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Visit Dental Passion Today in the Upper West Side

Experience Convenience, Comfort, and Confidence in Our Welcoming Office Atmosphere

You’ll feel right at home with our team from the moment you first step through our front doors. Dr. Robert Shick and his team believe strongly in treating patients just like they themselves would want to be treated, and this goal shows clearly in the level of personalized attention we provide. With the help of the latest in dental technology and a variety of cozy comforts designed to help you feel relaxed and at ease as we handle all the work, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time with us. Come in today and achieve the healthier, happier smile of your dreams!

More than 17 years of experience

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Contact Dental Passion Today

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Shick and his team of dedicated professionals! We can’t wait to treat your teeth and help you regain a level of oral health and self-confidence you never thought possible. Our office treats patients of all ages, including children as young as 12 months old. We’re located in the Upper West Side at 164 West 96th Street in between Amsterdam Ave and Columbus Ave.

Your Entire Family is Welcome

Providing excellent dental care is our objective

At our Upper West Side office, it’s clear right away that we have a lot of passion for our work – after all, it’s right in the name of our practice! You’ll be greeted by our receptionist right away when you walk in for your appointment, and any member of our team will be happy to answer questions or concerns you may have, whether they’re about treatment options, payment information, or something else relevant to your appointment. Plus, if you’re feeling anxious or uneasy, we’ll be sure to offer you whatever we can so that you can feel more content and safe, such as massage pads. Better yet, we’ll pay special attention to your needs so we can personalize your experience even more the next time you come in!

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High-quality dental aesthetics

Regarding available technology, we’ve completely computerized our treatment plans and charts so as to ensure a completely paperless experience, which is much more convenient for patients. Plus, we utilize digital X-rays, which allow us to take detailed photographs of your teeth that are instantly accessible on an easy-to-see chairside monitor. You’re even exposed to a significantly smaller amount of radiation when compared to traditional X-rays – up to 90% less! We also offer the services of Vizilite Plus, a brand-new method for monitoring possible signs of oral cancer. By relying on these tools and others, we’re able to provide our patients with a much smoother and more enjoyable experience at our Upper West Side dental practice.

"Smile again"

Dr. Robert Schick, DMD

Dentist

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Shick has been providing patients with much-needed dental care since 2000. He attended both the University of Pennsylvania and the dental school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine. A member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Shick has completed extensive aesthetic dentistry training through various programs, and he was named as the top dentist in NYC from 2010-2011. He’s very involved in the NY School dental assisting training program, as well as high school internship programs and hygiene lectures at public elementary schools. He was even featured on the Dr. Oz show in 2011! One of his favorite aspects of his job is helping patients smile with confidence again; their appreciation makes it all worthwhile!

Dr. Shick is married with two young sons who are two and four years old. He is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburg Steelers, as well as the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies!

Dr. Jason Tu, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Jason Tu was born and raised in Vancouver BC, Canada. He attended the University of British Columbia where he completed his undergraduate degree in Earth & Ocean Sciences. He then moved to New York to pursue a D.D.S at NYU and general practice residency at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Tu strives to support patients by having honest and straightforward discussions regarding treatment options. He believes in the importance of providing all the necessary information to allow patients to make informed decisions regarding their dental health. His goal is to provide dentistry in a comfortable, compassionate, and gentle setting.

When not practicing dentistry, you can find Dr. Tu hiking, biking or traveling.

Dr. Matthew Lee, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Matthew Lee is a New York City native. He earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he dedicated his semester to neurological research, and his Masters in Biomedical Sciences at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lee then attended the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. When he wasn’t treating patients or working in the lab, Dr. Lee was volunteering at nearby schools to teach elementary and middle school students how to take care of their oral hygiene. He graduated with his DMD in 2021. Upon graduating, Dr. Lee completed his General Practice Residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens. Dr. Lee believes in life-long learning and actively seeks additional training and certification opportunities to maintain knowledge in the dental profession so that he may provide the best of care for his patients.

When he isn’t in scrubs, Dr. Lee is out golfing, trying different restaurants with his wife Pearl, or taking long walks with their two puppies. Dr. Lee looks forward to meeting his patients and addressing their dental needs in a compassionate manner.

Dr. Richa Panara, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Panara was born and raised in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Miami and went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her General Practice Residency at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital. During this time, she gained more experience in performing oral surgery procedures, treating pediatric patients, managing dental emergencies and caring for those who are medically complex.
Dr. Panara is a passionate, hardworking, and motivated dental professional who always aims to provide the best care for her patients. Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking, exploring the local vegetarian food scene, traveling with her family, and dabbling in the arts.