The dental industry continues to advance with new products and technology. In order to stay current with changes, we have an active membership with the American Dental Association. We are also members of the 5th District Dental Society of the State of New York, we believe it is important to give back to the community. The 5th District Dental Society consists of over 700 dentists like us who care.

About Mark Oberferst, DDS

Mark specializes in painless dentistry because he cares about the comfort of our patients. His friendly demeanor will surely make you feel at ease whenever you undergo a dental operation or treatment. With his knowledge and experience, Mark is ready to take care of all your dental needs.

Dr. Mark Oberferst has over 20 years of experience in the industry creating amazing smiles. Dr. Oberferst and his team of qualified professionals focus on providing comprehensive dental care utilizing advanced technology. Our expert group of professionals provide cosmetic, restorative and preventive services with your comfort in mind.

Very Gentle Dental Staff

Jennifer Sims

Jennifer joined our team at Very Gentle Dental in 2015. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY.

She enjoys spending time with her 4 beautiful children in her free time she enjoys, hiking, cooking and doing anything outside.

Mary Leahey

Dental Assistant
Mary was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She became a Dental Assistant in 2005 and joined Dr. Oberferst in October 2014.

Mary loves spending time with her 3 beautiful children and her dog, Oscar.

Rich Torrey

Insurance Administrator
After 28 years in the Meat Industry as a Journeyman Meat Cutter, Assistant Meat Manager, and in meat sales, Rich decided it was time for a career change. In 2011, he had the opportunity to be trained and work in the Dental field. Rich has been a member of our staff here at Very Gentle Dental since May 2016. He is currently the Insurance Claim's Cleanup Administrator and Billing Account Manager.

Rich married his wife Ann in July of 1986. They have 2 successful adult children of whom they are very proud of. When not working, Rich enjoys working around his home, swimming, going to sporting events, playing the trumpet, traveling, and spending quality time with his family.

Rich is also a proud member of the Masonic Fraternity since September 1998 and is a past Grand Lodge Officer in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of New York.

Shelly Birchmeyer

Office Coordinator
Shelly has been working for Very Gentle Dental, Dr. Mark Oberferst since 2001. She is a Syracuse native, and the past 5 years has lived with her fiance and children.

Shelly's oldest daughter is an LPN working towards her RN. This same daughter has also made her a proud Nana of 2 lovely grand daughters.

Shelly enjoys camping, fishing, and riding their FourWheelers.

Nancy Stone

Dental Hygienist
Nancy became a hygienist in 2013. In her free time she loves to read, run, and be entertained by her dogs.

Nancy's favorite times of the day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Contact Us

Very Gentle Dental

(315) 632-4600
7085 E Genesee St Fayetteville, NY 13066