The experience was priceless. Yet, as his passion for oral surgery and dentistry blossomed, he kept hinting to his family “he had more to do.”
And as a testament to his strong will, Dr. Del Vecchio volunteered for an international surgery mission in his third year of residency.
Travelling with his program director to Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Del Vecchio spent time surgically correcting cleft lip and palate deformities for the less fortunate. Upon his return to the States, Dr. Del Vecchio spent his remaining time defining himself as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, but more importantly, as a human being. By 1997, he had completed his surgical requirements and was bestowed a specialty certificate from Woodhull Medical Center in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Also, a certificate for Dental General Anesthesia was granted owing to his competency in administering anesthesia for patients in need.
After completing his surgical training, Dr. Del Vecchio decided to stay in New York. It was a decision made slowly as he spent two years working with other Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in and around New York City. Late 1999 presented an opportunity for him, as he maintained a practice in Peekskill New York and eventually assumed the Yorktown Heightspractice. With private practice and hospital priveledges at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, one would have assume Dr. Delvecchio would slowed down a bit in the Northern tier of Westchester County. His friendships with other local oral surgeons made him whisper again “I have more to do.”
Today, both locations exist as vibrant and dynamic practices offering a unique surgical experience in an atmosphere of comfort. Dr. Del Vecchio is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a member of the New York State Society of Oral Surgeons, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Yorktown/Peekskill Study group (where he served as president for a year). Dr. Del Vecchio continues to keep up to date with new technology and procedures by attending national meetings. Dr. Del Vecchio is also an attending surgeon at the Westchester Medical center in Valhalla, New York where he has taught Oral Surgery residents, lectured on preparing for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Board examination as well as performed complex surgical cases in the operating room.
By now, some may have guessed correctly, because it has been heard that Dr. Del Vecchio “had more to do.” And these words are even more powerful today. Dr. Del Vecchio has developed his own Dental Seminar Series at no cost to his referring Doctors. With Dr. Del Vecchio arranging his own mailings, quarterly newsletters, as well as casual reminders and updates, Dr. Del Vecchio has been able to have nationally recognized dental leaders come and educate the local dentists and other dental specialists on what is paramount to a patient’s dental health, dental implants, cutting edge technology, practice management, and general well being. This is no easy feat. After a decade of such dedication, it is often suggested that lecturers even await an invite from Dr. Del Vecchio to lecture, hearing of the high caliber and passion that exists within Dr. Del Vecchio’s study group. Also within the profession of Oral Surgery, the offices of Dr. Anthony Del Vecchio hold Certificates of Office Anesthesia by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and by the New York State Society of Oral Surgery. Further assuring his referring doctors and patients of his commitment to safety and education, the practice of Dr. Anthony Del Vecchio continues to raise standards.
Ironically, the practice does not define Dr. Del Vecchio, rather, it’s everything else outside the practice. Blessed with three beautiful children, Dr. D has many opportunities “to do more” thanks to his children. It is not uncommon to find him and his children at Yankees, Jets, Rangers and Giants games. He was spotted in Philadelphia twice! As a past cubscout troop leader, and with his son Joseph, acts of generosity and patriotism have helped to make Westchester County better. The value in appreciating citizenship and our freedoms do not go unnoticed. His two daughters, Amanda and Alyssa, also convey this message with participation in the Girl Scouts of America. The humanitarian within ourselves come out differently in each of us.
Dr. Del Vecchio’s membership and actions with the Knights of Columbus have been his contribution. As a Knight, helping those less fortunate and providing guidance builds the human being within. Apart from professional associations, membership in the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce allows Dr. Delvecchio to stay equally supportive of the businesses locally and the people and families they influence. He and his wife, Cathy, do try to get away from time to time. Not too long ago, a trip to the Vatican City in Rome was a long awaited venture, but worth the wait. On that faithful day, with patrons awaiting entrance to the Holy City, Dr. Del Vecchio was able to arrange seating at an afternoon mass with his mother. It has been overheard that before services started, Dr. Del Vecchio leaned to his mother and said, “I have more to do…”