FOUNDER, DR. MICHAEL GAZORI
I have always felt children are gifts to be valued and appreciated for their special nature and innocence. I have always loved connecting with each child to make their dental experiences and health the best they can possibly be. I view pediatric dentistry as an opportunity to truly care for children, taking into account all of their medical, dental, development, and emotional needs.
I was fortunate to attend the University of Washington in Seattle for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (GO DAWGS!). After graduating in 1989, I practiced general dentistry for 14 years. In 2003 I returned to school at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to pursue further education in my true interest, the care of children.
I am intrigued with new research and work being done in the prevention and treatment of dental disease especially with the use of more natural therapies. I feel the role of a dentist should extend well beyond the current clinical model and should incorporate the most current concepts in prevention, restoration, and maintenance. I love refining our team’s practice of pediatric dentistry as we continue learning about pediatric dentistry, prevention of disease, and child development.
I have never believed that dental treatment is inherently painful or that it is an uncomfortable ordeal that must be endured. My team and I embrace the concept of treating children as individuals, with the same care and respect we would give our own children. It is remarkable to me that members of our team come from such different backgrounds, and yet we all work together so well for the common goal of caring for our patients. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a great team.
DR. SUMANA KAFLE
I am passionate about treating my pediatric dental patients and gain satisfaction in developing their trust and making them feel comfortable. I strongly believe that getting children to feel comfortable at the dentist’s office at an early age can lead to a lifetime of pleasant and positive dental experiences.
I strive to make every child’s dental visit an enjoyable experience by bringing a warm, fun, and personal approach to dental care. I am truly honored to be a part of this dental team where every team member is passionate about education and prevention in oral health.
I attended dental school at New York University College of Dentistry. While there, I was the President of the Pediatric Club and actively involved in community service including Dental Health Fair, Special Olympics, Dental Van, and Give Kids a Smile Day. I also received the Certificate of Merit Pre-doctoral Student Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for excellence in pediatric dentistry.
As a volunteer for NYU’s dental campaign to Grenada, I provided dental care and education to underprivileged children. My experiences there reinforced my passion for working with children and adolescents. I entered my pediatric dentistry residency at Yale New Haven Hospital where I furthered my training in all aspects of pediatric dental care.
DR. CLAIRE ESCARIO
“Laughter is the best medicine” is one of Dr. Claire Escario’s favorite slogans. She believes that making a connection with the little ones is the key to creating a fun and positive experience.
Dr. Claire Escario is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has almost 20 years of experience in the dental field. After practicing several years as a General Dentist, Dr. Claire Escario decided to follow her passion of working with children and went on to earn her specialization in Pediatric Dentistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
When she is not in the office, you can find Dr. Claire Escario running or spending time with her husband and 3 children. She learned how to skateboard during the pandemic and loves thrilling adventures like canyoneering and skydiving! Tell her your superpower and your favorite adventures when you meet her!
MEET THE LITTLE PEARLS TEAM
The Little Pearls team is committed to excellence in every aspect of pediatric dentistry. Each and every team member is specially trained to provide comforting care to every patient, eliminating the fear many children face when going to the dentist. You can rest easy knowing that your child is in good hands, and that they’ll love their dental visits, every time!
LIZ – Dental Assistant
I graduated with honors as a dental assistant at Concorde Career College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, I had the privilege of working with military servicemen and their families at a joint command at Patch Dental Clinic in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a wonderful experience! In 2010, I relocated to Leesburg and joined the Little Pearls team. I love to help little ones overcome their fears and help them see that our office really can be a fun and safe place. I try to be open and sympathetic to their needs and really enjoy working with children with special needs. It’s so rewarding to see the children grow over the years and get to know them as an individual.
I am a Washingtonian at heart but have made Northern Virginia my home. I enjoy spending time with family, especially with my two beautiful girls and our cat. I have rediscovered hiking and exploring all the beautiful places Virginia has to offer. I also love to travel and hope to see more of the world in the near future.