Meet The Doctors

David Starkman, DDS

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/cosmetic-dentist-valatie-ny.jpgIt is truly a great honor to have provided high quality dental care to my patients for close to 30 years. I never take this for granted and I feel proud every day I walk into my office. Over the years, dentistry has evolved into maintaining form, function, health and beauty for a lifetime. It is rewarding to educate my patients and be able to offer options that help restore and maintain teeth, periodontal health and smiles.

The team at Kinderhook Family Dental is dedicated to providing quality, advanced care to our patients. Our team is made up of real people who are easy to talk to and are empathetic to the needs of our patients. Each person who comes into our office is treated the same way we would treat a member of our own family. Our patients know this, and can expect the best care we have to offer with a gentle touch every time.

After graduating Union College in Schenectady I attended New York University College of Dentistry. Upon graduation from NYU, I completed a residency program at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Albany, New York. I love to learn and expand my professional and life experiences. I believe continuing education is vital to staying up to date with the latest products and technologies as well as treatment techniques. In addition to general and cosmetic dentistry I have a special interest in Dental Sleep Medicine (for more information check out www.isleepismile).

Community involvement is important to me. I have remained committed to helping citizens in my community through organizing our annual Dentistry from the Heart event, sponsoring library, town and school events. I maintain membership in the following organizations: American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the 3rd District Dental Association, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders.

Outside the office I enjoy spending quality time with my family. I enjoy traveling, bike riding, theater and reading.




Mehul Shah, DMD

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Dr. Shah.jpgIt is an honor to be welcomed by Dr. Starkman and to join his highly regarded team. Dr. Starkman's trust in me to provide the best possible care to his long-time patients is a great compliment. A shared passion for dentistry makes us a great team.

My professional background consists of a combination of science, technology, and medicine. I started out with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, followed by a Master's in Computer Science, and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from University of Pennsylvania.

What is important to be is focusing on comprehensive care, getting to know you well, and providing the type of care you desire. Patient comfort is of utmost importance. I love working with families, form a little ones' first visit to the dentist, to helping their grandparents maintain their smile. I believe in continuing education and belong to American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and Third District Dental Society of New York.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time traveling with my wife. Our most recent trip was to Morocco. I also enjoy outdoor activities and am passionate about golf. I am also a vegetarian and very much into fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "A man who has his health has a thousand dreams. A man without, has only one." 







Sandra Engelson, DDS

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/dr-sandra-engelson.jpgI appreciate Dr. Starkman's invitation to join the team at Kinderhook Dental Arts.  I have practiced in New York City for 30 years and share his philosophy of offering clinical excellence in a caring manner.
We are also both dedicated to continuing education and technology upgrades, so I am proud that his office will afford me the same standards I have practiced on Park Avenue.  Dentistry is truly the intersection of art and science.
After attending Cornell University in Ithaca, I attended New York College of Dentistry and completed a residency program at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
In my Manhattan practice, I have interacted with patients and their families in a personal way, more typical of a small town.  I find care can range from subtle to  dramatic, but my suggestions are always tailored to individual needs and will always look natural  I have a special interest in utilizing the Invisalign system for tooth movement.
My husband and I moved full time to Columbia County ten years ago after our sons were "out of the house".  I love to restore our old house.  We love to cook (and eat!) We love to travel and spend time with our four legged family members. Looking forward to meeting you in the practice.