MEMBERS PRACTICE SPOTLIGHT - JULY 2022
The Greater Houston Dental Society Communications Committee is pleased to feature our next July practice spotlight, member specialists: Dr. Ron Hill, Dr. Chad Goodman, and Dr. Gabriella Postalian-Rizzo with Southwest Endodontics. Please read our team’s interview:
Where are you from and where did you attend college, dental school, and residency if any?
Dr. Ron Hill was born in Orange, Texas and was raised in that area as well. He attended the University of Houston, where he received his B.A. in U.S. History. He attended the University of Texas Dental School in Houston, where he received his D.D.S. He completed a General Practice Residency at Hermann Hospital and practiced general dentistry in the Houston area for 9 years before developing a strong interest in endodontics and returning to UT Houston to earn his certificate and master’s degree. He joined Southwest Endodontics in 2010 and became an owner in 2013. In 2015, he opened a second practice in Lake Jackson to serve the community in that area. He is also very involved in organized dentistry with both the American Association of Endodontists and the American Dental Association. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, voracious reader, craft beer aficionado and enjoys cooking, puzzles and travelling.
Dr. Chad Goodman grew up in Granbury, Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Waco. After graduating from University of Texas School of Dentistry–Houston in 2009, Dr. Goodman practiced general dentistry in Houston.A year later, he entered the endodontic residency at the University of Texas School of Dentistry–Houston to earn his certificate and master’s degree and was graduated in 2013.He joined Southwest Endodontics in 2014 and became a partner in 2017.
Dr. Gabriella Postalian-Rizzo completed her general dentistry training at the Central University of Venezuela where she graduated with honors, first in her class, along with several other academic awards. Then, she relocated to Houston where she completed graduate training in endodontics, and also obtaining a master’s degree in the specialty. She then joined Southwest Endodontics to continue her practice in dentistry, and she became a partner in 2021. Dr. Postalian-Rizzo enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and kids.
What is your favorite part about your practice?
Our favorite part about our practice is our staff. I am continually amazed at how hard they work, and how much pride and personal attention they put into their jobs. Our patients constantly complement us on our staff and how pleasant, kind, and helpful they are. They interact more with our staff than they do with the doctors. Our office manager, Gigi, has been with our practice for over 30 years, and we could not be as successful without her. Our staff makes us thankful and grateful to show up to the office every day. We would be nowhere without them!
What would you say is the mission statement of how you practice dentistry?
As endodontists, we are passionate about diagnosing and treating pain. Having a patient come to the office in pain or with the loss of function of a tooth, and being able to have them leave the office without pain and knowing that we saved their natural teeth is very fulfilling. It is why we became endodontists. We use the latest in diagnosis and treatment techniques, including the GentleWaveä System to treat our patients. In reality, they are not our patients, they are yours, and we want them to be happy you referred them to our care.
What advice would you have to current dental students?
The first piece of advice I give to current dentists is always strive for better–better care, better outcomes, better results. Never settle with good enough. Our field is not for the complacent, and dogma is the enemy of the clinician. The second is, always be conservative in diagnosis and treatment. Gaining the patient’s trust will always pay off in the long run, and your practice will thrive as a result. Reputation is the single, most important thing you have, and something you have little control over. It is earned through actions and deeds. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one else is around to see it.