Meet Our Doctors

Pediatric dentist - Dr. James McDonnellJames McDonnell, D.M.D.

Dr. James McDonnell, an upstate New York native and graduate of Fairfield and Harvard Universities, currently resides in Malta, NY with his wife and five children. His pediatric dentistry specialty was obtained at The Children's Hospital of Boston where he also developed an easy-going reputation, and warm light-hearted manner that opens children’s hearts and minds for conversations about good oral hygiene and making healthy smiles. (He is also much better looking than Dr. McMahon, especially in a bow tie).

Get to know Dr. McDonnell!

  • Favorite color: Ummm, what are colors? I’m colorblind...
  • Favorite children’s movie: Anything Avengers
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Does Metallica play any Disney songs?
  • Favorite game to play: Quiplash
  • Go-to summer activity: Flossing underwater in the pool
  • Go-to winter activity: Attending Dr. Cao’s hip hop dance class with the rest of our docs (next year’s Christmas party is coming)
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I am super good at going to breakfast with Dr. McMahon. Also dad jokes, but mostly hanging out with Dr. McMahon.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: X ray vision. Think of how much time we could save!
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Letting people know that they are worth something by how our team treats everyone!
  • What excites you the most about your work? Just being a part of our team. There is never a day where I take it for granted.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Mostly the fact that they put up with me. I will try to do better...
  • What else should our patients know about you? My wife thinks Dr. McMahon is a better dentist than me.

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Eric McMahonEric McMahon, D.D.S.

Dr. Eric McMahon was born and raised in sunny California, and finally came to the “right” coast when he was admitted to Harvard’s pediatric specialty training. He now lives happily in Ballston Lake, NY with his lovely wife and three children. Children from all over “The North Country” appreciate Dr. McMahons’ youthful personality and keen sense of humor that immediately puts both patients and parents at ease. His youthful “super-hero-inspired” approach adds fun and enjoyment to the entire workplace. (For the record, he routinely steals jokes from Dr. McDonnell).

Get to know Dr. McMahon!

  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Aladdin”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Gaston Song
  • Favorite game to play: Hide and Seek
  • Go-to summer activity: Wakeboarding
  • Go-to winter activity: Snowboarding
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Previously an All-America Collegiate Soccer Player
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:  Flying
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Being able to offer dental care to all children regardless of insurance.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Singing Disney songs and having fun while working
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Our team is the biggest baddest pediatric dental office on the planet!
  • What else should our patients know about you? Just because I love singing doesn’t mean I am a good singer.

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Megan McMahonMegan McMahon, D.D.S.

Dr. Megan McMahon grew up in Queensbury, NY and has worked at The Smile Lodge since she was in high school. While working at a young age she was inspired by her favorite dentist, Dr. McDonnell. She figured if she could have this much fun every day, she would pursue dentistry. Becoming a doctor in 2015, after earning her Chemistry degree at St. Lawrence University and her dental degree at the University of Pacific in San Francisco, Dr. Megan McMahon returned to her hometown in upstate NY. She married her second favorite dentist in 2012 and together, Drs. Megan and Eric McMahon, enjoy traveling, playing soccer and softball, and spending time with their children.

Get to know Dr. McMahon!

