Meet the Doctors

Michael P. Gelbart, DDS

Diplomate of ABOI/ID. American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry

There are only a few hundred dentists in the world which hold this status. The ABOI/ID Diplomate designation symbolizes the highest level of competence in implant dentistry. Certification by the ABOI/ID attests to the fact that a dentist has demonstrated knowledge, ability, and proficiency in implant dentistry through a rigorous examination process. It takes years to acheive and requires presenting 100 cases, a written exam and an oral defense of 10 cases. This is what separates Dr. Michael Gelbart from others implant dentists.

Dr. Michael P. Gelbart graduated from New York University in 1975 with a BS degree, and went on to graduate from the NYU School of Dentistry in 1979. In 1980 he established Family Dental Centers in upstate NY, creating practice groups in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Brewster, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights and Manhattan.

  • Dr. Gelbart is a former NYU Clinical Assistant Professor, having trained NYU dental students for more than seven years.
  • His continuing dental and medical practice education includes attendance at numerous symposiums and educational forums in implants, sinus lifts and bone augmentation at NYU and The Connecticut Implant Institute.
  • He has also attended practice seminars in the rescue and repair of implants and implant-blades.
  • In 2008, he attended the prestigious Vegas Institute for Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Dr. Gelbart focuses on keeping up-to-date with all of the latest advancements in dentistry and medical technology, enabling him to practice at the highest level of dentistry and provide the best quality of care in the field. His expertise ranges from the most challenging cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments to the most complicated dental surgeries performed today.

Dr. Gelbart has been called on to place over 20,000 implants for patients in the US and abroad, with an extremely impressive record of success.

His love and enthusiasm for dentistry, along with his amazing skills, have made him a model that his peers emulate and a consummate dental professional.

Professional Memberships:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The International Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Society

Edward Drescher, D.D.S.
Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Certified Anesthesiologist

Dr. Drescher specializes in placing dental implants and performs advanced surgical procedures such as extractions of impacted wisdom teeth.

Dr. Drescher is certified to provide I.V. sedation, which keeps patients conscious, pain-free and responsive to instruction.

Dr. Drescher graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. To become an oral surgeon, four additional years of education are required, after completing four years of dental school. He trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at New York Hospital’s Cornell Medical Center. He also completed residencies at the VA Hospital and the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his anesthesiology training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Professional Memberships:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Dr. Drescher is the attending doctor in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Drescher is also a course director at the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual implant seminar.

Neil Kesselman, D.D.S.

Dr. Neil Kesselman has been practicing dentistry for 30 years.

He received his Bachelors of Science at SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Kesselman then went on to obtain his D.D.S. at the Ohio State University. He has been with Family Dental for over 20 years.

Dr. Kesselman caters to nervous patients and enjoys transforming a patient back into normal function and appearance.

Lance Gordon, D.M.D.
General Dentist

Dr. Gordon received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Boston University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, and performed his dental residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY.

Dr. Gordon is a caring and compassionate dentist, who also is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Gordon is a general dentist with clinical proficiency in molar rotary Endodontics, Crown and Bridge, Veneers, Invisalign, Surgical extractions and implant restorations. Dr. Gordon will be practicing out of the Fishkill and Jefferson Valley offices, as well as every other Saturday at the Brewster office.

Rebekah Tannen, D.M.D.
Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Tannen graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1990. She went onto University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where she completed Doctor of Dental Surgery studies in 1994.

After completing two years of a general practice dental residency at St. Barnabas Hospital and a Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry at The Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Tannen decided to focus on pediatrics. Dr. Tannen completed her two-year pediatric dental training at St. Barnabas Hospital in 1999.

Upon graduation she began practicing pediatric dentistry in New York City, Dutchess and Putnam County New York while teaching at St. Barnabas Hospital, as an associate attending.

In 2003 she became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is now committed to treating the patients of Family Dental Group in Fishkill and Brewster New York.

She continues to teach and in 2005 became the Section Chief of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Cleopatra Sioris, D.D.S.
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Sioris, a pediatric dentist, received her B.A. degree from H. Lehman College and went on to complete her D.D.S. at New York University.

Her pediatric dental certificate is from Albert Einstein/Kennedy Horizon Center, Bronx, New York. She has been in practice for 35 years, the last seven, with Family Dental Group.

Dr. Sioris regularly participates in dental outreach in nursery schools. She is fluent in French, Greek, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Katherine Bracy, D.D.S.
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Katherine Bracy graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She began working as a general dentist in her home state of Illinois.

While practicing, she realized that her true love was working with children. She went on to specialize in pediatric dentistry and received her certificate from St. Barnabas Hospital. She is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and board eligible in her specialty.

She juggles working in private practice four days a week with teaching at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, which specializes in children with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about creating an environment and experience that allows children to grow up without a fear of the dentist.

Fernando Ehrhardt D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Erhardt attended the University of Miami in Florida, receiving a B.S. degree in Biology, a B.A. in Religious Studies, and a minor in Theater Arts. He went on to attend Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery, completing his degree in 2002.

He performed his residency at Bronx, VA Medical Center. He was part of the Clinical Faculty at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery until 2006. He is Board Eligible, American Academy of Periodontology.

Joshua Davis, DMD D.M.D.
General Dentist

Joshua Davis, DDS received his degree from New York University College of Dentistry, in New York, NY and performed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College, also in New York, NY. Previous to joining the Family Dental Group practice in Brewster, he was an associate at a dental practice in New York, NY.

Dr. Davis is an experienced general dentist with clinical proficiency in restorative and fixed prosthetics, including dental implants, and is experienced in all phases of general dentistry, including, but not limited to crown and bridge, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and endodontics.

Dr. Davis is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and is working towards his Fellow designation.

Vincent Ayuko, D.D.S.

Dr. Ayuko attended dental school at the School Of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi, Africa. Upon moving to the United States, he attended New York University, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2004.

While attending NYU, he worked as an assistant at Family Dental Brewster.

He is an extremely gentle dentist and promises a calm, and pain free visit.

Fred Friedman, D.D.S.

Fred Friedman, DDS received his dental degree from Emory University Dental School in Atlanta, GA and received his certificate in orthodontics from New York University, New York, NY.

Previous to joining the Family Dental Group practice, Dr. Friedman has maintained his own successful private practice.

Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Ninth District Dental Association of New York, and the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Friedman specializes in orthodontic treatment for growing children and adults, including but not limited to traditional metal braces, clear (ceramic braces), and Invisalign for teens and adults.