Dr. Michele Savel, DDS

Dr. Michele Savel, DDS

Combining professionalism with fun

As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and mother of three, I know how very important it is that a child feels good about visiting the dentist. I myself had very poor dental experience as a child and teenager. It became most important to me that children receive quality care by a friendly dentist who cares about their fears and their emotions. My goal is that my patients never develop a fear of the dentist. I want to help create a generation of non-phobic dental patients.

Our brand new offices are equipped with the latest state of the art technology, including laser dentistry (no needle fillings, digital x-rays, and computer imaging as well as the latest and best dental restorative materials. Our staff has extra training and experience in dealing with children, everyone is aware that the visit is supposed to be as fun and comfortable as possible. Most of our staff are moms as well and can relate to the children’s needs.

I have great pride in the Kiddsmiles Team and our true goal is to deliver the utmost best care the children of this community.

Pediatric Dental Certificate/Training

New York University, New York, NY—Chief Resident DDS degree at New York University: Awarded American Childrens Dentistry Award for an undergraduate student.

Research

National Institute of Health, Biochemistry of dental microflora. Advanced Training Includes: Sippy Cup/Nursing Bottle Syndrome (Early Childhood Caries), Thumb-Sucking Syndrome, Laser Pediatric Dentistry, Interceptive Orthodontics, Dentistry for Children with Special Needs, Hospital Dentistry, PALS

Member

Diplomate of The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Nassau County Dental Association, American Dental Association

Volunteer Instructor

Makes dental presentations to day-care and preschool students throughout the year.

Dr. Kellie A. Alberry, D.D.S.

Dr. Kellie A. Alberry, D.D.S.

 

Dr. “Kellie” believes that every child should have a positive experience at the dentist and strives to provide that for each patient. She obtained an undergraduate degree in biology at Marist College. After receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Buffalo, she completed two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the Women and Children’s Hospital Of Buffalo. During her residency, Dr. Kellie served as the chief resident with added responsibilities and also gained valuable knowledge in treating children with special needs. After her many years in Buffalo, she was eager to finally come back to where she was born and raised on Long Island. In 2006, she had a life-changing opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and volunteer her services to the less fortunate providing free dental care to children and adults. Dr. Kellie loves to spend time with friends and family, especially with her son Brayden and daughter Emerson. She also loves to sing, so you may hear her hum a tune or two during treatment. Dr. Kellie is a board certified pediatric dentist who is specially trained to treat children and looks forward to eliminating fears in the most apprehensive patient.

Dr. Hajira Husain, D.M.D.

Dr. Hajira Husain, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Haj is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her Undergraduate studies as well as Dental school. She received her post graduate training at Stony Brook University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Haj previously worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU’s College of Dentistry.

Dr. Haj believes the key to a lifetime of successful oral health begins at an early age. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), all children should have a dental “home” by age 1. Positive routine dental visits along with parental reinforcement from the start will guide children in the right direction to keep their mouths healthy, happy and pain free.

Dr. Haj is a strong believer in preventive care including dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of all back teeth. Sealants coupled with excellent home care can lead to better long term oral health.

Dr. Haj follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines when taking x-rays and uses state of the art digital radiography devices that deliver minimal radiation. Dr. Haj only believes in taking x-rays when they are warranted according to the AAPD.

Dr. Haj’s philosophy for treating young patients: “I believe in treating all children as unique individuals in a caring and fun manner. Dental anxiety and fear are very common at a young age and I pride myself on taking the time to alleviate those fears with patience, understanding, and the highest level of dental care.”

Dr. Reesha Shah, D.M.D.

Dr. Reesha Shah, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Reesha Shah grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended the University of Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then completed her dental education at Boston University, where she graduated with high honors and received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree. She went on to complete a General Practice Residency and Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a two-year specialty training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Reesha is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and is an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry candidate. She has a strong passion for community outreach and has volunteered locally as well as abroad in Haiti. Her goal is to provide high-quality dental care for children in a caring and compassionate way. In her free time, Dr. Reesha loves to read a good book, practice yoga, cook new recipes, and travel with her husband.

