Well, first, I got interested in dentistry when I was in undergraduate college at Kent State University. I've always liked science. I've always been really good with my hands. And so dentistry seemed like a natural progression as a profession. And then once I actually got into dentistry, I migrated more towards the surgical aspect of the profession. And then that's when I decided to go on and do advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. I think the fact that we're able to put our hands on people and do procedures that effectively change their lives, I think that in and of itself is very rewarding.
There's a lot of health care procedures and surgical procedures and nonsurgical procedures that help people, but everybody uses their teeth and their smile on a daily basis, whether it's for nutrition or for aesthetics. And so they're very cognizant of that, and the fact that we're able to help them with that, it can be life changing for some people. And that's what I really enjoy. Me and Dr. Olivia have worked together for 20 years. We're both highly trained in this area of expertise. And I think that's really important that you not only have experience on the restorative end and the surgical end, but you have people that have worked together and have successful cases over time. And I think that's a huge benefit to patients.
Dr. Matthew A. DeFelice earned his Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in 1991, then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He furthered his education by completing a general practice residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH. During his residency, he decided to apply to another residency, this time in oral surgery. He was accepted into the program at Boston University Medical Center and completed his general surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency there in 2000. Throughout his years of education, he was awarded numerous scholarships.
Dr. DeFelice is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA). He is a diplomate of both organizations and a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. DeFelice decided to become a dentist because of the satisfaction he receives by helping and healing others. The best part of his job is being able to work with his hands, and he believes that his compassion is what his patients appreciate most about his treatment.
Away from the office, he likes to run, cycle, and golf.