About Our Doctors

Your Local Connecticut Dentists

From all of us at Kids First Dentistry & Orthodontics, we thank you for considering us as your primary pediatric dentistry and orthodontic providers. Our highly trained dentists, orthodontists and staff are pleased to offer comprehensive dental care for children through our offices in Fairfield, Monroe, and Norwalk Connecticut. Besides general dental care we also provide special needs care, sedation dentistry, TMJ / TMD and more!

Dr. Gregory Mokotoff

Dr. Gregory MokotoffDr. Greg graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. He then attended Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2001. He completed his pediatric dental residency training at Temple University Children's Medical Center in June 2003. He is board certified in pediatric dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He enjoys volunteering and spending time with his wife, Heather, and children, Jackson, Olivia, and Samantha.

Next time you are in, ask Dr. Greg about the "Happiest Place on Earth" and what his favorite way to travel within the park is (we will give you a clue, it involves the numbers 26.2). You could also challenge Dr. Greg to a gardening question or two or ask him how to make a super fast pinewood derby car!


Dr. Jennifer Epstein

Dr Epstein

Dr. Jen is looking forward to meeting you when you come and visit her at kids first. She is a true New Yorker and loves broadway theater and NYC shopping. She is also a huge sports fan (go Duke Blue Devils!) so remember to tell her about your favorite teams. Dr. Jen loves singing the theme songs from popular cartoon shows so be ready to laugh a lot at your appointment. She can often be seen with her family around Fairfield's hot spots so don't forget to go up to her and say "hi" especially at the beach or supermarket!

When not hanging with Kids First kids, Dr. Jen loves spending time with her husband Adam, her 6 year old daughter Elliott and her newborn daughter Georgia.

Dr. Emily Gabeler

Dr Gabeler

Dr. Emily is a board certified pediatric dentist.  She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004.  She then attended Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  She completed her pediatric dental residency training at Albert Einstein Jacobi Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident.  She has achieved recognition for graduating at the top of her dental school class and for scoring in the top 3% nationally on her pediatric dental board exam.

Dr. Emily is loving motherhood and spending time with her 1 year old son, James.  She enjoys skiing, traveling, and rooting for the Giants and the Mets with her husband Eric. She is also a very proud cat mommy to an orange tabby named Willi.

Dr. Michelle Neves

Dr. Michelle Neves

Dr. Michelle uses her experience to provide the highest level of dental care in a gentle, compassionate manner.  She received her D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Howard University College of Dentistry and was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.  After dental school, Dr. Michelle completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was appointed Chief Resident. 

Upon completing her specialty training Dr. Michelle began treating patients in private practice. She also has privileges at Bridgeport Hospital. She is an active member of AAPD, ADA and CSDA and is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Dr. Michelle is proud to be part of a compassionate team caring for the cool kids of Fairfield County! She loves to see the smile on her patient’s face when they have had a fun and positive visit. Dr. Michelle encourages parents to let her know - how she can make them smile?

Dr. Lori Paires

Dr. Lori Paires

Dr. Lori Paires is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is focused on preventive dental care.  Despite being serious about fighting cavities, she enjoys trying to make each child's dental experience fun.

After a career in client services in Boston, Dr. Paires decided to pursue dentistry to escape the confines of a desk and to interact with people in a more personal way. She subsequently graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. While in dental school, Dr. Paires participated in a number of outreach programs that included countries such as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Paires ultimately completed her pediatric residency program and served as chief resident during her last year at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of NY/Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  Her training has given her extensive experience in all aspects of pediatric dental care, including infants and patients who have special needs.

Dr. Paires grew up in Connecticut but she now enjoys living in Manhattan.  Her hobbies include staying current on pop culture, traveling and enjoying good food.

Dr. Stephanie Serpa

Dr. Stephanie Serpa

Dr. Stephanie is a local girl, born and raised in Fairfield County, CT. As a native Stag, she graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science in 2006. She then moved to Manhattan to attend New York University College of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Stephanie then continued at NYU and Bellevue Hospital for her pediatric dental residency training, where she was aptly appointed Chief Resident. Though she loves NY, she was happy to return to Fairfield County, and is honored to help maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, and provide the best dental care to children who grow up in the place she too knows as ‘home’.

A piece of NY that Dr. Stephanie and her husband, Joe, keep is their love of baseball and cheering on the Yankees. She also enjoys trying new recipes, traveling, and fitness. You can always find her and Joe at a nearby beach or park, soaking up the sun and playing Frisbee with their boxer dog, Regina.

Dr. Susie Shim

Dr. Susie Shim

Aloha! Dr. Susie grew up in the Midwest, but followed the sunshine to Hawaii where she practiced as a general dentist. There, she realized her true passion was working with kids, so she left the sun and surf to fly cross-country, and pursue a specialty in pediatric dentistry in the Big Apple - New York City.

It is Dr. Susie’s goal to make each visit a fun and enjoyable one. She believes it is important for children to have positive dental experiences starting at a young age, in order to foster a lifetime of excellent oral health. She looks forward to getting to know all the things that make your child smile! ;-)

Some things that make Dr. Susie smile include traveling, trying new restaurants, golfing with her husband, being active outdoors, and Zumba.

Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave has been practicing and perfecting pediatric dental care since 1986. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Columbia University, where he also completed his pediatric dentistry specialty training. Not only did Dr. Dave complete a Fellowship in pediatric dentistry at the Rose F. Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, but he is a Board Certified dentist, and maintains memberships with professional organizations, such as the American Dental Association and the Connecticut Society of Pediatric Dentists. Dr. Dave is also a talent in advanced orthodontics, and has a unique perspective of growing mouths. That’s why he’s so great at creating beautiful, healthy smiles.

When Dr. Dave takes a break from crafting award-worthy smiles, he enjoys keeping active through distance running, and cheering on his favorite teams as an avid sports fan. Of all the things that make Dr. Dave smile, one of his favorites is spending time with his children and grandchildren.