  • Favorite color: I gravitate towards the boldest, most vibrant, fluorescent colors. If it were up to me, all my patients would get really cool, lime green fillings with sparkles. Sadly, we only have white.
  • Favorite children’s movie: “The Sandlot.” Nothing beats summertime, baseball, hanging out with friends, and making s’mores.
  • Favorite sing along Disney song: Under the Sea from the little mermaid. It’s just like at the smile lodge...since life is sweet here, we got the beat here, naturally!
  • Favorite game to play: Outdoor picnics with lawn games are the best. Kan jam, kubb, and corn hole are great, but when we want to take our backyard party to the next level, we break out the slip ‘n slide kickball.
  • Go-to summer activity: Girls just wanna have sun... you can find our family at the beach soaking up the vitamin-sea and vitamin D.
  • Go-to winter activity: Staying warm, ideally in the hot tub or next to a fire... there’s snowplace like home. I love wearing slippers, super soft sweaters, and taco parties.
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I was a pitcher on my college softball team. Did you know a 60mph fastball in softball is equivalent to a 95mph fastball in baseball? In both cases the batters have 0.42 seconds to react to the pitch. Think fast!
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Flying. It would be the greenest, most exhilarating, traffic-free way to travel. We could visit our family in California all the time!! I’ve been taking this new levitation course at Sky Zone and I went straight to the top of the class...
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Tongue tie releases so infants can nurse better! Two of my three babies had lip and tongue ties, so I’ve seen and felt firsthand how much better a baby can latch with a proper tongue tie release.
  • What excites you the most about your work? I love transforming smiles. Anterior esthetic work can be the most rewarding...it lifts the patient’s confidence and self-esteem, and it can be super motivational for getting them to improve their brushing and flossing habits.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Have you read the reviews? I don’t know of any other dental office that has been referred to as the “Disneyworld” of dentists. Our team is so passionate about making every kid smile, and I think it’s incredible that each member of our team embraces our mission so that every child can have a positive and memorable experience.
  • What else should our patients know about you? Three fun facts... can you guess which doctor I’m referring to in each statement?
  1. When I was in high school, my favorite doctor in the office inspired me to become a dentist.
  2. The most handsome doctor in the office married me, and together we have three (almost four) super awesome kids.
  3. The most creative doctor in the office writes all the songs for our Smile Lodge music videos. ;)

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Laila HubbiLaila Hubbi, M.S., D.D.S.

Dr. Laila Hubbi graduated Rutgers University with a double major in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Political Science. She then continued her education at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey receiving a Master of Biomedical Sciences in 2010. Dr. Hubbi went on to attend New York University College of Dentistry where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery and completed her specialty in pediatric dentistry. While at NYU, Dr. Hubbi had the opportunity to participate in many rewarding outreaches that took her as close as Maine to as far as Nepal!

Dr. Hubbi has recently moved to the Albany area with her husband and daughter Nora to join the wonderful Smile Lodge team. Dr. Hubbi considers her patients an extension of her family. She loves working with children and has a very compassionate and caring personality. Dr. Hubbi is excited to provide a great and relaxing atmosphere where your child will have a positive and happy experience. When she is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and attempting Pinterest recipes and ideas.

Get to know Dr. Hubbi!

  • Favorite color: Turquoise
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Aladdin”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: A Whole New World—who wouldn't want to fly on a magic carpet on their first date?
  • Favorite game to play: Taboo, I can get really competitive and intense.
  • Go-to summer activity: Swimming with my Hubby (not to be confused with Hubbi) and my three children.
  • Go-to winter activity: S’mores by the fireplace. I have a little bit of a sweet tooth... shhhh.
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I can read minds, especially when young children tell me they floss every day.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Making people laugh. Laughter heals the world. Ask me to tell you my favorite joke!
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Treating every child like they are my own.
  • What excites you the most about your work? My coworkers and the patients. They are the best. We improve children's smiles, but they also make us smile every day.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! We are all superheroes and have superpowers in this building. Some superheroes wear capes, and some wear white coats.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I come from a big family of five children! I am the middle child. I got the best of both worlds: siblings to learn from and siblings to teach.

Pediatric dentist Dr. JamieJamie Lewis, D.M.D.

Dr. Jamie Lewis hails from the great state of Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Haverford College and the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. Dr. Lewis continued his education at Temple Hospital, completing his specialty training in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Lewis now resides in Wilton with his wife, a Queensbury native, and their three young children. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, cheering on Philadelphia sports, and spending time with his family. Dr. Lewis strives to provide a positive experience for all of his patients, regardless of their age or comfort level. He can never remember song lyrics but promises to sing his own rendition of your favorite tune.

Get to know Dr. Lewis!

