The Dental Team at East Islip Dental Care
Dr. Gary A. Rosenfeld
After graduating in 1984 from Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Rosenfeld completed a general practice residency at Sea View Hospital on Staten Island. For more than 30 years, he has been privileged to bring contemporary, comfortable dental care and innovative technology to the families in his care. He says that the best thing about his job is the ability to change his patients’ lives for the better.
Dr. Rosenfeld is a vested member of the dental profession. He holds membership with:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Dental Society of New York
- Suffolk County Dental Association
- Long Island Dental Forum
- Long Island Dental Implant Study Club
- East Islip Community Chamber, Director
- Member, Rotary International, 1998 to Present
- President, Rotary Club of the Islips, 2004-2005
A Bay Shore native and Islip High School graduate, Dr. Rosenfeld and his wife of 33 years, Kellie, have two college-age children. The Rosenfelds are proud residents of the East Islip community. When he’s not helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health, Dr. Rosenfeld enjoys traveling, walking, and photography.
Dr. Julie Boerger
Dr. Julie Boerger graduated from Collège Édouard-Montpetit and the University of Montreal in Canada, then served as both a resident and chief resident at Stony Brook University Hospital. She is a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and a board member for the new dentist magazine. Dr. Julie Boerger says that the best thing about her job is being able to make her patients feel better through quality dental care. Her approach to dentistry emphasizes really getting to know her patients so that she can provide truly personalized care. When she’s not helping our patients achieve the happy, healthy, and beautiful smiles they deserve, Dr. Julie Boerger loves traveling, gardening, skiing, and mountain biking. She is happily married, and she and her husband have two precious dogs.
One interesting thing about Dr. Julie Boerger: She is fluent in French!
Dr. Jessica Henner
Dr. Jessica Henner graduated from the University at Buffalo and continued her education at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. She then completed her General Practice Residency at Northport VAMC. Dr. Henner’s passion for her craft and her dedication to her patients make her an invaluable addition to our practice. She truly loves interacting with her patients and helping them to feel confident about their smiles. Away from the office, Dr. Henner enjoys spending time with her husband, Marc, and their daughter, Emma. Her other hobbies include cooking and running – in fact, she has run eight half marathons and is still going strong!
Dr. Michael Wakily
Originally from Westbury, NY where he attended Hayward High School, Dr. Wakily headed west for college and dental school, attending the University of California at Berkeley and University of the Pacific Dental School. He is a certified Invisalign provider and has implant and surgical training. As a dentist, Dr. Wakily appreciates being able to take care of his patients and ease their fears about dentistry.
His wife is a medical doctor and they have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family and and reading.
One interesting fact about Dr. Wakily: He spent 20 years living, learning and working in California and then decided to move to Long Island because his wife is from here.
Josiane Chrisphonte, DMD
Dr. Josiane Chrisphonte is passionate about making her patients smile. She dedicates time and attention to ensuring every patient feels right at home and gets the high quality dental services they deserve. She completed undergraduate studies at Temple University, and went on to earn her doctor of dental medicine from Rutgers University. She loves having the opportunity to help her patients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles.
A native of Farmingdale, Dr. Chrisphonte enjoys spending time with her family, especially her brother and sister. When she has an opportunity, Dr. Chrisphonte enjoys biking and traveling. She has been to several countries including Thailand, Croatia, Turkey, and Colombia.
Richard R. Rongo, DDS
Dr. Richard Rongo loves working with people to improve their confidence and find new reasons to smile. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Fairfield University. He received his doctor of dental surgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and participated in a general dentistry residency at Greenwich Hospital.
Dr. Rongo maintains membership in the following dentistry professional organizations:
- The American Dental Association
- New York Dental Society
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation
- Suffolk County Dental Society
- Invisalign Preferred Provider Network
Outside the office, Dr. Rongo loves to give back to his community. He regularly participates in fundraising and volunteer activities. He especially loves combining his love of community service and dental care by taking part in programs like Give Kids a Smile and providing gratis dentistry services for underserved communities.
Michael DeSivo, DDS
Dr. Michael DeSivo is a dedicated dental practitioner offering patients gentle care with skill and attention to detail. Dr. DeSivo completed his undergraduate studies at Molloy College, and continued his education earning a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Following his doctoral studies, Dr. DeSivo pursued and achieved certification in Invisalign while completing a year long general practice residency through the Winthrop University Hospital. His years of education and training allow him to offer skilled care that meets the needs of every patient he treats.
Dr. DeSivo maintains active membership in a number of professional organizations including:
- The American Dental Association
- Suffolk County Dental Society
- Nassau County Dental Society
Outside of his regular work as part of our team of dental experts, Dr. DeSivo also volunteers his time and talents with many community dental health organizations and events. He has provided dental care to underserved communities partnering with the Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance Club, on mission trips to Jamaica, and as part of the Give Kids a Smile program.
Daniel B. Lim, DMD
Dr. Daniel Lim is a skilled dentist working as a member of our team of dentistry experts. Dedicated to improving oral and overall health for every member of his community, Dr. Lim earned both his doctor of dental medicine and his masters of community health from Tufts University. He went on to complete his general practice residency at the Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to earning dual degrees, Dr. Lim has also shared his education with others as a clinical instructor and clinical assistant at Tufts University.
As part of his commitment to improve community health, Dr. Lim has participated with numerous public health initiatives and studies. He has also been actively involved with community events that provide oral health care for underserved populations. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and the New Haven Dental Association.
Outside the office, Dr. Lim enjoys hiking, camping, and doing yard work. He also spends time honing his skills at playing the piano, and he enjoys reading and watching movies.
