Meet Our Orthodontists
The dental practice team at Astoria Family Orthodontics is proud to provide
you with expert consultation and treatment.
Robert Lopatkin DDS
Robert J. Lopatkin holds a B.A. in mathematics from Queens College and
a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the State University of New York
at Stony Brook. After completing a fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical
Center in New Hyde Park, he went on to specialize in orthodontics and
dentofacial orthopedics at New York University. Dr. Lopatkin is a member
of the American Dental Association, Queens Dental Society, American College
Of Diplomates, the Long Island Academy of odontology and since 1988 has
served as a Diplomate on the American Board Of Orthodontics. Dr. Lopatkin
teaches at N.Y.U. School of Dentistry as a Clinical Associate Professor
Orthodontics. A native New Yorker, Dr. Lopatkin lives on Long Island with
his wife and two daughters.
Jill Varriale DMD
Dr. Jill Varriale is a board certified orthodontist and a New York native.
She graduated with honors from Binghamton University and received her
dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her
D.M.D., Dr. Varriale got accepted into New York University's orthodontic
residency program in which she received her certificate in orthodontics
and dentofacial orthopedics.
Throughout her orthodontic residency, Dr. Varriale received training in
multiple fields including Invisalign, lingual braces, orthognathic surgery
cases, and more. She studied the biology underlying tooth movement and
published her award winning research in the Journal of Dental Research,
one of the field's top journals.
Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Varriale voluntarily decided to attain
the highest plateau in orthodontic excellence by passing the written,
oral and clinical board of orthodontics and we are proud to say she is
a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Varriale lives in Manhattan with her husband. In her spare time, she
loves to play violin, piano, tennis and stay active. She continues to
attend regional and national conferences to make sure she is always up
to date with the latest research and technology.