Dr. Thomas Y. Lee – Dentist
My name is Thomas Y. Lee and I am a DDS. I attended the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Whenever possible, I seek out continuing education that can add to my knowledge base and supplement my existing clinical skills. Continuing education also offers the valuable opportunity to network with other colleagues, so that we may share honest opinions in the quest to provide the best care possible for our patients
I chose to practice general dentistry because I enjoy performing a variety of procedures, all with the common goal of improving the lives of my patients. There is a direct correlation between the oral health and overall health of an individual. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I also have the opportunity to be an ‘artist’ and help restore the self-esteem of patients who simply wish to improve their smiles with beautiful and natural dental work.
In addition, I’m a native of the Chicagoland area. Other suburbs I’ve lived in include Hinsdale, Northfield, and Orland Park. However, I just moved to Wheeling several weeks ago, but I already feel at home. I currently live with my girlfriend, her 2 cats, and my mother.
My hobbies include reading non-dental literature and sketching art. I also used to play the violin. I’m a fan of local sports teams such as the Chicago Bears (patients who happen to be White Sox fans are just as welcome as Cubs fans). I’ve always been active with my local community church. However, after becoming a dentist, I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to under-served areas to provide emergency-based dentistry for patients who needed me the most. These healthcare mission trips have also given me the opportunity to visit other nations such as Mexico and Mongolia. Most of my patients don’t know that I was a 6th-grade science teacher for several years before going into dentistry. With my habitual propensity to educate patients, some have actually figured out that I once was a teacher. In the future, I would consider returning to education, at least as a part-time faculty member of a local dental school.
“Whenever you get that craving for snack foods, try to eat more nuts. Nuts are not only high in protein and fiber, but their crunchy texture actually help remove plaque from gums and teeth, and reduce tartar build-up over time”.
We do not just ‘fix teeth,’ but work hard as healthcare providers to improve lives on a holistic level. I also learn about so many things dental and non-dental from my patients and co-workers. In this way, it’s not just a career, but a rewarding journey and experience that makes my life more meaningful.