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Dr. Patricia Rist

Winner of Delaware Today Top 2020 Dentists!

Patty Rist, DMD, is a Board-certified Pediatric Dentist. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in biological sciences in 2001 and then received her dental degree with honors from Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in 2010. After dental school, Dr. Patty completed a General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she had extensive training in dental emergencies and in working with medically-compromised patients. She continued her education by completing a two-year Pediatric Dentistry residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, also in Philadelphia. In 2014, Dr. Patty became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. After completing her residencies, she worked in private practice for three years before joining Gentle Touch Smiles for Kids in 2016. Dr. Patty was also part-time clinical instructor in the Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. She has clinical privileges at Christiana Care Health System’s Roxana Canon Arsht Surgical Center.

Dr. Patty is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, Jeremy, and their son, Greg and daughter, Emily.


Dr. Joseph Facciolo

Dr. Facciolo is a proud local of Wilmington, DE and is one of four brothers who are various healthcare providers within our state. Dr. Facciolo grew up in Wilmington and attended high school at Salesianum School and later attended

University of Delaware in Newark to obtain a degree in Bachelors of Science in Biology. Dr. Facciolo obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in 2013, where he earned the highest honor, Summa Cum Laude.

During dental school, Dr. Facciolo excelled and was inducted into the dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, also receiving clinical awards in pediatric dentistry and academic honors.

After dental school, Dr. Facciolo completed a hospital based residency program in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at Christiana Care Hospital. Cherishing this opportunity, he gained profound knowledge in hospital dentistry and completed rotations in emergency and anesthesia departments.

After residency, Dr. Facciolo furthered his studies in Boston MA by completing specialty training in Orthodontics, receiving his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, along with a Masters Degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences from Boston University.

In his free time, Dr. Facciolo enjoys spending time with his family and taking trips with his fiancée Ashley. He also enjoys exercising, playing soccer, traveling to new places and is always open for ideas when planning his next new adventure! Dr. Facciolo’s goal is to establish life-long relationships with patients in his community, all in a friendly practice environment that is both positive and fun, while providing premium care with the best knowledge and education possible. He looks forward to meeting you very soon!


Dr. Era Pyakurel

Dr. Era graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery from Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India. After practicing for a few years in Nepal she moved to the United States. She then earned a Master’s Degree in Health Sector Management from Arizona State University. After which she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Kornberg School of Dentistry, at Temple University. She then practiced dentistry in Florida before deciding to move back to the northern region of the east coast.

When she is not working, Dr. Pyakurel enjoys spending time with her little boy. She also loves reading, hiking and exploring new places with her family.