Dental Spotlight

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We all know that it’s very important to keep a good oral hygiene routine and take care of our teeth and gums every day.

By the age of 50, many Americans have lost teeth due to injury, smoking, gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth and gum health can affect a person’s bite, smile, facial structure, overall health and lifespan. There are many reasons why it is important to take care of our teeth.

Research shows that people who have their teeth at age 74 have a greater chance of reaching age 100, so the health of teeth and gums can affect life expectancy.

Columbus has many wonderful dental practices available. This feature will spotlight some of the best in town. These dentists and dental specialists are all local, so when you need to take care of your teeth, we hope you visit these local dentists and specialists.

BerkowitzJackie Berkowitz,
DDS, MS
Orthodontics

How long have you been a dentist/dental specialist?
I began practicing orthodontics in 1977, after attending Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry and post graduate orthodontic training.

How did you get started?
I started my career and private practice after 2 years of full-time orthodontic academics. I have maintained academic positions on a part-time basis for 42 years.

What makes you unique?
Our practice has been built on a tradition of:

  • Achieving excellence through Exceptional service
  • Contemporary “evidence-based” therapy
  • Value based orthodontic care
  • Academic expertise and leadership
  • Transparent and detailed Communications
  • A tradition of exceeding patient expectations

The mission, philosophy, and foundation of our practice’s success is to provide an outstanding treatment experience for our patients and their families.

What is your specialty or favorite procedure?

“Orthodontics” comes from the Greek, meaning
“straight teeth”. It is specific to the diagnosis and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaw (skeletal components). While providing the most contemporary and advanced child and adolescent care, we also provide interdisciplinary TEAM therapy in the management of pre-esthetic, pre-implant and pre-restorative dental needs. In addition, we provide pre-orthognathic surgical therapies for severe skeletal discrepancies, including craniofacial deformities.

If you could tell patients anything, what would it be?
The goal of our orthodontic practice is to, “transform the ordinary, into extraordinary”. Choose only a Board-Certified Orthodontist and feel confident that you have the best “Orthodontic TEAM” working with you.

Jackie Berkowitz, DDS, MS
955 North Hamilton Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Office: 614-475-9800
www.berkybraces.com

Dr-Brian-TaylorDr. Brian Taylor, DDS
General Dentist

How long have you been a dentist/dental specialist?
I have been practicing dentistry for five years.

What is your educational and training background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University. I earned a master’s degree in biomedical science from Midwestern University, and in 2015 graduated with a doctorate in dental surgery from Meharry Medical College of Dentistry. To further my training, I came to Ohio and completed my residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Tell us about your experience at your practice?
Once patients walk in our door, they are always greeted by a warm smile. We take pride in the punctuality of our appointment times. If your appointment is at 11:30, rest assured you will be in the chair at 11:30. We offer personal and dental amenities, including massaging chairs, cable television, nitrous oxide and digital scanning for impressions. We strive to make every appointment quick, fun and gentle.

What makes your practice different?
We are a group practice that includes over nine dentists. We all have a specialty, which enables us to provide optimal dental care in one practice. We are also able to provide extended weekday and weekend hours. This allows them to schedule appointments without compromising their work or school schedules.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dental practice?
I recommend verifying if your insurance is accepted by the dental practice you plan on visiting, or if the office even accepts dental insurance. Fee-for-Service offices, which are offices that don’t accept insurance at all, are becoming more popular in various markets. Be make sure to read the online reviews of the practice to see what current patients are saying about the provider(s) and the practice.

What do you like to do for fun?
I am a huge sports fan, especially of the Florida Gators since I am a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. I enjoy playing golf, and my wife and I are big foodies. You will find us at a different brunch every Sunday.

The Gentle Dentist
69 East Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, Ohio 43085
614-431-3311
www.coulmandental.com

brittany-dexterBrittany Dexter, DDS
General Dentist

How long have you been a dentist?
I have been practicing dentistry for 10 years in the Columbus area.

What is your educational and training background?
Prior to starting dental school, I worked with my father at Duncan Dental Lab learning different lab skills. I then attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where I graduated in 2009. I specialize in fillings, crowns, dentures, partials and removable prosthetics.

Tell us about the patient experience at your practice.
Like most patients, I don’t like surprises. So I make sure to explain what to expect at the onset of the appointment and provide explanations on what I am doing as we go. I acknowledge that some patients have hesitation about visiting the dentist. At The Gentle Dentist, we offer some great distractions to make our patients more comfortable during their appointment including massage chairs, televisions, nitrous oxide, and my attempt to make funny jokes.

