About Dr. Goldman

According to Maryland State Dental Board regulations I am legally obliged to  include that  the official opinion of the  State Board (and the ADA) is that there are: "no legitimate peer-reviewed studies that support a link between mercury amalgams and ill health and that there may be risks involved in amalgam removal".




My real name is.... well, Dr. Goldman.  Michael C. Goldman to be exact.  I have enjoyed practicing dentistry in the Baltimore - Washington, DC area since graduating from  U of Maryland's dental school in ...ugh...1968 ....at the age of 12.  Would you believe 18? Somehow I didn't think you would.    I'm really not that old.   That picture of me was actually taken 10 years from now..... Would you believe 5 years...?

Here's a  recent unsolicited testimonial photo from a satisfied patient:

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To be truthful, I did not take this photo of me; it was taken by Julie, my chairside dental assistant.


Philosophy of Practice...a healing environment

Whenever two people come into relationship with good intention and purpose a healing environment is created for both of them. In such a relationship the patient and doctor become equal partners helping each other toward physical and spiritual balance .

While we must work with our physical bodies, we are also free to come from a place where we acknowledge a larger existence. That shift in perspective can change the experience from that of traditional healthcare to one of working together to heal our lives while on a physical level some symptom of dis-ease is being eased.


But to just talk about the "alternative-ness"  of my dental practice would  be to give you the wrong slant on it.   Very simply, we  work hard to make dental care as comfortable and gentle - yes, even as pleasant   -  as  we can......

A TV is recessed  into  the  ceiling  right above you as you recline in the  treatment chair.  It can be turned off if you prefer, or as most of our patients do, you can pick from a menu of  calming... even meditative... video tapes of concerts, nature, shows, etc. ( some bring a favorite of their own)........  You control the volume level of the video's soundtrack in your headphones.......  The chair gently vibrates (or not, as you wish) for a full body relaxation  massage......... You may be offered homeopathics or essences to help calm and relax........and more....

Why do I provide this?  Is it a gimmick?  No....  The idea is  very simple and scientifically sound.  We humans  have the mixed blessing of only being able to focus our attention on one thing at a time.   So, if all there is to focus on is dental treatment...you guessed it! The whole time nothing but dental treatment... On the other hand if your senses are pleasantly overwhelmed with positive, pleasant sensations --.   your hearing, your seeing, as well as your body feeling  --  then your attention is continually pulled away from the  dental sensations.  So at the end of  one hour's dental treatment, you may have only focused on it for  five minutes....or maybe not at all!

So, as much as I would like to believe a visit to the dentist (this dentist) is easy and  - fun ---- I know it's the hardest thing in the world for many people.  For others it may be fairly easy,  but for most it's somewhere in-between.  Everybody can well use a little help....and kindness.

One of the most satisfying experiences I have in dentistry is that of helping a dental-phobic patient turn - blossom ! -  into a relaxed and self-satisfied patient and friend.


There surely is a lot of rhetoric out there about  what recognizes the whole patient and what doesn't.  Basically, we all want and need to be treated with kindness.    That's a very simple idea and yet seems elusive in its application.   Trendy new techniques are not the answer...at least not by themselves.

Some of the  new and trendy ideas (like mercury-free dentistry) are gaining support as evidence mounts in their favor.  Some ideas have little evidence, but  somehow just feel intuitively right.  But application of technology - whether it's traditional western medicine or alternative care needs to be done with heart.

Otherwise all we have is technicians.   What we need is closer to the  eastern idea of healers.  What is  best to my  thinking is a blend of the two, technician- healers.   To blend  the two is to function with the  mind and heart, rather than just mind or  heart. 

Attempting to take the best of what western and eastern approaches to life and health have to offer seems to me the paradigm that is emerging.  But it's just as easy to get puffed up and stuffy about eastern ideas as about traditional ones.   Truth always is simple.

The Dalai Lama has stated that his religion  is kindness.   I think that says everything!  So it is, to me, in my field - dentistry - that if I can treat people with simple kindness that is 95% of what's important.  The rest, the appropriate technology, will naturally flow from that mindset....


