Residency Program

Lutheran Medical Center - St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care

St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care Pediatric Dental Center
21 Peace Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Phone: (646) 801-0039 or (718) 630-8419
Fax: (401)-456-4462

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four (4) positions are available per year are available at the Providence, RI site. Orientation begins on July 1 in Rhode Island.

Program Type

This is a Hospital-Based Certificate Program affiliated with Saint Joseph Health Services of RI, part of CharterCARE Health Partners in Providence, R.I.


Please visit for application instructions.

Other correspondence should be directed via e-mail to:

Dr. Daniel J. Kane, Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry:
Dr. Shreekrishna Akilesh, Associate Program Director:


Founded in 1994 by Dr. Silvia Perez-Spiess in southwest Brooklyn, Lutheran Medical Center’s Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry (AEPD) Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In 2003 and 2005, the LMC Department of Dental Medicine expanded its pediatric dental training to include sites in Providence, RI and Anchorage, AK respectively. In 2008, a Hawaii location was added. Sites in Arizona and Massachusetts placed their first LMC dental residents in 2010 followed by sites in Maryland and Maine in 2011. All have been approved by CODA as clinical training sites for the LMC Pediatric Dental Department. Most recently, residency training has been expanded to sites in Southern California, Washington State, and Missouri.
This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance learning didactic curriculum with extensive clinical experiences. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved through web-based education modules, via the Sakai platform, and a state of the art Video Teleconference (VTC) System with video modules that connect residents and faculty. Those at LMC’s primary site in Brooklyn, NY connect weekly via VTC with residents and faculty from geographically dispersed sites. Lectures originate from all sites enabling instruction from expert faculty across the country. The program places a significant emphasis on pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, and pediatric medicine. Graduates of the program are trained to be an integral part of the medical team and the hospital environment. Additional experiences are provided in hospital dentistry, sedation, interceptive orthodontics, special patient care including early intervention for infants with cleft lip or palate and speech pathology, ethics and advocacy.
The LMC Department of Dental Medicine in New York is part of the outpatient departments of a federally qualified health center (FQHC) within a hospital recognized as a level 1 trauma center in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, NY. Affiliated sites are mainly within FQHCs and medical rotations are conducted primarily in affiliated hospitals or medical facilities including:
 Pediatric & Family Dental Center/Department of Dentistry St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Providence, RI;
 Alaska Native Medical Center/Hospital, Anchorage, AK;
 Waianae Coast Comprehensive Care Health Center, Oahu, HI;
 Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Oahu, HI;
 West Hawaii Community Health Center, Kona, HI;
 Community Clinic of Maui (Malama I Ke Ola), Maui, HI;
 El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson, AZ;
 Tucson Area Indian Health Services in Sells and San Xavier, AZ;
 Maricopa Integrated Health Services, Phoenix, AZ;
 Three Lower Counties Community Services, Princess Anne, MD;
 Penobscot Community Health Center, Bangor, ME;
 Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke, MA;
 Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and San Ysidro Health Center, San Ysidro, CA;
 Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima, WA; and,
 Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Springfield, MO.
This is a hospital- and health center-based training program. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


