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Our Caring Team

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The West Chester Dental Arts team by the front desk

All of our professionals at West Chester Dental Arts maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest procedures in dental treatment. The descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience. We all hope this helps you get to know us, and we look forward to getting to know you!

Meet Our West Chester Dentists

Your experts offering sedation dentistry and family dental care.

Portrait of Dr. Eric Fort, DMD
Eric Fort, DMD

Dr. Fort was born and raised in West Chester, PA. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Penn State University in 1999. Dr. Fort is a 2003 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.

While there, he also earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration as he would like to pursue teaching at the professional level in the future. Upon completion of dental school, Dr. Fort was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. After completing Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, R.I., LT Fort completed a one-year hospital-based General Practice Residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

From there, he was assigned as the Dental Department Head on USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) from June 2004 until June 2006. During his time spent on board, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as a forward-deployed operational unit supporting both Sailors and Marines in the Persian Gulf. His ship was also an integral member of Joint Task Force Katrina in support of hurricane relief efforts in the gulf coast region, which included providing dental care to numerous displaced citizens.

Dr. Fort is a firm believer in continued education and has a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry…Opens a new window to the AGD website… (something only 2% of dentists have achieved).

Portrait of Dr. Eric Shelly, DMD
Eric N. Shelly, DMD

Dr. Shelly is native to Lancaster County, PA, where he honed his technical and artistic skills in his father’s machine shop while working as a machinist growing up. Those experiences enabled him to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail that is required in the dental profession. He later attended Franklin & Marshall College where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine where he was awarded his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry.

Always determined to stay on the cutting edge of the profession, Dr. Shelly has added Oral Sedation dentistry to his repertoire, thus enabling him to provide the highest level of care to all patients, including patients that are fearful or anxious about receiving dental treatment.

Dr. Shelly obtained his license by completing a hospital-based clinical rotation in sedation dentistry at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Patterson, New Jersey. Additionally, he has trained through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry (ASAAD). He also has a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Shelly has transformed the experience of going to the dentist into a pleasurable one, and provides an environment where each and every patient is treated respectfully and safely while restoring their dental health at the same time.

It is with mixed emotions that Dr. Shelly has decided to retire in 2021. He has served our patients for more than 31 years and will be truly missed at the office. You can read Dr. Shelly’s letter to our patients here.

Dear Patients
It is with many mixed emotions that I announce my retirement. I still love doing dentistry. As a career, dentistry has provided me with intellectual challenge and artistic expression. In the practice, I have met and cared for so many wonderful patients. I will dearly miss them. Over the years I have worked with many great team members, who were the source of my success. I could not have been successful in taking care of all my patients without their abundant compassion and skill. I want to especially acknowledge Leann Hart and Stefanie Zednik, who have been there for over 20 years.
It has been my pleasure to serve all my patients over the last 31 years. I will truly miss all of you. Finally, I want to acknowledge the special relationship I have had with Dr. Eric Fort. From the time he was an associate, through the partnership, to the time when I worked for him, we have been like brothers. We have gotten along so well over the years because of our openness, honesty, and integrity. We have shared the same drive for clinical excellence resulting in many hours training in some of the best,advanced dental learning in the world. I know that I leave my patients in great hands with Dr. Fort.
If you are in the middle of treatment, I will continue your care with specially arranged appointments to finish the treatment. I have already spoken to many of you, but if not, please call the office to make arrangements. You may also continue your case with Dr. Eric Fort or Dr Jeff Kim.
In the future I will be spending more time with my wife, Dr. Margaret Lee, who retired from the practice 3 years ago. We will continue fostering dogs for Brookline Labrador Rescue. We will both maintain our license in order to do volunteer work at Community Volunteers in Medicine.I will also continue to serve the PA Academy of General Dentistry as the treasurer and the director of the educational PEAK master track program. Finally, I will continue to grow my investing and consulting businesses which will result in a good bit of travelling. Through those travels, I am excited to continue to meet and help my fellow dentists and investors so that we can better serve patients and the greater community.
Eric N. Shelly DMD MAGD
Portrait of Dr. Jae Woo Kim, DMD, MS
Dr. Jae Woo Kim, DMD, MS

Dr. Kim graduated from the the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (D.M.D.) in 2007. He also holds an M.S. and a D.D.S. from Yonsei University, College of Dentistry, Periodontics, and a Board Certificate of Periodontics from the South Korean Academy of Periodontology.

Over his 20+ years of experience between South Korea and the U.S., Dr. Kim has built an extensive resume. This includes over 6,000 extractions, 2,000 root canals, and 650 dental implant placements. He is also an Invisalign® Certified Dentist…Opens a new window to the Invisalign® website… and a Lumineer Certified Dentist for Cosmetic Surgery…Opens a new window to the Lumineers website….

Dr. Kim gives back to the community through teaching. He has taught Restorative Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Penn Dental School since 2007, where he gets to share his experience and expertise with others.

Dr. Forte has been my dentist for about 14 years. He always remembers key things about my personal life and every six months follows up just where we left our conversation off 6 months prior. He is always smiling and kind. I trust his expertise. It is rare to find such a compassionate, down to earth and knowledgable doctor. He treats my whole family and takes great care of us. Thank you, Dr. Forte!

Sharon T. (5-Star Google Review)

Dental Hygienists

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Registered Dental Hygienist, Hygiene Director
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Registered Dental Hygienist
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Registered Dental Hygienist
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Registered Dental Hygienist, Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Expanded Function Dental Assistants

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Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Clinical Director
Portrait of Hafida, a dental assistant
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
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Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Portrait of Malena, a dental assistant
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Portrait of Stefanie, a dental assistant
Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Patient Care Coordinators

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Clerical Director
Portrait of Erica, a patient care coordinator
Patient Care Coordinator
Portrait of Leann, our office manager
Office Manager
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