Dr. Silvia Baker
I was born in Cuba. When I was 8, my parents moved our family to Spain, searching for freedom from a communist dictatorship. We finally were able to come to the United States when I was 10 years old to fulfill our dream of attaining freedom. I loved in New York City until the ripe age of 26. I received my undergraduate degree at NYU and my dental degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. My post graduate training continued at Stony Brook University School of Dentistry where I was a Fellow at Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled Program. Upon graduation, I was honored with being appointed to the position of Clinical Coordinator. I became head of the Developmentally Disabled Dentistry program at the University. I was responsible for training the post graduate doctors in the program, as well as the dental students in the school. During these years, I also held a position as an attending at Stony Brook University Hospital, training the dental residents and coordinating operating room admissions for the Developmentally Disabled Program, while simultaneously maintaining a private practice. Somewhere in all of this I managed to get married and have four children. My children, as one would expect, keep me busier than all of my career responsibilities ever did. I love working with children and adults who are fearful of dental work, because once you show them that it can be a painless experience and they no longer fear coming, you have forever changed that person's perception of dentistry for the better. The best reward that you can get is a hug from a kid saying, "That was fun," or an adult that says, "You guys made me laugh, and I didn't feel a thing!" Speaking of fun, on my off time, I love to play with my kids, dance, sing, cook, go on the boat, cruising, and hot tubbing. So don't be surprised when you see that I'm not your typical grim-faced, all-business dentist. Be prepared to smile and feel at home because my assistants and I believe that the quality of the work should be serious while the office environment should be fun and friendly.