40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

THEODORE GIALANELLA

  • Albany, New York
  • Gialanella Family Dentistry

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Gialanella Family Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, New York University College of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Along with his brother, Dr. Gialanella has recently integrated two other practices into their own in upstate New York. He devotes a great deal of his practice to treating patients with TMJ pain; he’s also the youngest-ever president of the Third District Dental Society.

Inspiration

“My father was a psychiatrist and my mom is a nurse, so I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field; I just didn’t know what. Then my brother decided to go to dental school.” After shadowing him for a day at the NYU College of Dentistry clinic, Dr. Gialanella chose to pursue the profession himself.

Sage Advice

“One misconception I had when I started practicing was that we would set up our systems for the way we want the practice to run, and then we could just coast. That is not the case. You constantly need to be evaluating things and looking for ways to improve; otherwise you’re falling behind.”

Something People Don’t Know

Dr. Gialanella, who played football in college, practices yoga and meditation. “Dentistry is physically demanding, and yoga and guided meditation help keep me loose and will ultimately increase my longevity in dental practice.”