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Vanessa Morenzi, DMD
Title: 
Program Director and Chair, Alan J. Borislow Division of Orthodontics

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Welcome to Albert Einstein Healthcare Network's Orthodontic Residency web page. I am pleased that you are interested in learning more about our residency program which is committed to its mission of providing unparalleled orthodontic education in a compassionate, professional, and friendly environment.

The program faculty is composed of individuals who are recognized for clinical, teaching and research expertise. Our faculty and support staff of enthusiastic, innovative, and highly dedicated professionals, are devoted to resident education and quality patient care. The camaraderie present further encourages the development of knowledge and expertise. An important attribute of the program is the very positive faculty-student ratio.

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network is truly a wonderful place to further your education. It is an inclusive academic healthcare network that respects and supports the educational mission of our program. I encourage you to learn more about our orthodontic residency program.

Bio: Dr. Vanessa A. Morenzi completed her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University. She then received her D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She then received a certificate in Advanced General Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania. After several years in general practice, Dr. Morenzi returned to Penn to complete her specialty training in Orthodontics. Dr. Morenzi has many of years of experience as a dental educator, beginning as a Clinical Associate in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. After her specialization training in Orthodontics, Dr. Morenzi continued to teach in the Department of Orthodontics at Penn. Her last academic position at Penn was as Clinical Co-Director, Graduate Orthodontic Program. Dr. Morenzi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and is a Past-President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Morenzi practiced orthodontics in Haddonfield, NJ for many years. She served as a consulting orthodontist to the South Jersey Regional Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Team as part of the Cooper University Medical Center of New Jersey. Dr. Morenzi assumed the position of Program Director and Chair of the Alan J. Borislow Division of Orthodontics in 2014. Additionally, Dr. Morenzi serves as an ABO examiner.

 


Michael Roth, DDS
Title: 
Associate Program Director

Bio: 

Dr. Michael Roth is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Following graduation he completed a one year General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Roth is also co-winner of the Benjamin Lebby Award given each year as an outstanding General Practice Resident. Dr. Roth entered private practice for two years before returning to Albert Einstein Healthcare Network for his three year post graduate study in Orthodontics. Dr. Roth is in the private practice of Orthodontics locally and has served on the Orthodontic Faculty for the past 25 years as an Attending Orthodontist.

Dr. Roth has been active in local community events and has served on the Executive Board of Montgomery Bucks Dental Society for several terms and is also a Past-President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists. Currently Dr. Roth serves as President of The Albert Einstein Healthcare Network Orthodontic Alumni Society.

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Paul Adams, DMD

Paul Adams, DMD
Bio:

Dr. Adams graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Adams then completed his dental school education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia where he earned a Doctoral Degree in Dental Medicine in 1992. After completing a general practice residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, he then entered the Einstein Orthodontic Residency Program and received his Certificate in Orthodontics in 1998. Dr. Adams is an active member of the teaching staff at Einstein Healthcare Network's Department of Dental Medicine, where he teaches orthodontic practice and theory to graduate orthodontic residents. He holds professional memberships in the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Montgomery/Bucks County Dental Society, and several other organizations. Dr. Adams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and is Board-certified.

Alexander C. Apple, DMD, MSD
Bio:  

Dr. Alexander C. Apple completed his undergraduate education at Duke University. After graduating with a degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his specialty training in orthodontics and received a masters degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

During residency, Dr. Apple conducted research on the ability to use CBCT imaging in orthodontics. He received awards for outstanding research and clinical excellence. Dr. Apple is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Apple was raised in Southern New Jersey and enjoys living in Philadelphia. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. Dr. Apple serves as a clinical instructor.

Alan Borislow

Alan J. Borislow, DDS

Bio: Dr. Alan J. Borislow received his pre-dental and dental education at Temple University. He then served in the Armed Forces (Captain, U.S. Army Dental Corps) for the next two years at Fr. Knox, Kentucky, during which time he was assigned for one year as a dental officer to the Strategic Army Command (STRAC) during the Berlin Wall Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his military service, he completed the orthodontic residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was a recipient of the Louis B. Schatz Award as outstanding hospital resident. He practiced orthodontics in Doylestown, PA from 1969 until 1987, during which time he became the first practicing board-certified orthodontist in Bucks County, PA.

Dr. Borislow is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and a past president of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists. In 2010 he was the recipient of the ABO's O.B. Vaughan Special Recognition Award given to individuals who have significantly contributed to orthodontic education and furthered the ideals of the ABO. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the American Association of Hospital Dentists. In 1994, Dr. Borislow received Temple University Dental Alumni Society's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was the recipient of the Albert Einstein Society Physician Leadership Award in 2002, only the second dentist to receive this coveted honor in the 40-year history of the Society.

