Babylon Dental Care announced on Sept. 5 that Dr. Unsa Malik will join their team as their newest dentist. A Suffolk County native, Malik is returning home to help BDC in its mission to provide exceptional dental care to her fellow Long Islanders.
In a news release, Jenn Brown, the director of operations for Babylon Dental Care said that "not only is Dr. Malik a great fit based on her outlook and her goals, but her background working with patients with special needs will help us better serve every member of our community."
Malik said that while clinicians treat patients individually, there's a real collaborative rather than competitive approach at the practice.
"Having grown up playing tennis, I enjoy the aspect of being a team player," she said. "This dynamic allows each individual to make his or her own unique contribution. And when we work together, we can deliver care that far surpasses our patients' expectations."
Malik grew up among health care providers, which helped her understand how rewarding this important field could be. Inspired by their lead, she began shadowing different medical professionals at the end of high school, including physicians, dentists, and pharmacists.
Dentistry stood out for several reasons. First, she was drawn to the immediate gratification she saw in the smiles and self-confidence the work brought out in patients. And second, the combination of creativity and manual dexterity dentistry required reminded her of many of the things she enjoyed about tennis.
"Dentistry offers a special blend between science and art as well as business and technology," she said in the news release. "I particularly value working with my hands and being creative to help my patients achieve optimal oral health and the smile they desire."
She attended Smith College and completed her undergraduate work in neuroscience before getting her DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant for patients with special needs, which was a major inspiration for her future career path.
"That experience helped me realize that they are a large and often underserved community with needs that must be addressed and cared for in a unique way," Malik said. "Everyone is exceptional, and each perceives dental health and oral care differently. This population is really near and dear to my heart, which is why I wanted to focus on them during my residency at Northwell Health."
When she's not bringing that passion to serving her patients, Malik still enjoys playing and watching tennis, which she describes as a lifestyle more than a hobby.
About Babylon Dental Care
Since 1983, Babylon Dental Care has been proud to serve the Long Island community by providing them with high-quality dental care. We have two locations on the south coast of Suffolk County: Gateway Plaza Shopping Center in Patchogue (499 N Service Rd # 13B, Patchogue, NY 11772) and Great South Bay Shopping Center in West Babylon (785 W Montauk Highway, West Babylon, NY 11704).
Visit online at www.babylondentalcare.com.
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