Gerry Curatola

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Gerry Curatola
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Dr. Gerry Curatola
Born Gerald Curatola
(1957-11-10) November 10, 1957 (age 59)
New York, New York, United States
Occupation Dentist, Media Personality
Spouse(s) Georgia Curatola
Website http://www.rejuvdentist.com/

Gerald Peter Curatola, D.D.S. (born November 10, 1957), also known as Dr. Gerry, is a dentist, Associate Professor at New York University,[1] author and humanitarian best known for his contributions in cosmetic dentistry and wellness. He is a frequent dental expert contributor to Fox News Channel,[2] AOL Health,[3] and Dr. Oz,[4] and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show,[5] NBC’s Your Total Health, and ABC networks. Curatola is the founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry, a wellness-focused global network of dental practices, and the co-inventor and co-developer of REVITIN Oral Therapy.

Early life and education[edit]

Gerald Peter Curatola was born on November 10, 1957 in New York City to Italian American parents, Vincent James Curatola and Mildred Theresa Muccitelli. His father, Vincent, was the son of Italian immigrants, Dominic and Antoinette Curatola from Calabria, Italy.[citation needed] His mother, Mildred, was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Gerardo and Marion Muccitelli, from Rome and Bari, Italy.[6] Curatola is second of three children of Vincent and Mildred, having an older brother and younger sister. He grew up in North Woodmere, New York, on Long Island after the family moved from Ozone Park, New York, in 1962.

Curatola attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, a private boy’s Catholic preparatory school where he graduated as the President of his class in 1975.[7] He went on to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, graduating in 1979, majoring in Neuroscience, a topical concentration in Biology and Psychology.[8] Curatola began dental school in the fall of 1979 at New York University College of Dentistry and served as President of his dental school class until becoming the NYUCD Student Body President in his last year until his graduation in 1983.[9]

Curatola has been a member of the teaching faculty at NYU since 1984 serving as a Clinical Instructor in Dental Materials and presently, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care.[1]

Early career[edit]

n 1982, while in dental school, Curatola organized a dental mission to the island of Jamaica in conjunction with the Ministry of Health in the Jamaican Government and the U.S. Peace Corps, whose facilities were used on the island to provide dental care in critically under served areas for three months. His work there earned him recognition and a citation from the Jamaican Government.[10][11]

After graduating from NYU with his D.D.S. degree in 1983, Curatola continued to perform pro bono dentistry to the Bowery Mission in New York City while building his own dental practice with a special interest in the emerging field of Cosmetic Dentistry. By 1985, his cosmetic dentistry work was published in the New York State Dental Journal and garnered the attention of the DenMat Corporation in Santa Maria, CA who hired him as a national lecturing clinician.[12][13]

In addition to serving as an Assistant Attending in Dentistry at Cabrini Medical Center, Curatola returned to NYU to join the teaching faculty at the College of Dentistry. Around this time, Curatola’s interest in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) led him to pursue a Masters program in Nutrition and Wellness with former NYU classmate and future business partner, Dr. David Shuch, being given at the Pratt Institute in New York City. One of the earliest programs of its time, the program was designed by Integrative Nutrition pioneer, Dr. Alan Pressman, and assembled some of the leading minds in nutrition and wellness such as radio personality, Gary Null, Ph.D.. Curatola continued to lecture on cosmetic dentistry while privately researching alternative formulations to better promote oral health. In 1991, he founded the Curatola Dental Group, a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in midtown Manhattan, New York.[citation needed] In 1995, Curatola continued his education in natural medicine, attending Harvard University’s Symposiums in Complementary and Alternative Medicine under the direction of Dr. David Eisenberg, the founder of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education (now the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies of Harvard’s Osher Research Center).[14][11]

Rejuvenation Dentistry[edit]

Curatola founded Rejuvenation Dentistry in 2005. There are Rejuvenation Dentistry affiliates in five cities: New York, London, Paris, Rome and East Hampton.[15]

Revitin[edit]

Curatola has also invented Revitin, a prebiotic naturopathic toothpaste.[16][17] It is the patented formulation of vitamins, enzymes and minerals as ingredients and is safe to swallow.[18]

Humanitarian service and contributions[edit]

Following a lifelong model of humanitarian service from his parents and grandparents, Curatola has been committed to charitable work and contributions for most of his youth and adult life. As a dentist, he has traveled to five continents to provide dental services in areas that are under served, as well as educate and equip other dental professionals to do the same.[19]

Locally, Curatola helped to establish the Pediatric Dental Fund of the Hamptons, a dental charity founded by local pediatrician, Dr. Gail Schoenfeld, which provides free dental care to needy children on Long Island’s East End. He contributes and provides pro bono dental services to many local charitable organizations including The Retreat, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.[17][20][21] Curatola also established an annual art auction at his home for United Cerebral Palsy’s art therapy program known as Celebrating The Creative Spirit. Curatola serves on the leadership board of the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center and he is past Vice Chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart of the Hamptons charity benefit. In 2004, he and his wife, Georgia, established the Dr. & Mrs. Gerald P. Curatola Nursing Station at NYU’s Bluestone Center.[22] In 2006, a larger gift established the Curatola Wing For Clinical Research at New York University College of Dentistry.[23][24] In 2007, Curatola traveled to Andhra Pradesh, India at the invitation of Dr. Krishna Ajjarapu, founder of an orphanage and school in the region, to help establish a dental and medical clinic which will serve thousands of impoverished in this community.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Curatola met his wife, Georgia Ann Condzal, at NYU while finishing dental school and they were married shortly after his graduation in 1983. They have three children. Gia Ann, born in 1984, Grant Vincent, born in 1988, and Grace Ann was born in 1992. In 1995, Curatola moved the principal family residence from Manhattan to East Hampton, New York, and became an active supporter of the development of the Ross School in East Hampton. Curatola served on the Ross School’s Board of Trustees for seven years, retiring in 2010. His three children attended and graduated from the Ross School.[25]

