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Michael Kokolis, D.D.S


General dentistry with continuing education and experience in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain, including snoring and sleep apnea


  • Associates Degree St. John’s University: 1991-1993
  • Bachelor’s of Science Adelphi University: 1993-1996
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery New York University College of Dentistry: 1996-2000
  • Two year residency in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain, NYU College of Dentistry: 1999-2001

Continuing Education

  • Academy of Orofacial pain annual meetings
  • Academy of Cranial facial pain annual meetings*
  • 05/01 Academy of Orofacial pain and annual meeting in Washington D.C.
  • 07/01 Academy of Cranialfacial pain annual meeting in San Antonio TX.
  • 05/02 Academy of Orofacial pain annual meeting in TX.
  • 05/03 Academy of Orofacial pain annual meeting in Puerto Rico.
  • 05/04 Academy of Orofacial pain annual meeting in San Francisco, Ca.
  • 04/05 Academy of Orofacial pain annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ
  • 04/06 Academy of Orofacial pain annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV

Shady S. Samuel, D.D.S


  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • St. John’s University 

Clinical Experience

  • Staten Island University Hospital- Pediatric Dental Resident, July 2012- Present
  • New York Methodist Hospital- PGY-1 Resident, PGY-2 Chief Resident, July 2010- July 2012

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, July 2010- Present
  • Alpha Omega Professional Dental Fraternity, September 2008- Present
  • CMDA (Christian Medical Dental Association), September 2007- Present
  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA), May 2006- Present


  • Second District Dental Society – June 2011
  • Scholarship for Exemplary Clinical work – August 2009

Stephanie Sfiroudis, DDS., MS.


  • Advanced Education Program in Periodontics, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
  • Masters in Oral Biology, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
  • D.D.S., Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
  • B.S. Biology, minors in Philosophy of Science and Chemistry, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY 

Academic Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Northeastern Society of Periodontics Certificate of Achievement (highest GPA in periodontic, pre-doctoral classes) 
  • 2017 The Blasco C. Gomes Award (excelling in periodontics clinic) 
  • 2017 The Quintessence Award (accumulating the most points/highest daily assessment score total in general clinic) 
  • 2017 Dental Implant Student Award (among the top 3 student GPAs in oral surgery/emergency medicine classes) 
  • 2013 St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Gold Medal for Highest Biology Major GPA 3 
  • 2009-2013 St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s List 
  • 2009-2013 Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society 
  • 2009-2013 St. John’s Honors Program member

 Research Experience

  • Jun 2018-May 2020 Dr. Srinivas Myneni  Studied gingival mesenchymal stem cells and their ability to grow/differentiate on hydroxyapatite scaffolds 
  • Jun 2014-Aug 2014 Dr. Soosan Ghazizadeh  Studied salivary gland biology, oral cancer, and the therapeutic use of various inhibitors 
  • Dec 2012-May 2013 Dr. Richard Stalter  Study plant biodiversity, the ecology of rare plants, and the invasive non-native plant species of Key West, Florida 
  • May 2012-Dec 2012 Dr. Ivana Vancurova  Studied the mechanisms regulating expression of NFkB- dependent pro-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic genes in human leukocytes by Western Blot and PCR techniques 
  •  May 2011-Aug 2011 Dr. Irvin Hirshfield  Explored the effect of cyclopropane fatty acids in cell membranes of E. coli by plating and counting colonies after exposure to hydrogen peroxide, acid, and heat

Professional Organization

  • American Academy of Periodontists
  • Northeastern Academy of Periodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Association
  • American Academy of Osseointegration
  • International Academy of Facial Aesthetics

Pavlos K. Malonoukos, D.M.D

Doctoral, Collegiate, and International Education

  • Upstate Medical University: General Practice Residency
  • TUFTS University: School of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D)
  • St. John’s University College of Arts and ScienceBachelor of Science (B.S) Major: Biology


  • TUFTS University Experience : Dental Internship at Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc.

