Dr. Amanda Buscemi
Dr. Amanda Buscemi, is a board-certified pediatric dentist holding Diplomate status in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a recipient of the Richard C. Pugh award for scoring in the top 3% of examinees in the nation on her pediatric board examination. Dr. Buscemi was born in Long Island, NY and grew up in Coral Springs, FL. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelors degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine, where upon graduation she received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award. Immediately after, she completed her two year pediatric dental residency at Nova Southeastern University and Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident.
During her journey doing her post-doctoral training at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Buscemi received extensive training in behavioral management including advanced behavioral management techniques, including oral sedation and general anesthesia. She received an immense amount of training for special needs children. Dr. Buscemi trained at the Mailman Segal Center Baudhuin Preschool and developed a strong passion for treating children with sensory issues, ranging from children with mild hypersensitivities to children with severe autism. Dr. Buscemi and her staff are well educated on “ABA”, applied behavioral analysis, for dental procedures and strongly believe in the rights of all children to have a pleasant dental experience.
Dr. Buscemi also enjoys giving back to the community, organizing an event, which donates free dental exams and services for hundreds of children each year through the “Give Kids A Smile Day” program at Nova Southeastern University and Broward Hygiene College. She is also very involved in her local Dental Society where she organizes and runs community service events for children.
From the very beginning, Dr. Buscemi knew she was destined to be working with children. She has always enjoyed being around children and has the patience and outstanding skills to create the most comfortable and enjoyable dental experience for all her patients. She especially loves taking the time to care for and comfort her patients so that “visiting the dentist” is a rewarding, informative, and all-around-fun experience. Dr. Buscemi also enjoys helping younger anxious patients and enjoys transforming them into kids who are happy to see their dentist again and again. Dr. Buscemi’s primary goal is to make each dental visit positive and fun thus making dental appointments pleasant and relaxing for both patients and parents. She prides herself in educating and helping both children and parents in our community toward a lifetime of excellent dental health.
Dr. Divya Puri
Dr. Divya Puri is a pediatric dentist and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Puri was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark after which she moved to the United States to pursue higher education. She attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology. After college, Dr. Puri moved to sunny South Florida, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Puri was the 2017 Pierre Fauchard Academy Award Recipient amongst her dental class.
After dental school, Dr. Puri moved to Connecticut to pursue a three-year combined pediatric dental residency and Masters of Dental Science at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Connecticut Medical Children’s Center. Here, she trained extensively in the clinical setting while also studying dental stem cells in the lab. Dr. Puri became the Chief Resident of her pediatric dental class, playing a key leadership role in the Pediatric Dental department.
Dr. Puri has extensive training in treating children of all ages, including those with anxiety, special needs, and the medically compromised. In her pediatric training, Dr. Puri placed a special emphasis on behavioral management and family dynamics, and she takes great pride in ensuring every child leaves her care both happy and healthy. In addition, Dr. Puri is highly skilled at providing all levels of sedation, including general anesthesia in the hospital setting.
Since she was a young girl, it was Dr. Puri’s dream to be a dentist. Along the way, she discovered a passion for working with children, families, and the broader community. Having lived, worked, and practiced in various settings, Dr. Puri uses these experiences to ensure that every child leaves her chair with a big, bright, happy smile. Dr. Puri loves all the Disney Princesses especially Jasmine and Pocahontas.
Dr. Joanna Theodorou
Dr. Joanna Theodorou is a pediatric dentist and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry [AAPD]. She was born in Montreal, QC, Canada and grew up in sunny South Florida. Dr. Theodorou attended college at Nova Southeastern University [NSU], where she was a student athlete all four years and later received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology with a minor in business administration. She then continued her education at NSU College of Dental Medicine and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Upon graduating, she received the Oral Medicine outstanding case presentation award as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award.
After graduation, Dr. Theodorou remained in South Florida to complete her two-year residency training at NSU and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. There, she received extensive training in behavior management, treating patients with special health care needs, sedation, and hospital dentistry with general anesthesia. Dr. Theodorou loves connecting with her patients and instilling all the necessary oral health habits for children to develop as they transition into adolescence and adulthood. She makes sure her patients and their parents feel comfortable and at ease while in a dental setting. Giving back to the community is a passion of Dr. Theodorou. Whether it be local, serving as director for NSU’s Give Kids a Smile, or international, volunteering and providing treatment on mission trips. When she’s not providing care to patients, Dr. Theodorou enjoys going to the beach, reading a good book, and jamming out at concerts!
Dr. Sasha Acloque
Dr. Sasha Acloque was raised in South Florida and is the youngest of five siblings. As the mother of two boys and the auntie to many nieces and nephews, she spends a lot of her personal time around kids. Dr. Acloque has always been passionate about helping children become healthier and happier.
Dr. Acloque attended Barry University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and while there, helped plan Children’s Oral Health Day—one of the most significant events of the year in the community geared toward making oral health fun. She also enjoyed serving communities in need and volunteered regularly at numerous oral health events. Subsequently, Dr. Acloque pursued specialized training in pediatric dentistry at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (NCH). Dr. Acloque received extensive training in oral conscious sedation, full mouth rehabilitation under general anesthesia, and management of patients with special needs and medically complex conditions. She was also an instrumental member of the craniofacial team at NCH. Additionally, Dr. Acloque and her team utilized their fully equipped mobile unit to provide pediatric dental care to the underserved areas of South Florida.
Dr. Acloque absolutely loves children and cherishes their innocence, perspective, and charisma. She not only sees children for who they may become someday, but also for who they already are. She remains humble through service, and it is her life’s goal to create the most positive dental experience for each child, while nurturing their curiosity about oral health and emphasizing prevention as the most conservative form of treatment.
She is currently an active member of the Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Candidate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Acloque lives in South Florida with her family and their doggy, Bella. When she is not working, Dr. Acloque loves spending quality time with her husband and her boys, traveling, and reading. She also loves to eat sushi and ice cream (although not at the same time), and she always brushes after!
Dr. Karen Ben-Elazar
Dr. Karen Ben-Elazar is a board-eligible pediatric dentist who was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology at Rutgers University. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Ben-Elazar presented and published multiple research works through the honors program and graduated Cum Laude.
After making South Florida her new home, Dr. Ben-Elazar earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Throughout her dental training, Dr. Ben-Elazar has always had a love for public health, research, and volunteer work to instill good oral health practices in pediatric and adolescent populations.
After completing her DMD degree, Dr. Ben-Elazar attended an advanced training residency program at the University of Florida, Naples campus. During her post-doctoral training at UF, Dr. Ben-Elazar focused her practice in establishing conservative approach to dental care for patients of all ages through evidence-based treatments and patient education for prevention. Through her residency, Dr. Ben-Elazar also received advanced training in behavioral management techniques including oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Although she enjoyed her time watching beautiful Naples sunsets, she always knew she would return home east coast of Florida to give back to her local community.
In the office, Dr. Ben-Elazar strives to build a dental home for her patients through oral health advocacy and individualizing care in order to give each patient a positive dental experience. In her spare time, Dr. Ben-Elazar likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, hike, and relax at the beach.