Meet Our Dentists

The team of dentists at our Brewster, NY, practice makes sure you receive the best care in the utmost comfort. We consider ourselves a family dentistry practice because our patients become family. Each of our dentists has a unique specialty, which makes it possible for us to provide each member of your family with precisely the care they need. The surest way to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime is to establish a relationship of care with dentists you trust. The dentists at Putnam Dental want to be your family's source for exceptional dentistry.

Meet the Team

Carl F. Ern, DDS

Dr. Ern opened Putnam Dental in 1997. He has been practicing for over 35 years. He has more than 1,000 hours of advanced continuing education in the areas of porcelain veneers, endodontics, CEREC® restorations, implant, and oral surgery. He believes that continuing education is essential to providing his patients with the best care possible.

Dr. Ern is an active member of his community, and enjoys giving back by serving on mission trips to treat patients in need overseas. He is a New York City marathon runner who also enjoys gardening and photography. Dr. Ern is married with two sons and serves as Parish Council President.

Credentials and Memberships:

  • American Dental Association
  • Mid America Orthodontic Society
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation


"Our dentists' diverse talents allow us to provide comprehensive care."

Vincent M. Cafarelli, DMD

Dr. Cafarelli attended Manhattan College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology/Pre-Med. Dr. Cafarelli received his DMD in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He then returned home to New York to attend a year-long residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, where he eventually became licensed to practice sedation in 2004. In addition to sedation, he is also highly skilled with dental implants.

Credentials and Memberships:

  • American Dental Association
  • Member of the New York State Dental Association
  • Member of the 9th District Dental Association
  • Certified Invisalign® Provider

Dr. Helaine Smith

Dr. Helaine Smith has been practicing dentistry for over 27 years. She attended Manhattanville College, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree, where she is now a member of the Board of Trustees. She received her DMD from Boston University and has also earned her MBA and MAGD. In addition to these accolades, Dr. Smith has been named in the Top 25 Women in Dentistry.

Dr. Smith is dedicated to her patients and is passionately committed to using the most effective state-of-the-art prove techniques and materials to guarantee optimum results. She is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry as well as periodontal work.

Dr. Ivelisse Izaguirre

Dr. Ivelisse Izaguirre attended Iona College, where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. She received her DDS from New York University in 2016.

She also completed a two year residency at Bronx Lebanon where she held the Chief Resident position. In her time there, she gained her knowledge of Pediatric Dentistry and Endodontics. She is great with everyone, including children, who can call her Dr. Izzy.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to meet our caring team. We look forward to serving you and your family for years to come.

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