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What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are specialists equivalent to the pediatricians of dentistry. We must complete a minimum of two years of advanced training beyond the general dentist degree in order to be licensed to treat children exclusively.

Our specialty training includes:

  • Child psychology
  • Overall growth & development with special focus on facial, jaw and tooth development
  • Childhood illnesses and diseases
  • Anxiety and pain management (with and without medication)

Arnold Tracht, DDS

Dr. Tracht, founder of our practice, is a native Detroiter. He completed both his general dental degree and specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Tracht also has advanced training in interceptive or "early treatment" orthodontics. He is recognized for his success in identifying and correcting teeth and jaw problems early (usually between the ages of 4-9 years) and guiding facial and tooth development. Dr. Tracht is a volunteer member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at the Beaumont Medical Center.

He is married with three adult children. He and his wife, Janice, are "Nana & Poppie" to four grandchildren.

Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Beaumont Hospital Department of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Former instructor, Dental Clinic at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • Past specialty examiner for the Michigan State Board of Dentistry

Daniel Briskie, DDS

Dr. Briskie"Dr. Dan" is a 1985 graduate of the State University of NY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He completed his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Mott Children's Health Center in Michigan in 1987 and received his Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Briskie was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Honor Societies for his contributions to the profession. Prior to becoming a co-owner with Dr. Tracht in 2009, Dr. Briskie was Department Head and Graduate Director of Pediatric Dentistry for Mott Children's Health Center. He continues his University of Michigan faculty position. Additionally, Dr. Briskie has over 25 years of experience in Early Treatment Orthodontics and is a volunteer member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at the Beaumont Medical Center. He has surgical privileges at both Beaumont and Detroit Children's Hospital. Dr. Briskie is a current member of the Michigan State Board of Dentistry.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Karen. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Dr. Briskie is an avid outdoorsman and sports fan, too!

Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • International College of Dentists
  • American College of Dentists
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Honor Society
  • Detroit Children's Hospital Department of Surgery
  • Beaumont Hospital Department of Dentistry and OMFS
  • University of Michigan Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan State Board of Dentistry

Lisa Goldberg, DDS

Dr. GoldbergDr. Goldberg is a native of the metro Detroit area. She earned her DDS degree at the University of Detroit in 1991 and completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children's Hospital, Detroit in 1994. She joined Dr. Tracht in 1995 as his first associate and has devoted her career to this practice and the children of our community. She is a volunteer member of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at the Beaumont Medical Center.  

When Dr. Goldberg isn't caring for patients, she and her husband dedicate their time to their four active athletic sons. Mom and Dad are their greatest fans!

Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Beaumont Hospital Department of Dentistry and OMFS

Michelle Tiberia, DDS

Dr. Tiberia attended Northwestern University Dental School and received her dental degree in 1999. She completed her specialty training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Michelle became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2007. Dr. Tiberia has joined the staff of both Beaumont and Detroit Children's Hospital, where she treats patients who are better served in a hospital setting. She, too, volunteers at Beaumont's Craniofacial and Cleft  Lip and Palate Clinic. She is active in organized dentistry and is a Past President of Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Tiberia is delighted to be practicing in her home community of Rochester Hills where she and her husband reside with their two daughters.

Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan Department of Surgery
  • Beaumont Hospital Department of Dentistry and OMFS

Elizabeth Smith, DDS

Dr. “Libby” Smith is a born and raised 'Michigander' having grown up in beautiful Traverse City.  She completed her dental degree in 2002 from the University of Michigan and practiced General Dentistry for ten years before deciding to return to school to pursue her passion of dentistry for children.  She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh and joined our practice in the summer of 2016.  Dr. Libby also volunteers at Beaumont's Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic.

Dr. Smith lives in Rochester with her husband, Ed, children Haley and Jameson, and their goldendoodle, 'Rusty'.  When not cheering on her kids from the sidelines of their many sports and activities, she enjoys running and scrapbooking.

Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are licensed specialists who also must complete a minimum of two years of advanced training beyond the general dentist degree. Their expertise is the treatment of misaligned teeth, and guiding facial growth and development to create beautiful smiles.

Nicholas T. Rafaill, DDS

Dr. RafaillDr. Rafaill provides total orthodontic care for children and adults. He earned his dental degree from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and completed his specialty training in orthodontics and temporomandibular joint disorders from the Eastman Dental Center, New York.

Dr. Rafaill and his wife are proud parents of two children.

 

Affiliations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Michigan Association of Orthodontists
  • Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
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