Name of Practice:
Paradise Valley Dental
DMD, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine; MPH, Columbia School of Public Health
Why He Was Nominated:
Dr. Fialkoff has run Paradise Valley Dental since 2016. His practice serves multigenerational families and patients who have been coming to the practice for decades. He has boosted revenue growth by 50 percent a year using only word-of-mouth referrals. He expertly blends classic techniques (TMJ analysis, gold restorative preparations and perio-prosth design) with more modern technological tools (CBCT, intraoral scanning, occlusal analysis) in a whole-body approach. He has helped patients get diagnosed and treated for a variety of serious medical conditions.
Why He Became a Dentist:
A lifelong bibliophile, he grew up reading the work of physician-authors—Atul Gawande, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Oliver Sacks, Jerome Groopman, Lewis Thomas—and realized the beauty of clinical care lies in developing meaningful long-term patient relationships.
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Something People Don’t Know:
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