I have been practicing dentistry since 1982. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long; the past 32 years have flown by! I was inspired to become a dentist because of my own personal dental experiences as a child. Unfortunately, my first dentist didn’t leave that great of an impression. I can tell you from first-hand experience that having cavities filled without anesthetic is no fun! My second dentist opened my eyes to what caring, patient-focused dentistry was like. It was an entirely different and comfortable dental experience: one without pain. He greatly influenced my desire to become a dentist, as I realized it was a profession that could be so rewarding on many levels.
For me, restoring smiles is the most professionally satisfying aspect of being a dentist. I am able to transform a patient’s smile in just a few short visits through the use of porcelain veneers and crowns. It is so gratifying to hear a patient tell me that they can smile for pictures again! For some patients, it is truly a life-changing event.
I feel fortunate to say that I actually enjoy going to the office each day, as each day is unique. My patients trust me with their oral health, and I strive to do the best dentistry each time I perform a procedure. I take great pride in being caring and very gentle, as I know how vulnerable we all feel in the dental chair. There is nothing more rewarding than having a very apprehensive patient tell me after a procedure that it was completely painless.
Education and Continuing Education
- State University of New York at Albany – Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1977
- New York University College of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1982
I remain committed to taking continuing dental education courses as the dental field is constantly evolving. Attending seminars and learning new modalities in dentistry helps me to bring to my practice new and improved ways to treat my patients. I have been able to incorporate into the practice technology like digital X-rays, which not only reduce radiation exposure, but eliminate the need for environmentally harmful chemicals. We also use advanced crown technology which provides aesthetically pleasing dental restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Perhaps the most important has been the implementation of a painless injection technique, which eliminates one of the main sources of stress for my patients. CE keeps me excited about my profession and my ability to provide my patients with state-of-the-art dentistry.
- American Dental Association
- New Jersey Dental Association
- Bergen County Dental Society
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, General Member
- Fellow of the International Academy of Dental and Facial Aesthetics
Family and Community
I have been married for 28 years to my wife, Miriam, who grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and is working at Hackensack University Hospital. We are so proud of our two children. Our son, Steven, is 23 years old and grew up in the Northern Valley. He graduated from Northern Valley High School at Old Tappan and attended Princeton University. Our daughter, Julia, is 20 years old and is a junior at Lehigh University. She was a member of the All School Musical cast all four years at Northern Valley High School at Old Tappan, and is continuing her love of acting in college plays in addition to studying graphic design. We also have two dogs that we love dearly. Lance is a large Standard Poodle and Mia is a little mixed breed that rules the roost!
Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, bicycle riding, exercising, and skiing. In the summer, we try to get to the beach as often as possible. My wife and I love to cook together and we enjoy trying new recipes and cuisines and sharing dinners with our friends.
I am an active member of my community and I enjoy sharing stories with patients, most of who live in the same or surrounding communities. When my children were younger I coached them both in baseball, softball and basketball. I loved being involved with them and the other children from town. I became a member of the Harrington Park Lions Club 15 years ago. It is the largest service organization in the world and focuses on helping the blind and visually impaired. I served as an officer in the club and was later elected as president. I continue to be involved with the club and identify very strongly with the motto of the Lions, which is “We Serve”.