I urge you to be careful if you decide to go with this doctor anyway. I have been a patient for 3 years and my treatment has finally come to end after an x-ray results that shows multpile root shrinkages as if I had a trauma (hit on my face). The doctor is forgetfull, unattentive and difficult to get through. I had to remind him at every appointment where we left off/ what we did on previous appointment. When I forget to remind him, then he'd do something totally weird or inconsistent with his treatment plan.. wait, actually I'm not sure if he had one! 3 yrs of treatment by Dr Avakoff = 2 big gap lower teeth, 2 crooked upper and 3 (or more) unexplainable root shrinkages. Here is the big picture:
Pros: Friendly.. BUT..
Cons: Poor communication, Old school, Incompetent at times