Dentists and Staff of Brewster in Hudson Valley & Metro NY
Michael P. Gelbart, D.D.S.
Dr. Gelbart graduated from New York University in 1975 with a B.S. degree, and went on to graduate from the New York University School of Dentistry in 1979. In 1980 he established Family Dental Centers in upstate New York, creating practice groups in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Brewster, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights and Manhattan.
Dr. Gelbart is a former NYU Clinical Assistant Professor, having trained NYU dental students for more than seven years. His continuing dental and medical practice education includes attendance at numerous symposiums and educational forums in implants, sinus lifts and bone augmentation at NYU and The Connecticut Implant Institute. He has also attended practice seminars in the rescue and repair of implants and implant-blades. In 2008, he attended the prestigious Vegas Institute for Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry.
Dr. Gelbart focuses on keeping up-to-date with all of the latest advancements in dentistry and medical technology, enabling him to practice at the highest level of dentistry and provide the best quality of care in the field. His expertise ranges from the most challenging cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments to the most complicated dental surgeries performed today.
Since placing his first implant in 1991, Dr. Gelbart has been called on to place over 20,000 implants for patients in the US and abroad, with an extremely impressive record of success. His love and enthusiasm for dentistry, along with his amazing skills, have made him a model that his peers emulate and a consummate dental professional.
- Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantolgy
- Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
- Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- The International Association of Orthodontists
- The American Dental Association
- New York State Dental Society
Edward Drescher, D.D.S.
Dr. Drescher is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Certified Anesthesiologist. He specializes in placing dental implants and performs advanced surgical procedures such as extractions of impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Drescher is certified to provide I.V. sedation, which keeps patients conscious, pain-free and responsive to instruction. Dr. Drescher graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. To become an oral surgeon, four additional years of education are required, after completing four years of dental school. He trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at New York Hospital’s Cornell Medical Center. He also completed residencies at the VA Hospital and the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his anesthesiology training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a member of the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is the attending doctor in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also a course director at the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual implant seminar.
Neil Kesselman, D.D.S.
Dr. Neil Kesselman has been practicing dentistry for 30 years. He received his Bachelors of Science at SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Kesselman then went on to obtain his D.D.S. at the Ohio State University. He has been with Family Dental for over 20 years. Dr. Kesselman caters to nervous patients and enjoys transforming a patient back into normal function and appearance.
Lance Gordon, D.M.D.
Dr. Gordon received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Boston University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, and performed his dental residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Gordon is a caring and compassionate dentist, who also is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Gordon is a general dentist with clinical proficiency in molar rotary Endodontics, Crown and Bridge, Veneers, Invisalign, Surgical extractions and implant restorations. Dr. Gordon will be practicing out of the Fishkill and Jefferson Valley offices, as well as every other Saturday at the Brewster office.
Pratik Vakil, D.M.D.
Dr. Vakil is a Texas native and attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He received his Masters of Science from Boston University Medical School. His D.M.D. is from Boston University Goldman School of Denistry. He completed hundreds of hours of courses in post-graduate dentistry and residency at Interfaith Medical Center for the underserved population of Brooklyn, New York.
He is dedicated to the newest advancements in cosmetic dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest technologies. He is a member of The American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and International congress of Oral Implantologists. He has been in dentistry for seven years, joining Family Dental in 2012.
Rebekah Tannen, D.M.D.
Dr. Tannen graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1990. She went onto University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where she completed Doctor of Dental Surgery studies in 1994. After completing two years of a general practice dental residency at St. Barnabas Hospital and a Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry at The Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Tannen decided to focus on pediatrics. Dr. Tannen completed her two-year pediatric dental training at St. Barnabas Hospital in 1999. Upon graduation she began practicing pediatric dentistry in New York City, Dutchess and Putnam County New York while teaching at St. Barnabas Hospital, as an associate attending. In 2003 she became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is now committed to treating the patients of Family Dental Group in Fishkill and Brewster New York. She continues to teach and in 2005 became the Section Chief of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Cleopatra Sioris, D.D.S.
Dr. Sioris, a pediatric dentist, received her B.A. degree from H. Lehman College and went on to complete her D.D.S. at New York University. Her pediatric dental certificate is from Albert Einstein/Kennedy Horizon Center, Bronx, New York. She has been in practice for 35 years, the last seven, with Family Dental Group. Dr. Sioris regularly participates in dental outreach in nursery schools. She is fluent in French, Greek, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Katherine Bracy, D.D.S.
