A Dentist with a Mission to Serve

Dr. Neal Johnson, DDS – Geneva Community Health Dr. Neal Johnson is a compassionate and industrious man.  He is active in his church whether he is traveling as far away as Zambia or Thailand, or helping to build a Family Life Center in his own community.  For Neal, being a dentist is also a ministry. Dentistry runs in the Johnson Family.  Not only was his father a dentist, now one of his sons continues in the profession as well. Dr. Johnson has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years.   After selling his own private practice, Neal wanted to continue to serve people. He joined Geneva Community Health to do just that. As Neal states,...

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It’s about treating the whole patient for this dentist.

Aisha Toure, DDS “I don’t just treat my patients’ teeth but try to improve their overall health,“ says Aisha Toure, DDS.  “Smiling, laughing, and eating with healthy teeth is so important.” Aisha Toure, DDS, a graduate of the Meharry Medical College of Dentistry, brings with her several years of dental experience from a variety of settings — including the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center where she did her fellowship. Her expertise ranges from preventative care, to general dentistry and restorative...

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Joy is having a positive impact on patients’ lives.

Shaila Garasia, DDS “There is such great joy in having a positive impact on my patients’ lives.” Shaila Garasia understands the value of improving and enhancing an individual’s self-worth through better dental care. “Teeth and how a patient looks are a critical component of how they see and value themselves. Keeping this primary objective in mind, drives what I do and how I treat my patients,” said Dr. Garasia. Dr. Garasia has a passion and commitment to serve the underserved. In her 17 years as a Dentist, she has worked at several health centers treating patients from  diverse backgrounds. As a child in India, she was exposed to poverty and people with a lack...

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Dentist with a cause.

Albert Neri Jr., DDS The son of a dentist, Dr. Neri began his 33-year career as a dental assistant in the Navy.  His mission? To motivate his patients to practice good dental habits and preventive care. Before he picks up an instrument, he talks to patients about their dental habits. “Motivating, educating, and sympathizing with my patient’s needs is the first thing I do. It’s a cliche, but an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure—especially in dentistry.” Dr. Neri enjoys working with his FLCH co-workers. “They are a talented, dedicated, and varied group of professionals. But they all have the same goal—serving the patient and the community.” Dr. Neri is a...

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Scaling peaks for his patients.

Christopher Lehfeldt, DDS Here are a few goals crossed off Dr. Lehfeld’s bucket list: he has hiked all 46 of the highest peaks in New York and 115 of the highest in the northeastern United States. Confidence, experience, passion, and the determination to see something through: these same qualities that he uses in mountain climbing he brings to his dental practice at FLCH. Dr. Lehfeldt has been a dentist for 25 years. As a hearing-impaired child, he noticed that people with bad or missing teeth were difficult to lipread. He realized that repairing people’s teeth would help boost their self-confidence and their ability to communicate—and a passion for dentistry was born. “Death, taxes and toothaches know...

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They call him “Dr. Tony”

Tony Mendicino Jr., Dental Director “Wins Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award” Most people dread going to the dentist. But Dr. Anthony Mendicino makes his patients feel so at ease, they call him “Dr. Tony.” So much so that he was the recently awarded with the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award by the NYS Association of Rural Health (NYSARH). Like Dr. Ogden, Dr. Tony’s kindness and humor helps him improve oral health in our community. He says, “Since very few patients enjoy coming to the dentist, I try to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible.” A graduate of the University of Buffalo School...

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