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Dr. Vanessa Lugo-Hart, DDS

Pediatric Dentist, Dentist

Professional statement

Dr. Vanessa Lugo Hart, a native of the Dominican Republic and a fluent Spanish speaker, is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry and completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Dr. Vanessa is certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Vanessa has been the recipient of numerous distinctions and honors throughout her career. As a dental student, Dr. Vanessa was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon’s Omega Chapter (also known as the National Honor Dental Society) and into the Honors Program for special patient care. She also received the New York Academy of Dentistry Award for Ethics and Professionalism, awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated high standards of ethics and professionalism. At Montefiore, Dr. Vanessa was elected by her peers and attending faculty as the Chief Resident of the pediatric dentistry program. Since completing her specialty training, Dr. Vanessa has worked as a pediatric dental specialist in Long Island. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her husband and two kids.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Employee Benefits
  • Cigna

Specialties

  • Dentist
  • Pediatric Dentist

Practice names

Board certifications

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Education and training

  • Dental School - New York University, Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center, Residency in Pediatric Dentistry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • New York Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Awards and publications

  • New York Academy of Dentistry Award for Ethics and Professionalism

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1316225337

Office locations

Tooth Works

232 West 61st Street

New York, NY 10023

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Dr. Vanessa has a natural gift to treat children and won my 2.5 year old son almost immediately. She explained everything she was doing to him and won his trust so that he willingly opened his mouth for her to doher check up and cleaning. I arrived at the time of my appointment and was taken into the doctor’s room right away. The facilities are clean and new. My son has been talking about going back already!
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Authoritative, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, high energy.
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Dr. Vanessa was amazing. My 5 year old daughter walked away loving the dentist. Any fears she had going into it, were completely erased with the warm and welcoming demeanor of the staff. Dr. Vanessa took the time to explain everythingto us which helped my daughter feel comfortable in a new situation. It also gave me a better understanding of how to properly care for my daughter's dental health.
Less than 3 months ago
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We love Dr. Vanessa! Visits are always wonderful.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Vanessa is awesome, she loves what she does and makes you and your child feel valued!
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Dr. Vanessa is so great with my son! She got down to his level and made him feel so at ease!
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Dr. Vanessa is the best! She is warm and friendly, incredibly knowledgeable. My daughter adores her!
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She awesome at her job and my daughter loves going to see her. What child do you know that loves going to the dentist?
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My son loves her! He is four and was singing about Vanessa the whole way to the appointment-- he doesn't do that generally.
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She is incredibly patient and kind, my special needs son adores her.
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She is amazing!!!
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Fantastic first dentist appointment! Made my little one comfortable and excited about the appointment
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She is great! My daughter loves going to the dentist! She explains what she is doing and makes the whole process fun.
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Dr. Lugo-Hart is the best. She's professional, knowledgeable, personable, and so good with my children.
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Dr. Lugo-Hart was pleasant and very honest and opened about what I would expect to happen at the visit with my child. She made sure he was comfortable and it made the visit run smoothly. She is also very involved withher patients and provides you with contact numbers/emails in case questions about any procedure. I highly recommend her.
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Excellent dentist who is great with kids. My daughter was so nervous at first but by the end of the appointment decided t was fun and can’t wait to go back.
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My husband and I love Dr. Vanessa and so does our 3 year old! Dr. Vanessa is patient and very energetic with her patients. Her office is equipped with tools that keep children entertained and she is great at showing children not to be scared of visiting the dentist.
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Dr. Vanessa was genuinely interested in learning every detail of my son’s clinical history. She was very friendly with him and patient with mom and dad, answering all our questions clearly and completely.
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Dr. Vanessa is amazing! Very good with young children, totally puts them at ease. Very professional. Would highly recommend.
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We love Dr. Vanessa!! She is a so gentle and nurturing with my daughter. My daughter is 5-years old and had her teeth cleaned today. She sat through the whole visit in the dentist chair alone and did not cry. Iwas so impressed but all the credit goes to Dr. Vanessa because she made my daughter feel so comfortable.
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Another great visit with Dr. Vanessa! My 6 year old daughter actually enjoys going to the dentist- largely thanks to Dr. Vanessa. She is amazing with my daughter! We drive all the way from Westchester County to see her. Highly recommended- ZERO complaints!
