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Tooth Works Pediatric Dentistry opened its doors in 2012, but Dr. Vanessa and Dr. Sejal met years ago as fellow students at the New York University College of Dentistry and quickly became friends. Their friendship grew stronger during the two years they spent together as colleagues at Montefiore Medical Center’s pediatric dentistry specialty training program. During this time, both Dr. Sejal and Dr. Vanessa realized that their career goals and dreams—to practice and provide great dental care—could be wonderfully accomplished by opening their own clinic as pediatric dentists on the upper west side in NYC. They are now joined by a fellow Montefiore alum, Dr. Mallory Marquie, and look forward to many more years of providing great care.

Dr. Sejal Patel - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist   

Picture of Sejal Patel, DDS. Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, upper west side manhattanDr. Sejal Patel was raised in California but has called New York City home for the past seven years.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the New York University College of Dentistry.  After dental school, Dr. Sejal completed a two-year specialty training program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.  She is a recipient of the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award —awarded annually to approximately twenty individuals for scoring in the top 3% on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s comprehensive board exam—and is also certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Sejal has devoted much of her professional time and energy serving and educating children.  After college, Dr. Sejal dedicated a year teaching math to high school students in underprivileged neighborhoods through a non-profit organization in northern California.  During dental school, Dr. Sejal participated in an outreach program through which a small group of her professors and fellow students provided free dental consultations and procedures to children in rural India.  She has also organized dental educational programs locally, including demonstrations for students at elementary schools throughout New York City on proper brushing and flossing techniques.

During her free time, Dr. Sejal enjoys experimenting with photography and painting, knitting, playing badminton, biking, reading, and savoring a good cup of coffee.  She currently lives in New York with her husband and son.

Dr. Vanessa Lugo-Hart - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Picture of Vanessa Lugo-Hart, DDS. Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, upper west side manhattanDr. Vanessa Lugo Hart, a native of the Dominican Republic and a fluent Spanish speaker, is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry and completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.  Dr. Vanessa is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Vanessa has been the recipient of numerous distinctions and honors throughout her career.  As a dental student, Dr. Vanessa was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon’s Omega Chapter (the National Honor Dental Society) and into the Honors Program for special patient care.  She also received the New York Academy of Dentistry Award for Ethics and Professionalism, awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated high standards of ethics and professionalism.  At Montefiore, Dr. Vanessa was elected by her peers and  faculty as the Chief Resident of the pediatric dentistry program.

During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

Dr. Mallory Marquie - Board Eligible Pediatric Dentist

Mal cropped 2Dr. Mallory Marquie, better known to her patients as “Dr. Mal,” grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. While completing her undergraduate degree at Butler University, she began working as a dental assistant and knew she had found her professional calling. Dr. Mal continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, where immersion in the pediatric clinic ignited her passion for treating children. Living in downtown Chicago for four years transformed Dr. Mal into a city-dweller and she headed to New York City to complete her pediatric specialty training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

Dr. Mal has been recognized for her achievements throughout dental school and beyond. She was elected by the faculty at UIC into the Sigma chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society, which recognizes students for their academic excellence, strength of character, and professional integrity. She was also the recipient of the American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leader Award, acknowledging her scholastic achievements and potential impact on the profession of dentistry. Upon completing her specialty training at Montefiore, Dr. Mal received the Grace H. Lim Memorial Award for her exemplary academic performance and clinical excellence as a resident.

During her free time, Dr. Mal enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring different neighborhoods, eating her way through the NYC food scene, taking in all of the rich cultural events the city has to offer, and seeing as many live concerts and Broadway shows as possible!

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