Georgia Dellas, D.M.D


  • Wagner College, NY: Bachelors of Science, May 2009
    TUFTS University, Boston, MA: Doctor of Dental Medicine, May 2013


  • New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY: General Practice Residency
    • 2 year residency

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Second District Dental Society (SDDS)
  • New York Student Dental Association (NYSDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

Virendra Shah, D.D.S.


  • Ahmedabad Science College, Ahmedabad, India: 1966-1968
  • Nair School of Dentistry, Mumbai, India: 1968-1973
  • General Practitioner Dental Residency: 1974-1975.
  • New York University School of Dentistry, NY: 1976

All facts of general dentistry including:

  • Dental Examinations
  • Operatives
  • Simple Extractions & Periodontics
  • Fixed & Removable Prosthetics
  • Anterior & Molar Root Canal Treatments

Liney C. Espinosa, D.D.S.


  • Javeriana University School of Dentistry, Bogota Colombia, DDS: 1986
  • Certificate in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentistry Federation of Colombia: 2001
  • State of Florida, Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH: 2005
  • New York University, Masters in Global Public Health (MGPH): 2011
  • New York University College of Dentistry, DDS: 2014
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital, General Practice Resident (GPR) – Dental: 2015


  • Private Practice of Linev Espinosa, Bogota Colombia – Head Dentist: 1987-2006
  • Colombian Air Force, Dental Community Service – Dentist: 1986-1987
  • Employment Group Inc., Bogota Colombia – Dentist: 1988-1994
  • Davivienda Bank – Dental Center, Bogota Colombia – Head Dentist: 1995-2006
  • Garden State Dental Management, New York, NY – Dental Assistant: 2006-2010
  • Academy for Academic Leadership – Faculty Development Seminars: 2014-2015
  • Uptown Dental Group – Associate DDS: 2015-2016
  • Tribeca Dental Studio – Associate DDS: 2016-2018
  • Valger Alex & Irene Dentistry Orthodontics: 2018-present


  • New York University College of Dentistry Class of 2014:
    Class of 1932 Robert J. Dittola Memorial Award: “Excellence in clinical Dentistry”

Ashita Chawla, D.D.S


  • New York University, College of Dentistry, New York, NY: Advanced Placement: DDS, 3 year program with emphasis on hands on learning experience within a large and diverse patient population: 2013-2016
  • Sardar Patel Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India: Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery: 1999-2005


  • Concerned Dental Care, NY
  • Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center: General Practice Residency
  • Puran Dental Clinic
  • Advanced Dental Care
  • NYU College of Dentistry, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Sadar Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences

Professional Organizations

  • American Student Dental Association
  • Indian Dental Association
  • Chandigarh Dental Association
  • Advanced Placement Student Dental Association
  • Punjabi Student Association

Salon Choi, D.M.D


  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: NYC Health and Hospitals – Queens: General Practice Residency: June 2019
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine: Doctor of Dental Medicine: May 2018
  • The UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: Master of Biomedical Sciences: May 2013
  • Cornell University: Bachelors of Science in Human Biology, Health and Society: May 2019

Community Involvement

  • ADA Give Kids a Smile, Volunteer
  • Provided oral health education, screening and dental prophylaxis to children and provided fluoride treatment to help prevent tooth decay in children.
  • Chinatown YMCA Community Service, Volunteer
    Provided oral hygiene instructions, distributed oral hygiene kit to children and raised awareness of oral hygiene.

Professional Organizations

  • American Student Dental Association
  • Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontics Honor Society


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)
  • Reporting Child Abuse
  • Infection Control

Aditi A. Parikh, D.M.D


  • George Washington University: MPH in Epidemiology, 2011
  • University of Pittsburgh, DMD, 2006
  • niversity of Pittsburgh, BA, 1999


  • Peninsula Hospital Dental Department: Residency for NYS Dental License: May 2007 – 2008.
  • Montefiore Medical Center: Attended General Practice Dental Residency : August 2006 – March 2007.

