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One Brooklyn Health

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Message from the Chairman:


David J. Miller, DDS, FICD, FACD, FPFA 

Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer 

Department of Dental Medicine 

One Brooklyn Health  



Welcome to One Brooklyn Health (OBH) Department of Dental Medicine. OBH (Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center) offers residency training programs in General Practice, Pediatric Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our residency programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Our Mission: 

  • Reduce the impact of the social determinants of health on the oral health of our patients.  

  • Integrate oral health as part of total patient health and well-being.  

  • Deliver comprehensive oral health care regardless of the patient’s age, race, sex, creed or national origin.  

  • Provide exceptional oral health care through prevention, education and treatment in a safe environment.  

  • Provide dental care to vulnerable populations including special needs, physically, intellectually and medically challenged patients.  

  • Foster a culture of inclusion, accountability, communication, integrity & empathy.  

  • Provide the highest quality of evidenced based training to dental residents in the General Dentistry, Pediatric and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs.  



Our Vision: 

Provide our patients with dental experience that will promote a lifelong relationship built on trust, confidence, quality, and exceptional patient care. To strive to remove the barriers that interfere with the patient’s ability to have good oral health and well-being.  

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry:


One Brooklyn Health Pediatric Dental Residency is a hospital-based 24-month certificate program beginning July 1st offering seven new positions annually and qualifies the resident for board certification. The OBH Pediatric Dental program provides strong clinical and didactic education with the goal of engaging a vulnerable community to address the predictable impact of Social Determinants of Health. The program also strives to create collaboration with departments of medicine to improve the population health of central Brooklyn across various community-based care settings. Resident training focuses on the delivery of personalized care utilizing behavior guidance techniques, sedation, and ambulatory general anesthesia. Our research emphasis is to promote consumer health equity and population health.  


Resident responsibilities include coordination of care, physical assessment of admitted and ambulatory patients, engaging community-based organizations and rotations including pediatric medicine, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. OBH is a consortium of hospitals, ambulatory care centers and a pediatric chronic care center. Our goal is to prepare pediatric dental specialists who can provide high quality care and become leaders in improving the health of communities. The program prepares residents to seek board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and to pursue a variety of career paths. 



The OBH Pediatric Dental Residency program curriculum encompasses seminars, clinical rotations, and web-based learning in preparation for the AAPD examination.  

Didactic training reflects the comprehensive scope of pediatric dentistry and includes lectures on social determinants of Health, pediatric dentistry, growth and development, orthodontics, prevention, pharmacologic behavior management, radiology, oral pathology, research development, and care of patients with chronic health conditions and special healthcare needs. Residents participate in a journal club and present literature reviews on a regular basis. All patient care is under the supervision of board-eligible and board-certified pediatric dentists. Dental specialty consultants from dental anesthesia, prosthodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, oral pathology, and periodontics are available to assure a multidisciplinary approach to education and patient care. Residents are expected to contribute to resident education by presentation of their patient management experiences.  Each resident will also complete a research project that involves data collection and analysis with a faculty mentor for presentation at a regional or national dental meeting, such as the AAPD Annual Session. Accommodations are made for residents to attend continuing education courses and board preparatory courses. Residents also participate in a monthly craniofacial conference sponsored by Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine.  


Program Stipend and Tuition 

All dental residents are members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) and receive the same salary as the medical residents. Post Graduate Year (PGY) levels are defined as a year of service in a residency training program which is certified as having been completed by the appropriate hospital authority, i.e., GPR, AEGD, etc. Residents also receive an additional $2,900 annual food allowance. An additional educational benefit of $1000 per year is provided by the CIR. Residents receive 4 weeks of paid vacation, 9 federal holidays and 4 Personal days. 


          First Year: $74,201.45  

          Second Year: $81,514.57 



In 2016, One Brooklyn Health was established to preserve and enhance health care services in the communities of Central Brooklyn and is composed of three hospitals and their affiliated facilities, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (BHMC), Interfaith Medical Center (IMC), and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC). All three hospitals have had historic ties in the communities they serve and are working together to build a system that will enable OBH to provide the highest quality and widest breadth of healthcare services to those in need 


OBH Dental facilities include:  

Brookdale Hospital Medical Center  

Brookdale Family Care Center- New Lots  

Brookdale Family Care Center- Linden  

Interfaith Medical Center –Smile Brooklyn Dental Center 

Interfaith Medical Center- Bedford Dental Center  

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center 


Program Strengths 


  • Exploring the impact of Social Determinants of Health and how consumers perceive their health or illness as a component in their (dependent’s) life. 

  • Diverse patient population 

  • Vulnerable community with significant oral healthcare needs 

  • Extensive clinical and multidisciplinary exposure with active participation 

  • Excellent auxiliary staff support 

  • Dental education supervised by both full-time and part time faculty. 

  • Extensive emergency room and operating room experience 

  • Comprehensive orthodontic and growth guidance training 

  • Practice management and private office considerations. 

  • Full service medical library on campus 

  • Participation in community health fair, Give kids A Smile 

  • Comprehensive services provided by pedodontics, general dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, dental anesthesiologists, oral pathologists, endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists. 

Program Faculty:


Tinnysha Chopra, DDS Program Director (Pediatric Dentist)



Fred Ferguson, DDS Assistant Program Director (Pediatric Dentist)



Nicholas Katchen, DDS Assistant Program Director (Pediatric Dentist and Dentist Anesthesiologist)



Ann Kennedy, DDS (Pediatric Dentist)

Michelle Bowers, DDS (Pediatric Dentist)

Agnieszka Toth, DDS (Pediatric Dentist)

Nancy Yu, DDS (Pediatric Dentist)

Lawrence Shum, DDS (Pediatric Dentist)

Carly Saxe, DMD (Pediatric Dentist)

Rekha Gehani, DDS (Orthodontist)

Martin Wisniewski, DDS (Orthodontist)

Francis Eng, DDS (Orthodontist)


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