About Us

Our Philosophy of Care

At The Center for Holistic Dentistry, we offer an innovative approach to dental care that integrates knowledge of natural healing with that of contemporary dental science and technology. Rather than simply treating the symptoms of dental disease, we focus on finding the cause.

What makes our practice different is that we can help you achieve a healthier mouth and a healthier body applying our unique approach to anti-aging, holistic dental care. Based on principles of natural healing, our methods will help identify if there are hidden or unidentified sources of dental stress in your mouth that may contribute to the process of aging or the development of disease in your body.

Our dental practice has been designed to help everyone, no matter what their dental needs, large or small. This is our passion – from the comfortable design of our office to the specialized training of Dr. Lerner and our team, we are here to help you in your dental health journey!

Meet Our Dentist

David Lerner, D.D.S.

Dr. Lerner’s odyssey toward holistic dentistry began before he even thought of becoming a dentist. As a child, he had many cavities that resulted in repair with mercury silver fillings. It seemed that at every checkup, there were more mercury silver fillings to be placed. Then, as many kids do, Dr. Lerner broke a tooth in an accident and it had to be removed. The orthodontist decided to close the space by bringing his teeth all the way over to the front from the right to the left. His teeth ended up looking straight but his jaw was crooked.

Dr. Lerner later learned that his crooked jaw led to a variety of problems – including head and neck aches. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Lerner began TMJ treatment. When the treatment finally brought relief, Dr. Lerner began his journey toward understanding the mouth-body connection in earnest and soon learned that the bite can affect much more than your mouth.

Dr. Lerner gained further insight in the form of back pain due to shoveling too much snow without a proper shovel. The excruciating pain led to a quest for a cure – a quest that did not end until he met a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology and Sacral-Occipital Technique. This practitioner gave him relief with his very first treatment. These treatments helped Dr. Lerner so much that he decided to begin his training in Holistic Dentistry. He soon became a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology and Sacral-Occipital Techniques.

Although his back was feeling much better, Dr. Lerner still needed relief from lingering complications, which drove him to search for more answers. He found those answers in the office of a dentist trained in nutrition and acupuncture therapy. During a thorough analysis, this dentist discovered that Dr. David Lerner’s health issues and lack of energy were a result of childhood mercury silver fillings. Once the fillings were removed, Dr. Lerner had much more energy and he felt he was finally moving toward ideal health.

From that point on, Dr. Lerner worked with many health practitioners in many health fields to improve his own health, increase his understanding of the mouth-body connection, and expand his knowledge to better treat his patients.

This thirst for knowledge has stayed with Dr. Lerner over the years and has resulted in an ever-expanding expertise in dentistry and the mouth-body connection. Dr. Lerner is now known as an authority on holistic dental health care. Patients come from all over Putnam County, Westchester County, and beyond (even from Hawaii!) to seek his holistic dental care.


  • 1978 – 1979: General Practice residency at Westchester County Medical Center
  • 1981 – 1983: Associated with Dr. Harold Gelb, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of TMJ disorders
  • 1982: Studied the relationships of the head, neck, and dentistry with Mariano Rocabado RPT
  • 1982: Began training in Myofascial Release Therapy with John Barnes RPT
  • 1982 – Present: The study of Biological Dentistry. Introduced to the work of Reinhold Voll, MD
  • 1982 – Present: Training in Applied Kinesiology with George Goodheart DC, Herb Anderson DC, and others
  • 1982: Studied with Dr. Helmut Schimmel, MD, DDS, who was the originator of the VEGA technique of Electro-Acupuncture
  • 1986 – 1987: Began training in Craniosacral Therapy with John Upledger, DO. Studied the Dental Management of Mercury Toxicity with Hal Huggins, DDS, and Oral Acupuncture with Joachim Gleiditsch, DDS, MD
  • 1988 – Present: Training in Neuromuscular Dentistry
  • 1989 – 1992: Completed a 24-month course of study in Functional Orthopedics and Straight Wire Orthodontics
  • 1993 – 1994: Graduate of the Advanced Continuing Education Program in the Diagnosis and Management of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • 1995 – 1997: Completed 300-hour Physician course of training in Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine at the Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
  • 1996 – 2002: Advanced studies in the treatment of TMJ disorders through Cranial-Mandibular Whole Body Integration under the mentorship of Jim Jecman, DDS
  • 2001: Trained in the advanced principles of Cosmetic Dentistry at New York University’s Rosenthal Center
  • 2002-2003: Earned his Fellowship at the Institute of Natural Dentistry
  • 2011 – 2012: Trained in Implant Surgery under Arun Garg, DDS and faculty
  • 2013 – 2014: Certified in Biological Dentistry with Dr. Thomas Rau, founder of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland
  • 2014: Certified in Laser dentistry including Laser treatment of periodontal disease
  • 2014: Trained in advanced Implant surgical techniques with Dr. Samuel Lee of Harvard University Graduate Periodontics/Implantology

