30-21 35th St.
Astoria, NY 11103
Ph: 718-278-1700

18-15 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Whitestone, NY 11357
Ph: 718-746-1230

500 Portion Rd. #16
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Ph: 631-451-7700

7 Mark Tree Rd.
Centereach, NY 11720
Ph: 631-585-6600

North Babylon
919 Deer Park Ave
North Babylon, NY 11703
Ph: 631-893-7000

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Pediatric dentist Dr. Kourtsounis in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Dr. Kourtsounis (Dr. K)

Dr. Kourtsounis or “Dr. K” is a pediatric dentist originally from Long Island. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998. After graduation, he returned to Maryland where his family had moved and was accepted into the top ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery where he received his D.D.S. in 2003.

Upon graduation, Dr. Kourtsounis moved up to New York City and completed a General Practice Residency at the St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt Hospital Center. He served as chief his one year there.

After completion of his GPR, Dr. Kourtsounis worked in private practice for two years in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, focusing on pediatric dentistry.

In 2006, Dr. Kourtsounis was accepted into the pediatric dentistry specialty at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He served as chief resident and helped author various publications which appeared in local and nationwide dental journals.

Upon completion of his training in 2008, Dr. Kourtsounis opened Smiles for Kids in Whitestone. In 2011, Smiles for Kids in Ronkonkoma was opened.

Dr. Kourtsounis has continued to stay on at Mount Sinai as an attending faculty and has dedicated his free time to teaching at the residency and performing dental rehabilitation cases in the operating room under general anesthesia.

He is very active in the community and volunteers regularly giving seminars to various pre-schools in the area on dental prevention, hygiene, and diet.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the New York State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Kourtsounis and his wife have a 6 year old son who is also very interested in becoming a dentist like his dad. He is a diehard Chicago Blackhawks and NHL fan, a car enthusiast who enjoys racing his car on the weekends


  1. Apexification of A Non-Vital Pre-Molar Stemming From Possible Dens Evaginatus. Asgari, A., Kourtsounis, P. et al. New York State Dental Journal April 2009
  2. Mucocele Resection – A Comparison of Two Techniques Using an Electrocautery and Er,Cr:YSGG Laser. Asgari, Kourtsounis et al. Dentistry Today Continuing Education Article April 2008

Dr. Kourtsounis and mascot with school children in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Pediatric dentist Jim Wright in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Dr. Jesse Wright

Dr. Jesse Wright is a board-eligible Pediatric Dental specialist and is currently continuing his education with a second specialization in Orthodontics. Dr. Jesse Wright was born and raised in Panama City, Panama and speaks English and Spanish fluently. He attended Princeton University for his undergraduate education and majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He then attended University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He graduated with honors and was inducted into the Tau Kappa Omega dental honor society. While in dental school he was active in student leadership and served as Associated Student Body Vice President, participated in community outreach throughout the Bay Area, and went on a dental mission trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Dr. Wright completed his Pediatric Dental specialty training at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and is now continuing with further specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at NYU Lutheran in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association. In his spare time, Dr. Wright enjoys swimming, riding his bike, cooking, and reading.

Pediatric dentist Pamela Bui in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Dr. Pamela Bui

Dr. Pamela Bui grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She decided to pursue a career in dentistry after shadowing several dentists, including her aunt and uncle. She attended the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry where she participated in multiple outreach programs, including several dental mission trips to South Dakota and Mexico. Dr. Bui received her certificate in pediatric dentistry at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

In her free time, Dr. Pam enjoys traveling, trying new food, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Pediatric dentist Pamela Bui in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Dr. Elizabeth Scisci

Dr. Elizabeth Scisci is a board-eligible pediatric dentist who was born and raised in Nassau County, Long Island. She graduated with honors from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a chemistry minor. She then attended dental school at Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine, earning her DDS and concurrently completing a PhD in Oral Biology and Pathology with support by a training grant from the NIH. Dr. Scisci earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Scisci enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, spending summers on the beach with her family, and playing fetch with her dog.

Pediatric dentist Pamela Bui in Ronkonkoma, Whitestone & Astoria, NY.

Dr. Shawn Francis II

Dr. Shawn is a New York native. He was born in Queens and later moved to Suffolk county. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University where he graduated with honors. Dr. Shawn then made his way to Columbia University where he earned his dental degree. While at Columbia he served as the student chapter president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and was recognized for outstanding promise in the field of pediatric dentistry at his graduation.

Dr. Shawn completed his pediatric specialty training at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. There he expanded his skill set treating children of all ages, including those with special health care needs. Dr. Shawn looks forward to helping you and your children. He believes in working with families to create a positive dental experience and catering to each child’s individual needs. He is not only committed to helping children here in his own community, but Dr. Shawn has served on two mission trips to Guatemala where he helped treat thousands of children in need of dental care.

When Dr. Shawn isn’t at the office he spends his time doing CrossFit, training Muay Thai/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and exploring the Island with his fiancée who is currently training to become a pediatric dentist.

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