Melissa is a 2017 graduate of SUNY Farmingdale School of Dental Hygiene. Melissa received the John Oppie McCall Award for excellence in clinical treatment of periodontitis. Melissa joined the team in June 2019 and continues to advance the field of dental hygiene through research and active participation in the Greater New York Dental Meeting. Melissa holds certificates in administering local anesthesia and laser periodontal therapy.


Yelixa graduated from SUNY Farmingdale School of Dental Hygiene in 2017. With two years of hygiene experience under her belt, Yelixa joined the team in February of 2019. Previously, Yelixa had completed her dental assisting training at BOCES and served as an assistant during her senior year of high school. Yelixa holds certificates in administering local anesthesia and laser therapy through the International Center for Laser Technology.

Front Desk


Tracey is a Dental Assistant and a Certified Auxiliary of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She joined our team in 1997 and enjoys continuing her education in the dental field. Tracey will handle your appointments, handle your financial questions and manage your medical & dental insurance claims.


Karen earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CW Post/Long Island University in Public Relations.  She also earned a Masters degree in Education.  She joined our team in 2014 as our concierge.  Karen coordinates our educational events, assists in accommodations for those traveling from out-of-state or with special needs, facilitates communication with our clients, and manages Dr. Forlano's speaking engagements.

Dental Assistants


Mandi graduated from the BOCES Dental Assisting program in 2011 and joined our team in 2012.  Mandi is one of very few dental assistants in New York State to be certified and licensed.  In addition to being your chairside concierge, Mandi is our organizational productivity expert, maintaining a vast inventory or dental materials and supplies.  Mandi  is formally trained in CEREC technology and oversees scanning, designing and milling our diverse inventory of CEREC restorations.


Kahelia received dental assisting training while in high school and continued her dental education at Jamaica Hospital. She is one of very few dental assistants in New York State to be certified and licensed. Kahelia joined our team in June of 2017.  She is trained in general dentistry, radiology, oral surgery and dental implantology. Kahelia specializes in the art of staining and glazing our true-to-life CEREC restorations.


Rosa joined our team in 2020. She has been a dental assistant for five years. Rosa moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was eight years old, and has dual citizenship. She recently graduated from Suffolk Community College with her Associates Degree in Science, and is currently studying for her Bachelors Degree in Biology, with plans to continue on to Dental school. Rosa is trained in general and pediatric dentistry, radiology, and orthodontics.


Marvin was born and raised in the Philippines where he earned a dental degree. He practiced dentistry there for several years before moving to the United States. Marvin joined our team as a dental assistant in 2011. In addition to chairside dental assisting, Marvin manages the laboratory & prosthetic aspect of our practice.

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