Dr. Michelle Goldstein, D.M.D.

Dr. Michelle Goldstein, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Michelle Goldstein grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. “G” as she likes her patients to call her received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brandeis University and completed her dental education at Boston University School of Dental Medicine where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree. She left Massachusetts for New York in order to complete specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Throughout her post-graduate education, Dr. G developed a love of outreach dentistry and has traveled both internationally and domestically to provide dental care to children in need. Dr. G is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. She is board certified and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is certified in CPR and PALS. Dr. G’s goal is for every child to have positive and fun experiences at the dentist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to the beach.

Dr. Marisa Pereira D.M.D.

Dr. Marisa Pereira D.M.D.

 

Dr. Marisa grew up in northern New Jersey and currently resides in Manhattan. She completed a selective 3-4 Bio-Dental program, spending her first three years at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Subsequently, she earned her dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Following dental school, Dr. Marisa completed a 2-year specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry through Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Marisa has volunteered her time in both the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and plans to continue to be active in dental mission trips abroad. In her free time, Dr. Marisa enjoys yoga, running, cooking, exploring the city, and spending time with family and friends. She excited to build good habits and great oral health with you and your family.

Dr. Yassmin Aljaberi D.M.D.

Dr. Yassmin Aljaberi D.M.D.

 

Dr. Yassmin believes that every child is unique and she strives to create an atmosphere that is both fun and nurturing for her patients. She studied biology and anthropology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where she graduated summa cum laude. She was accepted into an advanced program at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. After spending much of her life in Ohio she decided it was time for a change and moved to New York. She completed her two-year specialty training for Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association. She has certificates for NERB, BLS and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy traveling, music, Cleveland sports, and exploring the city.

Cyelee-Kulkarni-DMD

Dr. Cyelee Kulkarni, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Cyelee grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. She attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed training in hospital-based dentistry at Harvard University’s affiliated Brigham and Women’s hospital. Her work there kindled her interest in the care of medically complex patients which led her to a fellowship in Dental Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her love for working with children inspired her to seek a pediatric dentistry residency at Montefiore Medical Center New York City which eventually was followed by a Directorship of Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

At Penn, she created the Pediatric Dentistry curriculum for all dental students and extensively taught in a classroom and clinical setting. She also taught residents at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and received awards for excellence in teaching in 2012 and 2013. After four years as faculty at UPenn, Dr. Cyelee moved back to New York to be closer to her fiancée and is very excited to join the newest office of Kiddsmiles! Her hobbies include cooking, playing piano and singing in her free time. She is also learning to play the guitar.

Dr. Tiana Hakimi, DDS

Dr. Tiana  Hakimi, D.D.S.

 

Dr. Tiana strives to create a warm and happy environment for all her patients while catering to each child’s specific needs. She grew up in Manhattan watching her father practice dentistry. Dr. Tiana graduated with honors in Psychology and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis. After four years she was ready to return to NYC and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry. While at NYU she participated in many outreach programs including traveling to Nicaragua to provide dental care to children in need. Following dental school, Dr. Tiana completed a general practice residency at Queens Hospital Center and practiced general dentistry in Manhattan for five years. While in practice she realized she was happiest and felt most fulfilled while treating children. Dr. Tiana then completed two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Harlem Hospital Center.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Tiana is also certified by the Northeastern Regional Board and certified in CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Saving. She currently lives in Port Washington with her husband and her two children and enjoys being able to work in the community in which she lives.
Dr Raya Abu-Zahra

Dr. Raya Abu-Zahra, D.D.S.

 

Dr. Raya was born and raised in a suburb near Detroit, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with honors. She furthered her education with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, also at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her passion and extensive volunteer experience with children led her to her desire of treating children as a career; she was accepted immediately after graduation into the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. She is thankful for the valuable knowledge and experience she obtained on treating children and patients with special health care needs. She is a firm believer in serving others whether locally, or internationally, and has traveled to Guatemala twice to provide dental care. She also has volunteered for Special Olympics, free Saturday Dental Clinics, and has led a Give Kids a Smile Event. She is committed to providing a comfortable, positive, and fun experience for children and their parents.

