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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Helping people is part of her DNA.

Darlene “Dee” Brezinsky, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P., Family Planning Darlene “Dee” Brezinsky grew up with two uncles who were physicians and a tremendous inspiration to her – one did house calls and delivered babies! It motivated Dee to become a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on reproductive healthcare for men and women, STD testing and treatment, Women’s Health and OB/GYN. “I am passionate about these topics and take every opportunity to teach patients about their health,” says Dee. She believes education and developing a health plan puts patients at ease about their health concerns. “They are better able to manage their health after we talk,” she states. Dee has been a Registered Nurse for 34...

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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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Every patient has a story.

Dr. Robert Shelly, Finger Lakes Community Health Dr. Shelly says that “bringing quality healthcare to people who have difficulty finding a doctor is what gives meaning to my life.” He comes from a long line of doctors providing medicine to indigenous peoples and the underserved all over the globe. His grandparents were doctors in India for many years, and his parents, both doctors, worked in the Congo and rural Appalachia. Dr. Shelly enjoys getting to know his patients: “I feel privileged to hear my patients’ personal stories.  I learn something from every person, and the relationships that form over time often mean more than the medicines I prescribe or the tests I order.”  His philosophy...

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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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