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Welcome to Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Orthodontic Residency web page. I am pleased that you are interested in learning more about the residency program which is committed to its mission of providing unparalleled orthodontic education in a compassionate, professional and friendly environment.
The program faculty is composed of individuals who are recognized for clinical, teaching and research expertise. Our faculty and support staffs of enthusiastic, innovative and highly dedicated professionals are devoted to resident education and quality patient care. The camaraderie present further encourages the development of knowledge and expertise. An important attribute of the program is the very positive faculty student ratio. This is especially evident in the very important second year when the faculty dedicate their effort to only one class due to classes entering on alternate years.
Albert Einstein Medical Center is truly a wonderful place to further one’s education. It is an inclusive academic medical center that respects and supports the educational mission of our program. I encourage you to learn more about our orthodontic residency program.
Dr. Kiefer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Comprehensive Science from Villanova University. After graduating from Villanova, Dr. Kiefer completed her dental school education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia where she earned a Doctoral Degree in Dental Medicine in 2002. She graduated summa cum laude and was also inducted into the Omnicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, the Matthew Cryer Honor Society and was honored with the American Association of Women Dentists Award. Dr. Kiefer then completed a general practice residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. She entered private practice after the general practice residency where she practiced for several years.
Dr. Kiefer’s orthodontic graduate training occurred at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where she received her Certificate in Orthodontics. She served as Chief Resident in her second year and represented the residency program in the Charley Schultz Resident Scholars Program at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orthodontics in 2007. Dr. Audra Kiefer is a Diplomate of the American Board
Dr. Leizer completed his orthodontic training at Einstein Medical Philadelphia, where he was appointed chief resident in his last year. He received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Dental School where he was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Leizer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is additionally an active member in the American Association of Orthodontists, the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Association. Dr. Leizer has been active in multiple research projects and has had his research published in multiple dental journals. He has presented his research at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting and has lectured on several orthodontic topics. He maintains an ongoing teaching position in clinical orthodontics as a faculty member in Einstein’s Orthodontic Residency Program
Dr. Long is Executive Director of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Lancaster, PA. He also is in charge of the Orthodontic and Research Divisions at that Clinic. He received his BS degree in psychology at Dartmouth. Following that he attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his DMD degree from the School of Dental Medicine and his MS degree in Speech Pathology from the Department of Speech and Hearing. He subsequently attended the University of North Carolina where he received a Certificate in Graduate Orthodontic training from the Orthodontic Department, School of Dentistry, and a PhD degree from the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine.
Dr. Long has also been the Principle Investigator on three major NIH/NIDCR research grant projects. He maintains academic appointments at Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center, and has been a member of the Albert Einstein Medical Center’s Orthodontic faculty since 1977. He has supervised research projects for over 30 students and residents. He has also published over 50 scientific articles and 7 book chapters. He has served as a US representative to participate in the World Health Organization’s attempts to develop improved international cooperation in the field of craniofacial anomalies.
Dr. Long has been active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) since 1975 and has served as Treasurer for 9 years, Vice-President, and President. He currently is the Head of ACPA’s Americleft Project, an initiative to carry out intercenter comparisons of cleft lip/palate treatment outcomes for evidence-based identification of best practices. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Honors of the Association for his work in ACPA. He is Past-President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Cleft Palate Clinics, the Midwest Component of the Angle Society of Orthodontists and the International Confederation for Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Angle Society of Orthodontists and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.
Dr. McDonough is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He attended Fordham University for his undergraduate studies and earned a Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania. He interned at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City as a general practice resident and obtained his Certificate in Orthodontics from Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
As well as being an experienced orthodontist, Dr. McDonough has also been a clinical instructor at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia since 1995. He is an editor of “Orthodontic Practice – US”. This is a national journal that promotes excellence in orthodontics and covers a full range of clinical and practice management topics. He is also a contributing writer for this journal.
Dr. McDonough has served on the Executive Committee of the Mercer Dental Society for eight years and is currently a Past-President. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Board of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association and the New Jersey Dental Association.
