Dr. Rodriguez

Dr. Rafaelina Rodriguez has been practicing dentistry in New York City for more than 30 years. In the time-honored tradition of the neighborhood dentist, she takes a personal interest in each patient, and with her calm and motherly presence puts everyone instantly at ease.


According to her patients, Dr. Rodriguezs true specialty is the kindness and compassionate care she gives each one. They know that she will always listen to their concerns, and do whatever might be necessary to help them have a pleasant and pain-free visit. Her state-of-the-art equipment, and the fact that she keeps up to date with the latest technologies and advances in dentistry, are certainly contributing factors. But it is her gentle hands, warm smile and reassuring manner that make the biggest difference.


Born in the Dominican Republic, she grew up in the capital city of Santo Domingo. With her two younger brothers, civil-engineer father and homemaker mother, along with several pets, she enjoyed a lively and harmonious family life. Summer vacations were spent at a country home in the Cordillera Mountains off the islands northern coast. An avid reader and lover of Nature from an early age, her main passion became science.


Having excelled in her undergraduate studies, she then graduated magna cum laude, at the top of her class, from what was at the time considered the most prestigious private university in the country, earning a doctorate in dental surgery (D.D.S). She received offers from several of her professors to work with them in their private dental practices. Instead, she decided to move to the U.S. where her parents were then living. Soon after arriving, she entered the New York University College of Dentistry to receive further training and prepare for the state and national dental board exams. After successfully passing the exams and obtaining her license to practice dentistry in New York, she set up a private practice in Manhattan.


The practice is made up of a wide spectrum of patients. In the heart of the multicultural kaleidoscope that is NYC, she treats people of all different ages, cultures, creeds and walks of life. Her office is located on the Upper West Side, near the Hudson River and its beautiful Riverside Park. As a Professional Limited Liability Corporation (P.L.L.C) you can expected to be treated by fully  licensed doctors and staff. 


Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the American Dental Association, the State of New York Dental Association and the First District Dental Society of New York, NY, as well as the Hispanic-American Dental Association. Over the years, she has often volunteered her services at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, an annual convention that draws professionals in the field from all over the world. She is also a volunteer member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps, formed after 9/11 to provide a trained and organized group of medical professionals in all different specialties to help the city during major emergencies.

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Today she and her husband live in Westchester County, not far from the Hudson River and the Blue Mountain Reservation. With their daughter, Christina, having married and moved away, they now share their empty nest with Tiger Lily, a beloved calico cat.