Dr Cournot is passionate about clinical dentistry as she helps patients achieve a lifetime of oral health excellence.
She founded the practice over 30 years ago, creating a distinctly different center, focused entirely on her patients. She and her highly caring team of professionals are committed to help you improve the health of your teeth and gums, perfect your smile and tailor a preventive program customized for you. Her goal is to understand your needs and to help you get and stay healthy.
Located just steps from the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station, the practice is a haven of tranquility for the weary dental patient who wants world class dentistry that will feel great, look stunningly natural and last a lifetime.
Dr. Cournot graduated from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut with a BS in Chemistry. She received her DDS from Columbia School of Dental Medicine in 1978.
She is a member of some of the most prestigious dental organizations: the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, the New York Academy of Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.
She selects and trains our dentists of tomorrow. She is a member of the Committee of Admissions of Columbia School of Dental Medicine, and a facilitator and lecturer for the department of ethics and a Clinical Associate Instructor in the dept. of Operative Dentistry.
As her commitment to professional development, she attends hands-on post-graduate dental programs annually, and has studied at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Institute, the Pride Institute, and is a mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle Washington, where she assists seasoned dentists learn the comprehensive clinical curriculum.
Dr Cournot’s interests include cooking, photography and all things French. Visit her website: http://colleen-cournot-photography.redframe.com
Dr. Lee received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Binghamton University and continued her education to receive a Doctorate in Dental Surgery at New York University’s, College of Dentistry. She completed a hospital residency at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a University of Columbia Hospital of Physician and Surgeons in 2004.
She practiced comprehensive dentistry with a focus on children, restorative and preventative dentistry in Arizona for 3 years and returned to her native New York to start a practice of her own while being closer to family and friends. Dr. Lee maintains her knowledge in dentistry and stays abreast of new techniques and technology through hours of continuing education courses annually.
On August 1st, 2008, Dr. Lee established her private practice beginning with the care for family and friends. By February 2011, Dr. Lee merged with Dr. Colleen Cournot, who had been in practice for over 30 years.
Dr. Lee’s professional memberships include The New York Academy of Dentistry, The Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, New York County Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. She also attended the prestigious Pankey Institute in Florida, and currently studies the latest advances in esthetics, implant and restorative dentistry at the Kois Center in Seattle, WA. She completed a mini-residency program in Cranio-Facial Pain with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain in Dallas, TX.
She also volunteers her time with The Greater New York Dental Meeting, New York University, College of Dentistry Ethics Program & Columbia University, Dental School of Medicine Ethics Program. She has participated with the Central Arizona Shelter Services Dental Clinic, Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow Health Fair, and Costa Rica Dental Mission of New York University, College of Dentistry.
I believe in treating everyone with kindness, compassion, and personalized care. I am passionate about helping you achieve optimal oral health. I decided to focus on periodontics in particular, due to the clear connection between “gum health” and overall “body health”. Periodontal disease has been linked to many medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, just to name a few. These conditions all feedback on each, so having healthy gums is a helpful tool in maintaining your overall, systemic health as well.
I strongly believe that periodontal health is an essential foundation that must be established before any other dental work is done. By helping you achieve healthy gums, I feel that I’m not only improving the appearance of your smile but your overall health as well.
I live in Manhattan with my husband. I love the energy of the city and all of the culture it has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy exploring different parts of the city, traveling, reading, and painting.
Dr. Julie Pastagia is a Board Certified Periodontist and Implant specialist. She is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and New York University, where she majored in Biological Anthropology. She attended Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Pastagia did her specialty training at the University of Washington, one of the premier periodontal and implant programs in the Country obtaining a Masters Degree.
Dr. Pastagia practiced in the Boston area and as a partner in Lexington Periodontics and Implantology. She is excited to move back to her hometown of New York City and to be practicing in such a great office and with such a great staff.