Meet Dr. David Gottesfeld

“My passion has always been my orthodontic practice. My ability to change people’s lives for the better has always been my greatest pleasure. This goes way beyond straightening teeth and creating beautiful smiles. It encompasses long term health, social, economic, and psychological benefits resulting from orthodontic therapy.” – Dr. Gottesfeld

Dr. David Gottesfeld grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College for his undergraduate degree. He went on to NYU College of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, receiving the prestigious Founders Day Certificate of NYU College of Dentistry for academic and clinical excellence for being in the top ten percent of his class. He was one of only two students chosen to start the first “post-graduate” orthodontic program for dental students as a senior undergraduate. Its success was so well received that it was continued and expanded thereafter.

After graduating dental school, Dr. Gottesfeld enlisted in the US Public Health Service, Indian Health Division, where he worked almost exclusively on children in various venues: hospitals, school dormitories, and a dental trailer on the Navaho Indian reservation. 

During his two-year enlistment, he was selected to work on a pilot program for expanded functions and training of dental assistants. The purpose of which was to treat more children, as well as provide the ability to treat adults for all phases of their dental needs, not merely for emergency fillings. Upon his honorable discharge, Dr. Gottesfeld was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

Following his USPHS service, Dr. Gottesfeld entered the orthodontic program at Tufts Dental School where he received a Master’s degree in Orthodontics. He published a Master’s thesis entitled “Cephalometric evaluation of the mandibular incisor in cases of growth dysplasia.” He joined in a partnership in Merrick and has been serving this and the surrounding communities for more than 40 years.

Awards and Recognition

Over the years, Dr. Gottesfeld has received commendations from the NCDS for completion of various levels of continuing education courses. He has been listed in “Americas Top Dentists” for the specialty of Orthodontics for more than ten years, and listed as one of the “Top Orthodontists” in Long Island Pulse Magazine for the past several years as voted each year by his peers. Further honors and awards include:

  • Italian Dental Society Award for graduating top 5 of the student body
  • Inducted into the OKU Dental Honor Society
  • Vice-President of his senior class
  • Dean's List for outstanding performance on the National Boards Parts I and II; top 1 percentile

A special honor was bestowed on Dr. Gottesfeld when he was presented with the American flag by Lieutenant Colonel Norman Easy in a ceremony in his office. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2009, this very same flag was raised and flown over the American Embassy in Bagdad, Iraq in Dr. Gottesfeld's honor for his continued dedication and efforts for his support of our troops.

Professional Affiliations

Outside the Office

Dr. Gottesfeld met his wife Barbara during his second year in dental school where she was enrolled in the dental assistant training program. They were married shortly after Dr. Gottesfeld graduated and moved to Gallup, New Mexico, where he served in the USPHS. From there, they moved to Waltham, Massachusetts during his post-graduate orthodontic program. Shortly before leaving Massachusetts, they welcomed the birth of their only child, Scott. He is now a cardiologist. Scott and his wife, Amy, have given Dr. Gottesfeld and Barbara three beautiful grandchildren. Seeing them regularly and watching them grow and mature has been priceless. A big sports fan, he also enjoys vacationing, cruising, playing tennis, and most recently, taking golf lessons.