Meet Dr. Teehan
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Dr. Teehan completed her undergraduate training at The University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with honors. She went on to complete her doctorate training in dentistry at Loma Linda University, where she simultaneously studied biomedical ethics, and was also the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Class Vice President, and Research Chair. She completed her oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Brookdale Hospital University and Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she also served as Chief Resident. During residency Dr. Teehan developed a passion for pathology and trauma surgery, as well as orthognathic, dentoalveolar and implant surgery.
Dr. Teehan is an active member of the Suffolk County Dental Society, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association and is an applicant for membership in NYCOMS and AAOMS. She regularly attends continuing education lectures and has already acquired over 150 hours of continuing education credits since her completion of residency in July 2017.Dr. Teehan is also the chair of the L.H. Taylor Contemporary Dentistry Study Club in Stony Brook.
In her free time, Dr. Teehan is an avid runner and is currently training for the 2018 NYC Marathon. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Milo and Mumford, and traveling with her husband, Patrick. Since moving to Long Island, Dr. Teehan has thoroughly enjoyed exploring her new home and getting to know the people and communities that make it so unique.
What is your philosophy of dentistry? How do you want patients to feel when they leave your office?
My goal when treating patients is to educate them on the effect that their oral health has on their over-all well-being. The only way to accomplish that is not only to remain abreast of the most recent advancements in dentistry, but to also pay special attention to each patients’ individual situation. When they leave my office I want my patients to feel confident that they received the same treatment and advice that I would give a family member.
What do patients get from your practice that they wouldn’t get somewhere else?
Being a patient of our group practice means that you have the expertise and experience of multiple doctors with varied backgrounds available to you. We are always discussing cases with each other so that we can learn and obtain different viewpoints and advice.
What do you like the most about dentistry? What do you like the least?
My favorite aspect of dentistry being a part of the transformation that a patient can feel when they go from feeling bad about their teeth to feeling good about their teeth. To relieve someone of pain, to allow them the ability to enjoy food, or to give someone the smile they always dreamed of is so rewarding. It’s the reason I do what I do.
My least favorite part of dentistry is seeing people in pain. I’m glad I’m in a position to help relieve that pain, but I still find it difficult to see people suffer.