Dr. Michele Kaider, DDS

Dr. Michele Kaider, D.D.S.

Dr. “Michele” Kaider


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 moms 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 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.


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


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. 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. 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. 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 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. Amie Shah DDS

Dr. Amie Shah, D.M.D.


Dr. Amie grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and made her way to New York to study economics/pre-dentistry at NYU where she graduated with honors. She then continued her dental education at Temple University where she had the opportunity to participate in dental mission trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic to help serve those without access to dental care. She returned to NYC to complete a general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, followed by a specialty training program in pediatric dentistry at Maimonides Medical Center where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Amie grew up in a large family and always had an inclination towards working with children. She knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in dentistry as she suffered from dental phobia herself as a child and wanted to help change that for future generations of children making pediatric dentistry a perfect career for her. She truly believes in giving each child a positive experience and hopes to help alleviate fear in dental phobic patients by making every dental visit friendly and fun.

Outside the office, Dr. Amie loves traveling, volunteering, exploring the city, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family/friends. She is excited to provide quality care for you and your family with a smile!

Dr. Erica

Dr. Erika Anand, D.D.S.


Dr. Erika Anand grew up on Long Island and attended Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, where she received her dental degree and specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. She was awarded the Delta Dental Award and Dentsply Award and donated her time volunteering to treat underserved children and families in Chile. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.

Dr. Erika focuses on preventive care and enjoys helping families develop healthy eating and oral hygiene habits. She strives to provide a stress-free and positive dental visit for all of her patients. She resides on Long Island with her husband and three young children.

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. Chelsea Townes-Francis, D.D.S, M.P.H - Kiddsmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Chelsea Townes-Francis, D.D.S, M.P.H


Dr. Chelsea grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health. While at Penn, she ran for the varsity track team and was a member of the community service organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Subsequently, Dr. Chelsea graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in Public Health and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. While at Columbia, she held several leadership positions, including President of the student chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. During this time, she was able to explore her passion for public health by being a member of the student-run free clinic, participating in Missions of Mercy, and providing dental care in Guatemala with KIDS International Dental Service. Following graduation, Dr. Chelsea completed specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at Stony Brook University where she developed her skills in treating children of all ages, including those with special needs.

Dr. Chelsea is rarely seen without a smile and looks forward to treating each and every one of her patient’s like they are a part of her family. When she is not taking care of her patients, Dr. Chelsea enjoys reading, going to the beach, and attending Yelp events. You can usually find her with her friends, family, husband, or boxer puppy.

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. Camille Fineza D.D.S


Dr. Camille grew up in Northern New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics. After graduating, she went on to pursue a Masters of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with a concentration in Oral Biology. It was then that she decided to pursue a career in dentistry, and attended The New York University College of Dentistry. Throughout her time in dental school, she loved any opportunity to volunteer her time educating children during local outreaches, and was even able to provide comprehensive dental care to places as far as Kathmandu, Nepal. Through these experiences, Dr. Camille decided to complete a specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry, developing the skills and experience needed to treat a diverse pediatric patient population.


Outside of the office, Dr. Camille enjoys spending time with her family, eating delicious food, traveling, hiking, and reading a good book.

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.