This specialty program revolves around both well children and those who are medically compromised, developmentally disabled, or victims of trauma. The curriculum emphasizes pediatric medicine and dentistry, the behavioral and pharmacological management of children, oral biology for the pediatric dentist, and general anesthesia. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in a hospital environment or community setting. First-year residents study most of the core curriculum, completing the majority of the didactic curriculum during the first year of residency training. In addition, the program offers course work in oral biology, genetics, and craniofacial biology, including the opportunity at most sites to attend monthly craniofacial conferences.
First-year residents are assigned multiple rotations, including pediatric medicine for the well-child care, general anesthesia, emergency medicine, phlebotomy, and on-call services. During the second year, the focus of the curriculum is on the sick child. Second-year residents are assigned with pediatric specialists to work in areas such as endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, nephrology, hematology/oncology and cardiology. Residents rotate through nearby community health centers and Head Start programs to extend direct patient care to underserved children in the community. Brooklyn-based residents rotate to New York University College of Dentistry to teach undergraduate dental students. Second-year residents at the Rhode Island and Massachusetts sites teach undergraduate dental students at Tufts University in Boston. During the first year, a distance learning curriculum of structured lectures and learning activities occur via live video teleconference (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontics and dental anesthesia residents, as well as specialty-focused seminars. Biomedical courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency management, behavioral management, pediatric dentistry series, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Clinical rotations to enhance the didactic curriculum include: pediatric medicine, anesthesia, emergency medicine, craniofacial, operating room, sedation and orthodontics. In the second year, the residents rotate through the medical subspecialties, including but not limited to hematology, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology and immune-compromised specialized care. As a merit-based program enhancement, second-year residents also have the opportunity to spend a month at one of the other training sites. Residents complete a clinical research project, which is presented at the AAPD Annual Session and the Lutheran Medical Center Research Fair, leading to a publishable paper.
The research symposia throughout the first and second year guide the residents through their research. In addition, the residents have a teaching rotation. During the last few months of the training, the residents visit a number of private pediatric dental offices to gain experience in practice management and practice administration. Pediatric dental residents present cases and discuss treatment plans and options via live video teleconference to all LMC Pediatric Dental training sites’ residents stationed in 11 extramural practice/training sites. These include sites in, New York City, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Alaska and Rhode Island.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For 2013, the stipend for first-year residents is $59,332 plus fringe benefits. Second-year residents receive a stipend of $63,521 plus fringe benefits with an additional $2,000 for the chief resident(s) at each site. Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance, prescription plan, $150 for PGYI books, $1,000 for PGYII course registration, and nine holidays, four weeks paid vacation, four educational days , twelve paid sick days (accrued at 1 day per month) per year. Flexible spending accounts and a 403B plan are available also.


St. Joseph Hospital Pediatric & Family Dental Center
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Fatima Health Center
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Please see for additional sites.

Admission Requirements

(Note: See LMC website description for most up to date information.)
• D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA CODA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must be eligible for license in the States for which applying
• Must have completed with a passing result Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and Part II by start of residency
• Dental transcripts through PASS
• 3-5 PPI forms through PASS. Optional letters of recommendation only to highlight special activities – preferably from pediatric dentists/professors that know the applicant well
• All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
• PASS application; MATCH number
• Recent 2×2 photograph (not required until requested by program site)
• Personal interview (upon invite)
• Be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the US
• Complete dental school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
• Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency (Brooklyn Residents MUST relocate to southern Brooklyn)

Program Strengths

• Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, and conscious sedation.
• Ethnically diverse patient population
• Large patient population
• Modern clinical facilities
• Close professional relationship with the medical staff
• University affiliation
• Extensive training in the use of pharmacological/non-pharmacological modalities of treatment
• Specialists in all disciplines of dentistry, including but not limited to orthodontics, special care dentistry, oral surgery and periodontics
• Serve as part of the Cranio-Facial Team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
• Optional merit-based, one-month rotation to any LMC site with approval
• On-call at the Emergency Department of Hasbro Children’s Hospital with exposure to a large variety of trauma

Program Faculty

Neal Demby, D.M.D., Senior Vice President, Dental Medicine
Bernard Tolpin, D.D.S., Vice President, Dental Medicine
Daniel Kane, D.M.D., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Susan Dietrich, D.M.D., Vice President, Graduate Dental Education/ Distance Learning
Nathalie Mohajeri, D.M.D., Vice President, Dental Operations

Daniel Kane, D.M.D., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Shreekrishna Akilesh, D.M.D., M.P.H., Associate Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Ellen Alpano, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry *
Ara Cho, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry
Matthew Brennan D.M.D., Orthodontics *
Matthew Downey, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry
William Gordon, D.M.D., Orthodontics *
Jason Hencler, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry
James Hosmer, D.M.D., Community Dentistry/School-based Dental Program
Serena Kassam, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry *
Steven Lasser, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry *
Joanne Lewis, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Theodore Markos, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry
Farisa S. Mulvey, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry *
Thomas Mulvey, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry *
Joseph Samartano, D.D.S., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery *
Kevin Silva, D.M.D., Community Dentistry/Special Care Dentistry
Kristen Zitterell, D.M.D., Dental Anesthesiology *
*Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type:
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
11 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions:
Tuition In-State: 4 - Rhode Island Site First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 2,000 differential for Chief
First Year
63,521 Second Year
Application: August 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio:
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Numerous Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 16 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
16 Dental Assistants
7 Dental Hygienists