In my practice we use a combination of traditional dentistry and alternative approaches where we can.  In some cases our belief in alternative ideas   leads us to limit or modify traditional  technique.  Some  major examples are that we do not use mercury ("silver" amalgam fillings are 50% or more mercury), and that  while I do root canal treatment, I have modified the way I do it because I think some important and very possibly legitimate  issues have been raised about traditional root canal treatment. 

You will find more detailed info about these and other topics 
by clicking the "
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My own training includes some basic understanding and capability in   Homeopathy and Cranial Osteopathy (Cranio-Sacral ), and ReikiTwo of my staff have also been trained as Reiki practitioners.  And I  constantly learn from my patients, a large portion of whom are involved in providing  or receiving a wide range of alternative healthcare services in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia   area and beyond. 


IAOMT is another great organization (International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology).  It is a network of professionals - physicians, dentists, other healthcare providers and research scientists dealing with toxicity issues ....

IAOMT Mission Statement:    "to promote the health of the public at large by examining and compiling scientific research relating to the BIOCOMPATIBILITY  of oral/dental materials to insure their informed   use in clinical practice."

PPNF  (Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation) is another great organization. PPNF is all about increasing our knowledge of what's healthy and what's not.  A lot of their material deals with nutrition and also with issues of what may be toxic to humans that we come in contact with in the food we eat, as well as substances we come in contact with.  Dental materials like mercury (used in "silver" fillings) is a big issue.  Certain aspects of root canal treatment   have been questioned.  I respect PPNF in its fine non-profit work.

These organizations are daring and dedicated.   What they promote flies in the face of established authorities, often placing them on the hot-seat of controversy.  They are committed and believe what they say.   Time will prove them right or wrong, but to me, what they say is often compelling and makes sense.  Even if they are only partially correct, they raise warning flags for us where others are not even noticing evidence of potentially huge dangers!





I was born in....Ok, I won't go back that far.   After college (Clark University, Worcester, Mass. ),   I went  to  Univ. of Maryland's dental school and graduated in 1968.

After graduation I wanted more training and was accepted to a one year rotating internship in Staten Island, New York at Sea View Hospital.  There I got to work under the direct supervision  of specialists in the fields of endodontics (root canals), prosthodontics (caps, bridges, dentures...), oral surgery (oral surgery...), as well as  experienced general dentists.  This was a valuable one-on-one learning experience.

After that I spent two years in the  Army, during which I ran the prosthodontic clinic at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama.

Since completing my two years in the Army with commendation in 1971 I have been in   private practice in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, and since 1981  in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where I practice in a home-office which I really enjoy.


My Great Staff

When I have the task of hiring someone (which does not come up very often....they never want to leave ) I mainly look for someone I really like. Of course they have to have ability, but  the "vibes" have to be right. As a result, I believe, the office has a congruity  to it. Everybody helps to create a certain feeling.  I've never been comfortable with  "motivational meetings" or "pep talks".  Just get the right mix of people in the first place and the magic happens...

Eve, is the receptionist / office manager.  Hilda  works with me as chair side assistant, and Cheryl, and Michele are our Hygienists.  They all work very hard to do a good job and to please our patients.  At the end of a hard productive day we all feel good ...maybe tired,...but good-tired.

Cheryl and Michelle, our WONDERFUL hygienists have both  been with me for several years and it's been fun to see them grow in many ways.  They love their work and  patients  see and sense their enthusiasm and  appreciate that.

I  have been trained as a Reiki practitioner.  Reiki is an ancient eastern healing practice of bringing   healing energies from "the Universe" into the energy field of some person (or animal or other living thing).  That's something we do when we feel the urge to do it.  On occasion we do it for patients, but only freely and at no charge.  I only mention it here to help create a picture of who we are.

My staff and I have  worked as dental professionals for many years and bring a wide range of skills into the office to complement  and help maximize my skills for optimal results.

(2002) Julie was for many years my  chair side assistant but is no longer working here...she is raising a baby and we all miss her and wish her the very best with her  baby girl!

