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Michael J. Paesani, DMD

Owner, NOVA Dental Studio
200 Little Falls St., Suite 101
Falls Church Virginia 22046

Dr. Paesani graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed his General Practice Residency at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Looking to move closer to his hometown in western Maryland, he started NOVA Dental Studio in 2012 following four years of private practice in Florida.

Q: How do you measure success?

A: One word: Happiness. To me, success means a life balance where you enjoy your work as much as you do your personal life. Throughout my career, I have been blessed to be surrounded by an exceptional team. And, as a result, I look forward to going into the office every day. My team makes the office an enjoyable environment for both our patients and for me. We spend most of the day feeding off each other’s positive energy and good humor. Interacting with my patients and coworkers is truly the highlight of my day.

Q: What qualities do you think a successful dentist should have?

A: Being a great dentist requires a multitude of talents. In my eyes, the two traits that stand out the most are compassion and attention to detail. Demonstrating genuine concern is the key to making patients feel comfortable, especially when they are anxious or in pain. The relationship between doctor and patient can only flourish when a sincere connection exists. The interaction between dentist and patient, however, is only one component of the dental experience; the other half is the actual practice of dentistry. To be a successful dentist, extreme precision and a watchful eye for detail are vital to guaranteeing effective, long-lasting treatment.

Q: Advice for someone entering the profession?

A: Take as much continuing education as you can. Once you find a dental niche that interests you, learn everything you can about it. Keep learning because the field is ever-changing, and advances are made continually in technology, materials and techniques.