Dr. Abrahim Caroci,
Dr. Abra Caroci is a pediatric dentist committed to offering children and families high quality service and care for long lasting healthy smiles. He graduated from Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University and also received a certificate in Public Health. He moved to Rochester in 2013 and completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) and Pediatric Dentistry Residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Caroci's training included hospital dentistry, management of trauma, infections, sedation, dental treatment under general anesthesia and special needs patients. He also completed a one year fellowship in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. This collaborative interdisciplinary training focused on improving the health of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and special health care needs.
Dr. Caroci was born in Brazil from an Italian father and Brazilian mother and fell in love with pediatric dentistry while working alongside a volunteer dentist during a dental mission in the Amazon. At the time, he was completing a Masters degree working with malaria vectors and mosquitoes in the field of epidemiology and biomedical sciences. He continued his research and worked towards a Ph.D., spending four years as a Research Scholar at the University of Arizona and the University of California, Irvine. After this time, he decided to finally follow his true passion and changed career paths to pediatric dentistry. He also found a passion in serving those with special needs both locally and internationally. Dr. Caroci began working with Special Olympics Special Smiles in Arizona and then went on to be a part of a research delegation in two Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Los Angeles. After moving to Rochester, he became the Special Olympics Special Smiles Clinical Director to help coordinate projects, locally and statewide in New York. He is also honored to be a board member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry which focuses on integrating the medical and dental fields to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Caroci is married to a lovely girl from the Midwest and with four children of his own, he knows that each child is different and that care needs to be individualized. He is committed to providing this high quality individualized care and developing lasting trustful relationships with his patients and families. In his spare time, Dr. Caroci likes taking road trips with his family, volunteering with Special Olympics, hiking, cooking Brazilian food for friends and playing soccer.
Dr. Katherine Strong, DDS
Dr. Katie Strong is a board certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A native of Rochester, Dr. Strong is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate studies. During college she developed an interest in dentistry and public health, and after four years of training at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine she graduated as valedictorian of her dental class.
Dr. Strong found her true calling in advocating for and treating pediatric patients, which led her to complete an additional two years of specialized training during her pediatric dental residency at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. During residency Dr. Strong received extensive training in pediatric restorative and preventive dentistry, basic and pharmacologic behavior management, trauma management, interceptive orthodontics, and treatment of patients with special healthcare needs. She was awarded the Richard C. Pugh Award by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry after scoring in the top 3% of pediatric dentists on the 2020 pediatric dental board certification qualifying exam.
Dr. Strong is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Laser Study Club, International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and the 7th District Dental Society. She currently serves as a director on the board of the Monroe County Dental Society. She also serves as a clinical instructor on the faculty of the Department of Community Dentistry at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and spends several days per month providing dental treatment for children on the SMILEmobiles throughout the city of Rochester.
Dr. Strong is happy to have the opportunity to care for the pediatric population in the community she grew up in and enjoys working with the incredible team at Twelve Corners Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Shaima Malik,
Dr. Shaima Malik is a board certified orthodontist from the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Seventh District Dental Society, American Dental Education Association and an affiliate of the North Atlantic component of the Angle Society.
Originally born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Malik obtained her Bachelors in Dental Surgery from National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. In 2006, she moved to Rochester, NY where she completed a Fellowship in Orofacial Pain Program, followed by a two-year Post-Graduate degree in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester. Dr. Malik went on to complete a one-year General Practice Residency Program before completing her Post-Graduate training in Orthodontics in 2014 from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester, after which she pursued a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education from Margaret Warner School of Education.
Dr. Malik is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Director at the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the Eastman institute for Oral Health University of Rochester. She has been actively involved in academia and research. Dr. Malik enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and experiences with the orthodontic residents in the postgraduate program. Dr. Malik is also an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at European University College, and Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Malik has received further certifications/training in the field of Orthodontics, such as Wilckodontics Certification in Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, and the Clear Aligner Faculty Educator Workshop, and she is a certified Invisalign provider and educator.
Dr. Malik loves to travel with her husband Dr. Mustafa Qazi and daughters, Anaya and Danya. Her hobbies include reading, hiking and cooking.