The Hauppauge-based oral surgeon has expanded her practice to open Living Well Essentials, a medical spa that will offer facials and medical facials, body contouring, teeth whitening, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and more. Previously, her practice focused on dental implants, oral sleep appliances, oral and maxillofacial surgery and facial imaging.
Pierri calls esthetics "a very artistic field."
"When you’re an oral surgeon, you can recreate people’s faces ... With esthetics you can improve the look of people’s skin and body," she said. "It completes what I’ve always wanted to do."
Living Well Essentials works with a facial rejuvenation specialist, an acupuncturist, two estheticians, three plastic surgeons and two physician's assistants. There are plans to add nutrition and weight loss services as well.
A former teacher in the Commack school district, Pierri studied dentistry at Stony Brook University and has been practicing oral surgery for close to 30 years. Along the way, one of the challenges she said she overcame was breaking into a male-dominated field, saying she was the only woman in her dental school class.
Pierri, 60, of Dix Hills, says she got her work ethic from her father Anthony Pierri, a retired police officer who later launched a business as a jeweler. And she credits her husband, Tom DeNapoli, with being supportive of her new venture at this stage in her career.
"A lot of people are on the back nine, so to speak. They’re slowing down instead of starting something new and fresh," she said. "He was very supportive of me making the time, energy and financial commitment to starting something from scratch."
Pierri said her practice overall is satisfying personally and professionally.
"You’re giving somebody something," she said. "It’s very rewarding to give something back."
Living Well Essentials, located at 400 Townline Road, will hold a grand opening celebration on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.