Dental Care of Port Jervis
General and Family Dentistry

Port Jervis, New York

(845)858-CARE

THE PRACTICE

THE DOCTORS
Dr. Sonia Lee DDS

Dr. Sonia Lee was raised in Flushing, Queens and knew at a very young age that she wanted a career in the medical profession.  During junior high school she volunteered at Booth Memorial Hospital.  Accepted into the prestigious Townsend Harris High School at Queens College, she continued to explore her options in the medical field through summer internships.  It was during this time that she had met Dr. Sydney Silverman; former prosthodontics chairman for New York University Dental School and international lecturer.  Dr. Lee observed and assisted Dr. Silverman in his private practice as well as being involved with various research projects.  This is where her love of dentistry began.

Dr. Lee was accepted into the seven year dental program at New York University Dental School right out of high school.  During dental school she continued to work with Dr. Silverman, as well as, working as a school EMT.  After school she completed one year residency at Long Island College Hospital.

Dr. Colin Johnston DDS

Dr. Colin Johnston grew up in West Babylon, Long Island where he attended West Babylon High School.  Influenced by two uncles, one a dentist and the other a dental technician, Dr. Johnston knew as a young child he wanted to be a dentist.  During high school he worked behind the scenes with his one uncle at a dental lab.  This expanded his knowledge and love of dentistry.

After high school Dr. Johnston attended Binghamton University for undergraduate studies.  He then continued on to New York University Dental School.  During this time he also work as a school EMT.  After school he completed one year residency at Long Island College Hospital.

 STAFF

Dental Hygienist - Our highly trained and professional Dental Hygiene staff not only clean teeth, but also educate our patients on how to prevent gum disease (periodontal disease) and tooth decay.  Good oral hygiene is the first defense against periodontal disease and decay. 


Christine Gray  RDH

Christine, graduated in 2005 from Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA  from the dental hygiene program with an emphasis on periodontal disease. She has worked in general practice dentistry since.  She became our full time hygienist in 2008.  Christine currently resides in PA, close to Lake Wallenpaupack.

Elisa Joergle RDH

Elisa is married with both a son and daughter.  With both parents being dentists she started working in the dental field 1989. She began her career as an assistant to her mother and other dentists in general practice, prosthodontics, and periodontics.  In 1997 she graduated from New York City College of Technology from the dental hygiene program.  From 1997 to 2002 she worked as a dental hygienist in New York City with a prosthodontist and periodontist.  She has been working part time in our office since 2002.  Elisa is certified to administer and monitor local infiltration of anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia.  Elisa currently resides in NJ.

Sally Kurtzman

Sally is married and has both a son and daughter. She graduated in 1979 from Orange County Community College dental hygiene program.  She has been practicing in various dental practices and settings, including periodontics, where she has been working since 1992.  Sally works one day a week in our office.  Sally currently resides in NJ.
Dental Assistant - Our dental assistants are one of the greatest assets to the office.  The job of the assistant is to help the dentist during treatment as well as sterilization, impressions, ordering, setting up for next procedure, and taking radiographs.  This is just naming a few of many duties.


Jessica Fitzpatrick

Jessica is married with one daughter and one son. She has been in dentistry since 2005.  She spent two years assisting in orthodontics.  She then went on to assisting at the Health center for general dentistry.  She has been Dr. Johnston's full time assistant since 2010.  Jessica currently resides in Port Jervis.

Front Office staff - The front office staff is the first line of contact.  They will help you schedule your first appointment and most future appointments.  They will also help with insurance issues and questions.  They will discuss cost of procedures and  payment options with you when needed.

Kathy Desiderio

Kathy is married with three daughters. She joined our office in October 2003.  She learned all aspects of front desk dentistry and became office manager a short time later.  She had previously worked for the Board of Education in New York.  She also worked part time for a pediatrician.  Kathy currently resides in Milford, PA.

Jessica Caputo (JC)

Jessica is married with one daughter, is the newest member of our team.  She has worked as a dental assistant in general practice since 2006.  She joined our office in February 2013.  She is a receptionist as well as an assistant throughout the office.   Jessica currently resides in Port Jervis. 
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