Changing Lives, One Person and One Smile at a Time
As an orthodontist I have the amazing opportunity to improve each patient’s smile and, in doing so, help instill confidence in that person. I feel grateful that I am able to use my hands and my knowledge in orthodontics to change lives: My patients, when finished, shine from the inside out!
As a child, my teeth were crooked. I was self-conscious and didn’t like to smile. When I was 15, I had braces and, following orthodontic treatment, I couldn’t – and still can’t – stop smiling. There is not a single picture of me, even my passport photo, where I don’t have a smile on my face! I became an orthodontist because I wanted to share this experience with others.
I am a mother of two and understand the concerns of parents. I am committed to treating each of my patients with the same professionalism, compassion, and integrity that I’d provide a family member. What’s important to you is important to me, I promise.
After the eyes, a person’s smile is the next thing people notice when meeting someone new. A smile has great importance and leaves a lasting impression. It gives me great pleasure to create beautifully confident and healthy smiles, and to know that the work my patient and I do, together, will forever be part of their life.
I attended New York University, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). I next studied at Montefiore Medical Center, where I completed my formal orthodontic studies in 2007.
My graduate and post-graduate coursework provided an excellent foundational understanding of orthodontics. However, this is a constantly evolving specialty: each year numerous new techniques, materials, and technologies are developed and brought to market. It is my responsibility to stay current on these options, researching and evaluating each, to ensure I am providing my patients with access to the best orthodontic care.
I take a range of continuing education courses, attend meetings and lectures, and avidly read the most relevant journals and other periodicals. I am also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and American Board of Orthodontics, which allow me to learn from leading orthodontic practitioners and researchers.
Beyond the Practice
As a mother, my non-work hours are very family focused: I enjoy supporting my children, cooking for family and friends, and traveling in order to learn about different cultures and explore new foods.
I am active in the PTA at my children’s school and like helping with fundraising projects for them. I enjoy being active in our community as it’s a way to give back to an area where I live and work; with support from community members we will make sure it continues to flourish!