Hobin Kang, DDS
Dr. Hobin Kang studied at the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his undergraduate degree work. Dr. Kang went on to earn his doctor of dental surgery from The University of the Pacific and complete his general practice residency at St. Charles Hospital.
Prior to earning his degree in dentistry, Dr. Kang worked as a mechanical engineer. In addition to his education and experience, Dr. Kang has published his research in many peer reviewed journals including, Dental Materials, Caries Research, Journal of Dentistry, and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Dr. Kang enjoys playing and watching sports in his free time.
Our Dental Team
Kellie, Director of Communications
With 12 years of experience and both her bachelor's and master's degrees, Kellie is an invaluable member of our team. She earned her BA from Indiana University and her MS from Dowling College. Kellie enjoys the fact that she is able to make organizational improvements within our practice, ensuring its continued success and the happiness of our patients. She and her husband of 33 years have two kids. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, and traveling.
One interesting thing about Kellie: She has been a compensation analyst, a teacher, and has had her writing published in a magazine!
Debra, Registered Dental Hygienist
With 26 years of experience in her field, Debra is thoroughly committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain excellent dental health. Originally from Islip Terrace, she attended Hauppauge High School and Farmingdale State College. Debra has also earned her certifications in nitrous oxide, local anesthesia, and CPR. In her free time, she loves horseback riding, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
One interesting fact about Debra: She’s an avid vegetable gardener!
Kerri, Registered Dental Hygienist
With 10 years of experience in the dental field and her education from Farmingdale State College, Kerri is dedicated to helping each and every one of our patients become healthier through dental care. She comes from a fun, close-knit family and believes that this helps her build lasting, meaningful relationships with our patients. When she’s not at the office, Kerri enjoys music, dancing, and playing with her adorable golden-doodle.
Therese, Registered Dental Hygienist
Therese is an experienced registered dental hygienist who is a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale. She has been active in many continuing education programs over the years, including laser dentistry, children's health, teeth whitening, and implant maintenance. Therese's favorite quote is "Dental hygienists brighten the world one smile at a time." She has a light touch and a warmth about her that patients love. In her spare time, Therese has been a lifetime student of herbal medicine She is active as a volunteer at Farmingdale College and as part of a group called Cancer Care Group of Long Island.
Tiffany, Head Dental Assistant
Tiffany joined our practice three years ago and has more than 15 years of experience in her field. She has earned her certification for CPR and completed a course in Invisalign in Las Vegas. Tiffany says that one of the best things about her job is getting to work with amazing patients and staff, as well as observing the precise work of our doctors. Her fun and outgoing nature coupled with her caring and loving personality make her a perfect fit for our practice’s team. Outside of the office, Tiffany enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.
One interesting fact about Tiffany: She loves Lionel Richie and once saw him in concert. She was so happy, she cried.
Jennifer, Dental Assistant
Someday, Jennifer would like to be a dentist. In the meantime, she is a valuable member of the team at East Islip Dental Care where she assists Dr. Rosenfeld. Jennifer went to Bellport BOCES to become certified as a dental assistant. She enjoys our friendly and welcoming environment and looks forward to many productive years working with her colleagues.
An interesting thing about Jennifer: She loves to read, go to the gym, and spend time with her family and boyfriend.
Samantha, Dental Assistant
At the age of 12, Samantha already knew that she wanted to work in the dental field. Like Jennifer, she attended Bellport BOCES. She enjoys coming to work because of the friendly and helpful staff. Although her career in dentistry has just begun, she plans to further her dental education.
An interesting fact about Samantha: In her free time, Samantha bakes and loves to listen to live music.
Suzanne, Office Manager
As our office manager, Suzanne genuinely enjoys creating an outstanding team that provides exceptional care to our patients. Following her graduation from Connetquot High School, she continued her education at Suffolk Community College. Her 10 years of industry experience allow her to provide our office with the strong infrastructure it needs to succeed and excel in patient care. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys going to the beach, wine tasting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
One interesting fact about Suzanne: She enjoys community service events and baking her own dog treats.
RoseMarie, Treatment Coordinator
RoseMarie joined our practice eight years ago and has 22 years of experience in the industry. Following her graduation from North Babylon High School, she continued her education and earned her certifications in CPR, medical assisting, and medical terminology. RoseMarie’s favorite thing about her job is presenting treatment options to her patients and seeing great results when their smiles are healthy and beautiful. Away from the office, she enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, watching football, and spending quality time with family and friends.
One interesting fact about RoseMarie: She enjoys going on mission trips.
Barbara, Insurance Coordinator
Barbara became a member of our team 17 years ago and has 34 years of experience in her field. She loves meeting interesting new people and helping our patients get the great smiles they deserve. Barbara attended BOCES and the Stony Brook Program for Dental Assisting, completing her CPR training and amassing a wealth of useful skills. In her leisure time, she loves baking, reading, cruise vacations, and visiting Lancaster, PA as well as spending time with her family. She and her husband Matt have two sons, Anthony and David. Barbara enjoys being pampered with massages and facials, and she loves pandas and tigers!
Chad, Office Coordinator
Chad is our treatment coordinator, attending to patient relations and quality care. He is originally from Raleigh, NC, where he attended Leesville Road High School. He went on to graduate from Western Carolina University. He comes from an energetic and lively family. When not at work, Chad enjoys watching movies, hiking, camping, wine and beer tasting, swimming and exploring to discover new things.
One interesting fact about Chad: He got engaged in May 2015!