Orthodontics is a rewarding combination of art and science that allows me to use my head and work with my hands, and interact with patients of all ages and backgrounds.
I am passionate about creating smiles that allow the personalities of my patients to shine. I get excited when I see children and adults that are truly self-conscious and uncomfortable with their smiles, because I know these are the patients that we can have a dramatic effect on boosting their self-esteem and confidence.
I love that I get to know patients during such interesting times in their lives. In children, we work with them at a time in which they are going through dramatic changes, physically, mentally, and emotionally. To in some small way help usher them through these changes and come out the other end with a boost in confidence and self-esteem is a huge honor. In adults, we see patients who have, for whatever reason, decided it’s time to focus on themselves. Maybe they just finished putting their last child through college, or they’re finally in a position to make changes that they’ve wanted to make for a long time. Hearing their stories and helping them make these changes is something I value tremendously.
I attended dental school at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, earning my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. After completing my General Practice Residency at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, I continued on to my three-year Orthodontic Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where I served as chief resident and won the Herzberg Award, given to the top performing resident.
My current professional affiliations include:
- American Dental Association
- New York State Dental Association
- Suffolk County Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and now live in Long Island. My wife Sotiria and I have three children, Dimitri, Alexa, and Matthew, and a Boston terrier named Ella. When I’m not at work you can find me enjoying the simple pleasures with my family: going to the beach, cooking, traveling, and playing guitar.