MEET THE PEDIATRIC DENTISTS

Dr. Charles Brenner, DMD

Photograph of Dr. David Brenner

Dr. Charles Brenner is a native of Batavia, NY. He maintains a practice at North Coast Dental, and also provides his expertise to the next generation of pediatric dentists as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Brenner maintains privileges as a member of the medical and dental staff at Rochester General Hospital, and he is recognized nationally as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Brenner earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honors in Oral Medicine. He completed both his General Dentistry residency and his Pediatric Dentistry residency at Eastman Dental Center in Rochester.

An avid cyclist, Dr. Brenner follows his own advice to his patients by maintaining a healthy regimen that includes biking, tennis and walking. He and his wife, Zara, are the proud parents of two grown daughters.

Dr. David Levy, DMD, MS

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When you meet Dr. David Levy, it's easy to imagine him in the position he held before coming to Rochester: the director of a dental clinic for children in an underserved area of rural Maine. He helped to make sure that kids had the opportunity to receive the high quality care every child deserves. Today, children's dental health continues to be his focus, both in his own practice and in his work in education. When he's not serving his patients at North Coast Dental, he's teaching upcoming dentists as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Dentistry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, or refining the skills of graduate students in the Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Program at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a position he's held for more than thirty years. In addition, Dr. Levy has taken on more administrative duties at the University. He has been appointed the Medical Director and Chief Quality and Compliance Officer at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health.

Originally from Boston, Dr. Levy graduated from Boston University with a degree in Biology, and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Impressed by the graduate program in pediatric dentistry at Eastman Dental Center, Dr. Levy and his wife, Jane, moved to Rochester - and never left! He earned his Certification in Pediatric Dentistry at Eastman Dental and a master's degree in Community Health from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Levy is a two-time recipient of the University of Rochester's Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was honored in 2007 with the Iranpour Excellence in Clinical Education Award, which recognizes an Eastman Department of Dentistry faculty member for demonstrating sustained excellence in clinical education. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Levy has a married son and a married daughter, and is a proud grandfather of 3 grandsons and a granddaughter. He and his wife are avid birders who travel from Florida's Dry Tortugas to Maine's Machias Seal Island to see rare and regional species.

Dr. Ritu M. Shah, DMD

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Dr. Shah has many ties to upstate New York. She was born and brought up in Utica, and received her Bachelor of Science at Union College in Schenectady. In Philadelphia, she then earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to Western New York, Dr. Shah received her specialty certificate in the two year Residency in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Both Dr. Levy and Dr. Brenner played important roles in her training as a pediatric dentist as they have been members of the Faculty at Eastman for many, many years. Having learned from the best, Dr. Shah feels she had a valuable head start when she moved to Northern Virginia to practice Pediatric Dentistry. Realizing that her heart was in upstate New York, Dr. Shah decided to return home when she was offered the opportunity to join the North Coast Dental Group.

Very passionate about pediatric dentistry, Dr. Shah stays current on new research, techniques and materials in order to provide the best care for her patients. She has successfully completed the multi-part examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Like Drs. Brenner and Levy, Dr. Shah is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Pediatric Dentists. Dr. Shah strives to treat every child with the utmost compassion and understanding so that each experience is the best it can be.

In her free time, Dr. Shah enjoys staying active through zumba and yoga classes, cooking, dabbling in art, and traveling.

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