Dr. Thomas Patrie
Dentist in Eastport, NY
Dr. Patrie was born and raised on Long Island. He completed a bachelor of music in cello performance at Oberlin Conservatory followed by graduate music studies at Brandeis University and New England Conservatory. Dr. Patrie played the cello professionally in Boston for several years before transitioning to dentistry.
In 2005, after receiving his D.D.S. from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in New York, Dr. Patrie gained advanced training for an additional two years as a resident and then chief resident at Stony Brook’s General Practice Residency. While in private practice, Dr. Patrie served three years part-time as clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine. As a faculty member of Stony Brook, he also provided regular dental care at the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton.
Why did you become a dentist?
Dr. Silver (the founder of Gentle Dental) was my family’s dentist. He was a very positive person and a great guy. I knew my career would be in dentistry, architecture or music. I originally chose music and I played the cello professionally. While I loved the world of music, I didn’t want to play in an orchestra or pursue a career in academics. I was recording with a guitarist who had just finished dental school and a cellist who was an architect. The dentist was a positive, uplifting person, while the architect was miserable and said he only enjoyed three percent of his work. So I chose dentistry!
What do you like most about being a dentist?
I like meeting the patients and getting to know them. I also like dentistry because it’s mix of art and science. If I’m treating a patient with a fractured front tooth, for example, I have to consider appearance in addition to just repairing the tooth. So I’m actually matching the color and sculpting the tooth to look natural. I also enjoy that dentistry requires fine motor skills, which are skills that I developed as a musician.
How do you spend your free time?
Most of my free time is spent with my wife and two young children. I also enjoy water sports and play the cello.