Q & A with Dr. Kevin J. Hanley
Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
A: I have always had an interest in dentistry as I was growing up. When I was a senior in high school, my girlfriend had braces, which was not as common as it is today. I went with her to a few appointments, and the orthodontist showed me what you can accomplish with treatment, and how you can have a positive influence on someone's self-esteem and outlook. This intrigued me very much. When I got into dental school, I researched orthodontics extensively, liked what I saw, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: I went to college and dental school in Buffalo. I really enjoyed the city and the people in it. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I went to the University of Connecticut for my orthodontic training, and was an associate in a group practice following graduation. I really wanted to be my own boss and left that group and returned to Buffalo. I became associated with another orthodontist who was looking for someone who could follow in his footsteps when he decided to retire. When that time came, I bought the practice from him. Again, the people here in Buffalo are warm-hearted and nice. It is a big city with a small town feel to it, which I like very much.
Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?
A: I graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1974 with a BA in Psychology and in 1978 with my DDS degree. I studied orthodontics at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1980 with a Certificate in Orthodontics.
Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?
A: American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Eighth District Dental Society, Erie County Dental Society, Eighth District Orthodontic Academy, International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American Association of Dental Editors.
Q: What year did you begin practicing?
A: 1983. I taught at the University of Connecticut in the orthodontic department following my graduation until I entered private practice in 1983.
Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: I relocated my office in 1998 to a new facility with all new equipment. I am computerized and will be going digital with my x-ray machines in the near future.
Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?
A: Since I am an orthodontist, orthodontics. We love our patients and do the best for them.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm; lunch 12:00 - 1:00.
Thursday: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; lunch 12:00 - 1:00 in our Alden office.
Q: What HMO or PPO providers are you in network with? Do you offer financing?
A: We offer financing and participate in many insurance plans.
Q: Do you accept any government programs or discount cards?
A: We accept Medicaid.
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?
A: Satisfying my sense of perfection with each patient I see.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?
A: Taking a patient's braces off and seeing the smile on their face when they see their teeth for the first time in about two years. It is very satisfying to be able to help these patients achieve the goals they have for their teeth.