Meet The Doctors

Yalesville Dentists - Dr. Irwin H. Meslin, Dr. Sulakshana Sundaresan & Dr. Min Deng

Irwin H. Meslin, DMD

“I worked my way through dental school doing nursing at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I found that what I enjoyed most and found most rewarding was pediatrics. I love the absolute honesty and resiliency of children. I found that I can make a difference in children’s lives and their attitudes toward dental care.

“I enjoy the relationships I have built over many years of practice. I am well into my second generation of patients now. I have watched them grow up, go to college and get married. The fact that they now bring their children to me and have returned to my practice as adults is very gratifying.

“I believe education and prevention are the keys to success in dentistry. Being able to communicate and connect to people of all ages is important. I want to give the young patients a positive feeling toward lifelong dental care. In teenagers, the value of positive self-image is extremely important. I bring warmth, empathy and the ability to communicate with all ages. I look at dentistry as a combination of art, science and education. All three are required to be a great dentist.”

Dr. Meslin is interested in early education about preventive dental care. He has been lecturing on a volunteer basis in the prenatal classes at the local hospital for more than 30 years. He also enjoys golf, travel, sculpting and spending time with his own family, including eight grandchildren.

Specialty Training: Pediatric Dentistry (subspecialty in Orthodontics)

Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

DMD: University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

BA: Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Member: International Association for Orthodontics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association for Functional Orthodontics, American Orthodontic Society, American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association, Meriden–Yalesville–Cheshire Dental Association, Matthew H. Cryer Honor Society

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

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