Professional Experience

  • Aspen Dental: General Dentist
  • Smile NY Outreach LLC: General Dentist
  • Western Dental: General Dentist
  • Smile America: General Dentist
  • Family and Cosmetic Dentistry: General Dentist
  • Quality Dental Care: General Dentist
  • Hartford Dental Care: General Dentist
  • George Washington University Cancer Institute: MPH Research Institute Assistant
  • Albany Access Dentistry: General Dentist
  • Preferred Dental Care: General Dentist
  • Kings 26 Dentistry PC: General Dentist

Bobak Bakhshoudeh, D.D.S


  • Advanced Education Program in Endodontics: New York University College of Dentistry, June 2016

- American Board Eligible Endodontist

  • New York University College of Dentistry: Doctor of Dental Surgery, May 2013
  • SUNY Stony Brook University, BA in Health Sciences 


  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega Chapter: Dental Honor Society 
  • The Samuel Charles Miller Award
  • Clinical Honors in Periodontics 
  • Clinical Outreach Experience 
  • Sigma Beta Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society


  • NYU PG Endodontics - Denstply Resident

- Influence of Clinical and Demographic Factors on Pain Following Pulpectomies for Teeth with Symptomatic Irreversible Pulpitis

- Primary co-author. Study assessed the influence of sex, ethnicity and age on pre and post-operative levels of pain in patients diagnosed with symptomatic irreversible pulpits. 

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Endodontics
  • Clinical Society of Periodontics 
  • Oral Cancer Walk
  • Clinic Representative 
  • Head and Neck Anatomy Tutor
  • Student National Dental Association 
  • American Diabetes Association 
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Association


Siyan Lin, D.D.S


  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: Certificate of Periodontics
  • New York University College of Dentistry: Certificate in Prosthodontics
  • New York University College of Dentistry: Doctor of Dental Surgery D.D.S
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University: B.S. In Chemistry

Honors and Awards

  • NYU College of Dentistry Honor Program in Special Patient Care - 2008
  • Summa Cum Laude Polytechnic Institute of New York University - 2004
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University Dean's List - 2004
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University Dean's List - 2003

Associations and Positions

  • New York University College of Dentistry - Clinical Assistant Professor Prosthodontics 
  • American Academy of Periodontology: 2011-2014
  • American College of Prosthodontists: 2008-2013

Research and Presentations 

  • Northeast Postgraduate Implant Symposium, Boston, MA

           Presentation: Peri-implantitis: From Creation to Elimination

  • 25th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration 

       Poster presentation: Laboratory Torque Testing, Histomophometric and Biomechanical Testing of Self - Tapping Implant Thread Designs 

Jennie Lupo, D.D.S


  •  New York University College of Dentistry, D.D.S: May 2006
  •  SUNY Stony Brook, B.S Biology: May 2001
  •  St. Francis Preparatory H.S: June 1997

Clinical Experience

  • Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Flushing, NY : General Practice Resident
  • New York University College of Dentistry: Student Doctor
  • NYUCD- Special Patient Care Honors Program

Professional Organizations


Jae Kim, D.D.S

  • Education
    • 2018 University of Southern California, Certificate in Orthodontics and Masters of Science (MS) in Craniofacial Biology
    • 2015 New York University, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
    • 2010 University of Toronto, Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) Biomedical Engineering Honors
  • Awards
    • New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation Award, NYUCD 2015 
    •  Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honor Dental Society 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 
    • Academic Scholarship funded by Dr. Elsa PleugerRahmsdorff, NYUCD 2012
  • Research Experience
    • Feb. 2014 – April 2015 Dr. Lipp Lab (NYU): Researcher 
    • Feb. 2014 – April 2015 Dr. Yamano Lab (NYU): Researcher 
    • May 2010 – Aug 2011 Truong Lab (University of Toronto): Researcher
    • Jan 2009 – April 2009 Bloorview Kids Rehab: Researcher
  • Publications 
    • Qudrat, J.Kim, K. Truong (2016). The spatiotemporal relationship between local Ca2+ signaling and P2X2R-activated membrane blebbing. Cell Calcium

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