Our Dentists and Staff in Hudson Valley & Metro NY

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The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

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    Arun Singh, D.D.S.

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr.Singh attended Adelphi University for undergraduate studies and he is a 2008 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Following his graduation Dr. Singh completed a one year general practice residency at New York Hospital in Queens NY.Dr.Singh is proficient in all phases of general dentistry. Dr.Singh’s patient philosophy is geared toward patient comfort,…

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  • Caitlin Reichert

    Caitlin Reichert

    Office Manager

    Caitlin became interested in dentistry while in high school, and secured a position working at the front desk at the Fishkill office in 2005. After several promotions, she now serves as Assistant Office Manager.  She is key in helping the office work together as a team by communicating with staff regularly to ensure they have the information, tools, and support needed to perform their jobs effectively and successfully.  She helps maintain patient data to include required regulatory chart documents, assists the staff in managing patients, scheduling staff productivity and helps with patient treatment planning.

  • Carla Mullenix

    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…

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  • Carolyn

    Carolyn Totillo

    Regional Vice President, New York

    Carolyn has a wealth of knowledge and involvement in dental practice management, with over 30 years of work experience. She has held nearly every position in the office, excelling in every role. She brings a unique blend of focus, skills, and competencies to her position, and the ability of being able to see things from…

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    Dan Scanell, RDH

    Dan has lived most of his life in Cortland Manor. He graduated from Hostos College with honors and a degree in Dental Hygiene. He is passionate about his work and enjoys meeting new people. He loves playing the guitar, and composing original music. He has instructed aspiring musicians in the past. He enjoys many sports,…

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  • Edward Drescher

    Edward Drescher, D.D.S.

    Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

    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…

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  • Ellen Krom

    Ellen Krom, R.D.H.

    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Ellen has been in the dental field since 1975, gaining her R.D.H. license in 1986 from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. Ellen is certified in Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide. She performs patient care functions, including preparing patients for oral examinations.  Ellen loves the diversity of the practice, having all the different specialties in one…

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  • Fernando

    Fernando Ehrhardt D.M.D., M.S.

    Periodontist

    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…

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    Fred Friedman, D.D.S.

    Orthodontist

    Fred Friedman, DDS received his dental degree from Emory University Dental School in Atlanta, GA and received his certificate in orthodontics from New York University, New York, NY. Previous to joining the Family Dental Group practice, Dr. Friedman has maintained his own successful private practice. Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Association of…

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    Joshua Davis, DMD

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Joshua Davis, DDS received his degree from New York University College of Dentistry, in New York, NY and performed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College, also in New York, NY. Previous to joining the Family Dental Group practice in Brewster, he was an associate at a dental practice in…

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  • Karla-Nelson

    Karla Nelson, RDH

    Karla graduated with a major in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State University in 1993. Karla has been practicing dental hygiene for 21 years. Karla feels this practice has given her the full opportunity to utilize all of her hygiene skills.

  • Larry Stein

    Larry Stein, D.D.S.

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Larry Stein completed undergraduate studies at SUNY Albany and obtained his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He is a seasoned practitioner and has been with Family Dental Group for over fifteen years. He is currently a member of the Academy of Craniofacial Pain; previously been a member of…

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  • DrLaurenAtwell

    Lauren Atwell, D.M.D.

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Lauren Atwell received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, FL, and performed her dental residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Atwell is a member of the American Dental Association and the New York County Dental Society. Dr. Atwell, who is bilingual (Spanish/English),…

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  • Lesia Matwiji

    Lesia Matwiji

    R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist

    Lesia began her career as a full-time dental assistant while she attended evening classes in dental hygiene at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn.  She graduated and became licensed in June 1973.  She went on to take post-graduate courses at Columbia University in dental hygiene. Over the years, she has been involved in…

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  • Lilya Alayeva

    Office Manager

    Lilya was born in Uzbekistan (former Soviet Union) and came to New York at the age of 19. She graduated from Manhattan School of Computer Tech, with a certification in Medical and Dental Billing. She has been in the dental field for over 15 years, and brings a wealth of experience to the practice. Her solid knowledge of insurance plans and financing allow her to help patients plan their treatment needs according to clinical needs and financial impact. Lilya has a warm and caring personality and continually works to make sure every patient visit is a good experience.

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    Maria Farides

    Office Manager

    Maria has been in management for 26+ years, she has been working for the practice since March of 2014, when she relocated from Florida. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Maria She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the practice and is key in helping the office work together as a team by communicating with staff and providers regularly to ensure they have the information, tools, and support needed to perform their jobs effectively and successfully.

  • Maria Maggi

    Maria Maggi

    Office Manager

    Maria has a wealth of experience in dental practice management, having shifted careers from the banking industry over fourteen years ago. She took a dental assisting course and consequently joined Saw Mill Family Dental, holding many roles including working as a dental assistant and at the front desk. She has been Office Manager at Jefferson Valley since September 2012. She oversees the many aspects of the daily operations of the office and works closely with patients to sequence their treatment according to clinical needs and then according to financial impact.

  • Marina Chernin

    Marina Chernin, D.D.S

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Chernin attended Hunter College in New York City and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York City College of Dentistry in 1989.  She has been in practice for 24 years, six years with Family Dental.  She is a volunteer with Dental Volunteers of Israel, an organization that offers free dental care…

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    Michael P. Gelbart, D.D.S.

    General Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

    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 diplomate…

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  • Mila Belgrade D.M.D

    Mila Belgrade D.M.D

    Pediatric Dentist

    Dr. Mila Belgrade graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she earned her dental degree. She than completed one year of General Practice Residency in Montefiore Medical Center, and was chosen to stay for a second year as a Chief resident. Dr. Mila specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at Maimonides Medical…

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  • Neil Kesselman

    Neil Kesselman, D.D.S.

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    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…

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  • Nicholas Katchun

    Nicholas Katchun, D.D.S.

    Pediatric Dentist

    Dr. Katchen received his DDS from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Following the completion of a one year fellowship in special patient care at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY, he became certified in dental anesthesiology at Lutheran Medical Center.Having a strong dedication to treating children, especially those with special needs, Dr. Katchen…

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  • Nikole Yewchuck

    Nikole Yewchuck

    R.D.H., Registered Dental Hygienist

    Nikole has been actively practicing dental hygienist since graduation from Orange County Community college in Middletown, New York, in 1999. Family Dental Group Fishkill has been her home away from home for the past 11 years.  With a passion for her profession, she has a history of maintaining the highest levels of accreditation. She believes…

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  • Rebekah Tannen

    Rebekah Tannen, D.M.D.

    Pediatric Dentist

    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…

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    Robert H. Friedman, D.M.D.

    General Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Friedman is an experienced and compassionate Dentist, using the latest technologies to provide excellent dental care. Dr. Friedman has teaching affiliations at the New York University College of Dentistry, where he is Clinical and Surgical Director for Implantology: Surgical and Prosthetic Treatment. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and…

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  • Vincent Ayuko

    Vincent Ayuko, D.D.S.

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry

    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…

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Office Hours of Family Dental Group locations

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Jefferson Valley location Brewster location
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