  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite children’s movie: “How to Train Your Dragon”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Lost in the Woods from “Frozen 2”
  • Favorite game to play: Golf and basketball
  • Go-to summer activity: Golf
  • Go-to winter activity: Skiing
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I'm very good at having dance parties with my three kiddos.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Telekinesis—anybody interested in some remote dentistry?
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Giving kids a positive, fun association with the dentist and giving them confidence in their smiles.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Being able to make a difference in the health of children every single day.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Everyone on the team is committed 100% to ensuring a wonderful patient experience for all children and families that walk through the door.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I am a really terrible singer, but I will still take requests for Disney songs during your appointment!

 


Pediatric dentist Dr. KarissaKarissa Koster, D.M.D.

Dr. Karissa Koster, originally from Wilbraham, MA, earned her dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and continued with her pediatric residency at The Lutheran Medical Center in Holyoke, MA. A master at flossing throughout school—both teeth and the dance move—she’s always up for a dance-off challenge!

Outside of the office, Dr. Koster enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and exploring new places. Having moved to the area with her family in May 2019, Dr. Koster is always open to recommendations for new family-friendly activities or restaurants.

Get to know Dr. Koster!

  • Favorite color: Purple
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Finding Nemo” (pretty sure I can recite the entire movie)
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: One Jump from “Aladdin”
  • Favorite game to play: Catch Phrase
  • Go-to summer activity: Swimming in the ocean
  • Go-to winter activity: Waiting for summer
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Upside down flossing...I joke about it but seriously I can floss while standing on my head.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Teleportation: goodbye traffic jams, hello breakfast in Disney and dinner in Rome!
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Making kids laugh
  • What excites you the most about your work? The fact that all of us here have the same goal: making kids smile.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! The team at The Smile Lodge is so incredible. I was a cheerleader and I remember needing to feel like I trusted any teammate to literally catch me after flying through the air...I won’t be flying through the office but I know everyone here would catch me if I fell and I hope they know I’d catch them too.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I can’t wait for the new Wonder Woman movie to come out!!

Pediatric dentist Dr. Lawrence ChenLawrence Chen, D.D.S.

Dr. Lawrence Chen grew up on the golden coast of Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from the University of the Pacific for both his undergraduate and dental degrees, he moved cross-country to attend a general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

Since then, he has worked in New York City since where he has seen many kids and the kids at heart. Although Dr. Chen enjoys his time with patients, he also tries to cook, travel, stay active, volunteer in the community, and refine his craft through continuing education.

Get to know Dr. Chen!

  • Favorite color: Green
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Toy Story”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Circle of Life from “The Lion King”
  • Favorite game to play: Saying all the wrong answers while watching “Jeopardy”
  • Go-to summer activity: Getting in any body of water: ocean, lake, or kiddie pool!
  • Go-to winter activity: Staying warm
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Competed in chess up to high school
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Healing like Wolverine. I wake up with bruises all the time
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Teaching patients to be independent and to adopt good habits
  • What excites you the most about your work? Giving the whole family a reason to laugh and smile
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! They are hardworking silly gooses!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I’m a LAKERS FAN, NOT SORRY

Pediatric dentist Dr. Kadeem BartleyKadeem Bartley, D.M.D

We are so excited for Dr. Bartley to join our team! Dr. Kadeem Bartley is a graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. After graduation, he completed a General Practice residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Following his passion for treating kids, he subsequently completed two additional years at the Eastman Institute of Oral Health in pediatric dentistry. After residency, he had a stint in the Windy City Chicago; however, his heart longed for the east coast and after a year decided to return the northeast with his family. Make sure to say hello when you see him around The Lodge!

Get to know Dr. Bartley!

  • Favorite color: Green
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Matilda”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Under the Sea from “The Little Mermaid”
  • Favorite game to play: Monopoly! It gets intense.
  • Go-to summer activity: Checking out the local fairs and festivals!
  • Go-to winter activity: Fireplace s’mores! Keeps me warm and full at the same time.
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Yes... (I would tell you but then I would have to...)
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Telekinesis
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Saving the world one smile at time!
  • What excites you the most about your work? Being a part of the best team ever!
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! They are really passionate and caring about all our patients!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I have the hugest sweet tooth!

