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Dr. Philip Wasserman  |  Dr. Robert Spiegel  |  Dr. Gilda DuarteDr. Hassam Sultan

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Philip WassermanDr. Philip Wasserman

Dr. Philip Wasserman was born in Brooklyn, NY just blocks away from the old Brooklyn Dodgers stadium (Ebbets Field) in the Blizzard of ‘47 (no, not 1847!) He lived in a one bedroom apartment on the third floor and his dentist had his office in a 2nd floor apartment; which Dr. Wasserman literally slid down a bannister and into his office. He doesn’t think that had anything to do with his vocational choice but does admit that there were all kinds of “cool things” in the office. He went to the NYC public school system, Brooklyn College and did his formal dental training at Temple University School of Dentistry. After a 2 year stint in the US Army as a dentist, he realized Pediatric dentist Dr. Philip Wasserman in bike gearthat working with adult mouths was not the way to go and at that time decided to go into pediatrics to try to make a difference BEFORE the problems arose. He received his Pediatric training at Brookdale Hospital in, where else, Brooklyn, NY. He joined Dentistry for Children in 1976. When out of the office, he enjoys skiing, cycling and gardening. His two children are grown and out of the house which he now shares with his two corgi's Nigel and Dylan. You may know corgis as the dogs that grace the palace of Queen Elizabeth. No, they’ve never met but they do twitter often.

Pediatric dentist Dr. Philip Wasserman with his two dogsOne of the first responses when I tell people I’m a pediatric dentist is “How can you work with screaming, wriggling kids?” My response is that it’s all in your expectation and if not for pediatric dentists, who then would treat young kids with dental problems so severe that kids as young as one and two may suffer multiple extractions, abscess and life threatening infection. The fact of the matter is that dental caries in children is quite common and you only have to see a child come into the office with a swollen face, fever and having not eaten for several days to understand how dangerous a disease dental caries can be. The best part of working with kids is that it’s like having thousands of kids of your own growing up before you’re eyes and watching them mature but not having to take them home and feed them! The toughest Pediatric dentist Dr. Philip Wasserman cyclingpart of pediatric dentistry is relating to the parents, having them understand what you’re doing and explaining that the untoward behavior of some kids is just part of who kids are and assuring them that they will eventually become great patients as long as we are caring and consistent in our approach to them. It’s a process that takes time. It’s important to spend time with the parent so they can understand that this is a partnership between the doctor, the child and the parent. Perhaps the most rewarding experiences are with our special needs patients. Not only are we able to care for and treat these patients but the parents are especially thankful that they have found an office that is not afraid of a little adversity and assure them that they are in the right place. Their life is challenging enough and this is one less thing they need to be concerned with.


Pediatric dentist Dr. Robert SpiegelDr. Robert Spiegel

Dr. Spiegel was born and raised in the Bronx, NYC. He attended college and dental school at Fairleigh Dickison University. After spending 2 1/2 years doing general dentistry in the Air Force, he did his pediatric specialty training at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Pediatric dentist Dr. Robert SpiegelDr. Spiegel was in private practice in Clifton, NJ for 15 years before joining Dentistry For Children in 2001. His philosophy of treatment is dictated by his deep concern for the comfort of his patients being very sympathetic and empathetic with their fears and helping to guide them to oral health and enjoyable dental experiences.

Dr. Spiegel has combined his desire to help children and his love of travel by volunteering with Global Dental Relief, serving disadvantaged children overseas. He has traveled to and treated children in Kathmandu, Nepal and DaNang, Vietnam.

As for his recreational persuits, Dr. Spiegel is an avid golfer who has a hole in one to be his credit and is proud to have run in and finished the 2011 NYC Marathon.


Pediatric dentist Dr. Gilda DuarteDr. Gilda Duarte

Dentistry for Children welcomes Dr. Gilda Duarte to our orthodontic department. Dr. Duarte, a native of Cuba, received her Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Florida International University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received her dental degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where she finished at the top of her class. Dr. Duarte completed an intense three-year program in Pediatric dentist Dr. Gilda Duarte and her husbandorthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Her training included treating over 200 orthodontic patients in state of the art facilities utilizing the latest advances in the field. Dr. Duarte is Board Certified and a candidate of the American Board of Orthodontics. She is married and has one child. She loves hiking, cooking, and traveling. She is very excited to join the Dentistry for Children family and looks forward to providing excellent care to our patients and making them smile!



Pediatric dentist - Dr. Hassam SultanDr. Hassam Sultan

Dr. Sultan was born in Lahore, Pakistan; but when he turned 3 years old, his family moved to the United States, and he was raised in East Lyme, CT.
After completing his Connecticut public grade school education, Dr. Sultan went on to become an avid UCONN Huskies fan while completing a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut. Dr. Sultan went on to receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at University of Connecticut-School of Dental Medicine, while concurrently completing his Masters of Sciences in Biomaterials in Biomedical Engineering in Farmington, CT. Dr. Sultan completed his pediatric dental residency training at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT (affiliated with the University of Connecticut-School of Dental Medicine), where he received extensive training in treating medically compromised patients, treating patients with special health care needs, sedation, trauma, general anesthesia, and interceptive orthodontics.

Dr. Sultan’s easy-going personality makes going to the dentist fun and stress-free. He strives in providing an atmosphere of positive dental health experiences for children and parents. His focus on preventative care helps his patients have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. He has and continues to provide his time in educating children in the importance of oral health, but also helping the undeserved populations. He has volunteered in multiple programs: Connecticut Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile, Dental Service Trips (Paraguay), where he has provided free dental care for patients in need of treatment. Because of these qualities, Dr. Sultan was voted as a Top Dentist in Connecticut for 2016 and hopes to bring the same quality care to his patients in New Jersey. Dr. Sultan is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD); in addition, he is an active member with the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
Dr. Sultan is married to his loving wife, Sonia, and has 3 cats named Mickey, Chewy, and Bazinga (all of whom they found and saved).
Fun Facts: Besides talking about teeth and the UCONN Huskies, Dr. Sultan enjoys traveling, playing tennis, golf, skiing, and staying fit (well…trying!).


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