Media coverage[edit]

Curatola has contributed to numerous television and radio programs including The Dr. Oz Show, The Martha Stewart Show, ABC News, Fox News,[26] NBC, CBS, and CNN. Curatola and Rejuvenation Dentistry have been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire, Allure, Bridal Guide, Departures, Town and Country, Jane, WWD, Mademoiselle, Hamptons Magazine, Dan's Papers, Inhale/Exhale, VOX, and the New York Times, Las Vegas Sun, Odessa Times, East Hampton Star, The Independent, and East Hampton Press newspapers.[4][27][17]

Dr. Curatola has contributed to many professional texts and journals, and is the author of the upcoming book, Smile For Life: The Art and Science of Rejuvenation Dentistry.[28][29]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Awarded the NYU Action Medal for outstanding contributions to New York University by NYU President John Sexton. March, 2007 [30]
  • Curatola Wing For Clinical Research established at [New York University], November, 2006[23]
  • Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Curatola Nursing Station named at NYU College of Dentistry, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research. June, 2004 [22]
  • Selected into Strathmore’s Who’s Who Among Business Professionals, March, 2009[31]
  • Who’s Who in America by [Marquis Who’s Who], New Providence, N.J. December, 2003[32]

Patents[edit]

  • Awarded United States Patent #6,503,483 for a dental formulation. Jan., 2003 [33]
  • Awarded United States Patent #6,207,137 for a dental formulation. March, 2001[34]
  • Awarded United States Patent #5,925,335 for a dental formulation. July, 1999[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NYU Faculty Information
  2. ^ Digital, Fox News. "FoxNews.com - Breaking News - Latest News - Current News". Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Healthy Living". 
  4. ^ a b "Gerald P. Curatola, D.D.S.". 
  5. ^ "Four Cornerstones of Oral Health". 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mildred Muccitelli in the 1940 Census - Ancestry". 
  7. ^ "Old Friends - Class of 1975 - Chaminade High School - $3 Lifetime subscription". 
  8. ^ http://www.colgate.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/1979_071113.pdf
  9. ^ "New York Power Team". 
  10. ^ https://dental.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyudental/documents/Nexus_S2008.pdf
  11. ^ a b "USA admits adding fluoride to water is damaging teeth". 
  12. ^ "DenMat Centre Partners". 
  13. ^ "Keep your patients smiling with a tiny Tibetan berry". 
  14. ^ "Manhattan, New York Dentist Selected to the "America's Best Dentists" 2015 Directory". 
  15. ^ "Don't disinfect your toothbrush in microwave - American dentist - NEWS.am Medicine - All about health and medicine". 
  16. ^ "The Singing Dentist - Manhattan, New York, NY - Local News". 
  17. ^ a b c d "Dr. Gerry Curatola Signs on as Advisory Board Member of Store-A-Tooth™ Dental Stem Cell Banking". 
  18. ^ "Prebiotic Toothpaste - Revitin". 
  19. ^ http://dental.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyudental/documents/Nexus_S2013.pdf
  20. ^ "Pediatric Dental Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. Philosophy Page". 
  21. ^ "Exhibit Features Paintings Created By Adults With Cerebral Palsy - -". 
  22. ^ a b "NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research : News & Events". 
  23. ^ a b [dental.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyudental/documents/about/nexus/global-health-nexus-fall-winter-2006.pdf Grants and Philantrhropy: Global Health Nexus Fall/Winter 2006 Page 55]
  24. ^ http://www.epicos.com/Kuwait/Portal/Main/Home/Pages/ItemDetails.aspx?wIaopCxX2Y%2BPg4KOfjfmw3bSKYh1ux8hqaQIAWDPzW%2Bg7lUWS%2BqOw%2B%2FskInKvYLC
  25. ^ "Ross School Board Trustee To Be Featured On 'The Dr. Oz Show' - Outdoors And Fitness - For Your Health". 
  26. ^ Alvarez, Manny (20 January 2017). "5 dental myths that may be hurting your health". 
  27. ^ Hoffman, Barbara (22 July 2016). "Meet the singing dentist who cleaned Billy Joel's teeth". 
  28. ^ "How gross is your toothbrush? 5 toothbrush hygiene mistakes you're probably making". 12 March 2014. 
  29. ^ Curatola, Gerald P. (31 December 2009). "Smile for Life: Rejuvenation Dentistry and the Art of Wellness". MD Press – via Amazon. 
  30. ^ Relations, NYU Web & Communications, Alumni. "New York University - Acton Society". 
  31. ^ Strathmore who's who portal
  32. ^ John William Leonard; Albert Nelson Marquis (1913). Who's who in America. Marquis Who's Who. 
  33. ^ "United States Patent: 6,503,483". 
  34. ^ "United States Patent: 6,207,137". 
  35. ^ "United States Patent: 5,925,335".