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Creating Cleft Awareness With Smile Train

Two-year-old Gerard Avellaneda of Huntington was selected as the honoree for this past weekend’s Smile Train Family Day on June 2. His family and his surgeon, Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo, were there to celebrate with him. Gerard was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and has undergone 3 ... Continue Reading

Walk With Dr. Ruotolo

Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo will be participating in the 2nd Annual SmileTrain Family Day on June 2nd to celebrate one of her outstanding, brave patients. Gerard Avellaneda was born on January 5th, 2016 with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. At just 4 months of age, he underwent his first surgery ... Continue Reading

Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo Honored by New York State Troopers

When Walter, a Long Island resident, went to see his daughter play softball in New Jersey this fall, he never imagined he would leave the game with multiple facial fractures. Hit in the face by a line drive during the game, Walter was unable to drive but didn’t want to ... Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: Doctor Communication is Key

Some people told her she was too young, but at 22 years old Danielle was absolutely sure: She had waited long enough, and she was going to have breast augmentation. "I knew it would make me feel like a woman, and it did," she says. Danielle's initial surgery was at ... Continue Reading

Girl Makes Miraculous Recovery With the Help of LIPSG Physicians

A 7-year-old Sea Cliff girl severely burned on Easter Sunday returned to Nassau University Medical Center on Tuesday to thank the staff who cared for her during a hospital stayed that lasted almost two months. Frances Breen and her family presented two bronze plaques to the burn center and the ... Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: Advocacy for Awareness

Desiree is a breast cancer survivor, and a patient of Dr. Michael Dobryansky. For breast cancer awareness month, her company, NBTY Inc, shared her story to inspire others and to express their pride in her strength and positivity. Desiree is an advocate for yearly mammograms, and shares her story in ... Continue Reading

Real Patient Stories: A Healthy Outlook

“I never thought it would happen. Not in a million years.” –Lori, Breast Cancer Survivor   Lori knew the damage that breast cancer could do. She had seen friends struggle and, as the founder of the celebrity news website cupidspulse.com, she had covered stories of survivors like Giuliana Rancic and ... Continue Reading

Checking In with Diana – Patient Success Story

No one is happy when accidents happen, but when they do happen we’re there to help. One thing that does make us happy is seeing our patients recover and go on to do great things! We love catching up with former patients to check in on their progress. When Diana ... Continue Reading

In Support of Emma’s Smile

Emma is a patient of Dr. Rachel Ruotolo. We are sharing her mom Lorie's letter in support of the Tesoriere family's efforts to raise both funding and awareness for cleft lip and palate through Emma's Smile.   To Whom It May Concern, My name is Lorie Tesoriere, ... Continue Reading

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