40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Samantha Rawdin

  • New York
  • Specialty

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

Gallery 57 Dental

Specialty:

Prosthodontics

Education:

Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona; certificate in prosthodontics from Montefiore Medical Center, the Bronx, New York; fellowship in implantology from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York


Why They Were Nominated

Sometimes great things come in pairs, and Dr. Rawdin—half of one of Gallery 57 Dental’s two pairs of dad-daughter dental duos—is a prime example. With her prosthodontist father, Dr. Robert Rawdin, and general-dentist colleague Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg and her father, Dr. Andrew Koenigsberg, Dr. Rawdin sees patients in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Why They Became a Dentist

“My father suggested I spend some time with him and his colleagues to get a better feel for life in private practice. I truly fell in love with dentistry, and prosthodontics in particular.”

Most Memorable Patient

“She came from a program for domestically abused women. I reached out to see if there was a patient who was in need of pro bono work to help her reenter the workforce. I was lucky to have met this patient, who has transformed from a shy, timid woman into someone with self-confidence who is proud of her smile.”

Exciting New Trend

3D printing. “We just got a printer in our office, and it has opened the door on the treatments and services we can provide.”

Sage Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. “You’re not expected to know everything right away—but that doesn’t let you off the hook when you’re unsure of an answer or don’t know what to do.”