Our Dentistry Team
Dr. Leonard Wan, DMD
Dr. Leonard Wan, DMD was born and raised in New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate education at New Jersey Institute of Technology, graduating with honors in the field of Engineering Science with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He then attended New Jersey Dental School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, now known as Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. After graduation, he completed an advanced general practice residency education at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ where he acquired new techniques and furthered his training. Since then, Dr. Wan has been working in private practice providing patients with superb dental care in several places in New Jersey. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentists. He also attends many continuing education courses in order to further his knowledge and stay up to date with the latest in dental techniques and technology.
Dr. Jean Bichara, Periodontist
I am a board-certified Periodontist who received my dental degree from New York University in 1992 & Periodontal Specialty Certificate from the University of Louisville; in 1997 with a master degree in Oral Biology.
My extensive training in the field of dental implants and bone regeneration, as well as my participation in multiple published clinical studies, allow me to be an integral part of Champagne Smiles’s team in creating the smiles and achieving the functions that his patients desire. One of my greatest enjoyments is to see the transformation that patients go through and finally watch the thankful look and appreciation on their faces.
On a personal note, I am married to my lovely wife Raghan. We had the blessing of celebrating the birth of our twins Joel and Tia in January, 2009. They are the joy of our life. As a family, we enjoy traveling and taking outdoor walks. I love to play tennis in my spare time and ski to keep in shape.
Dr. Gordon Barnes, Anesthesiologist
Dr. Barnes is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry and the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine. He completed his dental residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and his anesthesia residency at Brookdale Medical Center, also in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1993 Dr. Barnes started Paramount Ambulatory Anesthesia, a provider of office based ambulatory anesthesia for the pediatric dental patient. He also held a part-time attending position at Interfaith Medical center from 1993-2000 and at Bronx Lebanon Hospital from 2000-2001, where he was responsible for delivering anesthesia care to the pediatric and mentally challenged patents in the dental department. He was also responsible for delivering weekly lectures on anesthesia/sedation to the dental residents.
Dr. Barnes is a Diplomate in the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and has been practicing office based anesthesia for the past 14 years in the New York metro area.
Nomir Alkhier, Dental Lab Technician
I am committed to providing the best quality service quickly and efficiently. I treat every patient as if he/she were my own family member. I want my patients to feel comfortable and happy with the results. I also make sure that I am up to date on what’s new in the dental community. I graduated from Dentistry School as a Dental Lab Technician in 1996. I have many years of experience, and I also took many different courses afterward (online and live courses) to advance my knowledge and continue to improve my techniques.
My areas of expertise include performing all porcelain work and dentures. I am an expert on all dental lab operations. I have worked for years alongside dentists to provide patients with the excellent service they deserve.
I am very excited that I have joined the Champagne Smiles family in 2015 and I look forward to many great years providing the best care to our patients.
On a personal note, I am blessed to have a wonderful wife and three sons. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.
I love to travel the world, and I have visited over 70 countries so far.
Inga Rozenberg, Hygienist
I graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1995 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. The first 10 years of my career were spent at the top dental offices in Manhattan. I am proud to bring this tradition of excellence to Champagne Smiles’ office, where world-class dental care is the only acceptable standard.
I reside in Marlboro with my husband Alex and our two children, Rebecca and Daniel. We are a family of animal lovers with a French bulldog, Louis, and a hairless cat, Lola.
Irene “Renie” Diodato, Concierge Coordinator
I have been working at Champagne Smiles since 2007 and in that time I have worked at the front desk along side Lisa,chair side with Champagne Smiles and Dr. Bichara and most recently as the hygiene coordinator with Inga and Jane. I pride myself on really listening to our patients so that their experience in our office is the most comfortable it can be. What I love about our practice is that everyone goes above and beyond to treat our patients well. It’s great to be a part of a wonderful dental team here at Champagne Smiles.
