Meet our Manhattan Dental Team

Dr. Brown

General Dentist

Dr. James Brown is a New York University College of Dentistry graduate who also completed his general practice residency. As a Group Health Dental team member for over 25 years, Dr. Brown enjoys working with patients to develop comprehensive care plans focused on everyone’s specific needs and concerns. Dr. Brown focuses on general dentistry, emphasizing esthetics and implant restorations.

Outside of the office, Dr. Brown is an ardent musician and guitar player.

Dr. Benito

General Dentist

Dr. Ramoncito Benito is an NYU Dental School graduate who completed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital Trauma Center. His specialties include general and cosmetic dentistry. As a clinician, Dr. Benito was a member of a reputable honors program, and his primary goal is to help patients be happy with their smiles. (Also, Dr. Benito is famous for serenading his patients on occasion.)

Dr. Benito enjoys driving, racing cars, scuba diving, playing tennis, skiing, and cycling in his free time.

Dr. Islam

General Dentist

Meet Dr. Islam, a Brooklyn native with a passion for dentistry, adventure, and the New York Knicks. After honing expertise at Hunter College and Creighton University School of Dentistry , he blend professionalism with a personal touch. As an unwavering Knicks enthusiast, Dr. Islam brings the heart of the city to every endeavor. Beyond the dental chair, he loves to travel with friends, exploring new cultures and cuisines, all while capturing moments through the lens of film photography. A recent running convert, he has conquered half marathons and aspires to tackle the NYC Marathon in November. Join this journey where Brooklyn meets global escapades, basketball dreams, artistic captures, and empowering strides towards personal milestones.

Dr. Kim

General Dentist

Florida native Dr. Angie Kim attended the University of Florida and finished her dental schooling at Nova Southeastern University. After completing her studies, Dr. Kim decided to further her training. She completed NYU’s College of Dentistry Clinical Aesthetics Program, where she expanded her knowledge and focus on veneers and crowns. Dr. Kim prides herself on providing painless dentistry and professional chairside manners for all patients.

Dr. Kim prioritizes living a balanced lifestyle and spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves living in New York City with her husband and two beautiful children, exploring and experimenting with different activities as much as they can. Additionally, she enjoys traveling, playing golf, and playing tennis for recreation.

Dr. Salvi


Dr. John Salvi is a general dentist focusing solely on Endodontics and brings over 30 years of experience to GHD. In school, Dr. Salvi was a New York State Champion in football and track, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After attending Fordham University in the Bronx on a Scholastic and Athletic Scholarship, Dr. Salvi attended the Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, earned a Dental Medicine Degree (DMD), and was awarded the Endodontic Society Award. Soon after, Dr. Salvi furthered his studies in Endodontics at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Later, he returned to New York to further his academic career at NYU College of Dentistry as a Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Care.

Dr. Salvi enjoys acting in movie, TV, and theatre roles. In addition to his love of drama, Dr.Salvi is a licensed Registered Behavior Technician. He spends his time helping individuals on the autism spectrum develop social skills and overcome behavioral challenges.

Dr. Salaverry


Dr. Kristina Salaverry is a periodontist passionate about oral health and overall well-being. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts with Honors at Dartmouth College, Dr. Salaverry attended Columbia University for her Doctor of Dental Surgery, where she also completed a residency in periodontics and obtained a Master of Science in Periodontics during her residency at Columbia University, where her research examined the prevalence of periodontal disease in patients with advanced heart failure.

In 2013, Dr. Salaverry published a paper entitled A Dentist’s Role in the Treatment of Halitosisin the October edition of the dental journal Compendium and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. In addition to private practice, she is an instructor of Clinical Dental Medicine at Columbia within the Section of Oral and Diagnostic Sciences (Division of Periodontics).

Dr. Salaverry specializes in preventing gum disease, treating bad breath, saving teeth when possible, and tooth replacement. Dr. Salaverry is excited to be part of a team that gives someone their smile back, can evaluate periodontal risk factors, and perform surgical and non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease, including dental implant placement.

