I am fortunate and grateful to have found orthodontics as a profession. It is uniquely rewarding. A good orthodontist must possess several attributes: a keen eye for angles and spatial relationships, good listening and communication skills, and the ability to balance theoretical and practical concerns. As your Manhattan and Bronx orthodontist, I am committed to continually practicing these skills each day as I work on your smile.
As a child, to make my parents happy, I told everyone that I wanted to be a dentist, and when I was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1985, I realized I knew nothing about Dentistry. The early days of dental school were challenging because dental students need to develop manual dexterity and artistic skills.
As my natural abilities leaned toward mechanical drawing, solving puzzles, and model building, I gravitated towards orthodontics. While the end result of orthodontic treatment is seen as cosmetic artistry, it is really all about the angles and spatial relationships, like the puzzles and building projects I enjoyed as a child.
When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sheryl, and three children: Grant, Rick and Blake—whether it be on the field or the living room sofa in front of the TV. In my quiet time, I love to read, probably consuming about 30 books a year. I also have been dabbling in some stand-up comedy. How’s this: “Your teeth are soooooo ugly…you should probably go to an orthodontist!”