Meet Our Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Dana Kapp - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Dana KappDr. Dana Kapp grew up in Riverwoods, Illinois and attended Tulane University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania school of Dental Medicine. After dental school Dana joined Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn to pursue a career in pediatric dentistry. Specializing in pediatric dentistry was an obvious choice for Dana because her best days were always those spent working on children in the pediatric clinic. On her days away from the office she volunteers as an attending in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University Children's Hospital. It is her goal to provide high quality dental care to children in a caring and compassionate way.

Dr. Kapp is proud to be Board Certified by the prestigious board of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

“Being a pediatric dentist gives me the ability to start children on the path to a happy dental future. I love having the opportunity to make the dentist a fun and comfortable place for children. Starting children on the right foot from a young age can lead to a lifetime of pleasant and positive dental experiences.”

In her free time Dr. Kapp loves to read a good book, knit for charity, watch Chicago sports, go hiking, expand her cooking skills, and try out new restaurants.

Dr. Gabrielle Sykoff - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Gabrielle SykoffDr. Gabrielle Sykoff grew up in Great Neck, New York, and attended Binghamton University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gabrielle completed a General Practice Residency Program/Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. She then went on to complete a two year Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she received her specialty certificate.

Dr. Sykoff is proud to be Board Certified by the prestigious American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

“I have a true passion for treating children and adolescents in the dental office and gain great satisfaction in developing their trust and making them feel at ease. I feel a great sense of fulfillment by putting a smile on the faces of the children I treat; and when they are excited to come back and visit me, wow, that is the best!”

In her free time Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family, travelling, and exploring New York City, where she resides.

Dr. Durgesh Kudchadkar - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Durgesh KudchadkarDr. Durgesh Kudchadkar (You can call him “Dr. D”!) knew from the start that he wanted to be a children’s dentist, and enjoys providing quality professional care to kids and teens.

He began his post-graduate career as a health educator in North Carolina where he worked with many diverse groups ranging from preschool children to young adults, including new mothers and infants, as well as special needs patients.

Dr. D. attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, under a merit-based National Health Service Corps Scholarship, achieving National Boards Honors and Dean’s List, graduating magna cum laude. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

Children’s health, happiness, and comfort are top priorities for Dr. D., and when he’s not talking with his patients about Sponge Bob or Dora the Explorer (or teaching them how to brush the “sugar bugs” off their teeth!)

He is still a kid at heart and loves going to the movies, traveling to fun lands, playing fetch with his little dog Cameron, and even braving the newest roller coaster parks.

Dr. Esther Levine Pincus - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Esther Levine PincusDr. Esther Levine Pincus grew up in West Hempstead, New York, and attended Barnard College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She went on to attend Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, serving as her class representative for four years. After dental school, Dr. Pincus completed her specialty training at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), where she was chief resident of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Pincus loves being a pediatric dentist, believing that enjoyable experiences at the dental office at a young age will pave the way for a positive dental future. Her goal is to make dental visits fun for patients and stress-free for parents. While counting and brushing teeth, Dr. Pincus enjoys singing songs and talking about television or sports with her patients.

In her spare time, Dr. Pincus does research on dental education with collaborators at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She also runs half marathons, practices yoga, and loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Dr. Ryan Ku - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Ryan KuDr. Ryan Ku was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended University of Texas at Austin, and went on to attend Dental School at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, receiving his DMD degree.

Dr. Ku loves every aspect of restorative and cosmetic dentistry and continues to expand his scope of knowledge by continuing his education in many areas of technical dentistry. He is a member of Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

“Dental health is an important part of total health. Quality dental care and habits learned as teenagers set the stage for a lifetime of good dental health. My goal is to treat every patient like my family members and insure that these all important formative years lead to a lifetime of good dental health”.

Dr. Ku enjoys playing racquetball, travelling to new areas, and walking his 5 year old Yorkie with his wife every evening in the Harbor Point, where they currently reside.

Dr. Patrick Johnson - Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Pediatric dentist Dr. Patrick JohnsonDr Patrick Johnson is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from Brigham Young University and then attended Dental School at the University of Michigan where he worked with medically compromised children and helped run a free dental clinic for children from underserved families. In dental school he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

After Dental School he joined the pediatric dental residency program at the Yale School of Dental Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital where he has continued original research including developing a program to educate preschool teachers to be oral health advocates for their students. This research has been presented at various national pediatric dental conferences and won 1st place honors at University of Michigan Research Day.

What Dr Patrick likes most about pediatric dentistry is the fact that he can have a positive impact on children's oral health that will last a lifetime.

Outside the dental office Dr Patrick spends most of his time with wife Sarah and young children Charlie and Tommy. He loves sports, traveling, running, and exploring the east coast.



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