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Solomia ZhownirovychDr. Solomia Zhownirovych, D.D.S.

Dr. Solomia Zhownirovych, originally from the beautiful state of New Jersey, made her way to Western New York where she attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. After rooting for the Bills for four years, she moved to Rochester to complete her residency at Rochester General Hospital. Continuing her move down the New York State Thruway, Dr. Zhownirovych now finds herself in Albany and is excited to be working at the Smile Lodge. Dr. Z enjoys dancing around her apartment, singing in her car, traveling and exploring new places, spending time with her friends and family, and trying to gain the affection of her Flame-Point Siamese cat, Juliet.

Get to know Dr. Z!

  • Favorite color: does black count? It’s all the colors absorbed!
  • Favorite children’s movie: Moana
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid
  • Favorite game to play: Fishbowl- it’s a combination of taboo and charades
  • Go-to summer activity: hiking, biking, exploring restaurant patios- anything that gets me outside!
  • Go-to winter activity: catching up on all the TV I forgot about during the summer
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Getting selected for a “random” search at the airport when I travel
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: speaking all languages- animal languages included
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Getting people out of pain!
  • What excites you the most about your work? I get the opportunity to help someone every day!
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Everyone helps make the work environment a comfortable and fun place to be!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I love to sing! So if you hear me singing or humming (quietly, of course) during your visit and hate it- just ask me to stop. I probably don’t even realize I’m doing it

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Carl FuscoDr. Carl Fusco, D.D.S.

An Upstate New York native, Dr. Carl Fusco grew up riding his bike and exploring the hills around the village of Altamont, NY. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Hungry for two more years of Buffalo chicken wings, he completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Fusco is thrilled to be a part of The Smile Lodge family and is dedicated to creating engaging, positive experiences for children of all ages at the dentist. When not in the office, you might see him hiking, paddling, climbing, and skiing in the Adirondacks or dancing to live music at SPAC.

Get to know Dr. Fusco!

  • Favorite color: All of autumn
  • Favorite children’s movie: The classics are hard to beat - Lion King, Aladdin, Toy Story - but Inside Out was a favorite recently
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Tamatoa - “Shiny” from Moana
  • Favorite game to play: Ping Pong
  • Go-to summer activity: Rock climbing
  • Go-to winter activity: Skiing
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Ask me to show you how fast I can tie a shoe
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Telescopic vision, we work in tiny spaces, so that would make teeth look huge!
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Changing the perception of going to the dentist into something enjoyable and memorable.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Being a part of an energetic team and building relationships with families from all over Upstate NY.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! Beyond the MTV-quality music videos, The Smile Lodge has a group of people who are tirelessly committed to providing positive experiences and quality care to each and every patient that comes through the door.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I love learning how to say dental things in different languages, please help me learn more!
 

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Holly Fadie DMDDr. Andrew Goodemote D.D.S.

Dr. Andrew Goodemote grew up in Queensbury, NY, and was inspired by both Dr. McMahons to pursue dentistry! After attending Boston College, he continued on to be classmates with Dr. Chen at the University of the Pacific, earning his dental degree in San Francisco. He returned to his home state, to complete an orthodontic residency at Stony Brook in Long Island, NY. Now, moving closer to home, he is ready to add to the services offered at the Smile Lodge to continue to provide the best quality care for our patients! 

Get to know Dr. Goodemote!

  • Favorite color: Teal
  • Favorite children’s movie: Home Alone
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: "Friend Like Me" -Aladdin
  • Favorite game to play: Catan
  • Go-to summer activity: Cornhole
  • Go-to winter activity: Skiing
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? Saying the alphabet backwards faster than you can say it forwards
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Harnessing the force and all secrets of the Jedi
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Creating those perfect smiles to give all patients the power of self-confidence!
  • What excites you the most about your work? Seeing the excitement in the smiles of patients and parents when orthodontic treatment is complete!
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! A level of energy and enthusiasm that you can't find anywhere else!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I'm a sports fanatic! Football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer...you name it!