Jan was our  hygienist for many  years and is 2nd degree Reiki, but she has retired and we all miss her and wish her well and enjoy seeing her from time to time!

Hilda is my chair-side assistant now and is a lovable and warm, caring person that  intuitively and automatically eases the anxiety  many tend to feel in the  dental  chair.  Incidentally, she speaks Spanish fluently.


Office location:    and Directions for Getting Here..... 

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Michael C. Goldman, DDS
3815 East-West Highway
Chevy Chase, Maryland, 20815

That's the  North-East corner of Connecticut Ave and East -West Highway (Rte. 410) in a home office.  Our private parking lot is entered from East-West Highway.  It's about 1/2 mile inside the  Washington Beltway (495) toward Washington, DC.

Driving directions from the Beltway (495): take the exit for Connecticut Ave (Exit 33) and at the end of the ramp you can go toward Kensington or south toward Chevy Chase and Washington.  You take the  fork south toward Chevy Chase.

 That will put you on Connecticut Ave. south.  You'll go about 5 lights in only about 1/4 mile or so. On your left you will pass a  library, then a fire house, then a big white church.  After the church, get into the left turn lane to turn left at the light  ["Junction 410" ], which is East-West Highway. 

After you turn left at the light and you are on  E-W H'way, the very first  driveway on your left takes you into my little parking lot.  Often the traffic  going the other way is backed up at that  light so you can't go across it easily to turn into my drive.  In that case just continue down E-W H'way a little bit until you can safely make a U-turn and come back  toward the intersection, staying in the curb lane so you can easily turn into  my lot.


Buses stop at this corner from either EW Highway or Connecticut Ave.  Subway stops either Bethesda or Silver Spring, with Bethesda only slightly closer.  Bethesda  stop is a 15 minute or so walk to the office, or a 5 minute bus ride.  Bus or cab is available from either stop.  If either works for you just as well, I'd recommend  the Bethesda stop.



For those patients flying in  from out of town, any of the  Washington, DC / Baltimore airports will work but the easier choice would likely be Reagan Int'l. or Dulles Int'l.  You can get cabs or shuttles from the  airports for the 45 minute or so ride to the office.  Traffic  can be heavy so it can take longer. 

Reagan Int'l. has a possible advantage in that  the Metro [Subway] can be taken from right inside the terminal.  You would take the YELLOW line to Gallery Place/Chinatown and there switch to the RED line toward Bethesda and Shady Grove.  Exit at the Bethesda Stop.  Up the escalator you can find the Buses that go from that Bethesda station to Connecticut Ave.  I think the J2 or J3 buses both  have that route.  Check with the driver.  You'll want  him to let you know  when to get off at the intersection of Connecticut Ave and East-West Highway.   If you go up further in the station to street level you'll be next to the Hyatt Hotel.   Good place to stay if you  need it and you can get a cab  in front of that hotel to the office.  About a 5 minute ride..... depending on traffic....


Phone: (301) 656-6171      FAX: (301) 656-4350

e-Mail:  mgoldman.dds@verizon.net

Note: For questions or suggestions/comments other than to make an appointment,
please do not phone, but do email.  Thanks!





More info about the following is available  if you select  "topics".

Holism in dentistry is an approach to dental treatment, primarily  caring for  patients' health and safety from both a conventional as well as  "alternative healthcare" point of view.  It is sometimes called "biological" dentistry or "biocompatible" dentistry.  In it's fullest sense, I believe it   acknowledges and deals with  the mind, body and spirit of the patient, not just his or her "teeth".  See Topics / Info.....

Cosmetic dentistry is about doing   quality , esthetic dentistry in a way that looks natural to begin with, and furthermore,   can even  improve  one's  attractiveness through techniques such as bonding, bleaching, veneers, caps, implants and more.  It can   be like "instant orthodontics" in correcting  crooked, twisted or misplaced teeth in many instances.  Dark or misshapen teeth can be restored.   Smiles that lack youthful vigor or beauty can be revitalized! See Topics / Info..

Bleaching, veneers, bonding, caps, bridges, and implants  are cosmetic dentistry treatments that are also  discussed under topics, and more...