Meet the Doctors

  • Joseph S. Dallessandro

    Dr. Dallessandro, known to many of his patients as Dr. D. or Dr. Joe, pursued his premedical studies at Boston College where he doubled majored in Biology and Philosophy graduating with magnum cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He proceeded to the University of Buffalo where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

    After graduation, he was accepted to and attended the much sought after and highly competitive James M. Rozanski General Practice Residency at Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare in upstate New York.

    ''Studying under the tutelage of Dr. Rozanski was undoubtedly one of the best learning experiences of my life,'' says Dr. Dallessandro. ''Not only was I able to fine-tune my skills as a dentist, Dr. Rozanski reinforced my commitment to be kind, caring, and compassionate. It was from Jim I learned the motto, 'nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.' ''

    Dr. Dallessandro has been practicing in Manhattan for over twenty-five years. He says of his work, ''I consider myself very fortunate. After so many years in practice, I still love what I do and hope to continue for many more years to come.'' He continues, ''I am very grateful to all my patients who have placed their trust in me. Their trust has reinforced my resolve to always do my very best.''

    Dr. Dallessandro is a member in good standing in the First District Dental Society, the New State Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

  • Jiah Choi,

    Dr. Choi immigrated from South Korea to the United States at the age of twenty. She attended Case Western Reserve University from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry.  She then moved to New York and earned her doctorate at New York University School of Dentistry.

    Her stellar academic and clinical record earned her admission to the highly touted general practice residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn.  Here she obtained advanced training in providing comprehensive dental care.  She further expanded her skills and knowledge by attending the prestigious Linhart Program at NYU and the Henry Spendel Program sponsored by the New York Dental Society. She has honed her skill providing root canal treatment by attending numerous courses sponsored by the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Choi is an experienced dentist who provides comprehensive care in a compassionate manner much appreciated by her patients.

    She is a member in good standing of the American Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Korean Amerian Dental Society, and the American Association of Endodontists.

Dr. Dallessandro on Dr. Choi:

"While I was impressed with Dr. Choi's resume I have to admit I was overwhelmed by the excellent quality of her work. She is a highly skilled clinician and, quite frankly, one of the best technical dentists whose work I have had the pleasure of seeing. I can say without hesitation I would have Dr. Choi work on my teeth. Her skill and competency are the first of two considerations that set her apart from other candidates during my search for a colleague to join me in practice."

"The second is her character. In this age of high-pressure selling, which unfortunately permeates even the dental profession, I still hold to the old fashion values of compassion and conservatism in treatment. In Dr. Choi, I am confident I have found someone who is not only competent but who is compassionate and shares my attitude to provide needed and appropriate dental care. It is with great optimism that I welcome Dr. Choi to join me in my practice."

For your convenience, Dr. Choi and our hygienists are available every other Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, in addition to regular weekdays hours.


Why are some dentists' names followed by a DDS and others a DMD?

It certainly makes one wonder when you see these different designations when comparing dentists. Actually the DDS degree and the DMD degree have the exact same curriculum and the exact same testing requirements as required by the American Dental Society. Dentists with DDS after their name and those with DMD have the same education and training, and can perform the exact same procedures. There really is no difference or special privilege that one degree has over the other. This truly is an example of "a rose by any other name."

So this begs the question, why are there two different designations for what essentially the same degree?

The difference is simply the preference of each individual dental school as to which degree they wish to confer upon their graduates.

History of the DDS vs DMD Degree; blame it on Harvard

Digging a little further into the history of the DDS vs DMD designation, DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery and was established by the world’s first dental school in 1840 at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. This school has since merged with the University of Maryland. So for many years through the mid 1800’s, all dentists had the suffix “DDS,” and this was the only standard professional designation for trained and licensed dentists.

However, in the late 1860’s Harvard University decided to create a dental school. Not surprisingly, in an effort to be different they created the DMD or Doctor of Dental Medicine. In 1900 only Harvard and the University of Oregon offered DMD degrees. As time went by some dental schools changed to the DMD designation as it was thought by some in the profession to be more representative of how the practice of dentistry had evolved. Still, many schools hold fast to the DDS degree believing it continues to fittingly represent this time-honored profession with a respectable tradition. There are now 58 dental schools in the U.S. with 34 awarding DDS’s and 24 awarding DMD’s.

So, there is no actual difference between the two degrees.

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