Meet Your Doctors

Dr. Robert Degano has dedicated himself to the improvement of children’s health for over 30 years. He started his private practice in 1980 where he has provided comprehensive dental care to children, adolescents and kids with special needs.  After receiving his bachelor of arts from NYU College of Arts and Sciences, he completed his dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Knowing his true calling was in treating children, Dr. Degano went on to complete his specialty training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Degano has devoted his time to training future pediatric dentists to provide the same quality care he prides himself in. He has been an associate attending at Brookdale Hospital’s pediatric dentistry clinic since 1979.

Dr. Jing Zhao I am a pediatric dentist. Having moved many times in my life, I am finally happily settled in Queens, NY. I studied economics and chemistry at NYU College of Arts and Sciences graduating with a bachelors degree. I continued my study at NYU College of Dentistry where I received my doctorate of dental sciences. I then went on to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center where I completed a General Practice residency and stayed to complete a Pediatric Dentistry residency as well. In my free time I enjoy watching television and movies. My taste varies from Bones to Full House but a favorite right now is Big Bang Theory. Having to drive everywhere now, I miss being able to relax on the subway and read a good book. I remember the looks I used to get when I laughed aloud while reading Harry Potter. I’ve just gotten married this past March and I’m still adjusting to married life. I have 3 beautiful nieces and a nephew. My most recent accomplishment is attempting and succeeding in cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner. My nephew loved my turkey and has already requested it for next year. Being together and eating while celebrating the holidays are my most cherished memories. That was one of the main reasons I decided to become a dentist. Growing up oral health was never a priority in my family as they had so many other concerns and now we can only try to repair the damage but a life time of dental neglect has resulted in dentures at a young age. Prevention and education are the most important things and that needs to start in childhood. I’m proud to be able to help so that more people can create those treasured memories.