Dr. Borislow is on the Editorial Review Board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and served as a site visit consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (2008-2014). Through Einstein's affiliations with the two dental schools in Philadelphia, he served as Adjunct Associate Professor in Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (1990-2019) and as a Clinical Associate Professor in Orthodontics at Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry (1986-2006). Dr. Borislow served as Chairman of Einstein's Department of Dental Medicine from 1978-2010 and as Orthodontic Chairman and Residency Program Director from 1978-2014. In 2011, he was honored by Einstein Healthcare Network through the naming of the Division of Orthodontics as the Alan J. Borislow Division of Orthodontics.



Mary E. Burns, DMD, MS, MA

Bio: Dr. Mary E. Burns is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and received her Master's certificate in Orthodontics from The Ohio State University. Dr. Burns is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Dr. Burns has lectured internationally on many topics including TMJ centered orthodontics, the role of the orthodontist in treating patients with sleep disordered breathing and interdisciplinary care of complex patients.

Dr. Burns is a long-standing member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Roth Williams International Society of Orthodontists and the OBI Foundation. Dr. Burns maintains a private practice in Orthodontics in addition to serving as the Associate Program Director of the Orthodontic residency program here at Einstein from 2017-2019. In addition to her service as a clinical instructor, Dr. Burns conducts, and participates in, several seminars which include: airway issues and disordered breathing, orthognathic surgical treatment planning, use of CBCT in orthodontics, interdisciplinary complex patient care, and various case conferences.

Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen, DDS, MSD

Bio: Dr. Cohen graduated from Rutgers University and then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he received his DMD degree. In 1994 he received a Certificate in Orthodontics and a master’s degree from Temple University's Department of Orthodontics. He joined Albert Einstein's Division of Orthodontics in 1997 as Associate Program Director and served in that capacity until 2006. Since that time, he remained on the faculty teaching clinical orthodontics via seminars and clinical supervision. Dr. Cohen serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists and is a Past-President. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists.

Matthew Etter, DMD

Matthew Etter, DMD

Bio: Dr. Matthew Etter is a graduate of Emory University, where in 2004 he received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Etter attended Temple University's School of Dentistry until his commencement in 2008. After completing a General Practice Dental Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital, he entered Maimonides Hospital's orthodontic residency program where he received his certificate in 2012. He then returned to and involved himself in his native Philadelphia's orthodontic community entering private practice. Dr. Etter is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists.

 

Charles Gemmi

Charles Gemmi, III, DMD

Bio: Dr. Gemmi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He received his Certificate in Orthodontics from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where he also completed a two-year general practice residency prior to his orthodontic graduate training. During his tenure at Einstein Healthcare Network, Dr. Gemmi received multiple awards including the Benjamin Lebby Award for Outstanding General Practice Resident and the Schatz Award for Outstanding Member of the entire House Staff. Dr. Gemmi is a Past President of the Eastern Dental Society, and is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists. He is an active member of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Prior to his residencies, Dr. Gemmi received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Villanova University and then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University School of Dentistry, where he received the Hinman Scholarship for Outstanding Dental Student, and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. At Einstein Healthcare Network, Dr. Gemmi serves as a clinical instructor and leads several seminars including: case conferences, preventive and interceptive orthodontics (early treatment), Clear Aligner Therapy, and temporo mandibular dysfunction.


Peter Greco, DMD

Bio: Dr. Peter M. Greco is a 1975 graduate of Hofstra University and 1979 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He practiced general dentistry for three years and earned his specialty certification from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthodontics in 1984. He served as full time Clinical Director of that Department for six years thereafter while maintaining 3 private practices in the Philadelphia and its suburbs. He is a Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at Penn and Co-Clinic Director at that institution. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is the recipient of the American Board of Orthodontics' Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Award. He received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the residents of the Department of Orthodontics at Penn in 2018.

Dr. Greco is a Past-President of the American Board of Orthodontics and remains an examiner for that organization. He served on the Commission of Dental Education from 2002-2007. He is a monthly contributor the AJO-DO as an Associate Editor of the column entitled "Ethics in Orthodontics." He is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Angle Society of Orthodontists; and serves as the Director to the National body representing the Angle East component. He is Historian of both the National body and the Angle East component. Dr. Greco's academic interests and teaching responsibilities are in bioethics in orthodontics and TMD therapy. He is member of multiple dental and ethical organizations, and maintains private practices in Philadelphia and Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

 

Audra Kiefer

Audra Kiefer, DMD

Bio: Dr. Kiefer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Comprehensive Science from Villanova University. After graduating from Villanova, Dr. Kiefer completed her dental school education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia where she earned a Doctoral Degree in Dental Medicine in 2002. She graduated summa cum laude and was also inducted into the Omnicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, the Matthew Cryer Honor Society and was honored with the American Association of Women Dentists Award. Dr. Kiefer then completed a general practice residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. She entered private practice after the general practice residency where she practiced for several years.

