After many years of higher education and advanced training, I finally realized my path in life would be that of a prosthodontist. What does a prosthodontist do exactly? That's a question I am frequently asked by patients, friends, and relatives alike. I view prosthodontics as an ever changing and continuously improving branch within dentistry... with the goal being to effectively raise and improve the standard of care for the entire dental field, so that it can be beneficial to all patients.
Now, what prosthodontists do exactly is a topic we could discuss for hours. To me being a prosthodontist is just a different way of approaching your dental care. My philosophy is “if you have to be at work, then why not enjoy it? And if you haven't learned something new for the day, then the day is not complete.” Thus while performing dental care, I try to make the workday theme be “make the best of our today, set the new standard for tomorrow.” I view each workday as a lesson to allow us to better improve so we can continually help patients reestablish and maintain their smile, facial appearance, and self-confidence.
I was raised in Gloucester County, NJ and lived in multiple surrounding states while a resident before settling back in NJ. In my leisure time, I try to give my mind a break from dentistry. During the fall months, I referee football. The other seasons of the year, I try to remain active by participating in co-rec athletics (the “we are not pro athletes and have to go to work tomorrow” type of adult leagues). Being artistic at my core, I support the arts and enjoy watching plays on Broadway. Photography has become a fun reason to explore our country’s different landscapes. I enjoy reasons to use power tools, so it is not unusual to find me undertaking a DIY project or building something.
I graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. I later attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine where I received my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. At the time of graduation, I was not certain which trail to follow, so I applied for a general practice residency and later graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. I further enhanced my surgical skills as a resident at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Lastly, having realized prosthodontics was my proper path, I was fortunate to be accepted into and complete the prosthodontic specialty program at the Manhattan VA Medical Center in New York City.
To practice dentistry each state requires all licensees to take courses to improve his/her education to maintain licensure. I try to select courses that help me stay current with the expanding fields of technology and dental materials. Continuous education is an important facet of dentistry because it allows us to re-invest in our specialty and ourselves. Although it does not yield any credit hours, the most rewarding way for me to stay current is to give back, so I try to schedule time to guest lecture for each year’s dental residents.