What makes your practice different?
What sets The Gentle Dentist apart from other dental practices is our punctuality and the way that we all pay attention to the small details. The entire staff works well together, ensuring that we treat our patients with the utmost care.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dentist?
Any time someone is looking for a new provider, they should contact The Gentle Dentist. When I personally search for a new provider, I read customer reviews posted on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. I also visit the company’s website to learn more about their history, staff, and availability.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love spending time with my husband and our two-year-old daughter. We love watching the stingrays at the Columbus Zoo, playing at parks, and I am teaching her how to drive her Mini Cooper. I also enjoy playing golf, running, landscaping, and yoga.

Brittany Dexter, DDS
The Gentle Dentist
69 East Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 431-3311
www.coulmandental.com

GilbertAndy Ben Gilbert, DDS, MS
Prosthodontist

What is your education, training and background?
In 2010, I received a DDS degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. I received my master’s degree in prosthodontics from OSU in 2013, along with residency and training to obtain my specialty. I am a certified prosthodontist and a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). I have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, which aides in understanding how to rebuild someone’s mouth to function properly. I am honored to have been selected as a team dentist for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2018 and 2019.

Tell us about what a patient will experience at your practice?
We really get to know our patents on a personal level because we believe treating a patient is more than just restoring teeth. Special attention is given to our patients expressed values, goals and concerns throughout their entire treatment process.

What makes your practice different?
Hospitality. We strive to provide a positive, uplifting and supportive atmosphere to our patients. It is very common to hear a lot of laughter and see tears of joy and hugs in the hallways after completed treatment.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dental specialist?
I always recommend that patients ask their trusted, general dentist who they would go to for your own dental work, or where they would send a family member. In the medical world, a family physician commonly gives recommendations for a patient to see a specialist for certain conditions, like a cardiologist, dermatologist, etc. Your dental health plays a huge role in your overall health and may also require the training and expertise of a specialist. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in replacing and restoring missing or worn teeth to their proper function and beauty.

What do you do for fun?
I enjoy soccer with my three children, long walks with my Cavapoochon, and passionate kisses with my wife. My idea of a good time is eating cream-filled donuts and sweaty Guggisberg cheese while watching the Buckeyes devour some Wolverines!

Andy Ben Gilbert, DDS, MS
3360 Tremont Road, Suite 120
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
614-451-1300
info@gilbertandgoff.com

(Dr. Gilbert also has a satellite location in Lancaster, Ohio.)

GoffDouglas W. Goff, DDS Dental Spotlight
Douglas W. Goff, DDS
Prosthodontist

How long have you been a dentist/dental specialist?
I have been practicing as a prosthodontist for 34 years. In 1985, I started my practice in Columbus and in 1990, I opened a satellite practice in Chillicothe.

What is your educational and training background?
I went to the Illinois College of Dentistry for dental school and came to The Ohio State University to complete a residency in advanced prosthodontics. I am a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and also of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE). In 2018 and 2019 I have been selected to be a team dentist for The Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tell us about the patient experience at your practice?
It is our objective to make sure each patient’s goals, desires, and wishes are heard and understood. By having a clear understanding, we can work together with our patients to create a plan that exceeds their expectations.

What makes your practice different?
We focus on our patients’ individual values and needs. The careful collaboration with each patient enables us to develop enjoyable and lasting relationships which are built on respect, trust, and confidence.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dental practice?
Patients should seek the advice of a dentist they trust and who can make a recommendation for their dental needs. Potential patients should go for a consultation to become more knowledgeable about the new and innovative treatment options that are available in dentistry today. Meeting with the specialist and dental team can help a patient make the most informed decision.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy golfing, going to Ohio State University football games and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey games.  I also enjoy traveling with my wife to beaches and mountains, skiing out west, and going on African safaris!

Douglas Goff, DDS
3360 Tremont Road, Suite 120
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
614-451-1300
info@gilbertandgoff.com

(Dr. Goff also has a satellite office in Chillicothe, Ohio)

haringRobert Haring, DDS, MS

How long have you been a dentist/dental specialist?
I began practicing pediatric dentistry in private practice in 1987.

What is your educational and training background?
I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oral Roberts University and my DDS at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. I also received the award of Outstanding Dental Student in Pediatric Dentistry. I loved working with children, so I went on to complete a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and earned my master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Tell us about the patient’s experience at your practice.
From the moment our young patients arrive, we make them our number one priority. We have a lot of fun things at the office. There is a sunken ship play area for our younger kids and video games for the older ones. Our vivid fish tank amazes children of all ages. We do our best to make the appointment as interactive and fun as possible. Both kids and parents enjoy coming to our office because of the exceptional patient care they receive from our highly trained and compassionate team.

