Nathanson Dental - June/July 2017

June/July 2017

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The Human Touch Dentistry Is More Than Just Fixing Teeth

Throughout my life, I’ve always wanted to be in the health care field. Even as a little kid, whenever the ubiquitous question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” came around,“doctor” was at the top of the list. My interest in the field — which developed further as I got older — stemmed from the fact that medicine is both scientific and people-oriented. It grants you the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and apply your knowledge for their benefit.

After that meeting with my advisor, the more I pondered a path in dentistry, the more it appealed to me. I knew, as everybody does, the trepidation that many people feel during a trip to the dentist’s office. “Why does it have to be that way?” I wondered.After all, I always liked my family dentist. I realized that dentistry could afford me a unique opportunity — to bring a human touch into the often impersonal medical field. Ever since then, it’s been my mission to provide not only the highest quality of dental services but to ensure that every patient feels surrounded by friendly, engaging people that truly care about them. I finished my undergraduate studies at Columbia, attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and spent an enlightening three-year stint in the U.S.Army Dental Corps. Eventually, after working as an associate at a couple of different private practices, I took over the practice of a retiring dentist in 1989, and I haven’t looked back. I love doing diagnosis and treatment, but it’s the personal aspects of dentistry that make it all worthwhile to me. I strive to create a fantastic dental experience for all of our patients. My team and my patients are my second family.At our office, we really roll out the red carpet for our patients. Every new patient gets a gift and a tour of the office. More often than not, they’ll also get a personal call from me the night before, checking in with them, thanking them for joining us, and making sure they know they’re in good hands.We do whatever we can to make it clear that our practice is a special, caring place, even going so far as to bake chocolate chip cookies in our reception area so that the office always smells welcoming.

We do whatever we can to make it clear that our practice is a special, caring place, even going so far as to bake chocolate chip cookies in our reception area so that the office always smells welcoming.

I’m usually the last person a new patient meets in the office, after the administrative staff, the assistant, and the hygienist. By the time I sit down with them, if they’re not absolutely raving about how ours is the best dental office they’ve ever been in, I feel like we’ve missed something. Our primary core value at Nathanson Dental is to always put the patient’s interests first. It’s truly a privilege to be able to serve each and every person that comes through our doors. Dentistry wasn’t always my plan, but I’m incredibly thankful that, every morning, I get to wake up and come into a beautiful, modern office steeped in the aroma of freshly baked cookies, ready to provide benefits that can help our patients achieve a lifetime of good health and great-looking smiles. - Dr. Joel Nathanson

When I began my undergraduate studies at Columbia University in NewYork, it was an easy decision to choose the pre-med course of studies. But one day, sitting in my advisor’s office, a poster caught my eye. It beckoned students interested in volunteering at the dental school.A career in dentistry had run through my mind in the past, but until that moment it had never been something I had fully considered.

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