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Dr. Clyde A. Maxwell, Jr.
Dr. Clyde A. Maxwell, Jr., a general dentist for over 25 years, is the founder of Gentle Touch Smiles for Kids. For him, superior patient care and professional, friendly service are paramount. His primary passion is to reduce the fear and apprehension that children have about visiting the dentist. He has developed a model that is incredibly effective at influencing children to embrace dental treatment time and time again! He has such a wonderful patient rapport that he has become affectionately known as “Dr. Max” to those he serves.
His office provides a playful, fun and energetic atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy. The signature waiting area is appropriately called “The Smile Zone.” The Smile Zone is a state-of-the-art, exciting facility designed for children of all ages. It includes a jungle gym, arcade games, toddler play areas, and Delaware’s only XD Theatre, all available at no cost.
In addition to offering an exceptional office environment, Dr. Maxwell provides excellent dental treatment. He has developed a unique technique of singing to his patients – while chairside – in a jovial manner to distract them from worry, and to calm any anxiety.
Dr. Max began his formal education at Rutgers University (New Jersey), in 1986. He received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992 from the University of Michigan. He then served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps until 1995 as the officer in charge of Dental Clinics. During that time, he was accepted into the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program. Thereafter, he established Gentle Touch Dentistry which has evolved over the years into Gentle Touch Smiles for Kids.
Dr. Max maintains his affiliations and memberships with the following:
- Affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Patricia Rist
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.