Top Dentists 2011

The Main Line area’s 217 best practitioners in nine specialties, voted so by their peers.

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Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Jeffrey Melini

Chester County Dentistry for Children, 795 E. Marshall St., Suite 100, West Chester, (610) 918-2400; 105 Dowlin Forge Road, Exton, (610) 363-2100;

Education: DMD, Temple University School of Dentistry (1994)

Years in practice: 17

What he loves most about his job: “Knowing that there will be less adults afraid of going to the dentist because they had a positive experience as children.”

Why no one should be afraid to have a seat in his chair: “It’s normal for kids to be afraid the first time they sit in a dentist’s chair. My goal is that, by the time they leave my chair, their fear is gone.”

Funniest question a patient has ever asked: “What happened to your hair?”

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