CARMEL, N.Y. - Now, area residents have an even bigger reason to smile.

Putnam Orthodontics, a cutting-edge orthodontic practice that employs state-of-the-art technologies and procedures, has added a new member to its team.

Dr. Yonatan (Yoni) Cohen, who grew up in neighboring Yorktown and is a YHS Class of 2001 graduate, joined the growing practice last summer.

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“We have two offices; this one [in Carmel] and one in Briarcliff and we are thinking of opening a third,” said Dr. Satish Pai, who opened the practice on Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel five years ago. “It just made sense to partner up.”

Dr. Cohen attended Drexel University where he played Division 1 lacrosse and received his biology degree. 

Dr. Cohen attended dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale where he earned his DMD. While there, he graduated at the top of his class and decided to specialize in orthodontics. He was a lacrosse coach and mentor, so working with adolescents (a primary demographic of orthodontics) was a natural fit.
He went on to Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University to earn his sub-specialty degree in orthodontics.

Dr. Cohen moved back to the area shortly after earning his orthodontics degree.  Dr. Cohen had gotten to know Dr.  Pai when he first graduated dental school and they stayed in touch.

“I love being back here; my family is here,” he said. “I grew up here. This is my home.”

In orthodontics, due to the length of the treatment, the doctor is provided with an opportunity to get to know the patient and his or her family. Dr. Cohen said that’s why he loves the field. 

“It’s the personal connection,” he said. “It’s a building of a relationship.”

Dr. Cohen said he believes Putnam Orthodontics rises above other practices because of its attention to detail in creating the best possible patient experience.

“We go above and beyond,” he said. “For example, when we take the braces off in the morning, we throw a party for them. It’s more than just the orthodontics.”

Dr. Pai has been practicing and teaching orthodontics at Columbia University for 14 years, specializing in Invisalign and self-ligating braces for children, teens and adults. He’s clinical assistant professor in the Division of Orthodontics at Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. He agrees with Dr. Cohen that it’s important to make the patient experience the best it can be.

“We get to know the families very well,” he said. “We do marketing and advertising, but a majority of our patients come from patient referrals. When we talk about priorities in the office, we talk about the patient first.”

One of the ways Putnam Orthodontics improves the patient experience is by offering extended hours. They are open on weekends and until 7 p.m. on select weeknights.
“We treat a lot of adults who are working folks,” Dr. Pai said. “So, we can’t just be open 9 to 5.”

The layout of the Carmel office and its waiting room is also designed with the patient’s comfort in mind.

“The room ties in the whole patient experience,” Dr. Cohen said. “You want everyone to feel comfortable when they are here.”

Dr. Pai says Putnam Orthodontics’ space is unique and organized to maximize its 2,500-square feet, allowing ease of movement to streamline the delivery of the orthodontic services. 

“The office design features tropical bright colors, palm trees, sails and surfboards. It has an overall aura of relaxed simplicity.”

There’s also plenty of fun to be had in the waiting area where two iPad gaming stations and a giant LCD TV with cable channels help kids and adults stay happily occupied until appointment time is near.

Putnam Orthodontics also offers a complimentary one-on-one consultation (a $400 value) and several flexible payment-plan options.

To learn more, call 845-459-8500 or visit