Dr. Tony Tomaro
Every month we have the opportunity to shine light on our amazing members that are doing productive work in the state of Nevada. This month we have connected with Dr. Tony Tomaro to share his story with us.
Tony, tell us a few fun facts about yourself besides being a dentist?
My #1 hobby is time spent with my wife and our 4 children. Hobbies include duck and pheasant hunting. Fly fishing and regular fishing, salt and fresh water. Cooking. My favorite food is Italian. My parents owned a very large Italian restaurant in southeastern Michigan for 30 plus years. At the age of 9, I started rolling pizzas. By the age of 17, I ran the kitchen. To this day, in our home, we still make all our own recipes.
Tell us what you love most about dentistry
Dentistry has never been a job or work for me. It is my passion and love. I have always been amazed what we do. I enjoy the relationship and trust we establish with patients. We have an opportunity to make a difference in people’s life. The mouth is the gateway to the entire systemic health system. Thus, we are oral medicine specialists, providing an important part of a patient’s overall health. We can also make an emotional difference in our patient’s life, providing them a smile that they have always desired. A smile is a universal language of its own. One of the best feelings, when a patient says, "You have made a difference in my life.” Perhaps the most humbling experience and the most rewarding is the ability to do missionary work and providing for those in need, locally and abroad. I have been so blessed to have experienced this throughout my career and through my lectures, nationally and international, to share this with my colleagues.
Why is organized dentistry so important to you and how have you been involved?
One of the goals of organized dentistry is the protection of one of the most important relationships, the doctor - patient relationships. Not to allow insurance companies, government, and any other organized group to dictate treatment for a patient. Organized dentistry is the spoke person, for the individual dentist, how the profession is to be governed and operated.
I have been involved in the Peer Review Committee for SNDS. Presently the Chair Person. My goal, on the committee, is to bring the patient and doctor together to resolve the issue. Most of the times, it is a communication issue. My other involvement in organized dentistry, with the ADA, PMP (prescription monitoring program). This was very important to me.
Prior SNDS, West Michigan Dental Society, providing dentistry for the underprivileged families and peer review.