Dr. Michele Kaider, DDS

Dr. Michele Kaider – Alstodt, D.D.S.

Owner and Creator of Kiddsmiles Pediatric Dentistry

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 and avoids becoming the victim of dental phobia.   I myself had very poor dental experience as a child and teenager and have vowed to make it so all my patients receive quality care by a fun and warm dentist who cares about their fears and their emotions.

Over the past 13 years I have proudly built an organization known as Kiddsmiles Pediatric Dentistry with 7 Pediatric Dental Offices located in the NY area.  Our newest office just opened in Floral Park, Summer of 2019.

Our 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, as well as those with special needs.  Everyone is aware that the visit is supposed to be as fun and comfortable as possible. Most of our staff are parents as well and can relate to the children’s needs. We offer sedation dentistry as well. 

I have great pride in the Kiddsmiles Team and our true goal is to deliver the utmost best care to 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

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. Marisa Pereira D.M.D.

Dr. Marisa Pereira, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Marisa is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. She grew up in northern New Jersey and currently resides in Manhattan. Dr. Marisa 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.

Currently, she serves as part-time faculty at the NYU School of Dentistry. Dr. Marisa has volunteered her time in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Nepal, 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.

Dr. Tiana Hakimi, DDS

Dr. Tiana  Hakimi, D.D.S.

 

Dr. Tiana Hakimi is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Dr. Tiana strives to provide the highest quality dentistry to each child and create a positive experience free of anxiety in a warm environment. She understands each child is different and aims to provide treatment to meet each child’s specific needs. Dr. Tiana believes in the importance of educating parents and patients in the prevention of cavities. She grew up in Manhattan watching her father practice dentistry. Dr. Tiana graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with an emphasis in psychology and marketing. She 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. Dr. Tiana completed a general practice residency at Queens Hospital Center. She practiced general dentistry in Manhattan for 5 years and joined the faculty at NYU College of Dentistry as a clinical assistant professor. During this time Dr. Tiana felt most fulfilled while treating children. This led her to complete two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City.
Dr. Tiana is an active member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Tiana is certified by the Northeastern Regional Board and certified in CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Saving.
Dr. Tiana resides in Port Washington with her husband, Andrew, and their son Jamie and daughter Leila. In her free time, she enjoys being active with her family, running, skiing, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Tiana feels fortunate to able to work in the community in which she lives.
Dr. Jasmine Sedaghatpour, D.M.D.

Dr. Jasmine Sedaghatpour, D.D.S.

 

Dr. Jasmine received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA ) where she graduated Cum Laude. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious Loma Linda School of Dentistry where she graduated with honors in outstanding clinical performance. Upon graduation, Dr. Jasmine relocated to New York where she completed her General Practice Residency at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ). She finally completed her Pediatric Dentistry Residency at Maimonides Medical Center, where she was elected as chief resident for her exemplary work and caring attitude towards all patients.

Dr. Jasmine places the dental care of her patients as her top priority. She believes in providing the highest quality care with a gentle approach and ensures to make every child comfortable while providing excellent care. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is PALS and ACLS certified. She lives in Long Island with her family and is excited for the opportunity to give back to her Long Island community. In her spare time, Dr. Jasmine loves traveling, hiking, and trying new cuisines.

Dr. Kafi Charles D.M.D.

Dr. Kafi Charles, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Kafi is a native of the beautiful twin island of Trinidad and Tobago, but a New Yorker at heart as she spent most of her adolescence growing up in Queens, NY. She eventually made her way down the island to Stony Brook University where she studied Health Science as a Women in Science and Engineering Scholar (WISE). She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she not only participated but lead many outreach and mentoring programs for disadvantaged communities and students. 

After dental school, Dr. Kafi’s journey to practicing dentistry, came full circle when she made her way back to her alma mater, Stony Brook University. There, she completed her General Practice Residency and subsequently, her specialty training in her true passion of Pediatric Dentistry.  At Stony Brook, she refined her skills in all aspects of adult and pediatric dentistry in both a clinical and surgical dental setting.  

Dr. Kafi has experience working with every child from the most nervous to the most energetic. Her calm and cool nature helps her patients walk away with a positive dental experience. Dr. Kafi’s sound training coupled with her unique global perspective that is fueled by her love of international culture and travel has colored the way she interacts with her patients. She believes that everyone deserves an amazing dental experience, and sometimes that means finding a connection with a patient that goes far beyond her own cultural understandings. 

Dr. Kafi’s goal outside of being an awesome pediatric dentist is traveling the world, interacting with its people and trying (almost) every food in it! She is always up for checking out unique restaurants near and far or booking a ticket for a new adventure. But of course, her favorite adventures are always with her patients! 

Dr. Sharona Shimunova D.D.S - Kiddsmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Sharona Shimunova, D.D.S.

 

Dr. Sharona is a New York native who was raised in Forest Hills, Queens. She attended Adelphi University where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in biology. She then received her dental degree at New York University College of Dentistry where she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. She then completed her two-year pediatric residency training at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, New York. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is PALS and ACLS certified.