What makes your practice different?
It is important to build confidence in kids so they can achieve something they didn’t think they could. We strive to prepare kids for optimal dental health by instilling good habits. We educate them on brushing and flossing, and also help them think about their snacking and eating habits. It’s our goal to make going to the dentist fun so that they will have a positive attitude toward their dental health.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dental specialist?
When considering a pediatric dentist, one of the best resources to use is Google reviews. A general dentist can also give a recommendation. It can be helpful to ask the opinion of neighbors and friends because they may have first-hand experience with the practice you are considering.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy traveling with my family and friends. I love to play golf and spend time at Lake Erie. My wife and I are also trying to keep up with our one-year-old puppy.

Haring Pediatric Dental
Robert Haring, DDS, MS
4395 W. Dublin-Granville Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-3361
www.Haringpediactricdental.com

shelly-leeShelly L. Lee, DDS, MS

How long have you been a dentist/dental specialist?
I have been an endodontist in private practice since 2001. I joined my current practice in 2011.

What is your educational and training background?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in dental surgery from Northwestern University. I received my certification in endodontics and a Master of Science from The Ohio State University.

Tell us about the patients’ experience at your practice.
Patients are evaluated prior to their treatment. In some cases, patients can be scheduled for the evaluation and treatment in the same visit. Patient comfort is a high priority for us, we take many steps to ensure that our patients are safe and comfortable before treatment begins.

How long before I see results?
Many of our patients are symptomatic at the time of treatment, and will continue to have residual discomfort for several days after the root canal treatment. Post-treatment discomfort is much more manageable with pain medication. Their tooth should feel normal within two to three weeks.

What makes your practice different?
Patient comfort is paramount and a primary focus. It is a team effort among our staff to make patients feel comfortable and to ease their anxiety. We have great professional relationships with general dental practitioners, oral surgeons and dental specialists, this allows patients to transition from office to office seamlessly.

What research should a patient do before selecting a dental specialist?
We rely heavily on the trust of the general practitioner or other dental specialist. Word-of-mouth from our patients provides validation and confidence in our comfortable, outstanding dental care.

What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a bit of a fitness fanatic! My workouts give me the strength and energy to work long days and still come home to take care of my family of five. I enjoy crafting with my children.

Shelly L. Lee, DDS, MS
Lee and Murrin Endodontics
1570 Fishinger Road
Columbus, Ohio 43221
614-459-2000
www.uaendo.com

stoner-spotlightJason C. Stoner, DDS, MS
Periodontist

What is your educational and training background?
I received my DDS degree in 1997 and then became certified in periodontology in 2000. I received a Master of Science in Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. I was awarded two fellowships by the American Cancer Society—Ohio Division in 1998 and 1999 for research on Kaposi’s Sarcoma. In 2004, I became board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology — a distinction reserved for less than 30% of all periodontists. I am a past president of the Columbus Society of Periodontists, lecture nationally and internationally on dentistry, periodontics, dental implants, LASERs in dentistry, Botox therapy and business in dentistry. I served as a mentor to periodontists both in Central Ohio and nationally.

Tell us about the experience at your practice.
Our customized patient experience is the essence of our office. We have a value-oriented, patient-driven and -centered strategy that results in less time in the dental chair and much less cost. We provide the highest-quality therapies and most comprehensive approaches, and utilize the greatest technologies known to dentistry to ensure the greatest value.

What makes your practice different?
Our approach is comprehensive treatment through the most advanced technologies. We use techniques and technologies That allow us to incorporate mi­crosurgical and nonsurgical therapies for the least amount of discomfort for the fastest and greatest results. We identify with the patient all areas that are less than adequate for health and longevity and those that will need treatment at some point in the future, instead of the patient being surprised by needing treatment every year for a new area of con­cern. We have found that patients want this upfront approach to their care so they can plan out their treatment to suit their needs.

What research should a potential patient do before selecting a dental practice?
A board-certified periodontist who freely displays exceptional results. Look for someone who is nationally-recognized, credentialed in dental academies, has extensive experience in a variety of procedures and has his/her own independent office.

What do you like to do for fun?
I really enjoy traveling and meeting people, and experiencing art and architecture. I love any outdoor activity with my family and am an avid fly fisherman.

Jason C. Stoner, DDS, MS
Stoner Periodontic Specialists
Offices in Dublin, New Albany and Chillicothe
(614) 889-8222
www.stonerperio.com

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