Raleigh Dentist Dr. Leslie Yuan Gazdek Dr. Yuan Gazdeck is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who grew up in Cary, NC (a rare local!). She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies and completed her dental education at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle in which she learned to treat medically complex patients. She worked in Chicago as a private practice general dentist and at St. Bernard Hospital treating pediatric patients. She realized that she loved working with children (they’re the only ones that laugh at her jokes!) and she wanted to provide the best evidence-based care for her patients. She returned to the University of Washington for her 2-year pediatric dental residency where she received extensive training in hospital dentistry, sedation, and patients with special needs. Concurrently, she earned her Master of Science in Dentistry with research in pediatric mandibular anatomy using cone beam computed tomography (3-D imaging) that is published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. Most recently, she worked in New York City in private practice on the Upper East Side and Harlem. She has now returned back to the only place that has truly felt like home throughout her extensive training and travels…North Carolina!

Her goal for her patients is to master the dental experience and to become adults who enjoy going to the dentist. She believes in the large role of diet causing cavities, and the importance of treating primary teeth in ways that are predictable and successful. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Yuan Gazdeck is married to a prosthodontist (they met in dental school!) and has a baby boy named Nate. She enjoys traveling, working out at the gym, and she’s at Lowe’s at least once a week for home projects.