University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences)
Why They Were Nominated
Dr. Quartey-Sagaille was a high- school math and science teacher and a mortgage broker before changing her career path. Dentistry’s blend of art and science held great appeal—and she now provides top-notch care in the family-oriented Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope.
“If you want to own your own practice, stay away from the big cities. The Manhattan/Beverly Hills dentist is not always the most profitable, as some might think.”
“I try to make dentistry fun with actual jokes. If I can get the patients to laugh hard, I know I’ve won them over. Plus, I try very hard to be painless.”
Something People Don’t Know
“I dance ballet for fun. It’s something I’ve done since I was 9 and has always been a stress reliever, even throughout dental school. The focus makes me forget all my worries.”