Meet Dr. Arlene Messer and Dr. Anna Belous of Contemporary Dentistry in Rochester, NY. Dentistry with a heart is more than just the name of our website. View the video to learn more about their approach to dental care.
Our dentists strongly embrace the philosophy of patient-centered care. We work hard to anticipate and respond to all our patients’ needs, and that requires that we be superbly trained in the full breadth of the latest options for your dental procedures so we can offer them to you. Learn about the training and compassion of our dentists.
Arlene Messer, DDS
Dr. Arlene Messer believes that dental technology should be utilized to improve her patients’ experience, making dental care more efficient, more effective, and more comfortable. To be able to offer her patients the latest technologies in dentistry, Dr. Messer has continued her education at some of the most highly respected training programs in the country, and has worked with some of the most knowledgeable and skilled dental practitioners.
After receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Dr. Messer has studied endodontics (root canals and related procedures) with the well-respected Dr. Herbert Schilder at Boston University. She also completed a one-year externship on dental implants at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has been recognized as a Fellow by the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), one of the world’s foremost postgraduate dental education centers. The honor of Fellow comes in recognition that she has taken a comprehensive selection of courses on cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry.
Additional certifications include: oral conscious sedation, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, and Lumineers. Membership in professional societies helps Dr. Messer stay informed about recent developments in dental practice, and holds her to the highest standards of ethics and excellence. Among the memberships that she maintains are the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA), the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), the Holistic Dental Association, Mercury Free Dentists, and the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
Anna Belous, DDS
Dr. Anna Belous received her bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from the University of Rochester, then received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from SUNY Buffalo. She continued her dental studies at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, before beginning training in advanced cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry at LVI.
Dr. Belous has received additional certifications in Six Month Smiles, Lumineers, dental implants, full mouth restorations, and two types of clear braces: Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
As part of her patient-centric philosophy, Dr. Belous makes patient education one of her chief goals. Patients can’t make the difficult decisions about their dental care if they don’t fully understand both their current oral health and the dental treatment options available. She also believes in uncompromising excellence in dentistry. To aid her in accomplishing this vision, our practice has some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment in dentistry, allowing for highly efficient and effective care. We utilize the best materials available and follow best practices to ensure highly attractive and durable results.
Dr. Belous also believes that patients should be maintained in as full comfort as possible. This means that, in addition to local anesthesia, Dr. Belous utilizes nitrous oxide and conscious sedation.
Dr. Belous is a member of the AGD, the ADA, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the NYSDA, the Monroe County Dental Section, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).
Robert Calcagno, DDS, FADI, FICD
Dr. Calcagno, a born and raised Rochesterian, completed his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1978. Dr. Calcagno is a career-long member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Monroe County Dental Society.
He is also a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists – invitation-only service organizations honoring dentists for their contributions to dentistry and their commitment to help underserved populations around the world.
Dr. Calcagno and his wife, Susan, have two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Nicholas & Sara, and Terance. They are also the proud grandparents of two grandsons, Anthony and Evan.
When he is away from the office, Dr. Calcagno enjoys, golf, travel, and fine dining, always on the lookout for another of Rochester’s new interesting restaurants.
Dr. Alessandro Geminiani is a board-certified periodontist. A periodontist is a recognized specialty in the eyes of the ADA, dedicated to the care and treatment of the gums and bones that surround and support teeth. Among the areas covered by this specialty are gum disease treatment and the placement and maintenance of dental implants.
Dr. Geminiani received his Doctor of Dental Surgery summa cum laude from the University of Siena in Italy. He further honed his expertise with a Master of Science in Fixed Prosthodontics and Prosthetic Dental Materials, where he also graduated with high honors. He then completed a two-year residency focused on the replacement of missing teeth.
Continuing his dental education in the US, he received a Certificate in Advanced General Dentistry, a Certificate in Periodontology, and a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at the Eastman Dental School at the University of Rochester. He is also certified in oral and IV sedation.
Dr. Geminiani is a member of many scientific organizations. He not only studies advanced dental science but has helped to advance it by participating in several published clinical research projects investigating advanced treatment options for patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease or tooth decay. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.
His practice is focused on bone grafts, gum grafts, and periodontal surgery, including the placement of dental implants. His patient care philosophy emphasizes three core values: safety, integrity, and long-term success.
Dr. Geminiani enjoys spending time with his family, biking in the parks of Pittsford, NY, and training in martial arts when he is not practicing dentistry.