We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Goldstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I am a board-certified pediatric dentist at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Scottsdale, AZ. One of the biggest factors that has helped me succeed thus far has been the support from my wonderful staff and collaboration with my partners. The success of our practice has always relied on an exceptional patient experience. At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, every team member the patient interacts with will make them feel like they are part of our family. We strive for optimal customer service and go above and beyond to deliver the highest quality of care, including using state-of-the-art technology and materials. Although many kids come to their dental visits with apprehension, our goal is to always create a positive dental environment for a successful visit.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ and went to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) for my undergraduate degree where I met my husband (Dr. TAl Masserman, one of the orthodontists in my practice). I grew up surrounded by dentistry as my father, Dr. Bruce Goldstein (also one of the orthodontists in my practice), would have me help in the office. I then attended the University of Southern California for dental school and Baylor College of Dentistry for residency in pediatric dentistry. It was certainly a long road to get to where I am now, but it has provided a lot of personal and professional growth.
Pediatric Dentistry is a challenging yet extremely rewarding career. It is amazing to see children overcome their fear that they may have had at the beginning of their appointment. I feel that integrating myself into the surrounding community has allowed me to get to know my patients and their families beyond their oral health needs. One thing I love to do is to teach an infant oral health class to new moms at Modern Milk (a great resource for new or expecting families in Scottsdale).
One challenge I deal with daily is finding that work-life balance of being a pediatric dentist, a business owner, and a mom. It is like having two full time careers – both of which are extremely fulfilling. I feel that being a mom has made me a better pediatric dentist because I am able to to “put my mom hat on” and understand and can relate to some of the struggles parents have trying to brush their childrens teeth or break unwanted dental habits. I have also learned to ask for help when trying to balance too much – it truly does take a village and I am so grateful for mine!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The best part of Arizona is the ability to enjoy the beautiful outdoors – we would spend as much time outside as we can! There are so many breathtaking hikes throughout the valley!
Explore the Salt River at Phon D Sutton or Coon Bluff Recreation Areas – you can usually see wild horses in the water there.
Spend one overnight trip at Enchantment Resort in Sedona to enjoy beautiful hikes and the red rocks.
Another overnight (about 1 hour north of Phoenix) is Castle Hot Springs – a very remote resort with natural hot springs – all of the food is prepared is so fresh and from their gardens, no televisions, a truly magical place.
Get a spa treatment and enjoy the view from the pool at the Joya Spa at Montelucia
Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast at Singh Meadows to pick up fresh produce for the week and enjoy their unique menu at their cafe
Spend an evening at sunset for dinner at Proof at the Four Seasons
Another breakfast favorite is Mojo (Morning Joint) at Grayhawk Golf Club
If we were celebrating a special occasion we would make reservations at Binkley’s – a truly amazing and unique culinary experience
If we had our kids with us we would definitely make a stop at the McCormick Ranch Railroad Park or a stop at the Scottsdale Quarter splash pad for some fun and food at Zinburger. Isabellas or the Vig (McDowell Mtn Ranch) are great restaurants for dinner to sit outside with kids.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partners (Dr. Bruce Goldstein, Dr. Tal Masserman, Dr. Michael Feinberg, Dr Tim Wilson, Dr. Julie Anfinson, Dr. Abraham Itty) and our wonderful team at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
I am so grateful to have such amazing mentors and colleagues.