Silvano was raised in Flushing, Queens and attended The Bronx High School of Science where his love of the medical field first started. He continued his education at University at Buffalo and went on to graduate from SUNY at Farmingdale’s Dental Hygiene School. He spent three years at Schneider's Children's Hospital where he cared for many healthy and medically compromised children.
Silvano has been part of our team since 2003 and continues to work with adults and children with special needs on a part-time basis. Taking the time to listen to patients and explain all the options provides him with the rewarding opportunity to see patients achieve their optimal oral health.
Vanessa started working at Dentistry Done Better in March 2020, the week before we all went into quarantine, and she says with a chuckle: “It’s all a blur!” Born and raised on Long Island, Vanessa received her Dental Hygiene degree at SUNY Farmingdale, where she went to classes and graduated with our own Silvano (who recommended her highly for the position).
Vanessa’s dental career is quite well rounded; she spent six years as a Dental Assistant (with some front desk duties) and eighteen years as a Dental Hygienist, so she’s a valuable asset to our team!
During her free time, Vanessa enjoys relaxing with her family, friends, and kitty. Her hobby is creating handcrafted jewelry and going outdoors in the warm weather. Her favorite part about being a hygienist is building relationships with patients, providing them with quality dental care, and educating them on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. (And our patients have given her “two thumbs up” for her gentleness!)
Yvette attended the New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants and has been a dental assistant for over 23 years. She started working with Dr. Chicvak in July 2018 and quickly became a part of our “family” team.
Yvette is proud to have been raised in Brooklyn and comes from a big, loving family who are the most important people in her life. In her spare time, between taking care of her family and spending time with her grandchildren watching Disney movies, she likes to work out at the gym.
Patients love Yvette and the warm, caring greeting she gives to them whenever they come into our office. Yvette says she "loves her job" and it shows!
Patient Care Coordinator
Indera (“Indy”) joined us in early October 2019 with no dental experience whatsoever. With much customer service experience in her former positions and her eagerness to learn, she picked up the necessary skills very quickly.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Indy attended Cosmetology School and received her certification in hairdressing. However, she soon realized that she wanted more out of her job and pursued different positions that were more public relations oriented; anyone who has met Indy will tell you that she sparkles whenever she speaks to patients!
Indera comes from a huge family; her mom is Guyanese and her dad is Puerto Rican, so her taste in food is very diverse (but she enjoys it spicy!). She adores being a mom to 5-year-old Mia; she and her family have traveled to many different parts of the world, and the only downside to travelling is that she must leave her beloved dog, Stella, behind.
She said that meeting new people and speaking to them is her favorite part of the job, as is “laughing everyday with the team”.
After serving as Office Manager/Practice Administrator for over 25 years in three dental offices across Long Island, Diana is very pleased to bring her knowledge and experience to Dr. Chicvak’s office. Diana has served in many capacities in her long dental career; she received her certification as a Dental Assistant from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, and graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Diana is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association as well as the American Association of Dental Office Managers and has been featured in the Member Profile section of their national news magazine, The Observer.
In her “spare time”, Diana serves as workshop leader for the renowned parent education workshop, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, a program that she says not only brings calm to families in their homes, but has practicality in the business world as well.
Diana remarried in 2008 to an old high school friend after she chaired her high school reunion. Her blended family includes five grown children/stepchildren and two grandchildren that she adores. Her hobbies include cultivating her organizing skills, reading, writing, and collecting unusual kitchen gadgets. She is delighted to be a part of Dr. Chicvak’s team and says her "favorite part of the job is interacting with the patients because they become an extension of my family!".
Director of Business Operations
RoseMarie has been with Dr. Chicvak behind the scenes for several years. She received her MBA from Fordham University and spent over 20 years marketing various consumer luxury brands. While teaching Marketing as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University, she learned the unimaginable thrill of teaching and impacting people directly. The move over to the healthcare world has allowed her to further enjoy the pleasure of "hands on" helping people as our Sleep Apnea specialist.