Dr. Kiefer's orthodontic graduate training occurred at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where she received her Certificate in Orthodontics. She served as Chief Resident in her second year and represented the residency program in the Charley Schultz Resident Scholars Program at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orthodontics in 2007. Dr. Audra Kiefer is a Diplomate of the American Board.



Cary Leizer, DMD

Bio: Dr. Leizer completed his orthodontic training at Einstein Medical Philadelphia, where he was appointed chief resident in his last year. He received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Dental School where he was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Leizer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is additionally an active member in the American Association of Orthodontists, the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Association. Dr. Leizer has been active in multiple research projects and has had his research published in multiple dental journals. He has presented his research at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting and has lectured on several orthodontic topics. He maintains an ongoing teaching position in clinical orthodontics as a faculty member in Einstein's Orthodontic Residency Program.

Ross Long

Ross Long, DMD, MS, PhD

Bio: Dr. Long is Executive Director Emeritus of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Lancaster, PA. He also is in charge of the Orthodontic and Research Divisions at that Clinic. He received his BS degree in psychology at Dartmouth. Following that he attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his DMD degree from the School of Dental Medicine and his MS degree in Speech Pathology from the Department of Speech and Hearing. He subsequently attended the University of North Carolina where he received a Certificate in Graduate Orthodontic training from the Orthodontic Department, School of Dentistry, and a PhD degree from the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine.

Dr. Long has also been the Principle Investigator on three major NIH/NIDCR research grant projects. He maintains academic appointments at Penn State University's Hershey Medical Center, and has been a member of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network's Orthodontic faculty since 1977. He has supervised research projects for over 30 students and residents. He has also published over 50 scientific articles and 7 book chapters. He has served as a US representative to participate in the World Health Organization's attempts to develop improved international cooperation in the field of craniofacial anomalies.

Dr. Long has been active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) since 1975 and has served as Treasurer for 9 years, Vice-President, and President. He currently is the Head of ACPA's Americleft Project, an initiative to carry out intercenter comparisons of cleft lip/palate treatment outcomes for evidence-based identification of best practices. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Honors of the Association for his work in ACPA. He is Past-President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Cleft Palate Clinics, the Midwest Component of the Angle Society of Orthodontists and the International Confederation for Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Angle Society of Orthodontists and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.


Chirag Patel, DMD

Bio: Dr. Chirag Patel pursued his undergraduate and dental education at Temple University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011. Following his dental graduation, he continued his education at the Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC)’s General Dental Practice Residency.

Dr. Patel practiced as a general dentist for several years while also serving as a volunteer faculty member in the AEMC General Practice Residency.

Dr. Patel decided to further his education by starting Orthodontic specialty training at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He continues to support his alma mater as a volunteer faculty member in the Orthodontic residency program at AEMC as well as contributes to the education of the GP residents by providing Inter-Disciplinary seminars and lectures.

Dr. Patel was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists with the prestigious Hamilton Orthodontic Research Award for the research he conducted during his Orthodontic residency. His area of study was with maxillary transverse skeletal changes using expansion appliances, supported by temporary anchorage devices, in human subjects. His project was entitled "CBCT Evaluation of the Effects of Bone-Tissue Supported Rapid Palatal Expansion On the Transverse Dimension of the Maxilla".

Dr. Patel currently practices as an associate, and as a practice founder and owner, in the Philadelphia area.

Mark McDonough

Mark McDonough, DMD

Bio: Dr. McDonough is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He attended Fordham University for his undergraduate studies and earned a Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania. He interned at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City as a general practice resident and obtained his Certificate in Orthodontics from Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.

As well as being an experienced orthodontist, Dr. McDonough has also been a clinical instructor at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia since 1995. He is an editor of "Orthodontic Practice - US". This is a national journal that promotes excellence in orthodontics and covers a full range of clinical and practice management topics. He is also a contributing writer for this journal.

Dr. McDonough has served on the Executive Committee of the Mercer Dental Society for eight years and is currently a Past-President. Similarly, he has been an active board member of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists and served as this group's president. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Board of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Association.

