Dr. Fatina was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the New York City area. She graduated from Wagner College with a degree in Biological Sciences and Magna Cum Laude Honors. Finishing her studies in only three and half years, she decided to spend her last semester prior to dental school volunteering and working in the dental field. Dr. Fatina earned her D.D.S. degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She completed her general practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital, and pursued her pediatric dental training at Stony Brook University Hospital. There, she served as chief resident and completed her research in helping the special needs population to gain further access to dental care, while mentoring dental students during their pediatric rotations.
Dr. Fatina found her true passion, treating children and patients with special needs, during her years of study and training. Looking to further her experiences, she enrolled in a fellowship at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, caring for patients with disabilities and special needs. The year allowed her to successfully treat patients with many different medically complex backgrounds using IV sedation and general anesthesia.
As a new mom, Dr. Fatina was inspired by her son and the other moms around her who had questions about brushing their kids’ teeth. As a passionate educator, she set out to write A Book About Teeth, an interactive, playful children's book aimed at helping parents find a fun way to teach their children about brushing, flossing, and all things oral health. Because of her commitment to providing accessible resources for parents, all new patients get a free copy!
Dr. Fatina believes in giving back to her community and has dedicated her time to many community service outreach programs, including Give Kids a Smile and Head Start in the lower east side. Furthermore, she loves teaching residents and taught at Lutheran Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
When she isn’t at work, Dr. Fatina enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Jason Berk at Gramercy Orthodontics, and their son, Julian. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, skiing, and practicing yoga.