Dr. Merlino is a native of, and still resides in Staten Island, New York. She graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School in 1986 and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from New York University College of Arts and Science, Manhattan, in 1990. From there, she went onto New York University's College of Dentistry and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1994. After graduating dental school, she successfully completed a one-year general practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital.
Dr. Merlino then went on to practice in Staten Island for two years as a General Dentist. It was during this time that Dr. Merlino decided to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry. She attended and graduated from a two-year specialty training residency program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, in June of 1999. Within six months of receiving her specialty certificate, Dr. Merlino started her own private practice limited to Pediatric Dentistry, and remains in that location today.
Dr. Merlino is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a division of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Merlino is a member of the Attending Staff in Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital. She spends time at the Hospital in the capacity of teaching the residents in the Dental Clinic and in the Operating Room while the patients are under general anesthesia. She is also the Pediatric Dentist on the Cleft Lip and Palate Team of Staten Island University Hospital and treats many children with oral and facial deformities.
In June of 2014, Dr. Merlino was honored to be presented with the Dr. Alfonso J. Fressola Humanitarian Award by the Staten Island University Hospital Department of Dental Medicine. This award is given to an attending dentist who is "a member of the profession and has demonstrated empathy and compassion for patients and has a devotion to young professionals and a dedication to the profession".
Dr. Merlino is a proud member of many area dental organizations. She is a past president and an active member of the Richmond County Dental Society, past president and an active member of the Italian Dental Society of New York, a member of the American College of Dentists (an ethical society with membership by invitation only), a member of the International College of Dentists (a service-above-self society with membership by invitation only), a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the American Dental Society, the New York State Dental Association, and the Second District Dental Society. Within the Second District Dental Society she is a member of the Children's Dental Health Committee and Ethics Committee. Dr. Merlino is very involved on a local level with Children's Dental Health Month. She visits many schools throughout the school year to educate children on the importance of good dental hygiene and how their diet can effect the health of their teeth.
Our office Manager, Lori, has been with Dr. Merlino's Pediatric dental office since December 1999, that's even before any patients had come into the practice! Lori is the front desk receptionist and office manager. Hers is the first friendly face you will see when you come into the office. She brings over 20 years of dental experience to the practice. Lori started as a part-time chairside dental assistant and front desk receptionist in a General Dentist's office. Lori has been married for 30 years and is the proud mother of two. Lori loves meeting new people and really enjoys working with children. Any problem or question you may have, Lori is the one who can take care of it!
Jenna is our lead dental assistant and has been working with us since 2010. She is a student at The College of Staten Island and an alumni of St. John Villa Academy and St. Teresa School.
Jenna has a quiet and sweet personality and is a great addition to our team. She has a kind and friendly demeanor and enjoys the experience of working with children throughout the day. Her dental assisting skills and the way she connects with the patients make her a valuable member of our team.
Dolores has been working with Dr. Merlino as a Dental Hygienist since September of 2004. Dolores brings with her 26 years of pediatric dental specialty office experience! Dolores started working with a Pediatric Dentist while she was in high school as a front desk receptionist and dental assistant. Dolores is a graduate of FDR High School in Brooklyn and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in June of 2001 from the Hostos Community College (CUNY) in the Bronx. Dolores is a warm and friendly person and has a special way of treating her patients to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Dolores is a mother of three and she brings much of her experience as a mother to the dental visit.
Camille is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a graduate of St. Joseph by the Sea High School and New York City College of Technology where she received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Camille has a friendly and youthful personality and enjoys working with children. She is a welcome addition to the office staff!
Camille has over 30 years of Dental Hygiene experience!!! She has been working as a Dental Hygienist at our office since March of 2006. Camille has a warm and inviting smile and a love for children and good oral health. Her personality is friendly and inviting. She truly enjoys being a hygienist in a pediatric practice.
Kristin is a native Staten Islander, a graduate of St. Joseph by the Sea High School and a 1993 graduate of NYC Technical College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is a fantastic hygienist and loves her job!
We first met Kristin as a parent of a patient and we were happy when she decided to join our team in 2016. As a mother of three boys, Kristin brings a lot of experience with children to the dental visit as well as lots of enthusiasm about teaching good oral hygiene habits.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about making an appointment or your insurance coverage.
268 Todt Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
The office is open alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays,
and every other Saturday