At Einstein Medical Center, Dr. McDonough serves as a clinical instructor with additional expertise in the use of lasers and temporary anchorage devices. He hosts an on-going seminar series for both 2nd and 3rd year residents, including time devoted to preparing the residents for the American Board of Orthodontics Written Examination.
Dr. Middleberg completed his orthodontic residency at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where he served as chief resident in his last year. Dr. Middleberg received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry and his Bachelor of Science Degree from LaSalle University. Dr. Middleberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He served as Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the Eastern Dental Society.
Currently, Dr. Middleberg is a Governor of the Philadelphia County Dental Society. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. At Einstein Medical Center, Dr. Middleberg teaches comprehensive clinical orthodontics via conference - seminars and as a clinical instructor. Didactically, he directs seminar series in orthodontic practice management, and ethics.
Dr. Michael Roth is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Following graduation he completed a one year General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Roth is also co-winner of the Benjamin Lebby Award given each year as an outstanding General Practice Resident. Dr. Roth entered private practice for two years before returning to Albert Einstein Medical Center for his three year post graduate study in Orthodontics. Dr. Roth is in the private practice of Orthodontics locally and has served on the Orthodontic Faculty for the past 25 years as an Attending Orthodontist.
Dr. Roth has been active in local community events and has served on the Executive Board of Montgomery Bucks Dental Society for several terms and is also a Past-President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists. Currently Dr. Roth serves as President of The Albert Einstein Medical Center Orthodontic Alumni Society.
Dr. Tartakow is a graduate of Adelphi University (BA); Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (DMD); Long Island Jewish Medical Center Rotating Internship (Certificate); Albert Einstein Medical Center, Orthodontic Residency (Certificate); and Union Institute & University, Graduate College (MEd, EdD, PhD).
In addition to Dr. Tartakow’s faculty appointment at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, his dental academic appointments include Clinical Professor and Former Director of the TMD Section, Post Graduate Orthodontic Department, Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine and Clinical Professor, Orthodontic Department, Craniofacial Sciences and Therapeutics, University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Also, he is an Orthodontics-Pediatric Dentistry Test Constructor, Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, American Dental Association; and a member of the Research Council of the J. Paul Getty Research Institute and Library; and a member of the Board of Trustees, Union Institute & University.
Dr. Tartakow is board-certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Board of Special Care Dentistry, and is a Certified Dental Editor. He holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Memberships include the American Academy of Orofacial Pain; Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK); American Association of Hospital Dentists; Academy of International Dental Studies; World Federation of Orthodontists; American Association of Dental Editors; Pierre Fauchard Academy; and the Florida Dental Association (Honorary).
Dr. Tartakow currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Ortho Tribune and practiced orthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and orofacial pain therapy in Palm Beach, FL and now resides in Marina del Rey, CA. He is a consultant in orthodontics, TMJ disorders, orofacial pain, practice management, and healthcare administration. He has lectured to medical, dental and legal groups, authored 150-plus independent and original articles and mentored over 600 medical and dental students.
Dr. Valenza completed her undergraduate work at New York University and received her dental degree (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She then completed the three year residency program in Orthodontics at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Dr. Valenza has been active in many dental organizations. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, and the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society where he served on many committees as well as having been Treasurer and Chair of the Children's Dental Health Month for several years. She is also a past president of the Philadelphia Society of Dental Surgeons.
Dr. Valenza has also represented dentistry as a member of several delegations, most recently on a visit to assess dental training and care in Cuba. Currently, in addition to her private practice of Orthodontics in Abington, Dr. Valenza is a member of the faculty at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia’s Orthodontic Residency Program.
Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of Cooper Union, College of Engineering and Science, where he received a full scholarship and earned numerous awards. He received his D.M.D. degree from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He went on to earn a master's degree in Biomedical Science along with a specialty certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Weinstein is a Board-Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also certified in the Invisalign system of tooth movement. Since 1991, Dr. Weinstein serves as an active faculty member at the Albert Einstein Medical Center Orthodontic Residency Program, providing advanced post-graduate dental and orthodontic instruction. He also lectures on the latest advances in his field to a variety of national and international professional associations in addition to publishing the results of his ongoing research in the leading orthodontic journals.