are the best. Fun fact about myself – I make sure I go to the US Open every year.
Dr. Andrew Fradkin
Dr. Daria Grillo
Dr. Paraschiva Gusita
Dr. Yangsook Han
Dr. Heather Hastings
I went to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and became a dentist so I could help lovely patients like the ones I treat every day at Smile NY Outreach! Every day at Smile New York is fun because I have the best co-workers, team and patients. In my spare time, I love to do needlepoint and watch old classic movies! Spending time with my family and my dog Skippy are my most favorite ways to spend my day! A fun fact about myself – I’m a twin!
Dr. Anu Jolly
Dr. Deborah Kahn
Dr. William Kaplan
I grew up in Brooklyn and went to Wingate High School. After high school, I attended Cornell University and then studied to be a dentist at New York University of College of Dentistry.
After graduating dental school, I did my residency at Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn (now called Interfaith Medical Center), where I stayed on as an Attending Dentist, treating patients and educating residents.
For many years I had a private practice in Manhattan in addition to working mobile dentistry in all five boroughs.
Besides family and dentistry, my main other interests are music, literature and travel.
Dr. Sofia Kavakoglou
Dr. Eric Lazar
Born and bred in New York City, I attended New York City public schools before going to Queens College and then University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I had a private practice in New York City for 40 years before joining Smile New York Outreach.
My wife Susan has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and we are the proud parents of two daughters, both educators, and 4 granddaughters. In my free time I love to read, go to the beach and sail.
Working for Smile New York Outreach reminds me of the famous quote “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child”. I can think of no better next chapter in my dental career than to help children in need.
Dr. Samuel Lin
Dr. Marianne Molfetas
Dr. Harry Monastersky
Dr. Sumit Parhar
Dr. Deena Pegler
Dr. Deena Pegler graduated from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry in Boston, MA where she received a degree in Doctor of Medical Dentistry. Dr. Pegler pursued advanced training for her General Practice Residency Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the New York County Dental Society. On the days that Dr. Pegler is not working with Smile New York, she works in her general practice in Manhattan. In her free time she enjoys hiking, museums, shows, movies and painting. Fun fact – I have a bunny rabbit named Sweetie Pie.
Dr. Jeffrey Phillip
I attended New York University College of Dentistry. In high school I decided I would pursue a career as a dentist. My stepfather was a dentist and I had an interest in science, with a desire to work in a health profession, which helped to play a role in my decision. I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. I attended public schools that I may soon be visiting to treat student’s teeth. Working with Smile New York will be a wonderful opportunity to help children have good oral health, and to help them establish healthy oral hygiene and diet habits going forward.
Dr. Sylva Piltch
Dr. Melissa Rodgers
Dr. Deniz Salierno
Dr. Joan Santiago
Dr. Ghazala Seedat
Dr. Bakhtawar Shafqat
I went to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in 2014. As a child, I had an extremely positive experience with our family dentist which inspired me to pursue a career in dentistry and pass along the same positivity to the community. I love working with children because they are adaptive, imaginative and the future of our community. Early positive childhood experiences can truly shape a child’s overall personality and I want to be a part of that effort. Smile NY Outreach is the perfect platform to achieve my goals. I love to cook and make henna designs in my free time.
Dr. Virendra Shah
I received my dental education in Mumbai, India as well as in New York. Dentistry has always been my passion. I find it very rewarding to help patients take care of their oral health.
I like that Smile New York Outreach promotes the same idea by helping children achieve good oral health.
In addition to dentistry, I enjoy going to art museums throughout New York City. I am proud that my love of dentistry has extended to my children, who have followed the same profession.