I believe God has blessed me with the gift of dentistry so I can change people’s lives. I can remember countless lives that I have, through my profession, transformed; that feeling cannot be put into words.
When patients come to me in despair and pain, and I am able to promise them a change and give them hope of something different … to see the looks of relief and hope on their faces is worth millions of dollars. But the real reward is when I deliver what I promised and I see my patients transformed into new people, with completely new outlooks on life!
That is something I am only able to do through the gift God has bestowed on me. I am the instrument He uses to help people.
There are so many individuals who are not smiling, who are hurting and sad because of the way they feel and look; for me to be able to change, to improve those people’s lives, is a real gift.
I am truly blessed to be a dentist and through my profession to serve others.
Education and Experience
I grew up in Roslyn, New York, and was drawn to dentistry out of a desire to try and make what can be an unpleasant experience more pleasant.
I wanted to be a positive part of my patients’ lives, to change their perceptions of what dental care can – and should – be, so they would no longer fear or avoid caring for their dental health. My goal then, and now, is to maintain a safe and welcoming space, where patients always know they are heard, treasured, and respected. Rather than resenting the idea of a dental visit, I want people to look forward to coming to see and spend time with my team and me!
Following undergraduate studies at Adelphi University, I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the New York University College of Dentistry.
I’ve now practiced dentistry for almost 30 years and have no doubt this is my calling. Being able to care for my patients as individuals, tailoring each visit and interaction to a person’s unique needs, is deeply fulfilling.
Every person is special to me and I appreciate being able to help each be healthier, to have a better quality of life, and to feel better about themselves. My patients leave my office happier than when they arrived, telling me they look forward to their next appointment!
Constant Learning and Professional Affiliations
I like to stay current on the latest technology and up-to-date on new trends and techniques, as things are always evolving in dentistry. From new diagnostic approaches to changes in methodologies and materials, research constantly advances the field. By staying abreast of what is new, and carefully assessing the pros and cons of the latest developments, I can offer my patients the best treatments and most successful outcomes.
As an active member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
I have access to numerous continuing educational opportunities. In addition to attending regional and national meetings, I regularly participate in seminars and study groups, and avidly read the latest professional journals.
Beyond H.A.B. Dental
Family is my life. I am Armenian and Armenians are very close to their families, so when I’m not working, you’ll most often find me with my two daughters, two grandkids, and my two dogs.
Outside of my closeness to my immediate family, I am very involved with the Armenian community and the Armenian church. I also love to cook in my spare time, and travel when I am able to, although I have not traveled for several years due to this pandemic.