Meet Our Dentists

Meet Our Dentists


Dr. Gregory Mokotoff

Our fearless leader 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. Dr. Mokotoff is a board certified pediatric dentistry specialist, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

In between crafting award worthy smiles, Dr. Greg loves volunteering and spending time with his wife Heather, and children: Jackson, Olivia, and Samantha. The next time you see Dr. Greg, ask him about the “Happiest Place on Earth” and what his favorite way to travel the park is! And be sure to have your gardening and derby car trivia ready, so you can challenge Dr. Greg to a question or two! Can you stump the doc?


Dr. Jennifer Epstein

Dr. Jen is looking forward to adding even more sparkle to your smile when you come to visit at Kids First!

Outside of the office, Dr. Jen loves spending time with her husband Adam, and daughters Elliott and Georgia. A true New Yorker at heart, Dr. Jen loves Broadway Theater and shopping in the city. She’s a huge sports fan – go Duke Blue Devils! – so remember to tell her all about your favorite teams. Be ready to sing along to some of your favorite popular cartoon theme songs, too!

Dr. Jen is a Fairfield local, and can often be seen with her family around town. So if you see her out and about, don’t be shy – come and say hi!


Dr. Emily Gabeler

Dr. Emily can’t wait to see your fabulous smile here in the Kids First office! and is a board certified pediatric dentist. She achieved recognition for graduating at the top of her dental class, and for scoring in the top 3% nationally on her pediatric dental board exam.

Dr. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. For dental school, she 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.

In her free time, Dr. Emily enjoys skiing, traveling, and rooting for the Giants and Mets with her husband Eric. She is also a very proud mommy to her two children and an orange tabby named Willi.


Dr. Michelle Neves

Dr. Michelle is always thrilled for the opportunity to treat the amazing patients we have at Kids First! She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2011. She was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She then completed specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was appointed Chief Resident.

Dr. Michelle now utilizes her privileges at Bridgeport Hospital to provide the highest level of dental care in a gentle, compassionate manner. An active member of AAPD, ADA and CSDA, 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 faces when they’ve had a fun and positive experience, and encourages parents and patients alike to let her know just how she can make them smile. And considering she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Dr. Michelle can create beautiful smiles in multiple languages as well!


Dr. Stephanie Serpa

Dr. Stephanie is a local girl, born and raised here in Fairfield County, so she knows what local smiles are made of. As a native Stag, she graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Science, then moved to Manhattan to attend New York University College of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

From there, Dr. Stephanie continued at NYU and Bellevue Hospital for her pediatric dental residency training, where she was aptly appointed Chief Resident. And though she loves NY, Dr. Stephanie happily returned to Fairfield County following her education for the opportunity to help maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, and provide the best dental care to children who grow up in the place she 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 – a love they intend to pass along to their twins. Dr. Stephanie also enjoys trying new recipes, traveling, and fitness. You can often find her at a nearby beach or park, soaking up the sun with her family, and playing Frisbee with their boxer dog, Regina.


Dr. Susie Shim

Aloha from our very own Dr. Susie here at Kids First! Dr. Susie grew up in the Midwest, but followed the sunshine to Hawaii, where she practiced as a general dentist. This is where she realized her true passion for working with kids, so she took a giant leap, leaving the sun and surf behind 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’s important for children to have positive dental experiences early in order to foster a lifetime of excellent oral health. When Dr. Susie isn’t busy making smiles shine as bright as the Hawaiian sun, she enjoys Zumba, traveling, outdoor activities, exploring new restaurants with her husband Dr. Matt, and spending time with her son, Danny.


Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave has been practicing and perfecting pediatric dental care since 1986, so he knows how to make the best smiles! 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 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 on how mouths grow.

When he’s taking a break from crafting award-worthy smiles, Dr. Dave enjoys keeping active. He is a distance runner, and loves cheering on his favorite sports teams. But of all the things that Dr. Dave most enjoys, his favorite is spending time with his children and grandchildren.


Dr. Parinaz

Dr. Parinaz or “Dr. Pari” as her patients like to call her, was born and raised in sunny Santa Monica, California! She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from U.C. San Diego and graduated from dental school from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Dr. Pari moved to New Haven, CT where she completed a one-year General Practice Residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital before obtaining her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Yale.

Dr. Pari has a very kind and caring personality. She is known for her calm demeanor, loving nature, and gentle touch. She is also a wonderful storyteller! Dr. Pari’s goal is to make each dental visit comfortable, interactive, and fun for your child! Whether it’s her funny stories about fighting away sugar-bugs, her singing, or making jokes, she is sure to create an unforgettably entertaining dental experience!

Dr. Pari welcomes you and is excited to meet all of our wonderful patients and their families!


Dr. Chris

Dr. Chris has always loved working closely with children and their families, helping them feel at ease, and he enjoys collaborating with the wonderful doctors and staff at Kids First! Dr. Chris graduated from Boston College’s Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. After a wonderful year of teaching 6th grade science in his home state of Massachusetts, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (GO HUSKIES!) and was elected Class President. Following his time at UConn, Dr. Chris completed his Pediatric Dentistry training at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City where he served as Chief Resident. In addition to providing dental care stateside, Dr. Chris has participated in service trips to Chile and the Dominican Republic as a part of global outreach programs.

In his free time, Dr. Chris is an avid Boston sports fan (which can be difficult in NY and Southern CT!). He lives with his wife, Sophie, and enjoys running, bodysurfing waves at the beach, and spending quality time with family and friends.