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.

  • Amy Han

    Dr. Amy Han is a highly qualified and experienced dentist providing top-notch dental care to her patients. She earned her Doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and her General Practice Residency from the New York Medical College School of Medicine, Metropolitan Hospital Center. Before her dental education, Dr.Han received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

    Dr. Han has worked as an associate and managing dentist. She has honed her skills in numerous dental procedures with a patient-centric approach. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Han has also participated in several community outreach programs to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. 

    Dr. Han stays current with the latest advancements in various didactic courses and dental conferences to enhance her skills and knowledge. She has also been involved in several externship programs to gain hands-on experience and develop her skills further. 

    In conclusion, Dr. Amy Han is a highly skilled and compassionate dentist dedicated to providing her patients with quality dental care. Her extensive education, experience, and commitment to her patients make her an excellent choice for anyone in need of dental services.

  • Daniel Min

    Dr. Daniel Min is a highly accomplished prosthodontist.

    A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating complex dental problems and is highly trained in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, crowns, non-removable and removable dentures, and cosmetic dentistry.

    Dr. Min graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Texas. 

    In dental school, Dr. Min was awarded the American Esthetic Dental Association award for excellence in esthetic dentistry and Student of the year in clinical performance. 

    Upon graduation, Dr. Min was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and served four years, gaining invaluable experience providing dental care to our nation's service members. He continues in the Army Reserves. 

    After active duty, Dr. Min was admitted to the highly competitive graduate specialty program in dental implantology and prosthetics at Columbia University. He completed this three-year specialty program and earned a Master of Science (MS) in prosthodontics. Dr. Min joined the Columbia faculty and served as a part-time clinical instructor. 

    Dr. Min is committed to professional growth. His membership in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of Prosthodontics keeps him up to date with the latest in surgical implantology and advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry. 

    In conclusion, Dr. Daniel Min is a highly accomplished and dedicated dental specialist committed to providing the highest quality dental care.


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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