After completing my orthodontic residency program next June, I will be receiving additional training through the Craniofacial Orthodontic Fellowship at NYU Langone Health. Craniofacial orthodontics is essentially a sub-specialty of orthodontics that focuses on the treatment of patients with congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate, syndromic craniosystosis, hemifacial microsomia and other dentofacial deformities. Affected patients may have missing, malformed or displaced teeth with other skeletofacial abnormalities that require multidisciplinary care. Patients also often suffer from significant speech and functional difficulties in addition to psychosocial impairments. As part of the program, I will be working with craniofacial plastic surgeons, oral surgeons, speech pathologists and various other specialists to provide much-needed care for this vulnerable patient population. I am truly honored and excited to get the chance to work with leaders in the field and really transform the lives of my patients through this fellowship training. While I will certainly miss my current patients and ortho residency family, I am looking forward to a challenging but rewarding career as a craniofacial orthodontist.
Dr. Yassmin Parsaei, DMD
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, PGY3