Robert Perlstein, DMD, was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and graduated from NOVA Southeastern University. He began working at Riverside Dental in St. James City three weeks ago.
"My father is a podiatrist and my uncle is a dental specialist," Perlstein said. "I knew I wanted to be in the medical profession but not quite sure where. My father suggested dental school and I followed his advice. Once I got into dental school though I knew I had found what I wanted to do. Dentistry is a combination of art and science."
Perlstein was looking for a quieter environment from Florida's east coast and began looking for employment on the west coast.
"I was looking for something different and went on several interviews in Southwest Florida," Perlstein said. "I wanted to work in a smaller practice and when I came out to Pine Island and met with Dr. Sherry, we just hit it off. Although I've only been here a few weeks Dr. Sherry has been here 30 years.
"I'm having a great time here because of the patients - this is a wonderful island and the people are very warm and friendly."
Riverdale Dental is at 10484 Stringfellow Road, Suite 3, St. James City. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 239-283-1041.