Dr. Ken Markel is our Pediatric Specialist. His thirty-six 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 5 grandchildren.
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. 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. 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. From has been a General and Cosmetic dentist for over 30 years. He was raised in Brighton Beeach, Brooklyn, and attended Abraham Lincoln High School and Brooklyn College. He graduated for NYU College of Dentistry in 1984, has owned his own practice, and gone on to work at several high end practices in the city.
Working with apprehensive patients is one of his specialties, and it gives him great joy and satisfaction to make people comfortable in his care.
He has two older boys who are off on their own, and a younger daughter who is attending college.
His hobbies are cycling, music, working out, cooking and hiking.
Dr Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. When he was 10 years old, he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up. After high school, he attended University of Toronto in Canada, where he studied Engineering Science and specialized in Biomedical Engineering. Between college and dental school, he worked at an engineering firm designing medical devices for about two years. He then decided to go back to school for a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Dr Kim then moved to New York City where he attended the New York University College of Dentistry and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). He was in top 1% throughout 4 years of dental school and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honor Society. He loved to design smiles that he trained for an additional three years to receive his Masters of Science degree in orthodontics at University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
After the residency, he voluntarily went through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate his judgement, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care and become ABO Board Certified orthodontist. Furthermore, Dr Kim is an active member in the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, and various study clubs.
When Dr Kim is not working as a board certified orthodontist, he likes to exercise, play sports and spend time with his family and friend
Lee Kojanis, DDS is originally from Tenafly, NJ and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lafayette College where he played Division 1 tennis for 4 years .
He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and graduated with honors from NYU College of Dentistry in 2014. He subsequently completed a highly reputable 4yr Oral & Maxillofacial surgery program at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center specializing in complex facial trauma, TMJ surgery, jaw corrective surgery, Head and Neck Cancer, implantology, facial reconstruction, outpatient sedation, and dental rehabilitation cases. A significant amount of his training was dedicated to the use of computer guided virtual surgical planning, and the use of custom surgical guides for the correction of dento-facial deformities, jaw defects, facial trauma, and placement of dental implants. During his final year of residency he held the position of Executive Chief Resident.
Dr Kojanis currently holds a part-time faculty position at NYU/Bellevue Hospital center where he spends time teaching and operating with residents. He is also on staff at Englewood Hospital Medical Center in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Dr Kojanis is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Dental Association, New Jersey Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Association, and the Bergen County Dental Society. He holds active certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Dr. Kojanis maintains active dental and general sedation licenses in New York and New Jersey.
Personal interests include traveling, exercise, tennis, and art history. He was awarded the Rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 18.
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