Brandon Community Health Center An affiliate of Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. 
313 S. Lakewood Dr.
Brandon, Florida 33511
Phone: 813-349-7981
Fax: 813-653-6247

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four positions are available per year at the Florida site. Orientation will begin on July 1.

Program Type



The NYU Langone -Pediatric Dentistry Residency participates in PASS and MATCH. The deadline is August 15 of the year prior to the July 1 start date.


This is a 24-month full-time hospital and health center-based CODA-accredited 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. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in a hospital environment, academic institution, community healthcare facility or private practice. This program commences on July 1 of each year.

If you have any further questions, please contact the email stated above, or Program Director, Dr. Daniel Kane at


The program revolves around both well children and those who are medically compromised, physically, mentally or developmentally challenged, or those impacted negatively by myriad social determinants of health. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in the hospital environment or community setting. The majority of the didactic curriculum is completed in the 1st year. 

First-year residents are assigned rotations in pediatric medicine, general anesthesia, emergency medicine and on-call services. The distance learning curriculum occurs via live video teleconferencing (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary and specialty-focused seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontic, and dental anesthesia residents. Courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency and behavioral management, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Weekly literature review sessions prepare residents for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written qualifying examination and oral boards.

During the 2nd year, residents may rotate through local Head Start/early child care centers or school-based programs to serve children in the community. As a merit-based enhancement and with prior approval, 2nd year residents may participate in a one-month resident exchange at another NYU Lutheran pediatric training site. 

Residents complete a research project which is presented at the AAPD Annual Session. They may also present cases and discuss treatment plan options via live VTC sessions. During the last months of training, residents may visit a number of private pediatric dental offices to observe, assess, and evaluate practice management methods and operations. 

Program graduates have attained leadership positions in pediatric pre-doctoral programs, pediatric residency programs, hospital dentistry, CHC’s, and in private practice.

Program Stipend and Tuition



This residency site is affiliated with Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. The pediatric dental clinic is hosted in a new state-of-the-art thirteen chair dental suite located within Brandon Community Health Center. The clinic is equipped with Adec equipment, paperless charting, 3D computed tomography, soft tissue laser, flat panel cable TV monitors in each operatory, LED lighting, digital radiography, and an additional anesthesia suite with separate recovery room. This residency site places a large emphasis on pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, interceptive orthodontics, oral surgery, in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, craniofacial clinic, special patient care, community outreach, and advocacy. The site is affiliated with two local hospitals -- a level one trauma teaching facility, Tampa General Hospital, and a regional medical center, South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Admission Requirements

  •  D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an ADA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
  • Must be eligible for the RI limited dental license (
  • Must have passed Part I of National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) prior to application and Part II by start of residency
  • ADAT is not required
  • Dental transcripts through PASS
  • Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) through PASS
  • All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
  • PASS application; MATCH number
  • Recent 2×2 color photograph embedded in CV and uploaded to PASS
  • Personal interview (upon invitation)
  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. 
  • Completion of dental school or current residency in good standing by start of the program (July 1st)
  • Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency to respond to after-hours emergency calls

Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and conscious sedation.
  • Large and demographically diverse patient population
  • Modern clinical facilities
  • Close professional relationship with the medical staff
  • University affiliations
  • Extensive training in the use of pharmacological/no pharmacological modalities of treatments
  • Training with specialists in all disciplines of dentistry, including but not limited to orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, dental public health, and dental anesthesia and patients with special healthcare needs
  • 94.4% of NYU Langone Hospitals-Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry graduates have passed the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written Qualifying Examination compared to national average of 90.0%.
  • 79.1% of NYU Langone Hospitals-Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry graduates have passed the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Clinical Examination and have obtained Board Certified-Diplomate status compared to the national average of 75.7%.

Program Faculty

Richard Gyles, D.D.S.*; Amanda Newcity D.M.D., Priyanka Iyer D.D.S.; Harrison Black D.M.D., Denisse Lasanta D.M.D.*, Farnaz Adibi D.M.D.*, Eric Turke D.D.S., Leo Chin D.M.D., Andres Guerra 

* Board Certified
** Board Eligible

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
3 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Resident – Limited Dental License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
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
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 13 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
15 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists