I joined Dentistry of the Paliades in 2005 under the helm of Dr. Edward Fisher. Together we worked hard together to grow the practice as partners until his retirement in 2015. Since then, it has been exciting to see the practice flourish as we moved locations to a brand new state-of-the-art multi-specialty practice that I built, alongside my husband, from the ground up in 2018.
To say that I love what I do is an understatement. It is exciting for me to meet children at a young age and help shape their ideas toward the dentist! Children are afraid of the unknown, and I always explain what I am doing during any given procedure to help them feel comfortable.
I aspire to create a “dental home” in our practice for our patients and their families. My philosophy is to create a warm, nurturing environment in which we provide the best pediatric dental care for our young patients. Kids are fun and full of spirit and make me smile and laugh each and every day. I am always amazed by how well they get through procedures and how resilient they are. Adults can surely learn from them!
Dental treatment can be uncomfortable for some, but I hope that I am helping my patients feel better and more relaxed about their dental care. I also enjoy meeting the parents and answering any questions they may have with regard to their child’s oral health, teeth development, oral habits (thumb sucking, pacifier use, etc.), speech issues, and dental trauma from falls or accidents. I also specialize in treating special-needs children; it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and received a bachelor's degree in behavioral biology. I pursued my studies at New York University College of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2002. My training continued through New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan, where I completed my general practice residency.
Later, I would pursue advanced specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, where I was awarded my certificate in pediatric dentistry. Licensed in the state of New York to practice dentistry and to provide dental treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital setting, I am also a board-certified pediatric dentist, having earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2007.
In 2021, I was appointed Director of the Deparment of Dentistry at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. With this position, I am a member of the Medical Executive Board and help with building a better hospital for our community.
In order to provide the best for our patients, I take continuing education courses to maintain and advance my certification. To maintain my licensure, preserve my professional memberships, and keep my board status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, I am obligated to complete a certain number of credits in pediatric dentistry by attending conferences and lectures every year. This continuing education allows me to stay knowledgeable on the latest developments within the field of pediatric dentistry to better care for my patients.
- Director of the Deparment of Dentistry, Montefiore Nyack Hospital
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- New York State Dental Association
- Rockland County Dental Society
- Ninth District Dental Society
- Montefiore Nyack Hospital
Outside the office
I am very passionate about giving back to my community and visit preschool and elementary classrooms throughout the school year to promote the importance of dental health.
I have initiated a desensitization program at our practice that brings special-needs children on a monthly basis to help them feel more comfortable with the dentist. The rationale is that many special-needs children, such as children on the autism spectrum, do very well with routine and frequency. I find that after these monthly visits, a once-fearful child can become very cooperative and appreciate the oral care he or she receives.
During my time away from the office, I value the time I spend with my husband and son. We enjoying traveling together and staying active in the outdoors with swimming in the summers and skiing in the winters.