Lisa Palasciano, Financial Coordinator
One of the things I discovered early in my 20 years in the dental profession is that there is no such thing as a boring day. Since I consider myself a “people person,” interacting with such wonderful patients and co-workers on a daily basis is a blessing. I enjoy taking continuing education courses and recently completed a three-day workshop in Arizona on Practice Building and was happy to share the skills I acquired with my co-workers.
My husband Gary and I have a favorite expression which is “life is not a dress rehearsal,” which is why we try to live our lives to the fullest. We love traveling and taking long walks on the beach with our Miniature Schnauzer, Maggie.
Being a very active person, I am very fortunate to live close to the Jersey Shoreline. I either jog in the morning or ride my bike into Sandy Hook to watch the sunrise, and in the early evening I enjoy kayaking on the Navesink River during sunset.
I am also a New Jersey Licensed Realtor and spend much of my spare time selling homes near the Jersey Shore.
Amy Sandsjo, Dental Assistant
I began my career as a dental assistant in 1996. I furthered my education to achieve an RDA in 2000. I maintain continuing education on a regular basis to maintain my licensing and to stay up to date on what dentistry has to offer. I have seen many changes and developments since my career began. I joined the Champagne Smiles team in October 2012. It gives me great pleasure to work with such a caring and dedicated team. We have helped so many wonderful patients and I look forward to helping more.
The light of my life, Callie, was born in 2007. We are very active and I enjoy watching the world through her eyes. A lot can be learned through the eyes of a child. She is inquisitive and curious to try new things, so she keeps me on my toes!
Vilma Bankauskas, Registered Dental Hygienist
I completed my dental hygiene education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 2005. Prior becoming a dental hygienist, I attended the University of Vilnius, Lithuania, and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
I pride myself in the ability to develop a close and strong rapport with patients giving them all attention and individual care they deserve. I joined Champagne Smiles in November 2013 and feel very fortunate and honored to be a part of such an amazing team of dental professionals.
When I am not treating patients, I enjoy taking yoga classes, reading and going to church. My husband and I are proud parents of two children, our daughter Vita and son Adas.
Denise Ossimina – Dental Assistant
I joined Champagne Smiles in January 2012. I make sure that sterilization and supplies are taken care of. I am proud to be a part of the team and continue to learn from them everyday. It is great to work with a team that you consider friends and not just co-workers.
I have been with my husband Erik for 21 years and we have been blessed with three children. Our oldest son Erik and twins Brooke and Mark. They keep me very busy and I love every minute of it.
Tonya Kozlik – Dental Assistant
I have been in the dental field since 2000. I started out as an assistant and have filled all but two chairs the doctor and the hygienist! I keep my dental assisting licenses to help out any place I can. Here at Champagne Smiles I am the scheduling coordinator. I have two amazing children, Rachel Ashley who is 16 and Sawyer Marshall James who is my lil ball of energy 5 year old. As a family any time is a good time but a great time is together at the beach!
I joined the Champagne Smiles team early 2015. I bring many years experince and advanced education. Graduating from Ocean County Vocational schoool in 1998, gave me a start in this field. I have enjoyed educating patients to understand their dental needs. Continuing my dental education allows me to give perspective to patients in understanding how their teeth function as well as look good.
Kelly – Front Desk Receptionist
My hobbies are hiking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. I have worked in the dental/medical field since 2000 as a billing & coding expert or certified medical assistant. I have been employed with Champagne Smiles since October 2014 as the billing expert as well as front desk receptionist. It has been a blessing for me to be employed with Champagne Smiles and working alongside a team that is well educated and compassionate. Our goal in our office is to make all of our patients have a pleasant experience and feel relaxed when going to the dentist. I have a 9 year old son Sean who is truly amazing and thoughtful with everything he does. He keeps me focused and always reminds me to “reach for the stars the sky is the limit.” In my spare time I try to spend it with Sean playing games, parks, skating, baking, beach or our favorite taking a cruise to new islands every year.