Getting to Know You

Lauren Feldman

Photo of Dr. Feldman scuba diving
Deep diving: When she's not working at New York University College of Dentistry or her private practice, Dr. Lauren Feldman enjoys scuba diving 
What kind of dentistry/specialty do you practice?
I practice pediatric dentistry.

Where do you practice?
I am the Program Director of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry and have a private practice with Central Park Dentistry, in New York City.

Why dentistry?
I was drawn to dentistry for the diversity available within the profession. I love that I can practice clinically and connect with young patients, working with them longitudinally to get them comfortable in the dental setting. I love that I can teach, conduct research, and contribute towards public health and advocacy. I love that every day is a new day with a new task.

Why are you an ADA member?
I am an ADA member for the sense of community provided. The importance of that has extra value in today’s world. The ADA has been a reliable resource and guide for the dental community through the devastating circumstances of this pandemic.

What was your first job?
At age 14 I worked on my neighbor’s farm in greenhouses and sitting behind a tractor planting flowers. I learned discipline and how to report to a boss, and learned that a shower never feels better after being covered in mud!

What has been the best time of your career so far?
The best times of my career have been characterized by the development of trusting relationships. Whether it be winning over a fearful patient, seeing the aha moment in a student’s eyes, or sharing success with students and colleagues at NYU. These little but profoundly meaningful moments are what drive me.

When I’m not practicing, I’m:
Spending time with loved ones, traveling, hiking, scuba diving, or dancing salsa.

One fun fact about me:
I’m 6’2”.