Meet The Doctors

Dr. Selma Yucedal

Dr. Yucedal was raised and attended high school in New York City. Upon graduation, she attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry. After college, she did clinical research with America’s leading researchers in Pharmacology at Columbia University Hospital. In 2000, she pursued her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed her General Practice Residency at University Hospital in Long Island, NY. She then moved to upstate New York and practiced for several years as an associate dentist in a private practice. 

While practicing in Upstate New York, she visited the Capital District often and became intrigued with the lifestyle the area had to offer. For her, it was the best place to raise a family. She moved to the area and started an associate dentist position in Troy, NY. After working for several years as an associate, she opened her own Private Practice in Rotterdam, New York. 

To keep up with the ever-changing field of dentistry, Dr. Yucedal devoted herself to continuous education. She has taken part in many educational events at prestigious Universities including Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Study, Tuft University in Boston, University of Toronto, Canada and the Microsurgical Endodontic Institute in Boston.

She prides herself on providing her patients with the newest and most advanced technology and procedures. She is a member of American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and local Dental Society and has received numerous certificates for her continued education. Her professional objective is to help her patients achieve and maintain their dental health in an informative, warm, friendly and caring environment. 

Dr. Yucedal takes her time with her patients and helps them overcome their fear. She believes that sedative techniques alone aren’t enough for patients with dental phobia. Dr. Yucedal believes that one of the most effective ways to control anxiety is establishing trust with her patients. 

When she is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. 

Dr. Shannon Thomson

Dr. Shannon Thomson studied at the University of Texas at Dallas where she received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a minor in performing arts. During her time at university, she participated in research on dental materials. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Texas A&M College of Dentistry, where she also completed her residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the New York State Dental Association. 

Dr. Thomson credits her childhood orthodontist as the original source of her interest in dentistry, but she found her true passion for the field through dental mission trips abroad and extensive volunteer work. Her priority is patient-centered care. She listens to her patients’ concerns with compassion and empathy, and she strives to help them achieve complete oral health using the science behind dentistry. She stays up to date with the ever-changing, ever-improving field of dentistry through continuing education courses in the latest dental advancements, and through the Spear Institute, which is dedicated to excellence in dental care and procedures.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Dr. Thomson currently resides in Albany where she enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, painting, and playing the piano and ukulele. She also plays classical and jazz flute and is a black belt in karate.