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Holly Fadie DMDDr. Lauren Geffen, D.D.S.

Dr. Lauren Geffen was born and raised in Queens, NY and wanted to be a dentist since she was 10 years old! She pursued her dreams as she studied Neurology and Physiology at the University of Maryland, and then went on to get her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. At Stony Brook, Dr. Lauren honed in on her passion for working with children and learned that she loved giving back to the community. She participated in dental mission trips to Jamaica, and rural parts of the US, and found so much joy in helping underserved communities. After dental school, she went on to specialize her skills as a Pediatric Dentist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Dr. Lauren recently moved to Saratoga Springs with her husband and adorable Goldendoodle, Lola. They love exploring new places and are so excited for everything Upstate NY has to offer! In her free time, Dr. Lauren loves to cook and try new restaurants, stays active with running, biking, or yoga and plays frisbee with her dog (that would be number one if it were up to Lola). She is so excited to be part of this amazing team and can’t wait to see you around the Lodge!

Get to know Dr. Geffen!

  • Favorite color: Olive Green
  • Favorite children’s movie: This one's HARD. I have so many favorites! I love The Little Mermaid, Ratatouille, Coco, Toy Story and basically every single Marvel movie.
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan. It's a real tearjerker.
  • Favorite game to play: Heads Up
  • Go-to summer activity: Anything outdoors – going to the beach/pool, running, BBQs, bike riding
  • Go-to winter activity: Anything indoors – cooking, watching movies. But I am looking forward to getting better at skiing now that I live upstate!
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I’m a NYTimes crossword puzzle junkie
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Time Travel
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Having the opportunity to instill positive health practices at an early age and give children the confidence they need to be able to the visit the dentist, and even enjoy it!
  • What excites you the most about your work? Working with children and their families brings me so much joy. Children bring out the playful side in everyone, and it’s so rewarding to see a child overcome their fears and do things they didn’t think they could!
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! The team at The Smile Lodge are some of the most dedicated, hard-working and caring people I’ve ever met. They make the seemingly unpleasant experience of ‘going to the dentist’, a fun and rewarding one. It’s amazing to see how every member of the team can align on one common goal – to make sure our patients are cared for as if they were family.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I’m very bubbly and playful! I love to sing, but I don’t have a great voice, so please help me out and sing along.

Pediatric dentist - Dr. Holly Fadie DMDDr. Sangmee Kim, D.D.S.

Dr. Sangmee Kim grew up in Queens, NY and is a proud New Yorker at heart. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She later went on to complete her pediatric specialty training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Kim is very excited to return to her home state, where she now currently resides near Malta.

Aside from stressing the importance of flossing and brushing, Dr. Kim loves to spend her time traveling, finding new foods to try, baking, singing in the shower, and trying to keep up in Zumba class. She is very excited to be a part of The Smile Lodge family and hopes to see you soon!

Get to know Dr. Kim!

  • Favorite color: Coral Pink
  • Favorite children’s movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Hakuna Matata...it means no worries!
  • Favorite game to play: Mario Party is always a great time
  • Go-to summer activity: Escape rooms!
  • Go-to winter activity: ...Escape rooms!
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I'm the best at singing the wrong lyrics to songs (karaoke anyone?)
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Being able to eat dairy products without my Lactaid (...lactose intolerant problems)
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Promoting the Power of Prevention!
  • What excites you the most about your work? Being able to provide even the smallest bit of new information or knowledge to patients and motivate better habits
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! We're a group of people that comes from very different backgrounds and experiences, but our "why" to serve everyone is what brings us all together - putting a smile on your face!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I'm a huge Baby Shark fan and will get the song stuck in everyone's heads around me (sorry!)
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