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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

Shaddy S. Samuels, 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

Sasha Alexander, D.D.S


  • Columbia University in the City of New York College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY: Postgraduate Endodontics Certificate, June 2011
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL: General Practice Residency (GPR) GPR Certificate, July 2010
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY: Doctor of Dental Surgery, May 2007 (magna cum laude)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA: Bachelors of Science Degree, June 2002 (summa cum laude) Major: Biochemistry

Academic Honors:

  • Dean's List (6 of 6 semesters)
  • Tucker’s Scholarship

    - awarded on the basis of academic performance Outstanding Achievements in Periodontics   

   -  awarded by the American Academy of Periodontology 

  • Provost Honors (6 of 6 full - time quarters)
  • Merck Index Award

    - awarded on the basis of academic performance in chemistry 

  • Highest Honors in Biochemistry

   - awarded by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 

 Research Experience

  • Postgraduate Researcher, March 2011- Present
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Research involved a retrospective analysis of over 1,000 implant cases. The purpose of the project was to determine if placement of Dr. Charles Solomon, Primary Investigator

Professional Organization

  • American Dental Association, 2007- present
  • American Association of Endodontics, 2010- present
  • American Student Dental Association, 2003-2007
  • American Dental Education Association, 2005-2007

Dorothy R. Lorenzo, D.M.D


  • Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY March 2009-2011

        - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

  • St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, Queens, NY July 2007-2009

    - Mary Immaculate Hospital: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

  • VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, New York, NY July 2006-2007

     - Manhattan Campus: General Practice Residency

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA September 202-2006

     - School of Dental Medicine

  • Iona College, New Rochelle, NY August 1998-2002

      -B.S. in Biology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • New York State Society of Oral & Maxillofcial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association

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


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
    Major: Biology
    Minor : Chemistry
  • TUFTS University, Boston, MA: Doctor of Dental Medicine, May 2013


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

- Chief Resident – Full Time: July 2014-June 2015

- Resident of the Year: June 2014

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Second District Dental Society (SDDS)
  • New York Student Dental Association (NYSDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)

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

Christina Seong D.M.D


  • University of Connecticut Health Center: M.S. Orthodontics, June 2019
  • University of Pittsburgh: D.M.D Dentistry, May 2016
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: B.S. Biochemistry, May 2011

Research Experience 

  • Department of Orthodontics: UConn Health Center, 2016-2019


  • University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine Dean's List with Honors, 2012-2016

Anthony Gaspari, D.D.S


  • New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center: 

- General Practice Resident, July 2018 - June 2019

- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Dental Oncology Rotation, August 2018 - October 2018

  • New York University College of Dentistry: Doctor of Dental Surgery, May 2018
  • New York Institute of Technology: B.S. Biology, magna cum laude, December 2013

Clinical Experience 

  • Howard Berman DMD & Robert I. Schwartz DMD: Associate Dentist, October 2019 - Present 
  • Honors Faculty Practice, NYU Student Health Center: Student Dentist, May 2017 - May 2018
  • Part of the Solution (POTS): Student Dentist 
  • New York University Urgent Care Coverage: Student Dentist, May 2017 - May 2018
  • New York University Community Outreach Program: Student Dentist, October 2015 - October 2017

Research and Presentations

  • American Dental Education Association 2018 Conference: Presenter, May 2018

- Presented two projects entitled Found in Translation: Use of Digital Interpreters at Community Outreaches and Digital Technology and the Future of Dental Education.

  • New York University Orthodontics Department: Research Assistant, October 2017 - January 2018

- Constructed lecture on physiological basis of sleep and pathophysiology associated with sleep-disorder breathing. 

Rhonda Kavee, D.M.D


  • The University of Pennsylvania: DMD : 1986-1990
  • Baruch College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine: MBA in Health Administration: 1994-1997
  • The University of Virginia: M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering: 1984-1985
  • The John Hopkins University: BA in Paleontology and Biomedical Engineering: 1980-1984

Post Doctoral Training

  •  Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center / MS Child Psychology: Pediatric Dentistry, Certificate, MS: 1992-1993
  •  Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center: Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Subspecialty: 1990-1992

Professional Organizations

  • American Dental Association: 1986-present
  • Handicap Dental Association: President Student Chapter 1989: 1986-present 
  • American Academy of Woman Dentists: Social Chairman 1887-1989: 1986-present
  • Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity: Social Chairman 1987-1986: 1986-present
  • New York Academy of Science: 1976-present
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: 1990-present
  • International Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: 1993-present
  • American Association of Pediatrics: 1996-present
  • American Board of Pediatrics Dentistry: 1994-present
  • National Association of Professional Women: 2012-present

Honors and Awards


  • The John Hopkins University
  • The University of Pennsylvania



  • Leading Physicians of the World: Pediatric Dentistry: 2005-present
  • New York Top Doc: Pediatric Dentistry: 2007-present
  • Top Physicians: Pediatric Dentistry:  2008-present
  • Top Doc: Pediatric Dentistry: 2009-present 


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 - Dentply 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 

Arian Sadeghi, D.D.S


  • Brookdale University Medical Center (2006-2010) Residency & Chief Resident, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department 
  • Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center (2004-2010) Fellowship & Residency, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department 
  • Woodhull Medical Center (2003-2004) Fellowship, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department 
  • New York University College of Dentistry (1999 - 2003) Doctor of Dental Surgery 
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995 - 1999) Bachelor of Science, Biology 


  • Brookdale University Medical Center Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department 
  • Flushing Hospital Medical Center Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department 

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