An active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, Dr. Essner has volunteered since 1995 at Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental Clinic, which provides dental care for needy children. She has received several awards in her field:
- American Society of Dentistry for Children Award
- New York Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Award
- Quintessence Book Award for excellence in restorative dentistry
- Attending of the Year 1995-1996, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Essner is board-eligible and holds a Doctorate of Dentistry degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed her advanced pediatric dentistry training and served as chief resident of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her specialized training included rotations in general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, oral surgery, and infant pediatric and adolescent medicine. Dr. Essner also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dr. Essner served as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Children’s Dentistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She has been published in “Quintessence Dental Technology,” a dental journal.