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Andrew Greenberg, DDS

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Andrew Greenberg

Oral Surgeon practicing in Briarcliff Manor

“I know everyone is nervous. I just try to make them feel as comfortable as I can.”

Life has been good to me,” says Dr. Andrew Greenberg, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon based in Briarcliff Manor, and it’s that very same sentiment that compels him to give back to those less fortunate — and keep on giving back.

   In 2013, Greenberg accompanied a volunteer group to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where they provided free dental care to approximately 1,000 impoverished residents. He found the experience so fulfilling that this year will mark his fifth medical mission there. “It’s rewarding helping lots of people who have no access to healthcare,” he explains.

   “Rewarding” is also how he describes his practice, which mainly consists of performing dental implants, wisdom-tooth extractions, and biopsies. “I enjoy what I do,” he says. “I don’t really consider it work.”

    Greenberg’s patients benefit not only from his well-honed expertise, but also his sympathetic demeanor. “I try to do my work as painlessly as possible. I want people to have a good treatment and a good experience,” he says. In an era of depersonalized medicine, this is especially reassuring to Greenberg’s patients, who are so often grateful to receive a post-procedure phone call from him, making sure they are well.

   That old-school kindness may be due to his role model — his grandfather, who worked as a dentist for more than 40 years. “He was a very well-respected gentleman who loved what he did and was a great guy. I’ve tried to emulate that,” says Greenberg, an NYU College of Dentistry grad who did his oral and maxillofacial residency at Lincoln Hospital and New York Medical College. Greenberg is also past president of the Peekskill-Yorktown Dental Society and the Northern Westchester Dental Study Group.

It’s safe to say Grandpa would be proud.

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