Improving Lives One Person and One Smile at a Time
Dentistry is an awesome profession. It has its challenges, of course, which makes my day interesting and keeps me fresh and engaged.
My professional passion is helping patients understand why and how to develop good oral health, and partnering with them to achieve it. Sometimes the solution is simple: brushing and flossing to keep the dental foundation healthy. Sometimes it’s a more complex solution: fix this, eliminate that, and rebuild.
Either way, each situation is a puzzle to solve, and my patient is the pilot giving me direction as to what they want to achieve. I am happy being the copilot: guiding and directing them with my skills and knowledge of what can be achieved and how it will work.
I have been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. The relationships that build over time, the rapport and connections that happen with my patient family, are what make my day. We share stories about our lives: the kids, grandkids, vacations, restaurants. I am often saying, “If you were my family, I would do …” and truly, in time, my patients come to be part of my family.
Our staff embodies all the qualities that make people want to come to a dental office. They are warm, friendly, happy, and professionally efficient. Our greatest compliments are about our team members, and deservedly so.
Each of us understands what it’s like to have poor service from our own experiences in healthcare. We strive to ensure our patients receive the attention and high level of service they want and deserve.
I truly believe we touch our patients’ lives with what we do, sometimes in significant ways. A person’s smile at the end of the visit is our reward: truly, what could be better than that?
- Bachelor of Arts with honors – New York University, 1980
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – New York University, 1984
- General practice hospital residency – Staten Island University Hospital, 1984-85
- Graduate of Dawson Academy, 2011
Continuing education has always been a focus for me. As science and technology advance, so must we dentists. Even the most routine technologies and techniques we now use were just wistful dreams not so long ago!
I am involved in the Spear Study Club Program with local colleagues, and am also part of the Spear Faculty Club Program. In addition, I attend local, state, and national meetings, seminars, and workshops.
The continuing education I seek out allows me to keep pace with the latest and greatest advances in dentistry. The greatest challenge, though, is determining which are fads and which will truly benefit patients. I will not bring a new option into the office until I am certain it is safe, effective, and improves patient care and results. Current technology, including digital scanning, infrared imaging, and lasers help our patients experience better, faster, and easier procedures.
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Academy of Laser Dentistry
Beyond the Office
Originally from Staten Island, New York, I’ve lived in Naples for almost 20 years. I have family back in New York, and some in Florida, plus I’ve grown close to relatives in Italy, as well. We’re all often in contact but don’t see each other as often as we’d like.
I have limited free time, but what I do have is often spent on a tennis court or playing my guitar. I was recently asked to start playing with a band and it has now become a significant part of my life. I have also recently discovered pickleball, which is a fun social game.