Dionne J. Finlay, D.D.S. ~ President
Dionne J. Finlay, D.D.S. received her dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry. Following graduation, she completed a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry from the college. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentists. Dr. Finlay’s post-graduate training includes rotations at Bellevue and Lutheran Hospitals, NYU Medical Center and the Rose F. Kennedy Dental Center. Her list of honors includes the Bernard P. Tillis Award for Excellence in Dental Journalism, the NYU Alumnae Key Pin Award for Outstanding Achievement and an Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service to the Community Award from the NYU Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Staff. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Bronx County Dental Society, the National Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Women Dentists. In her spare time, Dr. Finlay participates in international dental outreaches. She is the mother of one son, who is now Vice-President of Dental Smiles Unlimited.
Paul M. Williams, D.D.S. ~ Vice-President
Dr. Paul Williams is a Bronx native, who attended Fordham Preparatory School and then later New York University. At NYU, he majored in Anthropology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Williams was inspired by his mother’s hard-work and care for her patients so after college he decided to follow in Dr. Finlay’s footsteps by pursuing a career in Dentistry. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Williams completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He is interested in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine, as well as the treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). He rescued an American bulldog named Addie, while in Nashville and currently resides in Westchester. In his spare time Dr. Williams likes to travel and collect stamps in his passport.
Godrick Taylor, D.D.S. ~ Dentist
Dr. Godrick Taylor grew up on the beautiful island of Grenada. After completing high school he migrated to the USA, where he continued his education. He attended City College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Taylor obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Dr. Taylor is passionate about dentistry and works very hard to ensure that his patients are satisfied. He loves Root Canal and Prosthodontic procedures. Dr. Taylor is married and the father of two children. In his spare time he enjoys listening to calypso, reggae and soca music. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys watching cricket, soccer, and track and field.
Sofia Kavakoglou, D.M.D. ~ Dentist
Dr. Sofia Kavakoglou, who goes by Dr. Sofia or Dr. K, is a Bronx native of Greek descent. Dr. Sofia’s interest in dentistry began in high school, when she started working as a dental assistant. Motivated by her own mother’s traumatic dental experiences, she decided to pursue dentistry in order to offer genuine and gentle care to her patients. Dr. Sofia attended New York University where she majored in Metropolitan Studies and minored in Mathematics. She ventured to Los Angeles, CA to study dentistry at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sofia returned to her hometown to complete a residency at Montefiore Medical Center. She is committed to learning new advances in dentistry, and enjoys offering utmost care to kids and adults alike. On her time off, Dr. Sofia enjoys traveling to warmer climates and spending time with friends and family.
Kirk Finlay, D.D.S. ~ Dentist
Dr. Kirk, who happens to be the cousin of Dr. Dionne Finlay, is the perfect addition to our team of professionals at Dental Smiles. Dr. Kirk, is a talented individual who states that education has always been very important to him and that is why he worked hard enough in high school to earn admission to Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, he completed his graduate degree in Microbiology with a focus on Pathogenic Bacteriology, paving the way for a deeper understanding of Oral Biology. After completing his undergraduate and graduate work, Dr. Kirk went on to dental school, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. He completed his residency right here in the Bronx, working at both Lincoln Hospital and Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. As a New York native, Dr. Kirk loves the people of this great city and is committed to making patients comfortable. In addition to focusing on staying up-to-date on all of the latest techniques and procedures, he loves to give back to his community. From participating in local service projects to spending time internationally to help with dental outreach programs, Dr. Kirk loves using his talents to help others. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
Michele Carunchio, D.D.S., M.D. ~ Oral Surgeon
Dr. Michele J. Carunchio is a dual degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who completed her dental training in 2011 at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine in the city of New York. She then remained at Columbia University for the following six years to continue her training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. During her Residency program, Dr. Carunchio obtained her MD degree at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, she participated in advanced training in Anesthesiology and completed a 1-year internship in General Surgery at the university’s Medical Center in 2015. Born and raised in New Jersey and a graduate from Hoboken’s own Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Carunchio feels right at home in her new practice setting. Outside of the office, some of her long standing hobbies include cooking, cross country running, latin dance and repairing just about anything that is broken. She is extremely family oriented, loves spending time with her French Bulldog puppy “Meatball,” and she got married to her husband Joel in October 2017.
