Dr. Sara J Skurnick attended Fairleigh Dickinson University @ Madison in New Jersey. She graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) in 1979 with a B.S. in Biology after only a 3 year course of study. She then graduated FDU Dental School in 1986 and completed her formal dental education by acquiring her specialty degree in Orthodontics from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 1988.
During more than a decade of teaching at the University, Dr. Skurnick has distinguished herself in both the pre and post doctoral programs (teaching both dentists and dental students). She presently hold the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthodontic at Rutgers University.
Dr. Skurnick has attended over 1000 hours of continuing orthodontic education. Her expertise allows her to care for patients utilizing traditional orthodontics, surgical orthodontics and invisible orthodontics (Invisalign). She has treated patients ranging in age from 6 to 76 years old!
Her reputation on Staten Island is unparallelled. Parents of our patients always know when Dr. Skurnick has treated other children by the beauty and fullness of their smile and by the way the smile is in harmony with the person's face. Orthodontics is much more than just straightening the front six teeth. The person's smile must match their face. The teeth have to provide support to the lips. The back teeth must meet properly to allow for a lifetime of healthy chewing and a pain free jaw joint (TMJ). These results can only be achieved when someone takes the time to properly diagnose, plan and treat each patient like they were a member of her own family.
Dr.Skurnick is a special orthodontist whose caring manner and expert treatment has inspired many of her orthodontic patients to follow in her footsteps and become dentists!
Dr. Skurnick maintains active memberships in the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists. She also has the distinction of being included in the "Guide to America's Top Dentists", as compiled by the Consumer Research Council of America.
Dr. Skurnick also maintains an Orthodontic practice with Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry, in the Heartland Village section of Staten Island.
When she's not being Staten Island's top orthodontist, Sara can usually be found in her gym or taking a long walk with her husband (Louis) and dogs (Marlow & Cooper). Sara is also heavily involved in pet rescue/adoptions. She has helped place many animals with the families of her patients. She can also be found volunteering with Best Friends Animal Rescue and the Mayor's Alliance during their pet Adoptapoolazas.
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