FOUNDER, DR. MICHAEL GAZORI

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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

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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

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“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

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My favorite part of working at LPD is being able to interact with the kids and watch them grow. I’ve been here for the past 12 years and I’ve seen babies who are now teens and other kids who have gone off to college and even gotten married. It’s also great to be able to educate both the children and parents with dental hygiene and diet to give them optimal dental health. I also enjoy helping kids overcome their fears and anxiety.

I love working with my teammates. We all have fun personalities and we support and learn from each other every day. I’m a transplant from Washington state so I love the gray rainy days! I have two beautiful grown daughters and a cat.

FUN FACT: I love Zumba!

JAMIE – Dental Assistant

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I love working with younger children and showing them that going to the dentist isn’t scary, that it can actually be an enjoyable experience. It’s amazing to see the difference in behavior between dental appointments when a child starts out apprehensive and eventually grows to love coming to the dentist.

Obviously, Dr. Mike is the best boss, and no, he did not pay me extra to say this. I love the team we have here at Little Pearls, it’s like a second family to me. We all have each other’s backs. Most importantly, there is never an absence of laughter and smiles when we work together.

I enjoy spending time outside in my vegetable garden. I love going to concerts and listening to live music in addition to collecting vinyl records. My family has two cats named Charlie and Lola, and one dog named Hummus, like the dip.

DANIA – Dental Assistant

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I love seeing the kids’ smiles at the end of their appointments when they are picking out their prizes.