Robert D. Miner, BS, DDS
Although I have been practicing dentistry since 1967, my enthusiasm for caring for people and my love of practicing my profession has never waned. Actually, my interest in dentistry emerged while I was in ninth grade. When my dentist learned of my interest, he arranged for me to get a summer job in a small dental laboratory in Wyckoff. That was followed by subsequent summer positions in labs in Paterson, Hackensack and Manhattan. This early exposure proved beneficial during my formative educational years. At graduation from prep school, I was surprised to receive a Special Honors Award for my thesis on "Dentistry During The American Colonial Period" that I had researched at the Medical Library at Columbia.
After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University with its liberal arts curriculum, I again found my lab experiences useful while attending Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (formerly Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery). These early lab experiences gave me an advantage in executing the techniques of restorative dental procedures while on the clinic floor at dental school. It further resulted in my being selected to do the lab work for several of my instructors and to be a chairside assistant for the Director of the Prosthodontic Department at the school. Upon graduating, I was awarded the prestigious Rowe Wiberg Memorial Medal for Excellence in Prosthodontics.
During my service as a Captain the US Army Dental Corps, I was appointed Head Post Dental Surgeon at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y. (although many others had time and grade over me), and subsequently received the First Army Certificate of Achievement for the high quality of my dentistry and for my administrative accomplishments.
Upon leaving the Army, I joined a practice in Rockefeller Center and was appointed to the volunteer faculty of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. I am currently a Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics and Adult Restorative Dentistry as well as the founding Director of the Dental Ethics Program. My desire to teach evolved early as a Columbia student, where I was inspired by the dedicated staff and developed a desire to give back to others in return for the good fortune I had experienced.
Aside from numerous lectures and courses at Columbia, I have, over the years, been privileged to lecture at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the First District Dental Society of New York, The American College of Dentists, the Dental Society of Lisbon, Portugal, The South Korean Dental Society, The Professional Education Society, and several study clubs. I have also remained active in several dental societies such as The Bergen County Dental Society [past president], The New Jersey Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The Academy of Osseointegration and The New York Society of Forensic Dentistry. I have been invited to fellowship and remain active and serve on many committees in several honorary societies such as Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, The New York Academy of Dentistry [past president], The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, The American College of Dentists, and The International College of Dentists. I also continually attend and participate in various study clubs. This is part of the commitment to continuing education - that as a professional, we never stop learning and sharing knowledge. All of the Doctors and most of the staff in this office are involved in teaching, especially in the Dental Ethics Programs.
My philosophy of placing patient needs and care first became my central guiding principle upon opening my Ridgewood, NJ general practice in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry in October, 1970, and remains so today. This is the distinction between a market-based practice and our professional-based practice. My experiences have taught me to believe in using proven techniques based on scientific outcomes, and to stress prevention and oral home care as essential. Together, these practices can assure the longevity of restorations and achieve comfortable and functional outcomes of restorative and esthetic dentistry. This incorporation of careful examination, astute diagnosis, years of experience, and preventive care based on the science and art of dentistry is unequivocally the basis for successful treatment.
My wife, Virginia, and I have three children named Jeffrey, Cynthia and Catherine, as well as one wonderful daughter-in-law, two great sons-in-law, and four (soon to be five) good looking and brilliant grandchildren! I try to spend as much time as possible on the tennis court, a little time hitting a golf ball and have spent many years driving BMW sport cars on the racetrack. My wife Ginie, who was with me all through dental school following our marriage in June of 1963, has spent many years developing and managing this practice and is the most precious part of all my endeavors. She is the one most responsible for making it possible for me to do what I love the most, outside of my family.