Dr. Katherine Bracy graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2006. She began working as a general dentist in her home state of Illinois.
While practicing, she realized that her true love was working with children. She went on to specialize in pediatric dentistry and received her certificate from St. Barnabas Hospital. She is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and board eligible in her specialty.
She juggles working in private practice four days a week with teaching at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, which specializes in children with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about creating an environment and experience that allows children to grow up without a fear of the dentist.
Fernando Ehrhardt D.M.D., M.S.
Dr. Erhardt attended the University of Miami in Florida, receiving a B.S. degree in Biology, a B.A. in Religious Studies, and a minor in Theater Arts. He went on to attend Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery, completing his degree in 2002.
He performed his residency at Bronx, VA Medical Center. He was part of the Clinical Faculty at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery until 2006. He is Board Eligible, American Academy of Periodontology.
Jaby K. Paul, D.M.D.
Dr. Paul attended Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, receiving his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology. He completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Dental School, in 2011. There, he was on the Dean’s List, 2009-2011 and in the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontics Honor Society. He completed his General Practice Residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in June, 2012. He did a Community Oriented Dental Education externship that included clinical rotation for patients from various socioeconomic backgrounds, in Galloway, New Jersey. Dr. Paul is committed to providing comprehensive dental care while improving his abilities as a practitioner.
Vincent Ayuko, D.D.S.
Dr. Ayuko attended dental school at the School Of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi, Africa. Upon moving to the United States, he attended New York University, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2004. While attending NYU, he worked as an assistant at Family Dental Brewster. He is an extremely gentle dentist and promises a calm, and pain free visit.
Michelle Moreno, R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist
Licia Macri, Registered Dental Hygienist, R.D.H.
Licia’s interest in science and medicine led her to a career in the dental field. She attended New York University, graduating in 1999, as a licensed Dental Hygienist. She has long history of caring for a range of people, including geriatrics, pediatrics, and while in college, worked at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, a facility that provides rehabilitation and specialty nursing services. Licia’s caring and nurturing personality make her a perfect fit for her role as a hygienists. Says Licia “be true to your teeth and your teeth will never be false to you.”
Krystal Savice, R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist
A 2011 graduate of New York University with a Bachelors of Science degree, Krystal loves helping her patients learn about oral health care and how it relates to overall health. Her career in dentistry was shaped when she was in middle school and in her dentist’s office every week getting her braces adjusted, and her interest piqued. She enjoys the busy Brewster office because it has a wide range of general doctors, providing her with continual learning. Additionally, the office has the most up to date technology, allowing her to go above and beyond for her patients, in providing comprehensive examinations of oral cavity and surrounding structures.
Justine Antonatos, Assistant Regional Manager, New York
Justine has been with the office for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dental practice management. She attended Dutchess Community College, and started with the practice working at the front desk. As Office Manager, she oversees the many aspects of the daily operations of the office including ensuring flawless execution of operational standards, compliance with government regulations and she works to recruit, hire and develop office staff capable of delivering high quality patient care. She also maintains excellent patient satisfaction scores, and continually works towards building and sustaining a joined leadership work environment with doctors.
Vilma Nokaj – Assistant Office Manager
Vilma first became acquainted with Family Dental Group Brewster when she became a patient. The staff recognized her compassionate, winning personality and thought she would be a great fit for the office. Five years later, she is now the Assistant Office Manager. Vilma’s personality helps make the office a friendly environment and she goes to great lengths to treat each patient like family.
She makes sure that the dental office provides outstanding customer service, via engaged employees, in an efficient manner and also works towards creating a productive, team-oriented work environment.
Carla Mullenix, Insurance Specialist, New York Region
Carla spent two years at Wisconsin State University, before moving to New York, where she attended Mercy College in White Plains. She joined Family Dental in their Brewster office in 1986, holding various roles and eventually becoming Office Manager. In 2011, she moved into her current role, where she is responsible for acting as a bridge between insurance companies and patients. Her strong customer service skills and in depth knowledge of all insurance benefits related to the dentistry arena makes her a perfect fit for her position. She is also responsible for credentialing of professionals in the region, which is the process of establishing the qualifications of licensed professionals.
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