Dr. Tiffanie Waldeck-Napolitano

2021 40 Under Forty Awards
Dr. Tiffanie Waldeck-Napolitano | 37 | Chief Dental Officer, Wood River Health Services

How do you think COVID-19 will change your industry going forward? Prior to this pandemic, the major focus of infection control in dentistry was bloodborne pathogens. Now, we are more aware of airborne diseases too and our infection control protocols will forever reflect that.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Read. Read a lot. And never leave the house without a book.

What moment changed your life more than any other? The birth of my daughter. She awoke within me a desire to be better and do better so that I could be a strong role model for her.

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What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? Emotional intelligence – having both self- and social awareness helps me to manage my own emotions and responses to stress and to manage and cultivate positive relationships with both my patients and my staff, thus making me a more empathic clinician and skilled leader.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Hot wieners – give me two “all the way” any day!

What are you looking forward to doing again the most post-pandemic? International travel. I’m desperately aching to explore the world again with my family and to teach my daughter about different cultures.

THE PROP: Dr. Tiffanie Waldeck-Napolitano holds a dental typodont, a model of teeth and gums, that represents her career as a dentist.