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Dr. Vanessa is one of the highlights of living in NYC. We moved here a year and a half ago and started taking our four-year-old son to see Dr. Vanessa, and he loves her. For a while last year he wouldtell everyone that he wanted to be a pediatric dentist when he grew up. She is lovely, explains everything she is about to do to our son and to us, and she was happy to sing to him in English and Spanish during the first couple of appointments when he was a little nervous.
Less than 1 year ago
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wonderful dentist and staff - My daughter is not afraid of the dentist. She looks forward to seeing Dr. Vanessa
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She has such as wonderful rapport with children, makes my son feel at ease. We love her.
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I’ve been coming here for 2 years now with my 2 daughters and each visit is always professional, efficient, and the girls just love Vanessa and Sejal. Always a pleasure coming here!
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She's the best doctor ever.
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She is one of the best in her field. Professional but also knows how to be warm and welcoming, answering questions and following up when need it. I highly recommend her.
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I can't say enough about how much our family and our daughters love Dr. Vanessa. She is professional, kind, understanding and very good at helping the kids to relax and enjoy their dental experience. Even our eldest daughter who needed abit more work done and was afraid, Dr. Vanessa calmed her right down and made the experience playful. We are so thankful to her for making our girls enjoy the dentist! Not to mention the practice is very kid friendly and tech savvy which our children love!
More than 1 year ago
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Unbelievable way with kids. She transformed my very sensitive son from an anxiety ridden wreck at dentist (from a bad experience with NON kid friendly dentist) to hopping into the exam chair for a cavity fill like he was about toget a massage! And my 2 yr old daughter's first visit was flawless. She felt so comfortable in her examination! Dr. Vanessa is fun, patient, thorough, and gives great tips for parents And kids. As a mom herself she gets kids and knows how to make them feel safe and is Incredibly gentle.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Vanessa is amazing. My son actually looks forward to each appointment. She's gentle with her instruments, very aware of my sons personality in her approach and she always answers questions. I wish she was my dentist!
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5 stars all around. The staff is friendly and the appointment was easy to make. We were seen on time. Dr Lugo-Hart has a fantastic way with the kids and she is very knowledgeable. My kids didn't want to leave the dentists' office. That should tell you something!!!
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All the staff at Toothworks is amazing. Kind and patient and professional and responsive and really really great with kids. Best experience.
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Dr. Vanessa clearly loves what she does...that must be why she's so great at it—and her assistant Abbigail is tops too!
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We love Dr. Vanessa. It's almost fun to go to the dentist!
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Dr. Vanessa is wonderful and my daughter looks forward to seeing her ever 6 months for check-ups. We were seeing quickly and right on time. The office is clean and very engaging for children.
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She's awesome! Flexible, well informed and patient!
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Dr. Vanessa is great with both of my kids. She does the whole exam and cleaning. She is gentle and encouraging. I highly recommend her.
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Dr. Lugo-Hart is professional and wonderful with the children too. We couldn't ask for a better dentist for our girls!
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A++
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She is always warm, professional and patient with my Autistic son. He is not easy but she gets him to somehow cooperate. Love this Doctor!
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We love Dr. Vanessa!
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Dr. Lugu-Hart is great. My daughter had to have a few teeth pulled and it couldn't have gone better. Made her feel at ease and no tears. I highly recommend her.
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My children love Dr. Vanessa, my 4 year old begs to go to the dentist all the time. Shes patient, kind and is great with children.
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Dr. Vanessa is an absolute gift to pediatric dentistry. She is very talented working with children with special needs, and my son was so comfortable with her after not having seen her for some time. She just made him feel soconfident, and it was very wonderful to see particularly for a child who has alot of anxiety. I recommend this wonderful office to everyone!
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She's amazing and is unbelievable with my 4 year old son
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we love Dr. Vanessa and the staff!!! They're amazing and my son sits in the chair by himself now!
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Dr. Vanessa is the best! Her expertise matches any non-pediatric dentist I've ever encountered, and her incredible rapport with kids keeps them at ease as she talks through each step of the appointment. She's warm and funny and fun, and kidsactually ENJOY going to the dentist while parents appreciate all the developmental guidance she shares. Bonus points for highly professional chairside staff and appointments that consistently begin on time.
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Gentle and kind.
More than 1 year ago
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Our 4 years loves going to see her. Thank you
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Dr Lugo-Hart is very warm and is terrific with kids. She made my 3 years old son feel very comfortable. The office is very kid friendly with ipad in the waiting room and the kids can watch shows while they are getting their teeth examine and clean.
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