Meet The Doctors

Yalesville Dentists - Dr. Sulakshana Sundaresan, Dr. Min Deng, & Dr. Susan Berey

Sulakshana “Sue” Sundaresan, DDS

“As a teenager, I had orthodontic treatment and was absolutely amazed at the transformation. I always knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field, and this experience just pushed me toward dentistry. The idea of transforming people’s perception about themselves and their mouth was compelling to me, as was creating a healthy mouth-body connection.

“I like helping people get over their anxiety about dentistry and restoring the health of their mouth so they can function normally. I also enjoy cosmetic dentistry. It is truly special when a patient tells me how much they love getting photographed with their new smile. Prevention and routine care are the core values we try to impart to our patients. Patient education is an important part of all our appointments as we firmly believe that an informed patient is a healthier patient.

“As a pediatric and general dental practice, our office is pretty casual. Our team is fabulous in making our patients feel comfortable, and there is a lot of laughter in the office. We hope to give our patients confidence and knowledge about their teeth. I also enjoy working with anxious patients and helping them overcome their barriers to treatment. I try to understand where a patient’s fears come from so I can offset them and help them feel good about treatment.”

On a personal level, Dr. Sue enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and giving talks at the senior center in Yalesville.

General Dentist, Certified Invisalign® Provider

DDS: Advanced Standing Program, New York University, New York, NY

Internship: One-year rotation in all branches of dentistry, Manipal Institute of Higher Education, India

BDS: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, India

Member: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Association of Systemic Health, Connecticut State Dental Association

Min Deng, DMD, PhD

“Prior to dental school, I earned a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology and completed six years of postdoctoral training in biochemistry. What motivated my decision to become a pediatric dentist is my admiration for children’s innocence, their unselfish ways of showing love, and my desire to contribute to improving their well-being.

“Children explore the world with such curiosity and enthusiasm. Through their many small, selfless acts, they have taught me lessons in gratitude, humility, trust, sharing and unconditional love. I have learned things that have helped me look at life in a whole new way. I thoroughly enjoy my interactions with them and am inspired to help a young patient overcome his/her anxiety and fear of dental treatment. It really melts my heart when a child smiles at the end of a visit, especially if he/she was fearful at the start.

“My goal is to establish mutual respect and trust with my young patients and give them a pleasant experience, in a calm and nurturing environment. My patience, compassion and a gentle demeanor, combined with my easygoing and cheerful personality, allow me to provide high-quality care to children.”

In her spare time, Dr. Min enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her family.

She practices meditation and qigong daily and finds it a central factor in finding inner peace and putting things into perspective.

Board-Certified: Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Residency: Pediatric Dentistry, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT

DMD: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

PhD: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Member: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Connecticut Dental Association, Meriden-Wallingford-Cheshire Dental Society

Susan E. Berey, DMD, MS

"As a young child I already knew I wanted to work in the field of healthcare.  What interested me most about a career in dentistry was having a job that involves helping people and working with my hands.  I love being an orthodontist because I am able to improve patients' health as well as their smiles.  I enjoy getting to know every patient and making treatment a fun and educational opportunity.  Even the most anxious patients become very comfortable and often even look forward to their orthodontic visits."

"By providing warm, friendly patient care, I hope to make orthodontic treatment a positive experience  for all of my patients.  With a master's degree in education and growing up as one of seven children, I am able to relate to the concerns and anxieties of most any patient.  After 14+ years of practicing orthodontics in both private orthodontic and multispecialty practices, I am excited to be part of our team, and happy to be back in Connecticut where I grew up."

On a personal note, Dr. Berey and her family lived in New York City for several years.  After enjoying the city lifestyle for a time, they are now happy to be back in Connecticut.  She enjoys spending her free time playing musical instruments, hiking, biking, and traveling with her family.

Residency:  UCLA, Orthodontics, Grant from the National Institute of Health for research in craniofacial abnormalities

DMD:  University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

MS:  Boston University, Psychology

Memberships:  American Association of Orthodontists, Northeast Society of Orthodontists, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Society for Research on Children with Disabilites, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association

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Meslin Pediatric & Family Dentistry
Phone: 203-774-0019
60 Church Street
Yalesville, CT 06492