Meet The Doctors
Niles Nicolo, DDS
Dr. Nicolo attended St. Joseph's University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He then earned his degree in Dentistry from The Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr Nicolo completed a Residency in General Dentistry at West Jersey Hospital. He then joined Jefferson in 1981 as Associate Director of its General Practice Residency Program and full time attending dentist. In 1985 he became co-owner of Jefferson Dental Associates after purchasing the practice from Jefferson University Hospital. Currently, Jefferson Dental Associates is located on the Jefferson campus in The Ben Franklin House at 834 Chestnut Street. Dr. Nicolo maintains his affiliation with Jefferson Hospital as an active staff member.
Dr. Nicolo is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the Philadelphia County Dental Society. Committed to providing the best care possible for his patients, Dr. Nicolo completes over forty hours of continuing education per year, and has taken postdoctoral courses in prosthodontics, endodontics, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery.
Dr. Nicolo has over 20 years experience as a cosmetic dentist and has extensive training including the advanced use of digital imaging and the use of sophisticated digital x-ray and intra-oral imaging.
Dr. Nicolo has also been restoring dental implants for over 20 years and has extensive experience in complex restorative cases.
Dr. Nicolo is committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a state of the art practice. He uses the latest pain control techniques to minimize discomfort. He believes excellent patient communication is the foundation of a trusting doctor patient relationship.
Lawrence J. Gordon, DDS
Dr. Gordon graduated from Temple Dental School in 1977. He also completed a hospital-based, general practice residency program with the United States Public Health Service in New Orleans in 1978. He continued in the uniformed services as a commissioned officer at the Customs Building in Philadelphia treating active duty military and coast guard personnel until 1980.
Dr. Gordon joined Jefferson in 1980 as Director of the Division of General Dentistry and Director of the Residency Program. In 1985, he became co-owner of Jefferson Dental Associates and the following year, the practice moved to the Ben Franklin building as a private practice. Dr. Gordon continues his hospital affiliation as an active member of the medical staff at Jefferson.
Felipe Rola, DMD
Dr. Felipe Rola received his B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. He went on to earn his doctorate from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine. After dental school, Dr. Rola continued his training by completing a General Practice Residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. His professional interests span across the field of general dentistry, allowing him to provide care for the entire family. His goal is to provide excellent service while effectively communicating with his patients to help put them at ease and make their visit to the dentist a positive experience.
Dr. Rola lives in Center City with his wife and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and soccer.
James Patrick Murphy, DMD
Dr. Murphy attended LaSalle University where he attained his Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. Following dental school, Dr. Murphy completed his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Dr. Murphy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of several professional organizations including: the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the British Dental Association and the Irish Dental Association.
Dr. Murphy has lectured internationally and is currently a clinical instructor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Dentistry/Oral Surgery.
Dr. Murphy is on active staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Doylestown Hospital.
Brittany Lahoda, DMD
Dr. Lahoda spent her childhood in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and now calls the Philadelphia area home. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from St. Joseph’s University, where she studied Biology and Business Administration. Dr. Lahoda earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and then completed a one year General Practice Residency in Restorative Dentistry at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lahoda enjoys all aspects of gentle patient centered care with a focus on cosmetic and functional restorative dentistry. She believes in fostering self esteem through building beautiful smiles.
Dr. Lahoda lives in Center City Philadelphia with her husband. Together, they enjoy exploring the many delicious restaurants Philadelphia has to offer. She also loves design, painting and drawing, baking and cooking and spending time with family and friends.