Dental care should not be something that you have to do twice a year, it should something that a child incorporates into their daily routine. We pride ourselves on teaching your child proper oral hygiene techniques to prevent dental disease. Prevention is our goal, however, there are times when treatment is needed. Our office provides comprehensive dental care, inpatient sedation, general anesthesia in a hospital setting, orthodontic screenings, and interventions as needed.
Dr. Gallo looks forward to welcoming you and your child to Southwoods Smile Squad. Dr. Gallo is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She serves infants, children, teens, and young adults, and patients of various ages with special health care and medical needs in the Capital District, surrounding Adirondack and Upstate New York areas.
Being a mom of three children herself, she understands that children require compassion. Our team at Southwoods Smile Squad encourages patients that may
have some anxiety about their first dental visit, have previously had a poor dental experience, or may need some desensitization, to bring their child in for a special “Just Say Hello!“ visit. Your child can take a tour of the office, and meet Dr. Gallo and the team to become familiar with us. This visit should occur before your child’s scheduled appointment.
Remember, our team is always willing to discuss any needs your child might have prior to their scheduled appointment.
Dr. Gallo was born and raised in New York. She knew from a young age she wanted to pursue dentistry, therefore she enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s accelerated biology and pre-dental program. She was awarded magna cum laude upon graduation. After graduation, she attended New York University College of Dentistry where she received her dental degree. During her time at NYU, she was involved in many activities to promote oral health and went on a dental service trip to Jamaica to help those in need. Dr. Gallo chose to do a two-year residency in general practice to become a well-rounded practitioner at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY where she was made chief resident in her second year.
After completing her two years at Jamaica Hospital, Dr. Gallo realized that her passion was to treat children. Therefore, she embarked on her two years of specialized pediatric training at St. Barnabas Hospital-New York Presbyterian Weil Cornell, Bronx, NY. Once a week, for the two years she was in residency she trained at The Rose F. Kennedy Center/Jacobi Medical Center. This clinic focused on teaching her the specialized skills that are needed to care for children with special needs. During her second year of pediatric residency, she was awarded the position of chief resident once again.
Dr. Gallo is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She received an award for scoring in the top 3% of all candidates taking the written portion of the pediatric board exam.
After graduation, Dr. Gallo worked in private practice on Long Island, was a Program Director & Associate Professor for Harlem Hospital Center-Columbia University where she trained residents to become pediatric dentists. She also trained pediatric dental residents at St. Barnabas Hospital.
She relocated to the Capital District area in 2009, where she worked in pediatric private practice and at St. Peter’s Hospital. She is excited to be part of this region and is still exploring all that this area has to offer with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with family, enjoys traveling, reading, taking tennis lessons with her husband, and having impromptu dance parties with her kids! Currently, she is an active volunteer for Make-A-Wish as a wish granter.
Dr. Gallo is dedicated to her professional development and attends continuing education courses. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with you and your child.
Dr. Raquel Rozdolski is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed her general practice residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She served as chief resident at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine during her anesthesiology residency. Dr. Rozdolski also provided IV sedation at the Rose F. Kennedy Center for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, she is appointed as clinical faculty at Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College in Westchester County.
Originally from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, Dr. Rozdolski now considers New York City her home away from home. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, photography, time spent with family, friends, and her French bulldog, Winston.
Dr. Rozdolski has a passion for working with children and adults in order to make their dental experience a positive one. She is happy to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for her patients and their families.
Our team of dedicated dental health professionals is here to serve you. We combine extensive knowledge in the field of dentistry with a passion for helping people love their smiles. It is our goal to create a friendly and professional atmosphere that you can rely on for all of your dental needs.