I’m proud to say that I was lucky enough to hail from the best city in the world, New York.
I grew up on the Upper West Side until I was about to enter middle school. At the age of 10, I moved to Forest Hills, Queens where I completed my middle school and high school. It’s also where I started my dental career at the age of 15.
Like any other teenager, I wanted “stuff”. My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic from an early age. If I wanted something that I didn’t need, I needed to earn it. I got my first real job in a dental office across the street from my house, working as a dental assistant and receptionist.
These opportunities were my biggest blessings because from that point on, I knew with full certainty that I wanted to become a dentist.
I have to thank Dr. Ira Morrow and Dr. Mitchell Greenberg!!! I am still in touch with Dr. Greenberg and I still don’t think he can really know how grateful I am for the opportunities he gave me as a teenager.
After high school, I attended New York University in the East Village. I loved New York City so much, I couldn’t envision leaving it for college. I studied psychology and chemistry. On the weekends, I continued working in dentistry and became the treasurer for the newly formed Pre-Dental Society at NYU.
I went to SUNY Stony Brook for dental school. It was a challenging program that gave me an amazing education. After attending such a large undergraduate university, I was grateful to have such an intimate experience in graduate school. The professors, staff, and patients were like a big family— and from that point on, I knew how I wanted to practice.
I wanted my future practice to be a family and a home.