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Meet The Elmwood Dental Team

Frank R. LaMar, Jr., D.D.S., Prosthodontist

Dr. Frank LaMarDr. LaMar is a Doctor of Dental Surgery specializing in prosthodontics and dental restoration. He trained in prosthetic dentistry at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

As a Prosthodontist, Dr. LaMar limits his practice to the replacement of missing teeth, and the restoration of severely compromised teeth. He has developed the Hybridge Implant Protocols, which have significantly reduced the time and expense of dental implant treatment.

He is an Assistant Professor at the Eastman Dental Center's Department of Prosthodontics and a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He lectures nationally on the topics of Implant Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Dr. LaMar is the prosthodontic education director of the LaMar Training Center and the Rochester Dental Implant Network.

Dr. LaMar lectures both nationally, and internationally. Some of his speaking engagements include:
  • APS Chicago:
    Topic: Fulfilling the Full Arch Promise
  • BioHorizons Symposium – Miami Beach :
    Topic: Hybridge XD/Digital Express
  • AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentists) – San Diego
  • ACP (American College of Prosthodontists – Indianapolis
    Topic: Fulfilling the Full Arch Promise
  • ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) – San Diego
    Topic: Simplifying Full Arch
  • AAP (American Association of Prosthodontists) – San Diego
    Digital Implant Prosthodontics
  • AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentists) World Congress – Dubai
    Topic: A Basis for Digital Implant Prosthodontics
  • ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) World Congress – Abu Dhabi
    Topic: A Basis for Digital Implant Prosthodontics
  • Asian Maxi Course – New Delhi
    Topic: Prosthetic Determinants

"We take pride in our role of fulfilling the treatment objectives of our patients with compassion and empathy. Establishing lasting relationships with our patients is the mission of the entire Elmwood Dental team. Transforming lives with our methods of dental restoration never gets old."
~Frank R. LaMar, Jr., D.D.S., Prosthodontist

James LaMar, D.M.D. Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology

Dr. James LaMar

Dr. James LaMar is a practicing General Dentist and Implantologist. He completed his advanced dental implant training at Loma Linda University in California.

As an Implantologist, Dr. LaMar limits his practice to the surgical aspects of the dental implant process.

An Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and a member of the International Congress of Implantologists, Dr. LaMar lectures on topics of implants and bone grafting procedures and is the Surgical Educational Director of the LaMar Training Center and the Rochester Dental Implant Network.

"Implant dentistry has seen tremendous technological breakthroughs in the last few years that have elevated the precision, and efficacy of our tooth replacement therapies. These technologies allow for faster, safer and more cost effective treatments which create beautifully authentic smiles."
~James LaMar, D.M.D

Michael J. Baleno, D.M.D.

Dr. Michael J. Baleno

Dr. Baleno was born and raised in LeRoy, NY where he graduated high school prior to escaping the cold and receiving his B.S in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida followed by his DMD from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Baleno and his wife, Melissa Baleno DMD, enjoyed several years practicing in the Orlando area prior to relocating back to Rochester in early 2010 to join Elmwood Dental Group and raise their family.

Dr. Baleno has participated in extensive continuing education to advance his knowledge and skills to provide the latest and most comfortable treatments available in general restorative dentistry, implant restorations, crown and bridge, root canal therapy, and surgery. Most of all, Dr. Baleno prides himself on the relationship he builds with his patients, his role in their dental education, and the sense of fulfillment shared by the entire dental team and patient in restoring and maintaining a healthy, confident smile.

"My personal and professional philosophy is the same; success and happiness are the inevitable result of hard work, honesty, fairness, and an endeavor towards excellence in whatever you do. At Elmwood Dental we have created a unique and positive atmosphere where that philosophy, combined with training, experience, and the most advanced technologies creates a patient experience that in my opinion is unsurpassed. Whether fixing the simplest cavity or re-creating the perfect cosmetic smile, delivering on that positive personal experience is what gives me the greatest satisfaction."
~Michael J. Baleno, D.M.D.

Julian Kahn, D.D.S., Prosthodontist

Dr. Julian Kahn

Dr. Julian Kahn is a Prosthodontic Associate at Elmwood Dental. He is an integral part of our Hybridge team, working closely with our patients throughout their treatment.

He completed specialized training in both prosthodontics and general dentistry at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, after completing dental studies at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. Dr. Kahn continues to teach at the Eastman Dental Center as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Prosthodontic Society and the Academy of Osseointegration.

"All patients have their own unique dental history. It's up to us to determine how that history will impact the likelihood of long term dental success. Unlike the past, today we have the ability to design treatments that last for decades, and eliminate the worries and insecurities of poor dental health."
~Julian Kahn, D.D.S., Prosthodontist

Melissa C. Baleno, D.M.D.

