A Rewarding Career as a Pediatric Dentist

How a Touro Education Helped Daniel Peikes into His First-Choice Dental School and First-Choice Specialty

July 20, 2022
Dentist Dr. Daniel Peikes sitting in front of computer on table in his office
Dr. Daniel Peikes

From toddlers to teens, they all love Dr. Daniel Peikes. “That’s because I myself grew up in the dental chair,” says Peikes, whose private practice is in Montvale, New Jersey, near the Clifton home he shares with his wife and five per­sonal dental clients (aka children). “I knew from my expe­riences that I wanted to help kids just like I was helped by my dentist, who became my mentor.”

His chief mentor, though, was his father, Meyer Peikes, cur­rently business department chair at Touro and a profes­sor at the university for 40 years, who recommended the school. Nothing readied the young Peikes for the rigors of dental school and additional years of pediatric specialty studies more than Touro in Flatbush, where he received an interdisciplinary sciences degree. “Its flexibility, its rigor­ous education, I was able to do well academically and re­ligiously,” says Peikes, who attended yeshiva by day while pursuing college studies at night. “The Lander education got me into my first choice dental school and eventually my first choice of specialty.”

A Dean’s List regular, Peikes graduated from the Universi­ty of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He completed his pediatric dentistry practice while serving as chief resident. “The ability to turn a frightened, anxious child into a trusting patient is my ultimate goal,” he ex­plains. “My career is truly rewarding.”