Min Deng, DMD, PhD
Prior to dental school, I earned a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology and completed six years of postdoctoral training in biochemistry. What motivated my decision to become a pediatric dentist is my admiration for children’s innocence, their unselfish ways of showing love, and my desire to contribute to improving their well-being.
Sulakshana “Sue” Sundaresan, DDS
General Dentist, Adult & Cosmetic Dentistry, Certified Invisalign® Provider
Once I started practicing, I realized that dental anxiety is a barrier to appropriate treatment. With the introduction of innovative technology like the Solea Laser and Itero Scanning, we can give our patients a zero anxiety visit to restore their oral health with confidence. It is also special when a patient tells me how much they love being photographed with their new smile at the completion of cosmetic procedures.
Aneel Bherwani, DMD, MS
Dr. Bherwani was initially drawn to orthodontics for its lasting and positive
impact in people’s lives. He understands the power of a smile in enhancing
confidence, self-esteem and works hard to craft the best possible smile
for each individual while ensuring the most comfortable experience
during treatment. Dr. Bherwani strives to specially tailor his care to each
individual and their clinical situation, their goals, their lives, their interests
and prides himself on personally getting to know all of his patients and
treating everyone as if they are a member of his own family.
Ashley – Dental Hygienist
Ashley has been with our practice since 2013. She finds her job most fulfilling when she can help an anxious patient through a visit and then leave with a smile. In her spare time, Ashley loves to spend time outdoors fishing and hiking with her husband and two children.
“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” ~ William Hazlitt
Kim B. – Dental Hygienist
Kim joined our practice in 2009 and loves working with our amazing team of women. She loves her patients and genuinely takes an interest in their daily lives. Kim provides a calm energy for our most anxious patients. When Kim is not at work, she enjoys reading and the outdoors. She loves to kayak, travel, camp and garden.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” ~ Thoreau
Trish – Dental Hygienist
Trish has been with our practice since 2003. She loves working with our team and being able to help her patients leave her chair with a smile. Throughout her career, Trish has always enjoyed working with people and brings her fun sense of humor to help patients relax in her chair. Trish loves animals, enjoys spending time with her family and cooking international foods.
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow old because you stop laughing.” ~ Maurice Chevalier
Maria – Dental Hygienist
Maria has been a beloved hygienist since 1984. She loves the people she meets each day. She connects with her patients and enjoys when they share interesting stories about their lives with her. In her spare time, Maria enjoys reading, cooking, camping and traveling.
“All are welcome.”
Cory – Office Manager
Cory graduated from SCSU with her B.A in Business Management. Cory has several years of experience in the medical and dental fields. She loves all the positive energy at Smilen Dental Group! Working with this incredible team of women is a gift, and seeing patients smile is the best part of her day! Cory’s favorites are all things Disney, spending time with her rescue pups, going to the beach and travelling with her husband and two sons.
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” ~ Walt Disney
Mary – Business Team
Mary has been with our practice since 1983. She loves seeing patients grow up through the years and then bring their own children for their first visits. Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and four grandchildren. She also enjoys making crafts and camping with her family.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” ~Stephen Hawking
Sandy – Business Team
Sandy has been working in customer service for over ten years. She greets every patient with a warm smile. She enjoys being a part of a team of women who encourage and support each other. Sandy loves to travel and learn about new cultures. She has lived in three different countries, speaks Spanish and loves to dance.
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
Jamie – Business Team
Jamie has been greeting patients with her beautiful smile since 2014. She loves working with our team and building connections with our patients and their families. Jamie is a die-hard NY Giants fan, loves going to the beach and spending time with her two children.
“Where there is love, there is life.” ~Gandhi
Jackie – Business Team
Jackie has been with our practice since 2014. She is always willing to lend a hand in all areas of our office. Jackie loves being part of a great team who are all dedicated to provide everyone with a smile they love. When she is not working, Jackie enjoys cooking, going to the gym and spending time with her family.
“Smile- it’s free therapy.”
Janet- Office Manager
Janet joined our practice in 1990. Her prior experience includes nine years in orthopedics and seven years in pediatric dentistry. Having witnessed many positive changes in dentistry over the years, Janet is happy to have been able to be a part of this patient-centered practice and the amazing group of people with whom she is privileged to work. After turning over the office management reins to Cory at the end of 2019, Janet is enjoying her semi-retirement. When not in the office, she is exploring her artistic talents in painting, pottery and printmaking. She also enjoys traveling across the country with her husband.
“Customer service is not a department- It is a personal responsibility.” ~ Lee Cockerell
Michele – Dental Assistant
Michele has her degree in Health and Human Services from New York City College of Technology. She started her career as a dental assistant in 1992. Michele feels joy in her heart as our patients improve their smiles throughout their dental visits. Michele speaks French Creole and enjoys spending time with her family.
“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” ~ Mother Teresa
Casey – Dental Assistant
Casey has been with our practice since 2016. She loves working with our orthodontic patients, educating them and building relationships with every visit. Casey takes a genuine interest in all of our patients’ school activities and outside interests. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves being a mom.
“Don’t look back unless it’s to see how far you’ve come.”
Liz – Dental Assistant
Liz has been working with pediatric patients since 2015. She loves working with children and providing support to the patients and their families. Liz is fluent in Spanish which helps our young Spanish-speaking patients stay calm during their dental treatment. She loves spending time with her husband and son.
“The most beautiful thing in the world is a child’s smile. The next best thing? Knowing that you are the reason behind it.” ~ Fatima Nacana
Halley – Dental Assistant
Halley has a passion for providing care to our orthodontic patients. She loves building relationships while providing support and education as they progress through their treatment. Halley participated in sports growing up and relates to our patients as they share their own experiences. Halley loves adventure! She enjoys going to the gym, hiking and has even gone skydiving!
“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”
Danielle – Dental Assistant
Danielle truly connects with our pediatric patients. She loves being able to work with our youngest patients every day. It makes Danielle’s heart happy to make each visit to our office a fun and positive experience for every patient. Danielle is an identical twin and loves spending time with her two nieces.
Kim K. – Dental Assistant
Kim joined our practice in 1990 and has built many relationships with our patients over the years. Her enthusiastic personality allows her to make genuine connections with our patients. Kim says: “The best part of an adult and pediatric practice is watching the children grow up and become confident adult patients.” Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ~ John Lennon