Natalia Gil, D.M.D. ~ Periodontist
Dr. Natalia Gil grew up in Puerto Rico where she obtained her Doctor in Medical Dentistry degree in 2013 at University of Puerto Rico. Following graduation, she moved to New York where she completed two years of General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center acting as chief resident her second year for the Periodontal Department. She then continued her studies at NYU where she completed a three year post graduate program in Periodontics. Dr. Natalia Gil is now a practicing periodontist specializing in periodontal disease, periodontal cosmetic surgery, and dental implants with patient care, education and comfort being her top priority. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends as well as traveling.
Mitchell McKnight, D.D.S. ~ Oral Surgery Resident
Dr. Mitch McKnight was born and raised in Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX -earning several awards for distinguished achievement in surgery, research, and academics. After dental school, Dr. McKnight completed an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Internship at the Ohio State University. Dr. McKnight and his wife, Whitney, moved to Manhattan to complete his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at New York Medical College
Tanisha Lawes – Office Manager
Providing excellent customer service is second nature to Tanisha. Patient care and comfort is very important to her. She has the personality that will leave a lasting impression. Tanisha was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica, and shortly migrated to the United States. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family, listening to love songs, and most of all she enjoys food.
Daceyann Williams – Head Assistant
Originally hired as a file clerk at a dental office during high school, Daceyann’s interest in dentistry began to peak and she started to ask the dentists more and more questions. After a period of time you could working her more in the back than at the front desk, so much so, that one of the dentist began to request her to work with her. It has been love ever since. Dentistry provides a new experience each day and Daceyann never gets tired of seeing the look of confidence return to a patient’s face after treatment. After graduating high school, Daceyann went on to receive her CDA as well as a degree in Surgical Tech but dentistry has her heart.
She joined the Dental Smiles Unlimited team in 2013. She appreciates the team work we have here and feels that it is not an uptight office. We all work well together to ensure a great relaxing experience for each patient. Daceyann’s next step is to complete the Hygienist Program and become more hands on with helping to enhance each patient’s smile.
Rosemary Otsyoko, RDH ~ Dental Hygienist
Rosemary graduated from Dental Hygiene School at Hostos Community College, New York in 2014. As a professional, her calling is to serve people and develop lasting relationships by promoting health and wellness through the provision of dental hygiene care. She is a member in good standing with the American Dental Hygiene Association and is a Registered Dental Hygienist of New York. She has received advanced training and is certified to administer local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. Her passion is to provide optimal preventative oral care.
Latesha Brown, RDH ~ Dental Hygienist
Latesha is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry Hygiene Program. She has been working in the dental profession for over 25 years, first as a Certified Dental Assistant and currently as a registered Dental Hygienist. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and travel.
Michelle Otero ~ Assistant
Michelle graduated from Monroe college with her Associates degree in medical administration. While working in a dental office as an administrate assistant, she became very interested in the dental field. She decided to pursue her passion and return to school for her dental assistance degree. Michelle has been a dental assistant for over 15 years and takes great pride in the work that she does. Michelle enjoys making people smile and loves spending time with her family. She dreams of returning to school to obtain a bachelors in public health and dental hygiene.
Maria Santos ~ Front Desk
Maria graduated from Bronx community college with her associate’s degree in biology. While working as a dental receptionist, she developed a passion in patient care. Maria is the oldest of four siblings which taught her how to be responsible. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time with her family.
Erica Guerra ~ Front Desk
Erica Guerra is a front desk receptionist with over 8 years of experience in costumer service. Her motto is, “The key to success is to do whatever you’re doing with passion and a smile on your face.” Her positive manner and articulate way with words causes anyone around her to see her as top notch. She is always a team player and always strives for success at every thing she. Making our DSU environment a positive and warm environment is her mission. Whenever she has a goal in mind she accomplishes it and soon will be expanding her career to start working in the dentistry field. She wants to make sure that every single one of our patients are reassured that they will have a lovely and professional experience. When she’s not working hard in the office she’s spending quality time with her loved ones and working on being a better person than yesterday!