Dr. Salaverry is a violinist with the New York Repertory Orchestra and performs in several concerts throughout the year, and is a member of the New York Junior League. She enjoys watching musical theater and movies, cooking, staying active through yoga and Pilates, and participating in her Fantasy Football™ League in her leisure time.

Manhattan dentist Dr. Saliverry of Group Health Dental
Dr. Andrew


Dr. Andrew J. Leder is a periodontist at Gramercy Dental Center. Dr. Leder takes a great amount of pride and satisfaction in helping his New York City patients to prevent disease and improve the state of their oral health. Dr. Leder has been highly trained to provide his patients with the most current, innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques that modern dentistry has to offer.

Dr. Leder completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany and was admitted into the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society in 1987. He then completed dental school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. While at Stony Brook, Dr. Leder won the John Oppie McCall Award, which recognizes individuals demonstrating exemplary dedication and proficiency in periodontology. He then went on to complete his specialty training and received his Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey State.

Dr. Leder maintains membership with several professional organizations, providing him with opportunities for continuing education, including the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Northeast Society of Periodontists, Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, and American Society of Osseointegration.

Manhattan dentist Dr. Saliverry of Group Health Dental
Dr. Lewis

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Lewis is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-med and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2007. He continued his education with a General Practice Residency at the UCLA Harbor Medical Center and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery internships at the New York Medical College and the Jacobi Medical Center. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at New York Medical College. Dr. Lewis’ interest in dentistry and oral surgery started early in his life. In 1998 and 2002, he completed internships for the National Leadership Forum on Dentistry and Medicine in Houston, Texas. His research in 2002 focused on the interactions of medicine and dentistry related to oral cancer, primary healthcare, and pathologic disorders in South Africa. This experience sparked a desire to make oral surgery accessible to all – leading to his ardent pursuit of a career in oral surgery.
Specializing in various surgical procedures, including dental implants, bone grafts, sinus lift surgery, oral pathology, tooth extractions, and pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Lewis is recognized for his professional expertise and commitment to advancing his dental knowledge.

Dr. Lewis is a motivational speaker and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Maxim, Men’s Journal, US Weekly News. Professional Affiliations: • American Dental Association • New York State Dental Association • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Yew York Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Khafi


Dr. Joseph Khafi is a new member of our team, helping both geriatric and pediatric patients with a wide variety of medical and dental concerns. Specializing in Biomimetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, and Invisalign, Dr. Khafi provides a full comprehensive treatment plan that is custom made, and suited to each patients needs.
By focusing on the needs of each patient, Dr. Khafi has been able to put the DDS Degree he earned at Touro College of Dental Medicine to good use. Over the years, Dr. Khafi’s strengths at compassionate care and patient understanding has given him both joy and success in the dental field.
When he’s not at Group Health Dental, Dr. Khafi is an avid basketball player and loves spending time working out and spending time with his family.  
Dr. Wiggins


Dr. Rodrick Wiggins, a Cleveland, Ohio native, obtained his doctorate degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and completed his General Practice Residency at Kings County Hospital – a Level 1 Trauma Center in Brooklyn, New York. He also holds a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida.
With Dr. Wiggins’ passion for knowledge and service, he has led multiple research projects in bio and dental materials. He is currently developing a biodegradable plastics company focusing on hygiene products such as  toothbrushes to combat the environmental effects of the dental profession. His efforts have allowed him to be the recipient of the prestigious Pierre Fauchard International Academy Award for his outstanding academic achievements throughout his dental school training. 
A vast and extensive training background has allowed Dr. Wiggins a unique skill set to rehabilitate smiles of all sorts. His versatility and expertise allows him to perform procedures such as root canals at an  expertise level.
Dr. Wiggins’ smile philosophy is to “Come as you are. Smile as you go.”