Dr. Melissa Baleno

A Florida native, Dr. Melissa Baleno attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as Doctor of Dental Medicine. She practiced in Orlando, FL prior to relocating to Rochester with her husband, Dr. Michael Baleno. Dr. Baleno has completed a residency in Advanced General Dentistry and is a standing member of the American Dental Association and New York State Dental Association.

Dr. Baleno has participated in extensive continuing education including a one year comprehensive residency program at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. She enjoys working with children, as well as adults, and provides dental services including general restorative procedures, implant restorations, crown and bridge and root canal therapy. Dr. Baleno prides herself on listening to the individual concerns and goals of each patient to provide a lasting, healthy and confident smile.

"At Elmwood Dental, I strive to provide exceptional dental care in a relaxing yet enjoyable environment. Everyone deserves a healthy and confident smile and I make it my mission to provide that on a daily basis. I understand that going to the dentist can be anxiety provoking, but our team is dedicated to providing a peaceful and welcoming environment to make your dream smile a reality."
~Melissa C. Baleno, D.M.D.

The following dentists have completed extensive training in Implant Dentistry, including the Elmwood Dental Implant Continuum Certification. After your implant surgery, these doctors can complete your treatment by carefully fitting your prosthetic replacement teeth.

Christopher Lehfeldt, D.D.S.

Dr. Christopher Lehfeldt

Son of a retired Foreign Service diplomat, educated at English schools, living in Iran, Italy, Spain and Argentina, until he attended undergraduate studies at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and then went on to dental school at University of Maryland at Baltimore. Dr. Lehfeldt completed a general practice residency at St. Elizabeths’ Hospital in Washintong, D.C., and then joined a Maryland practice as an associate dentist for 3 years.

"Dr. Chris" as he is called at Elmwood Dental, fell in love with Rochester and its snowy winters on a visit to friends, and joined Elmwood Dental Group in 1991, helping our patients with all their family dental needs. His fluency in American Sign Language removes the barrier to communication with many patients who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Dr. Chris keeps on top of the newest techniques and information in dentistry, having attained 800+ continuing education hours.

In summer, Dr. Chris enjoys hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills. He is working on completing the Northville Lake Placid Trail and Devil’s Path in sections, having had climbed all 4000+ foot peaks in the Northeastern states of the United States. When not hiking, he can be found reading biographies and mystery novels.

"It is both a privilege and a singular honor to be chosen as your dentist for you and your family members. I feel we are are all family together as we celebrate your 6 month recall and recare appointments, and catch up on where we left off on your news, accomplishments and achievements from the last time we see you! Doubly an honor when you entrust us with your grandchildren's dental care! We seek the best in dental techniques, dental treatment, dental materials to maintain optimal oral health."
~Christopher Lehfeldt, D.D.S.

Kayleigh Comfort, D.D.S.

Dr Kayleigh Comfort

Dr. Kayleigh Comfort was born and raised in Webster, New York. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John Fisher College she attended dental school at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Comfort loves the comprehensive nature of general dentistry and continued her training at St. Joseph’s Hospital General Practice Residency. She encompassed extended training in various areas of dentistry including pediatrics, endodontics, oral surgery and dental prosthetics.

Dr. Comfort prides herself in her commitment to clinical excellence while always placing the patient first. She has traveled both nationally and internationally to provide dentistry in under served areas. She values education and staying up to date on the latest techniques and developments in the field.

In her spare time, Dr. Comfort enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, and rooting for the Buffalo Bills.

"As a versatile general dentist, I take pride in offering the highest quality of care in a relaxing, comfortable, and supportive environment. My goal is to have all my patients leaving with a confident and healthy smile. Here at Elmwood Dental we work as a team to assure you are not just a patient, but part of our family."
~Kayleigh Comfort, D.D.S.

Vincent Bingo, D.D.S.

Dr. Vincent Bingo

Dr. Bingo was born and raised in Rochester, NY and attended the University at Buffalo for undergraduate and dental school.

As a captain in the US Army Dental Corps, Dr. Bingo received extensive experience in general dentistry as well as oral surgery.

Dr. Bingo is a life member of the ADA and NYS Dental Association. He has enhanced his skill set further by receiving a certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Bingo's extensive continuing education and many years of practice in a private setting have made him a dynamic dentist.

"I enjoy using my general dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontic training to enhance the lives of my patients. It is most important for me to provide the best and most advanced dental care with uncompromising quality. Doing this not only gives me a great sense of self- satisfaction but I know it is also fully appreciated by the patient."
~Vincent Bingo, D.D.S.

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