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. JamieJennifer Tung D.D.S.

Dr. Jennifer Tung grew up in sunny San Francisco, California. She attended the University of California at San Diego, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, and a Master’s degree in pediatric immunology. She graduated as the Valedictorian of her dental class at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and she completed her pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Tung strives to make every child’s dental experience one that is positive and fun! She loves working with her patients and families to achieve their best smile through a focus on preventive dentistry and oral hygiene. When she's not in the dental office, she is playing soccer, camping, hiking, traveling, and enjoying all the seasons of the East Coast that she was deprived of in California.

Get to know Dr. Tung!

  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite children’s movie: “The Lion King”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: I’ll Make a Man out of You from “Mulan”
  • Favorite game to play: Twister
  • Go-to summer activity: Wakeboarding
  • Go-to winter activity: Skiing
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I can juggle with my hands and my feet.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: To know every language
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Teaching our little patients about oral hygiene and seeing them feel confident about their smile.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Meeting and talking to families from all over the area.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! I love this team! They are hard-working energetic and incredibly caring for each and every patient we see.
  • What else should our patients know about you? I love animals and love hearing about your furry (or not so furry) friends at home!

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. Michael CaoMichael Cao, D.M.D.

Dr. Michael Cao was born in the silver state of Nevada where he learned at a young age life’s greatest lessons: how to carefully stack 15 cheerios on a desk, panning for gold, and parallel parking in tight spaces. After completing a Master of Science degree in 2011, Dr. Cao went on to UNLV dental school and then finished his pediatric specialty training at the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital right here in New York.

After practicing back home in the desert, Dr. Cao realized that he wanted more than just year round summers and cactus Christmas trees. He is happy to return to New York and looks forward to snow days, snowball fights, snow cones, and having snow much fun with everyone at The Smile Lodge.

Get to know Dr. Cao!

  • Favorite color: Pearly white
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Elf”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Any song that the smile lodge doctors sing to their patients
  • Favorite game to play: Operation
  • Go-to summer activity: Roller skating
  • Go-to winter activity: Roller skating indoors
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I once stacked 15 Cheerios
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Super speed
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Creating a relaxed and happy experience at the dentist. Kids make us happy so we want to make them happy as well.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Working together with my awesome smile lodge team to take care of all of our little, but also very big smiles.
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! The dedication and hard work the team puts into making going to the dentist fun and an enjoyable experience. Our goal is to brighten every kid’s day and their smile!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I can recite the general prologue of The Canterbury Tales in old English.

Pediatric dentist Dr. Molly KovaleskyMolly Kovalesky, D.D.S.

Dr. Molly Kovalesky was born and raised in Ballston Spa, NY. She began her journey with The Smile Lodge shadowing as a high school student interested in a career in pediatric dentistry. She later joined the team as a dental assistant during her college breaks from Syracuse University. She then moved to Maryland, where she met her husband and pursued her dental degree at the University of Maryland. She completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Molly is ecstatic to return to Upstate New York and The Smile Lodge family! In addition to pediatric dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family including her two dogs, Riley and Jet, baking, cooking with her husband, and all things Disney.

Get to know Dr. Kovalesky!

  • Favorite color: Pink, purple, and blue. I love them all.
  • Favorite children’s movie: “Tangled”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
  • Favorite game to play: Trouble
  • Go-to summer activity: Swimming
  • Go-to winter activity: Skiing, although I’m not very good at it. I do make a great snowman too, as suggested by my favorite sing-along.
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I used to be a ballerina. One of my favorite childhood memories was performing as Clara in the Nutcracker.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: X-ray vision. I’m a dentist so that would help a lot.
  • What are you most passionate about professionally? Making visiting the dentist a positive experience.
  • What excites you the most about your work? Being able to share my love for Disney with my patients and coworkers!
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! We love to work together and strive to make our patients smile!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I love dogs! I have two, Riley and Jet.

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. Kadeem BartleyDr. Matt Boswell

Dr. Matt Boswell grew up surfing in Hawaii, snowboarding the mountains of Utah, and backpacking the world from Morocco to the Philippines. He has witnessed the universal language and power of a child’s smile. Dr. Boswell recently moved here from Pennsylvania with his wife and four sons. He completed his undergraduate at Brigham Young University, followed by his graduate degree at Nova Southeastern University, and his residency at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital. As a board-certified provider with a decade of experience, he considers a career in pediatric dentistry to be a most rewarding endeavor, as children are the fundamental heart of society.

Get to know Dr. Boswell!

  • Favorite color: Ripped denim
  • Favorite children’s movie: “The Princess Bride”
  • Favorite singalong Disney song: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Favorite game to play: The Floor is Lava
  • Go-to summer activity: Quidditch
  • Go-to winter activity: Skijoring
  • Do you have any skills or talents that most people don't know about? I make a mean berry trifle.
  • If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: Not blinking
  • What excites you the most about your work? Toothpaste
  • Tell us about your team and what makes them so exceptional! We genuinely want to see you smile. We’re willing to do whatever it takes!
  • What else should our patients know about you? I already love you, and we haven’t even met yet... (and also, I’m hilarious. After a healthy dose of laughing gas. Results may vary.)
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