A bowl of oatmeal and a passion for pediatric dentistry: Dr. Zev Orentlikher’s recipe for success
Dr. Zev Orentlikher will admit that years of undergraduate education, doctorate study, residency work at multiple locations and now fully-accredited pediatric dentistry have changed him. Pediatric dentistry has changed where he works, who he treats and how he views his role as dentist, father and educator.
But one thing hasn’t changed since his first days pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of NY Purchase College: every morning, Dr. Orentlikher begins his day with a bowl of granola and Greek yogurt.
“My assistant always make fun of me for it” he said through a smile, in reference to a daily routine he’s maintained since moving to New York City in pursuit of a career in health care. Still, it’s a regimen shared by his wife – a finisher of 3 marathons, and his children, willing participants in family walks, runs, hikes and bike rides around the city.
“I feel like in order to serve as a good health professional, especially for children, it helps to be a healthy person” said Orentlikher, who still finds time for a workout 4-5 times each week. “Despite dental school, residencies and living in many different places, my wife and I always kept working out, living healthy, staying fit, even with kids.”
Like healthy diet and exercise, Dr. Orentlikher sees his animated, fun-loving personality as an integral part of his pediatric work. “Pediatric dentistry is a specialty” he said, one which benefits from a welcoming persona he’s enjoyed since residency.
“Despite dental school, residencies and living in many different places, my wife and I always kept working out, living healthy, staying fit, even with kids.”“I treat my patients as my own children. It’s easier to understand what a child in the chair is going through when I have children the same age at home.”
Today, board-certified Pediatric Dentist/Pedodontist Dr. Zev Orentlikher sees his favorite young patients on a daily basis, some of whom have been driven upwards of 90 minutes for a visit. “I have patients who travel sometimes two hours from all around the state – and other states – for a visit. And for convenience purposes, I offer to them to a pediatric dentist in their area, but they want my opinion and our care” said Orentlikher.
Well before he realizes aspirations as a university professor or training faculty, Orentlikher wants to fulfill what he knows is his life’s calling. Ask him where his priorities stand, and his answer is a simple one: “family, family, family. I’m just a typical dad.” In fact, he sees his family man role as a benefit to his professional practice: “I treat my patients as my own children. It’s easier to understand what a child in the chair is going through when I have children the same age at home.”
His children – a daughter and 3-month-old son – know him as the world’s greatest soccer player.
His parents, who still live in Israel, know their son as a many who speaks three languages and puts every ounce of effort into everything he does.
Most importantly, parents and children know him as a go-to compassionate pediatric dentist who treats anyone in his chair like family. Online reviews recognize him as “the best pediatric dentist we have found for our children”, a man who takes time to reassure children, answer any parental questions and maintain an honest approach from the moment your visit begins.