Dr.Sharona enjoys spending time with her patients and looks forward to establishing a trusting relationship centered around positive dental experiences. As a mother herself, Dr. Sharona aims to treat all her patients as she would her own children, with the focus on preventative and conservative dental treatment. When Dr. Sharona is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys baking, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Stacie

Dr. Stacy Cho, D.M.D.

 

Dr. Stacy grew up in Long Island, NY. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. She then attended dental school at University of Pennsylvania, where she developed a passion for working with children in the dental field. She completed her training in pediatric dentistry at University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Outside of the office, Dr. Stacy likes to cook, try new restaurants and explore the city. She also recently adopted a kitten named Greg, who livens up her apartment with his spunky attitude. Dr. Stacy is excited to be returning home to work and serve her community.

Dr. Stephanie Asusta

 

Dr. Stephanie is a native New Yorker who was raised in Staten Island. She attended Wagner College where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in Chemistry. Her scholastic accolades in the sciences would then lead to an acceptance at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. It was here where she was able to find her passion for pediatrics, especially after participating in their Madagascar outreach program overseas. The lasting effects of her time spent there providing free dental care to the underserved children within the community strongly influenced her career trajectory to focus on the oral health care needs of today’s youth. Dr. Stephanie would go on to receive her DDS degree from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She then completed her two-year pediatric residency program at Montefiore Medical Center, which equipped her to address the specialized needs surrounding children’s dental care at Kiddssmiles.

In Dr. Stephanie’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places and going to the gym. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is proficient in Spanish.

Dr. Janet Kim, DMD, MS

 

Dr. Janet is a native of Atlanta, GA. Her passion for sharing smiles started at a young age after a positive experience with a pediatric dentist. This led her to study dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by dual pediatric dentistry and masters program at University of California in San Francisco. While at UCSF, she was able to develop all areas of her dental expertise, including sedation and treating patients with special needs.

Dr. Janet enjoys her work with children both in and out of the practice, including at local community events and schools. She just returned from a mission trip to the Philippines, which was one of the best experiences of her career. One of her passions is healthy eating – indeed, while getting her masters at UCSF, this included a study on the effect of diet on dental health. 

Dr. Janet is passionate about her work and believes in making each visit to the dentist a positive one. While not in the office, you can find Janet cooking, baking, and exploring the city.

Dr. Jenna Yu, DDS

 

Dr. Jenna grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill for her undergraduate education and Dental school. She devoted herself to volunteering in underserved communities as a dental student, and one of her most formative experiences came from her trip to Uganda where she provided dental care to children and families in need. After graduating, Dr. Jenna honed her skills and practiced general dentistry for a year. During this time, she realized she was happiest and most fulfilled when treating children, which led her to ultimately complete specialty training in pediatric dentistry at NYU Langone Hospital. 

Dr. Jenna is fluent in Mandarin, is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and is both PALS and ACLS certified. She prioritizes creating a positive dental experience for her patients and instilling proper oral care habits in children at a young age. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to as many different countries as she can, experiencing new restaurants, and exploring NYC.

Dr. Mallika Prakash, DDS

 

Dr. Mallika grew up in Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Biochemistry. After college she moved to New York City to pursue her doctorate in dental medicine at New York University. As a student Dr. Mallika realized that she enjoyed practicing dentistry most when working with children and went on to pursue a career in Pediatric Dentistry. She completed her General Practice Residency at Flushing Hospital and her Pediatric Dental Residency at Northwell Health, Staten Island University Hospital. During residency, she received specialized training working with children requiring complex medical and dental needs.

Dr. Mallika’s goal is always to make children feel comfortable by giving them a positive experience to remember. She hopes to instill good oral hygiene habits within her patients and to give them a beautiful smile. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places with her family, playing tennis and finding new spots around New York to hike.

Dr. Sam Abettan, DDS

 

Dr. Sam Abettan grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in West Hempstead with his wonderful wife and 3 beautiful children. Dr. Sam earned his dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry and continued his training at NYU with a post-graduate residency in Pediatric Dentistry. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and is a candidate for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Currently, he serves as an attending at the pediatric dental residency training program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. In his free time, Dr.Sam enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, traveling, surfing, hiking, and reading.

Dr. Avani Patel, DDS

 

Dr. Avani Patel is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She was born in Great Britain and grew up in Toronto, Canada. After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto, she attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she received her degree in dentistry.  After dental school, she went to the University of Rochester where she earned an advanced degree in general dentistry. Dr. Avani also completed a two-year dual academic-hospital based residency in Pediatric Dentistry in Rochester.

 

It is Dr. Avani’s goal to provide high-quality dental care to children in a caring and compassionate way.

Dr. Avani resides in Jericho, NY with her husband, Bharat, and their children, son Arjun and daughter Isha. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends and family, read a good book, and travel.