At Einstein Healthcare Network, Dr. McDonough serves as a clinical instructor with additional expertise in the use of lasers and temporary anchorage devices. He hosts an on-going seminar series for both 2nd and 3rd year residents, including time devoted to preparing the residents for the American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination.

Stuart Messinger

Stuart Messinger, DDS

Bio: Dr. Messinger received his D.D.S. degree from Temple University School of Dentistry after completing his pre-dental undergraduate education also at Temple University. He received his Certificate in Orthodontics from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and had been an active faculty member at Einstein for many years. Currently, he is a noted guest speaker on a variety of topics.

 

Harold Middleberg

Harold Middleberg, DMD

Bio: Dr. Middleberg completed his orthodontic residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where he served as chief resident in his last year. Dr. Middleberg received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry and his Bachelor of Science Degree from LaSalle University. Dr. Middleberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He served as Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the Eastern Dental Society.

Currently, Dr. Middleberg is a Governor of the Philadelphia County Dental Society. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. At Einstein Healthcare Network, Dr. Middleberg teaches comprehensive clinical orthodontics via conference - seminars and as a clinical instructor. Didactically, he directs seminar series in orthodontic practice management, and jurisprudence.


Courtney Rubin, DMD

Bio: Dr. Courtney Rubin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. She stayed in Boston to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency focusing on pediatric care and then moved to New York where she trained in full-mouth rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center General Practice Residency. Dr. Rubin received her Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics from Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics.

Dr. Rubin is a member of several local and national professional organizations including the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. When at Einstein, Dr. Rubin will use her expertise to the benefit of the residents and patients by conducting seminars and attending in clinic. She also looks forward to mentoring the residents as they move from their residency into practice.

Dr. Rubin enjoys cooking, ready, giving back to her community through volunteer work, and spending time with family, especially her dog, Charlie.

 

Justin Silvestre, DMD
Bio:
Dr. Justin Silvestre graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He completed a 2-year General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where he was selected as the Chief Resident in his 2nd year. Upon completion of his General Dental restorative training, Dr. Silvestre enrolled in the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program at Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Upon graduation, Dr. Silvestre started his private practice in Souderton, PA. He also provides care as an associate orthodontist in the Philadelphia area.

In addition to his position as a clinical attending faculty member at Einstein Orthodontics, Dr. Silvestre participates in bi-monthly Case Conference seminars, co-teaches the ABO Literature review course and has implemented a newly-revamped 2-year Biomechanics course. Dr. Silvestre is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Silvestre currently resides with his wife and 2 sons in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to making beautiful smiles, Dr. Silvestre can be found enjoying the outdoors while hiking, biking and fishing with his family.

Dennis Tartakow

Dennis Tartakow, DMD, MEd, EdD, PhD
Bio:

Dr. Tartakow is a graduate of Adelphi University (BA); Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (DMD); Long Island Jewish Medical Center Rotating Internship (Certificate); Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Orthodontic Residency (Certificate); and Union Institute & University, Graduate College (MEd, EdD, PhD).

In addition to Dr. Tartakow's faculty appointment at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, his dental academic appointments include Clinical Professor and Former Director of the TMD Section, Post Graduate Orthodontic Department, Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine and Clinical Professor, Orthodontic Department, Craniofacial Sciences and Therapeutics, University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Also, he is an Orthodontics-Pediatric Dentistry Test

Constructor, Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, American Dental Association; and a member of the Research Council of the J. Paul Getty Research Institute and Library; and a member of the Board of Trustees, Union Institute & University.

Dr. Tartakow is board-certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Board of Special Care Dentistry, and is a Certified Dental Editor. He holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Memberships include the American Academy of Orofacial Pain; Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK); American Association of Hospital Dentists; Academy of International Dental Studies; World Federation of Orthodontists; American Association of Dental Editors; Pierre Fauchard Academy; and the Florida Dental Association (Honorary).

Dr. Tartakow currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Ortho Tribune and practiced orthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and orofacial pain therapy in Palm Beach, FL and now resides in Marina del Rey, CA. He is a consultant in orthodontics, TMJ disorders, orofacial pain, practice management, and healthcare administration. He has lectured to medical, dental and legal groups, authored 150-plus independent and original articles and mentored over 600 medical and dental students.


Adam Weiss, DMD

Bio: Dr. Adam Weiss graduated from Franklin and Marshall College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. Dr. Weiss went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University School of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Weiss attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for his residency training in Orthodontics. Dr. Weiss has been in the private practice for close to 30 years, with offices in Collegeville and Havertown, PA. Dr. Weiss is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society. Additionally, Dr. Weiss is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO).

 

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