Our Head Doctors

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Steven Cisternas, D.D.S.

When I created Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio my vision was to provide a practice where all specialties were taken care of under one roof. In my opinion, gone are the years of having to send or refer a patient to a periodontist, endodontist or oral surgeon. If we find a problem that entails the need for another specialist then I just need to bring the specialist  to see the patient from another room. No waiting for the patient, no multiple appointments and no wasting of a patients time. Our specialists discuss, confer and agree on a appropriate treatment plan taking into account all our levels of expertise and experience.

What the patient gets is a seamless approach to personalized dental health care that will be hard to find in any other practice. Most patients when they come here realize that this is the way it should have been. We take great pride in the appearance and hygiene of our office and it shows. Patient satisfaction is very important.

I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort and satisfaction. The biggest asset to Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio  are the staff both dental and support staff. It was very important to choose a highly specialized team that had a reputation and were proficient in what they do. Dr Phil Kaplan assists me as one of chief dentists, Dr. Robert Gorgoglione, provide outstanding cosmetic and general dentistry. Lastly our periodontal department and oral surgery department is headed by  Victor Terranova, DDM, MS, PhD. who brings 40 years of experience and has performed thousands of dental implants in the Tri-State area. The support staff are outstanding and are well versed in dealing with patient issues and insurance issues. If ever a patient is not satisfied with our work all they have to do is call and speak to me. Whatever it is we make sure it's right. 

I look forward to seeing you as a patient at Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio.


Attending Dentist Bronx - Lebanon Hospital Center October 2011 – Present
2002 - 2006 - Howard University College of Dentistry - D.D.S., Dentistry

1997 - 2001 Hofstra University - B.A., Biology


President/Chief Dentist
Bay Dental at the Pointe - Staten Island - July 2016 - Present

President/DentistRichmond Hill Dental Design Studio, P.C.July 2009 – Present


“We are wholly committed to returning you top optimal dental health.   .”

Dr. Steven Cisternas

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Cisternas today!

Victor Terranova, D.M.D, M.S., PhD.

Periodontics and Oral Surgery - Victor Terranova, D.M.D, M.S., PhD.

Dr. Victor Terranova is a big personality at Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio and has a long and distinguished career in the field of dentistry. His expertise spans four decades in dentistry, having owned his own practice, previously holding a staff position at the National Institutes of Health and Columbia University, and is President of Cytotaxis, Inc. and Chief Scientific Officer for Contran Medical Technologies. Dr. Terranova performs all the oral surgery, implants, extractions. and maxillo-facial surgeries needed at the practice. He holds a dual degree having trained in all major maxillofacial surgical procedures. He has plastic surgery training and oral pathology training.In his spare time, Dr. Terranova enjoys skiing competitively, racing Ferraris, and participating in competitive tennis.

Click here to view videos of Dr. Terranova discussing dental implant and periodontal disease. 


“Our goal is to make all our patients happy and accommodate their needs in every way possible.

Victor Terranova D.D.M., M.S., Ph.D.


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Philip Kaplan, D.D.S.

Dr. Philip Kaplan graduated Cum Laude from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in the field of Biology. Dr. Kaplan went on to Howard University College of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in May of 2016. He graduated within the top 5% of his class. He was inducted into the Pi Pi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a country renowned Dental Honor Society recognizing academic and clinical excellence.

 Upon his graduation from Dental School he received awards and recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Osseointegration, the American Association of Endodontics, and the American Academy of Periodontology.

After dental school Dr. Kaplan perused advanced training in General Dentistry and completed his General Practice Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where he was ranked within the top 3 residents at the program.

Dr. Kaplan is committed to providing his patients with comprehensive oral care, and is dedicated to giving his patients a reason to smile!


"If you want a trusted opinion about your dental health, come and see our dentists. We are here to help"

Dr. Philp Kaplan.

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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (7/2016 - 6/2017)

2012-2016 Howard University College of Dentistry, Washington D.C.

- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree
- Ranked within the Top 5% of the Graduating Class
- Inducted into the Pi Pi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, OKU
- Graduated with 9 clinical dentistry and scholastic achievement awards
- Attained 4.0 GPA during the D3 Spring 2015, and D4 Fall 2015 academic semester

2007 - 2011
Wagner College - Staten Island

- Degree; Bachelor of Science Cum Laude -Dean’s List Recipient


7/1/2017-present - Bay Dental At The Pointe
- General Dentist-Site Coordinator

7/1/2017-present - Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio
- General Dentist

7/2016 - 6/2017 - Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio
- General Dentist

7/2016-6/2017 - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
- Resident Dentist, D.D.S.

7/2008-8/2012 - Richmond Hill Dental Design Studio
- Practice Manager
- Present and review treatment plans to patients
- Insurance billing, patient billing, insurance pre-authorizations, staff schedule coordination
- Senior chair side assistant to the dentist.

11/2005-8/2015 - New Millennium Dental, P.C.

- Dental AssistantChair side assistant to the dentist
- Set up and disinfection of the operatory.
- Sterilization of dental instrumentsTaking radiographs of patients (Panorex, Anterior/Posterior PA, and Bitewings

Summer 2013 - Aug 2015 - Arlington Family Dental Center, P.C.
- Dental Assistant

Dean’s List Recipient for each semester in Graduate, Dental School
The Academy of General Dentistry Award (May 2016)
The Department of Endodontics Award (May 2016)
The Percy A. Fitzgerald Prosthodontics Memorial Award (May 2016)
The Delta Dental Award (May 2016)
The Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award (May 2016)
The Pierre Fauchard Academy Award (May 2016)
The American Association of Endodontics Award (May 2016)
The American Academy of Periodontology Award (May 2016)
The American Academy of Osseointegration Award (May 2016)
Endodontic Penick Study Club Recipient Award (Fall 2015)

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