My earliest memory of having an interest in dentistry was getting hit in the mouth with a baseball when I was 14 years old. A fastball came by high and inside, and those were the days before mouth guards were everywhere. Needless to say, that was a bad combination, and the next thing I knew one of my front teeth was now sitting sideways in my mouth.
I remember Dr. Harrison being very friendly, and very cool. He drove a Corvette. He talked about football and girls with me. He’d say “What’s up, dude?” when I walked in. In other words, he took what could have been a very nerve-wracking experience, and made it a lot more comfortable.
Look, nobody “wants” to come see the oral surgeon. But if I can be warm and compassionate, maybe I can make the experience a little more comfortable. That’s why, when I see a patient, I try to have the same approach Dr. Harrison did. To be completely honest, at this point I don’t have the first memory of what he actually did from a procedure standpoint while I was seeing him. What I do remember is that his kindness and good nature helped make a nervous little kid feel a lot more comfortable.
Hometown – St. Petersburg, FL
Undergraduate Education – University of South Florida, 1998
Dental School – University of Pennsylvania, 2003
Internship and Residency – Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, 2008
Medical Staff – St. Mary’s Hospital, Passaic, NJ
Board Certified – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Named a “Top Dentist” by New Jersey Monthly magazine, 2 years
Married with 2 children
Hobbies – Fitness, Golf, Woodworking