About Us About Philadelphia Dental Arts Located in South Philadelphia, Philadelphia Dental Arts is proud to serve patients of all ages and in every stage of their life. We focus on providing complete dental services in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our practice specializes in sleep dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and treatments appropriate for infants through adults. Our Mission Philadelphia Dental Arts’ mission is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to our patients in a friendly and caring environment. We are committed to helping our patients keep their teeth for their whole life in optimal health, comfort, function, and esthetics. We consider it a privilege to serve the dental needs of South Philly, as well as all neighboring residents with integrity and compassion. Core Values Amazing PDA strives to exceed expectations by providing outstanding service. Recognize PDA recognizes that there is a need for dental care and strives to make this your dental home. Training PDA strives to educate patients and families toward a state of ideal oral health. Standards PDA treats each patient based on their individual needs with gentleness and compassion using the safest dental techniques. Where Dental Procedures Become Dental Arts! Safety First Here at Philadelphia Dental Arts (PDA) and Children’s Dental Health Associates (CDHA), we are dedicated to ensuring not only each patient’s visit is a fun and memorable visit, but also a safe visit! “We do everything we can to make sure our patients are safe at all times,” says Eric Felix, D.M.D and owner of PDA & CDHA. Whether a dentist, hygienist, EFDA, dental assistant, sterilization tech, receptionist, or Office Supervisor; each employee undergoes vigorous training, protocols, and safety checks. All of these vigorous safety trainings, protocols, and safety checks are continued throughout their employment. Read More The rigorous screening includes a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting check, a Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance, and a Pennsylvania criminal background check. All staff members participate in a yearly training and educational program. These educational topics include HIPPA compliance, workplace diversity and customer service, identifying and assessing victims of abuse and neglect, and x-ray safety. All staff members are trained in CPR every two years, and complete an x-ray class required by the State of Pennsylvania. Not only does our staff undergo safety precautions, but all of our equipment does too! All offices have a certified technician who comes into the offices every 90 days to evaluate all equipment. The technician comes in to ensure everything’s running smoothly and properly. Once a year we also have an inspection and testing completed by an inspector from the State of Pennsylvania X-rays are taken in one area away from other patients for each facility, each x-ray machine & radiation monitoring equipment. All of our facilities and the x-ray machines have permits and licensing through the State of Pennsylvania. Each month staff performs a monthly safety checklist. This checklist has staff checking and ensuring all emergency equipment is running properly, all emergency lights work properly, ensures all emergency signs are posted and visible for all patients to follow, and ensures all SDS books are up to date. Each office does a spore test on all sterilization equipment, and the test is sent out for approval each week. This testing ensures each sterilizer is working properly and following all OSHA standards. Here at Philadelphia Dental Arts (PDA) and Children’s Dental Health Associates (CDHA), we train all staff members on OSHA and follow all guidelines. We make sure that all children being seen are wearing safety glasses. We only use mercury-free fillings, and digital x-rays. Digital x-rays use 90 percent less radiation than film x-rays. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment, no hazardous waste disposal is necessary because digital x-rays do not use hazardous chemicals. We follow the guidelines which are set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) regarding how often x-rays are to be taken, and x-rays are taken in an area away from other patients. Meet Our Team Dr. Thomas W. Gamba Dentist D.D.S., F.A.C.D, F.I.C.D. Dr. Thomas Gamba received his Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1972 and graduated from Temple University’s School of Dentistry in 1976. Following dental school, he joined his father’s practice and worked alongside him until his retirement in 1985, after 51 years in as a dentist. In 1981, Dr. G (as he is affectionately known) was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, signifying more that 500 hours of post-graduate education in all phases of dentistry. He has also been honored with Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has written several articles on dental ethics, which have been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a part-time clinical instructor at Temple University’s School of Dentistry where he teaches and mentors dental students in the fine points of clinical practice. He’s also been the consulting dentist for the Philadelphia Phillies for more than 20 years. In addition to being deeply committed to his patients, many of whom he has been treating since they were children, Dr. G is also committed to his professional associations. In Philadelphia, he has been President of the County Dental Society and served on the Pennsylvania Dental Association Board of Trustees, as Speaker of the House and, in 2008-09, as President. He has also been a member of two Councils of the American Dental Association, including the Council on Ethics. In 2014, Dr. Gamba was elected to a two-year term as Vice President of the American Dental Association, which represents more than 160,000 member dentists. Tom married his highschool sweetheart, Cynthia, in 1971. They have two children and two handsome grandsons. They are both proud, life-long residents of South Philadelphia. Dazina Cameron Regional Manager Dazina Cameron-Satchell is our Regional Manager. Dazina was born in Newark, New Jersey but moved to Pennsylvania as a small child with her family. She has over 10 years of dental office experience, and also happens to be x-ray certified. She has spent most of her professional career within the dental and customer service fields. Dazina loves family time, shopping, cooking, and hosting extended family gatherings. She especially enjoys the beach, and finds herself there whenever the weather permits. Although most of her adult years have been spent here in PA, Dazina, still claims to just be a regular Jersey Girl at heart. Meetu Singh Office Supervisor Meetu is our Office Supervisor. Meetu has over 12 years experience in the dental field and has even worked as an x-ray certified dental assistant when starting out in 2004. Meetu has been married for 5 years, and has two amazingly beautiful daughters aged 2 1⁄2 years old and 4 years old who she loves dearly. When Meetu is not here in South Philly helping with every SMILE leaving our office, she loves spending time with her family and watching horror and action movies. Tye Spady Hygienist Born and raised in Eastern Shore, VA, Tye comes to us from Greenville, SC where she completed her undergraduate education at Furman University and graduated with high honors from Greenville Technical College’s Dental Hygiene Program. While practicing dental hygiene, Tye also taught as adjunct professor for the same program from which she graduated. For her love of the city, she made the move to Philadelphia and joined the PDA team. She is passionate about dental hygiene, non-judgmental and wants all her patients to have a pleasant dental experience. In her spare time, Tye enjoys traveling, volunteering in the community, football games and being around family and friends. Jacqueline Jones Front Desk Coordinator Jackie grew up in the West Philadelphia area and graduated from Dobbins VO Tech High School. She is a fun-loving people person who enjoys working with children. Married with three children and four grandchildren who always keep her smiling, Jackie loves going to church, bowling and falling into a good book whenever she can. Amelia Mahoney Front Desk Coordinator Amelia grew up right here in Philadelphia and even graduated as a Dental Assistant early in her professional career. Amelia found herself within the dental field until later finding a career working for various insurance companies. Amelia continued to work within the insurance field until taking an early retirement from Independence Blue Cross in 2013. After seeing that retirement was not for her just yet, Amelia started working with PDA in February 2015 and has been with us every since! Amelia is also married with three Daughters and five Grand-daughters who she adores, and enjoys family time entertaining and shopping when she’s not here with us helping you SMILE.