Amityville Smiles & Dr. Sasha Cekada is now a part of the Smilist Dental! No worries - this does not mean that there has been any change in our outstanding 5-star practice. We are still here to provide the same attentive, quality dental care. Book an appointment online or learn more about us here.

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Meet the Dentists

Dr. Sasha Cekada

Dr. Cekada is dedicated to the practice of gentle dentistry. He believes that your family deserves comprehensive, quality dental care, performed with precision and care. He cherishes relationships with his patients as well as his team and strives to provide a supportive environment to foster lifelong bonds.

Education, Affiliations, and Accomplishments

Dr. Cekada graduated form dental school with honors in 2001. He received his DDS from SUNY University at Buffalo. He performed his residency at Buffalo General Hospital, and completed a one-year fellowship in esthetic dentistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Advanced Education in General dentistry (AEGD) Program. An advocate of continuing education, he has received advanced training in cosmetic and prosthetic dentistry. Dr. Cekada is a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Suffolk County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and is a recipient of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology award for gentle injection technique. Dr. Cekada is also a member of the Amityville chapter of the Rotary Club International.

Family Life

Dr. Cekada and his wife Deana live with their two sons in Little Neck. In his spare time. Dr. Cekada enjoys running, soccer, and spending quality time with his family.

Dr. James A. Green

Dr. Green is a trusted colleague of Dr. Cekada’s and is available to treat our patients needing braces. Dr. Green provides all aspects of orthodontia for children and adults including: Invisalign ™, standard braces, removable braces and invisible braces that are hidden behind the teeth.

There is never a charge for consultation. Dr. Green visits our practice twice per month to assess and treat our patients needing braces. In private practice since 1992, Dr. Green’s mission is to provide outstanding and affordable orthodontic care to people of all ages. In addition to being a certified Invisalign provider, Dr. Green offers standard braces and lingual braces, which are hidden behind the teeth. Contact Dr. Green at

Education and Teaching Experience

Dr. Green graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1986. In 1991 he attained his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from New York University where he also received his certificate in the specialty of Orthodontics in 1993. For many years Dr. Green served as assistant clinical professor in the Dept of Orthodontics at NYU and still lectures there occasionally.

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Dr. Jesse Hofer, Periodontist

Dr. Jesse Hofer is an in-house specialist who treats individuals with ongoing periodontal disease. He also places implants to replace missing teeth. He has a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and he received his education in periodontics from Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. Originally from California and Utah, Dr. Hofer lives in Centereach, and he joined the practice in 2012. Besides having a doctoral degree in dentistry, Dr. Hofer has a post-doctoral degree in Periodontics. Prior to coming to our practice, Dr. Hofer worked for a company that provided medical care and supplies to Medicare patients and a private practice in New Jersey.

Dr. Hofer scored in the top 1% on the national in-service examination administered by the American Academy of Periodontics. He's a member of the American Academy of Periodontics, Academy of Osseointegration, Northeastern Society of Periodontists, and Hambletonian Study Club. Dr. Hofer takes time to listen carefully to individual concerns of patients and aims to tailor treatment according to individual conditions instead of trying to implement a "one size fits all" approach.

During his free time, Dr. Hofer enjoys the outdoors, tennis, playing the guitar, and musical production. He is married and comes from a large family -- five brothers and three sisters -- who mostly live in the western states.

Dr. Melissa Perrino

A resident of Bellmore, NY, Dr. Perrino is relatively recent addition to the practice, having joined Drs. Cekada and Green in September 2012. Before then, she worked at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health General Practice Residency, providing comprehensive dental care as well treatment developmentally disabled patients under general anesthesia. She was also an associate at Aspend Dental in Rochester from September 2011 through July 2012. Dr. Perrino loves working as a general dentist because it allows her to see patients over a long period of time and get to know them better. These enhanced relationships allow her to provide them with better care and even cure any hesitation or fear they feel when faced with dental treatment. Additionally, because of her background in art, she really enjoys the esthetic aspects of dentistry.

Education and Affiliations

Dr. Perrino graduated Summa Cum Ladue from Union College in Schenectady, NY with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She then went on to earn her DDS from the University of Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine in 2010, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She won multiple awards during this period, including the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award in 2009 and the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration Award in 2010. She was also a proud member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Perrino is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Nassau County Dental Society.

Since moving back to Bellmore from Rochester, Dr. Perrino enjoys spending time with her large family, especially attending her little cousins’ softball games and doing arts and crafts projects. She also enjoys spending time with her little sister Ali and her parents, who live close by. When she’s not at the office, she enjoys cooking (especially Italian food), running, creating art (photography, watercolors, crocheting, and charcoal, among other mediums), and slacklining.