Meet the Doctors

Michael P. Gelbart, DDS
General Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Diplomate of ABOI/ID. American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry

There are only a few hundred dentists in the world which hold this status. The ABOI/ID Diplomate designation symbolizes the highest level of competence in implant dentistry. Certification by the ABOI/ID attests to the fact that a dentist has demonstrated knowledge, ability, and proficiency in implant dentistry through a rigorous examination process. It takes years to acheive and requires presenting 100 cases, a written exam and an oral defense of 10 cases. This is what separates Dr. Michael Gelbart from others implant dentists.

Dr. Michael P. Gelbart graduated from New York University in 1975 with a BS degree, and went on to graduate from the NYU School of Dentistry in 1979. In 1980 he established Family Dental Centers in upstate NY, creating practice groups in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Brewster, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights and Manhattan.

  • Dr. Gelbart is a former NYU Clinical Assistant Professor, having trained NYU dental students for more than seven years.
  • His continuing dental and medical practice education includes attendance at numerous symposiums and educational forums in implants, sinus lifts and bone augmentation at NYU and The Connecticut Implant Institute.
  • He has also attended practice seminars in the rescue and repair of implants and implant-blades.
  • In 2008, he attended the prestigious Vegas Institute for Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Dr. Gelbart focuses on keeping up-to-date with all of the latest advancements in dentistry and medical technology, enabling him to practice at the highest level of dentistry and provide the best quality of care in the field. His expertise ranges from the most challenging cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments to the most complicated dental surgeries performed today.

Dr. Gelbart has been called on to place over 20,000 implants for patients in the US and abroad, with an extremely impressive record of success.

His love and enthusiasm for dentistry, along with his amazing skills, have made him a model that his peers emulate and a consummate dental professional.

Professional Memberships:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantolgy
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The International Association of Orthodontists
  • The American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Society

Pratik Vakil, D.M.D.

Dr. Vakil is a Texas native and attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He received his Masters of Science from Boston University Medical School. His D.M.D. is from Boston University Goldman School of Denistry. He completed hundreds of hours of courses in post-graduate dentistry and residency at Interfaith Medical Center for the underserved population of Brooklyn, New York.

He is dedicated to the newest advancements in cosmetic dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest technologies. He is a member of The American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and International congress of Oral Implantologists. He has been in dentistry for seven years, joining Family Dental in 2012.

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 Dentistry at The Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Tannen decided to focus on pediatrics. Dr. Tannen completed her two-year pediatric dental training at St. Barnabas Hospital in 1999. Upon graduation she began practicing pediatric dentistry in New York City, Dutchess and Putnam County New York while teaching at St. Barnabas Hospital, as an associate attending.

In 2003 she became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is now committed to treating the patients of Family Dental Group in Fishkill and Brewster New York. She continues to teach and in 2005 became the Section Chief of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital.

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 into normal function and appearance.

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

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 was part of the Clinical Faculty at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery until 2006. He is Board Eligible, American Academy of Periodontology.

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 to Jerusalem’s at-risk children and youth.

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 the American Dental Association, and the 9th District Dental Society. He completed the dental residency at Fishkill Beth Israel Medical Center in 1996.

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 and promises a calm, and pain free visit.

Arun Singh, D.D.S.

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, maintaining a good relationship with his patients and helping them understand their treatment needs, and establishing optimum oral health.

Bryan Hinkle, D.D.S.
Pediatric Dentist