It’s rare today to see a family business that continues to be passed down generation to generation. It’s rarer, still, when that family business is in a profession that requires so much training. The Drs. Boyd are proud to be a fourth generation dental family practice. Year after year, families have trusted us to keep them smiling. We look forward to continuing to serve future generations of patients’ families for years to come.
Dr. Leon Ellis Boyd -- In 1896, Dr. Leon graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, University of Cincinnati. At the time it was considered the leading pioneer of dentistry in the West and was the second college of dentistry in the world. The college welcomed its first students in 1845, and played a key role in the development of dentistry from an untrained trade performed by blacksmiths to the robust, multi-specialty field it is today. They were the first to graduate a female dentist in 1865.
Dr. Leon’s 3-year dental program cost $150 per year and included laboratory and clinical courses. Following graduation, Dr. Leon opened his first practice in Cincinnati – where he met his wife and started a family. As was customary for the time, he treated patients in a parlor of his home. After a number of years, the family moved, and Dr. Leon opened a practice in the suburbs of early Brooklyn -- establishing the future Boyd family of dentists in New York City.
Dr. Norman Wingate Boyd Sr. was the son of Dr. Leon. He too was attracted to the dental profession. He would tell his four young children – including Norman Wingate Boyd Jr., D.D.S. and Alvin Taplin Boyd, D.M.D. of the dental smells he remembered coming from the home’s parlor room. Dr. Leon passed away when Dr. Norman Sr. was just 15, he lived at home while he attended and graduated from the newly renamed Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 1930. He earned the college’s prestigious Ella Marie Ewell Medal for Proficiency in Dentistry. In fact, Dr. Andrew, his grandson, received the same Marie Ella Ewell Medal from Columbia University 81 years later.
Upon graduation, Dr. Norman Sr. opened his first practice in Pleasantville, New York. A few years later, he began practicing in Manhattan – just blocks away from where the Drs. Boyd P.C. offices are today. He and a partner would set the precedent of being the preeminent dentists for New York City and the surrounding region’s prominent families and shipping magnates. Rambunctious young brothers, President John F. Kennedy and brother U.S. Attorney General Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, were patients in their early years. In fact, the practice has cared for the families of four former U.S. Presidents. To this day patients come from around the world via word of mouth for the Drs. Boyd quality. Their privacy is respected and the treatment they receive unmatched.
In the 60s, third generation Boyd brothers, Dr. Norman Jr. and Dr. Alvin, each decided to follow in Dr. Norman Sr.’s shoes. They share heartwarming stories of their dad’s enthusiasm and love of dentistry. Dr. Boyd senior even turned their basement into an additional weekend orthodontic practice area. He would explain complex cases and talk of his patients’ successes. Yet, both agree that their father never pressured them to pursue dentistry. As a teenager Dr. Norman asked his father if he was a good dentist, after a pause he answered, “There may be some that equal, but none excels.”
Dr. Norman W. Boyd, Jr. graduated from Lafayette College in 1964 with a degree in physics. He then attended Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he received his D.D.S. degree in 1968. He served as a captain in the Air Force Dental Corps, and went on to receive his advanced specialty training in prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry.
Dr. Alvin T. Boyd graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a degree in biology. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he received his D.M.D. degree in 1971. He completed a mixed dental internship in general dentistry, general anesthesia and oral surgery at Philadelphia General Hospital.
After finishing their commitments, the brothers joined their father in the 1970s. The three doctors moved into the practice’s current location at 515 Madison Avenue. Some would say, it was apropos that they replaced the Coca Cola Company – fixing the teeth damaged with the sugary cola.
The practice was incorporated as the Drs. Boyd, P.C. in 1974.
Dr. Justin Shepard Boyd, son of Dr. Alvin, joined the practice in 2001. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College in 1996. Before dental school, he spent a year working as a dental laboratory technician for the practice. He went on to graduate from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he received his D.D.S. degree. After dental school he completed a one-year general practice residency at the Manhattan V.A. Hospital.
Dr. Norman “Ned” Wingate Boyd, III, son of Dr. Norman Jr., joined the practice in 2001. He graduated from Harvard University in 1996 with a B.A. concentration in Latin. He went on to teach Latin at Trinity High School for one year. He graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he received his D.D.S. degree. Dr. Ned completed his advanced specialty training in prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry in 2004.
Dr. Andrew Wingate Boyd, son of Dr. Alvin, recently joined the practice. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a B.A. in psychology. He graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine with his D.D.S. degree. After dental school, Dr. Andrew completed a one-year general practice residency and a three-year advanced specialty training in prosthodontics at the Manhattan V.A. Hospital which is affiliated with NYU College of Dentistry.
The three younger Drs. Boyd continue to uphold the commitment to excellence for which their great grandfather set the bar more than 120 years ago.
We’re extremely proud of our living history of superior dentistry and family dental care in Manhattan. Currently with many Boyd offspring, we can only hope to have a fifth generation of dentists carry on the legacy of Midtown Manhattan’s Drs. Boyd. In 2030 we will celebrate our practice’s centennial!