40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Tommy Lee

  • New York; Montvale, New Jersey
  • Specialty

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Tribeca North Dentistry; Bear Brook Dental Care

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

Boston University School of Dental Medicine; pediatric-dentistry specialty, Yale School of Medicine


Why They Were Nominated

Dr. Lee has dedicated his life to helping children gain confidence and self-assuredness. His expertise has helped earn him his current assistant clinical professorship at Columbia University Dental.

Why They Became a Dentist

“Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor who could help children. I’ve always been good with kids, so I thought I could definitely help them.”

Tool They Can’t Live Without

His puppet, Ashley the Gator. “Many of my patients love brushing Ashley’s teeth. While they’re brushing, I tell them, ‘today, we’re going to do the same thing you’re doing for Ashley: We’re going to count how many teeth you have, and we’ll brush them together!’ ”

Exciting New Trend

Atraumatic and interim restorative treatments. “With these new techniques, we can offer more treatment options to arrest or prevent the progression of carious lesions in young, uncooperative or special-needs patients.”

Sage Advice

“I watch a lot of kids’ movies and shows to learn about new characters. This helps me connect with my patients better. It’s important for pediatric dentists to look at things from the child’s perspective.”

Something People Don’t Know

“During my college years, I did modeling as a summer job. I also took an acting class in New York after finishing dental school because I believed this would help me become a more confident and creative pediatric dentist.”