On Being a Dentist
I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. I chose the field because I enjoyed the science, was dexterous with my hands, and wanted to help people. I had heard from friends, when I was in high school, that they hated seeing their dentist because of the pain. It dawned on me that I did not hate my dentist and that he never caused me any pain. An epiphany occurred to me: if I could make people feel as I felt about my dentist, they would come see me and I would be able to help them be healthier and happier.
I am honored when some of my earliest patients bring me their children and grandchildren. They trust me enough, and enjoyed the care delivered by my team, to entrust their loved ones’ oral health to us. To be caring for second and third generations is a source of tremendous pleasure and pride.
Education and Continuing Education
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
- General Practice Residency, New York Hospital/Queens
Each year I pursue multiple hours of continuing education, through courses, lectures, and seminars. I’ve studied a wide variety of topics in oral healthcare, always focusing on the needs of my patients and how best to meet those needs. I take classes to stay current and be aware of new techniques, materials, and technologies.
I am currently head of Oral Diagnosis at New York Hospital/Queens and an Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Queens County Dental Society
- Forest Hills Study Group
I have an amazing wife and four incredible children, along with a growing number of grandchildren. It’s my love of family and children that has helped me learn to treat each of my patients in the most caring, compassionate, and friendly manner. I care for them as I would a member of my own family.