She is thankful for the valuable knowledge and experience she obtained on treating children and patients with special health care needs. She is a firm believer in serving others whether locally, or internationally, and has traveled to Guatemala twice to provide dental care. She also has volunteered for Special Olympics, free Saturday Dental Clinics, and has led a Give Kids a Smile Event. She is committed to providing a comfortable, positive, and fun experience for children and their parents.

Dr. Raya is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and is an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry candidate. She is also certified in CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Raya can be found spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, biking, reading, and drinking all sorts of tea.

Dr. MaryAnn Danosos D.D.S

Dr. MaryAnn Danosos, D.D.S.

 

Dr. MaryAnn grew up in Batavia, NY – halfway between Rochester and Buffalo.  She attended Syracuse University where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in biology and psychology.  This science background primed her for her pursuit of dentistry, and MaryAnn enrolled at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, graduating cum laude.  Prior to initiating her specialty in pediatrics, she completed a general practice residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she honed her skills in all aspects of both adult and pediatric dental care.

Though an inclination towards the care of children began in dental school, it was solidified at her residency in Philadelphia.  Dr. MaryAnn was then accepted into the two-year Maimonides Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry residency program, where she completed her specialty training, with a special emphasis on the treatment of special needs patients, management of dental trauma, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, and patient care under general anesthesia. Dr. MaryAnn strives to give every patient a fun and positive experience at the dentist, paving the way for a lifetime of happy smiles!  Dr. MaryAnn was recently married; she and her husband live in Greenwich Village, Manhattan and would someday like to be the owners of two Siamese-Himalayan cats.

Dr. Maria Angelica Cohen D.M.D

Dr. Maria Angelica Cohen, D.M.D.

 

Dr. “Angie” grew up in Venezuela and completed her bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Florida International University. She then completed her Doctoral in Dental Medicine with honors at Nova Southeastern University. During her second year of dental school, Dr. Angie rotated in the Special Needs and Pediatric unit, where she immediately realized that becoming a Pediatric Dentist was her real vocation. She followed her dreams and completed her Pediatric Residency at St. Christopher Hospital for children, where she had the opportunity to treat underprivileged children. After finishing residency, Dr. Angie and her husband decided to move to New York to be close to her family. Dr. Angie currently resides in Westchester County and looks forward to being involved with the community.
In her spare time, Dr. Angie enjoys spending time with her son and her husband, as well as traveling and  cooking. Dr. Angie is committed to providing high-quality oral health care to all children and hopes to provide a safe and positive dental experience to every patient. She is Board Eligible and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Maria Angelica Cohen D.M.D

Dr. Alexis Cohen D.D.S

 

Dr. Alexis grew up in Huntington, New York. She attended New York University College of Dentistry, where she received her dental degree. She also earned her Master’s in Public Health at NYU before continuing on to train as a pediatric dentist. She completed her specialty training at Columbia University/New York- Presbyterian Hospital, where she received and her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Alexis works at New York University College of dentistry as a clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatric dentistry. She travels globally with the NYU outreach team providing preventive dental care and dental treatment around the world. Last year she worked on oral health programs in Chile, Nepal, India, Mexico, and Ecuador. Dr. Alexis loves seeing the world and learning about new culture and she is thrilled to be doing so while bettering the oral health of the communities she visits. As a child her favorite movie was Annie and to this day she believes that “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

Dr. Alexandra Delfiner DDS

Dr. Alexandra Delfiner D.D.S

 

Dr. Alexandra Delfiner is a native New Yorker who was raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Dr. Alex’s mother is a general dentist, and after seeing her mom’s passion and dedication to the profession, Dr. Alex was inspired to pursue a career in both dentistry and academics.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Alex then headed back to NYC to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, where she earned both her dental degree and completed a specialized post-graduate training in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Alex has been involved with several local outreach programs in the Washington Heights community and also participated in a dental outreach program to the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the New York State Dental Association.

Outside of the office, Dr. Alex loves seeing Broadway shows, reading, running, and playing with her adorable niece Samara.