Meet Our Team


Marisa oversees all Office Operations and has been involved in dentistry for the past 30 years. She grew up in the dental field, working for her father (a dentist) during her summer breaks from school. Marisa has been an assistant, receptionist, bookkeeper and office manager. She graduated from Westchester Community College as a Certified Respiratory Therapist and worked at WCMC for 15 years.

Marisa and Dr. Lerner have been married for 32 years and have a daughter Donielle who is building a career in the fashion industry. Marisa’s hobbies include arts and crafts, gardening, and attending craft fairs. Her love of nature is evident in the decor of the office. Her other love is spending time with family and friends.


Debra is our Office Administrator, she enjoys working in the dental field and finds it to be a challenging and rewarding career. In her 26 years of experience she has been involved in many aspects of dentistry: assisting, insurance coordinator, managing the front desk, accounts receivable and office manager. Continuing her education is very important to her. Debra attends courses each year in order to provide exceptional service. But above all, she cherishes the relationships made with patients over the years. She enjoys being part of Dr. Lerner’s wonderful team, and the concern he shows for patients overall health – not just their mouths!

Debra and her husband are proud parents of two college students: one at Brown, and one at Bucknell. Outside of working hours,  she enjoys listening to country music, spending time with family and friends, and vacationing in the Caribbean.


Jayne, one of our Dental Hygienists, is a graduate of the University Of Vermont Dental Hygiene program. She has 34 years of experience in dentistry here in the U.S. and in Switzerland.

She has a passion for the outdoors and loves gardening. Jayne enjoys spending time on her lake with family and friends. Her compassion and gentle skills offer every patient a positive experience.


Maria is our Clinical Assistant, she was born in Ecuador and moved to New York with her family in 1999. Having over 13 years of experience as a dental assistant and office manager, she has completed several seminars to keep up to date with all the new innovative dental techniques. Maria is very proud to work alongside Dr. Lerner and his knowledge in the field of holistic dentistry he shares with his patients. She enjoys educating patients and helping them to attain a more pleasant and enjoyable dental experience. She loves being a part of the team at the Center for Holistic Dentistry.

Maria married her husband Daniel in 2003 and by 2005 they welcomed their first son David, and their second son Devin joined them in 2010. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, she loves to travel, do outdoor activities and spend time at the beach.


Nichole is our Dental Assistant, she works along with Maria in assisting Dr. Lerner to make our patients have a wonderful experience. Nichole joined our office in 2014 and has been in dentistry five years now. She loves working with patients and making them feel comfortable. She is kind, caring and compassionate in providing the care our patients need. Working with Dr. Lerner and staff has been a great opportunity for her in developing different techniques, and living a holistic lifestyle.

An interesting fact about Nichole is that she comes from a family with two sets of twins.  Though not identical she and her sister are often mistaken for one another. Aside from working Nichole enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and riding her motorcycle.


Erica is our Dental Receptionist and joined our practice in September 2015. Erica has five years experience as a dental assistant and receptionist. Working in a holistic practice has been very rewarding and educational for her. She also enjoys attending continuing education courses with staff members. Erica is engaged to her fiancée of five years. She enjoys yoga and cycling. For entertainment, Erica loves attending Broadway shows and music concerts.

The Center For Holistic Dentistry

New Patients: (914) 214-4140
Existing Patients: (914) 245-4041

2649 Strang Blvd. Suite 201
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
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