Dr. Bonnie Helfner, has been a member of the Commack/Dix Hills community since 1980. Dr. Helfner graduated from Commack High School in 1986, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and graduated with honors from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1990. Ever since she was a child, Dr. Helfner knew she was destined to become a dentist when, at age 6, she landed herself in big trouble by brushing toothpaste into her family’s red carpet while waiting for her parents to wake up one Saturday morning! A 1994 graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, one of Dr. Helfner’s fondest memories is of taunting Buffalo Bills fans during each of their four consecutive Super Bowl losses. During her senior year, Dr. Helfner was awarded the coveted Pierre Fauchard Academy Award, presented to an outstanding student for exhibiting leadership, excelling in the clinical aspects of dentistry, and academically attaining superior grades. Upon graduation, Dr. Helfner continued her education, completing a General Practice Residency program at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Northport, NY in conjunction with emergency dental training at the University Hospital Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY. Shortly after successfully completing her residency program, Dr. Helfner opened her own office in Commack in 1997.
She is consistently an active part of the Commack/Dix Hills community volunteering her time to give dental presentations to the students in Commack’s primary and intermediate schools, generously donating dental-related gift baskets to the local PTA organizations, participating annually in the Commack High School shadowing program designed to provide students with observational and hands-on opportunities in dentistry, and establishing an annual scholarship for Commack High School graduates.
The Bonnie Helfner, DDS Beat the Odds Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown significant improvement in his or her high school career by overcoming adversity and showing that by persevering, success is possible. Dr. Helfner was recognized in 2002 as one of Commack High School’s Alumni of Distinction for her efforts in reaching out to her community, improving the dental health and quality of life of the people who seek her professional services, and for her general compassion and humanity. Dr. Helfner dedicates herself to a lifetime of ongoing learning. She is a member of various dental study clubs, designed to keep dentists abreast of the latest dental technology and to enhance their skills and technique in all phases of their profession. Those who know Dr. Helfner know what an avid, diehard New York Mets fan she is. Her son’s middle name is actually Shea!! Dr. Helfner currently lives in Dix Hills with her husband, Mike, and their children, Drew and Dara. She takes great pride in her many accomplishments and remains enthusiastic about filling her life with a sense of purpose, contributing to her community as a dental health professional, and realizing the bright fulfillment of her many hopes and dreams.
Dr. Kristin Curro completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. Dr. Curro attended Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated first in her class. She then completed a General Practice Residency at North Shore University Hospital, and gained proficiency in all areas of general dentistry, including restorative dentistry, root canal therapy, pediatric (kids) dentistry and oral surgery. Following her residency, Dr. Curro was chosen to continue at North Shore as part of their two-year program, Fellowship in Advanced Prosthetics and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Curro places great emphasis on making the dental experience positive for all of her patients by providing quality care in a pleasant environment. She realizes going to the dentist can make many people nervous, therefore, she strives to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease. Having been raised in Greenlawn, Dr. Curro now lives in East Northport with her husband, Scott, a local orthodontist, their sons Tyler and Dylan, and their two dogs, Spike and Milo. In her free time, Dr. Curro enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends, as well as going out to eat and trying new restaurants, photography, and travelling.
Dr. Sophia Rodrigues earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry in 2005, graduating with honors in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine. She is Board ( NERB ) certified. After graduation, she completed a General Practice Residency program at the Staten Island University Hospital / North Shore LIJ, and gained proficiency in all areas of general dentistry before going into private practice. In practice since 2006, she maintains a keen focus on patient care and overall well-being. She is able to develop strong relationships with patients quickly and has the ability to put even the most anxious patients at ease. Dr. Rodrigues is an active member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and Suffolk County Dental Society. She constantly maintains her continuing education hours to stay up to date with the latest developments in dentistry. Dr. Rodrigues has spent the last eleven years serving the communities of Hauppauge and Smithtown and currently lives in Wantagh with her husband, and their five-year-old twins, Michael and Daniel. She is fluent in five languages, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.