Meet Dr. Dana Zwiebel
Dana Zwiebel DMD
My career in dentistry began when I was five years old, helping my grandfather in his office by pushing the button to take x-rays and putting files in alphabetical order (a brand new skill for me at the time!). Seeing the smiles on his patients’ faces – and the incredible pride my grandfather took in helping to create those smiles – gave me the idea early on that this was something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. Today, I consider myself privileged to have patients entrust in me not just the esthetics of their smiles but perhaps more importantly, their oral health overall. It’s important to me that my patients understand what’s going on in their mouth and why, and what we can do together to make a lasting, positive change.
Education and Experience
After earning my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin I went on to study dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. In addition to my work in the classroom and the clinic, I also did extensive laboratory research in oral biology, studying and developing tests for genetic markers for periodontal disease and oral cancer. Upon graduation with honors from RSDM, I continued my education with two years of post-graduate training at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where I was chosen as Chief Resident of General Dentistry. There, I gained advanced experience in full mouth rehabilitation, cosmetics, endodontics, periodontal surgery, implants, Invisalign, and more.
In the Community
Oral health is an integral part of overall health, yet many physicians still feel hesitant to refer their patients to dentists. My experience working in a Federally Qualified Health Center afforded me the opportunity to talk to doctors who treat some of our most vulnerable populations and learn what barriers prevented them from incorporating oral health into their practice. To that end, I developed and continue to work on a referral system that integrates electronic medical records used in hospitals with external dental office scheduling programs, making it simpler for physicians to facilitate dental care for their medically-compromised patients that rely on safety net facilities.
Outside the Office
Don’t let the lack of an accent fool you! I grew up in northern New Jersey, and it was in my hometown where I first met my husband – we went to the same preschool! We recently got married and made the move across the Hudson to New York City. In my free time you can find me at the dog park with my spunky jack russell terrier Briscoe, trying new restaurants with my friends, or attempting to be handy around the house.
Credentials and Affiliations
- Graduate of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine with Honors, 2016
- Chief Resident of General Dentistry, St. Barnabas Hospital – Bronx, 2016-2018
- Invisalign certified
- Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry
- Member of the American Dental Association
- Member of Spear Education Study Club