DENTAL ASSOCIATES FOR KIDS ONLY

216 Willis Ave
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
(516) 625-3806

Meet the Doctors

Meet The Doctors

Doctor Cheirif Doctor Cheirif

Simon Cheirif, DDS

Dr. Simon Cheirif founded Dental Associates for Kids Only. Since those early days, we have grown tremendously.

Dr. Cheirif was born in Mexico City where he attended the Autonomous University of Mexico Dental School graduating Cum Laude and Valedictorian of his class in 1981. Awarded the Lincoln-Juarez scholarship, he completed a two year residency in pediatric dentistry at New York University Dental School, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from there as well.

Dr. Cheirif has authored several scientific publications and has lectured nationally and internationally in several subjects in pediatric dentistry. He has also been an associate clinical professor at New York University for over ten years.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomate
  • Associate Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • New York Dental Society
  • Hispanic Medical and Dental Society of New York

Dr. Cheirif lives in Roslyn with his wife, Bonnie, and three daughters. He is an active athlete who likes to stay in top physical shape, participating in many sports events and coaching several of his daughters’ teams.

 
 

Doctor Molina Doctor Molina

Shirley Molina, DMD

Dr. Shirley Molina grew up in Great Neck and graduated from Great Neck South High School. She attended SUNY Stony Brook where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Language and Literature in 1998. Dr. Molina pursued her dental studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2002.

Dr. Molina continued her studies at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), completing a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry in 2004. During her second year at UMDNJ she served as chief resident and taught the undergraduate dental students in the pediatric dental clinic. Dr. Molina has worked in private practice in Plainview, Rockville Centre, and Roslyn since completing her residency and has been with DAFKO since 2005.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Dental Association
  • Nassau County Dental Society

Dr. Molina recently moved to nearby Glen Head. She and her husband recently expanded their family. They now have daughter and son. Dr. Molina enjoys the simple pleasures in life, like spending time with her family and traveling.

 
 

Doctor Pagano Doctor Pagano

Catherine A. Pagano, DMD

Dr. Catherine Pagano grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, NY. She attended Adelphi University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Anthropology and Forensics. Dr. Pagano continued on to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, receiving her Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2004. She then completed a general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center and received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Lutheran Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident.

Committed to continuing her education, Dr. Pagano attends local lectures and studies research to stay current with advancing dental and medical techniques. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • New York State Dental Association
  • Nassau County Dental Society

Dr. Pagano has been fortunate to travel as far as Trinidad and Tobago to treat sick children requiring extensive dental care. On a local level, she participates in numerous school health and child identification programs (CHIP), Give Kids a Smile Day, and visits schools and day care centers to introduce dentistry in a fun way.

Dr. Pagano and her husband, Rich, were married in 2008 and welcomed a beautiful daughter, Chiara, at the end of 2011. They have a Shetland sheepdog named Nina and a crazy cat named Hamlet. In her free time, Dr. Pagano enjoys being home with her daughter and family, cooking, reading, traveling, and figure skating in the winter months.

 
 

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