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Dr. Ken Markel is our Pediatric Specialist. His thirty-three year career encompasses each and every aspect of dentistry for children and children with special needs.
His concepts concerning health and patient education are the founding principles of the West Side Family Dental Group.
Dr. Ken says “happy and healthy children, along with their families, are our greatest professional joy”. He and his wife Rivka have eight wonderful children between them, and they have three grandchildren and expecting 1 more over the next few months.
Please let us show you how a modern, caring, understanding and youthful attitude, along with a wonderful staff, can make all the difference in the dental experience of your child
Dr. Erika Dean was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida and began aspiring to pursue a career in dentistry at a young age. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Dr. Dean then continued her education at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Following dental school, the doctor completed a General Practice Residency program at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Dr. Dean holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Second District Dental Society.
Dr. Dean currently resides in Manhattan and enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, and traveling in her free time.
Dr. Max Blondman was born and raised in Great Neck, New York. Besides being an avid golfer, he grew up drawing, painting and sculpting. Dr. Blondman completed his undergraduate education at the University of Miami, with a bachelor’s in Architecture, graduating Cum Laude. Despite his aptitude in architecture, he realized that he wanted more personal interaction with new people on an everyday basis while still being able to use his visual and manual skills. Having grown up in a family of dentists, Dr. Blondman changed focus and found dentistry to be the perfect fit, with the added benefit of drawing on the knowledge and experience of his parents!
Dr. Blondman attended NYU College of Dentistry and completed his residency at the VA Medical Hospital in Manhattan. He has subsequently completed a two-year course at NYU and received a certification in placing and restoring dental implants. Dr. Blondman’s eye for detail makes him uniquely qualified to tackle complex cosmetic cases as well.
Dr. Blondman now lives in Manhattan, with his wife, Sabrina, and adorable son, Jack, and dog, Hudson. Dr. Blondman is a big sports fan, so you can often find him at Citi Field or MetLife Stadium, cheering (through a frown) for the Mets or Jets.
Dr. Dena was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She witnessed all four seasons for the first time when she went to college at Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in psychology and minored in Hebrew.
She then returned to Florida to earn her DMD from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Dena was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and participated in various volunteer opportunities, including a dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic and the Special Olympics.
Dr. Dena then migrated north to complete her two-year pediatric dental residency program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where she trained in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country.
Dr. Dena is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the New York State Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. She recently was awarded the 2015 James R. Roche Award of Excellence for attaining the highest score on the Qualifying Examination for the year.
Dr. Dena has been working with children her entire life, from babysitting to tutoring to being a camp counselor, and she is so happy she gets to work one-on-one with children everyday in a fun, caring and nurturing environment.
Dr. Dena enjoys cooking, reading, painting, running and exploring New York City.
Dr. Wohl is our Orthodontic specialist and has been with our practice for nearly 20 years. A 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, he has achieved full status as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr.Wohl also holds an Orthodontic Certificate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he also received a Masters Degree in Oral Biology and a certificate in the Diagnosis and Management of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders.
Originally from sunny Miami, Dr. Wohl enjoys exotic travel and has trekked his way through the mountains of Nepal and Peru. He has also backpacked through Europe, and toured the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador.
Dr. Wohl currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters Maya and Ella.
Dr. Maurice Edwards attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he received his graduate training. After earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, he then attended the residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Since completing his training, Dr. Edwards has worked in a multi-group practice where he has become more proficient in the field of contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During this time Dr. Edwards has guest lectured for the third district Dental Society in Albany, the AAOMS national meeting in New Orleans, society meetings in Manhattan, and at the International Implant Symposium in Taipei, China. In 2001, Dr. Edwards accomplished his goal of opening a practice of his own in the heart of Manhattan. As a solo practitioner, Dr. Edwards continues to build a practice based on his personal assurance that each patient is treated with the highest level of professionalism, respect and kindness just as he would expect for himself and his family. It is this idea which exemplifies the mission statement of his practice.
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