Emily Driesman Embraces Orthodontics

In most orthodontist offices, kids smile only when the dentist tells them to.

But when Emily Driesman was 8 years old, her father took her to meet his friend Dr. Steven Scher. She thought his office was “a fun place to be.”

Unfortunately, the choo-choo train is now gone from outside the orthodontist office at 24 Imperial Avenue.

Three years later, when she actually got braces, her orthodontist was in Fairfield — closer to where her mother worked. But Emily never forgot Dr. Scher.

Years later — after graduating from Coleytown Elementary and Middle School, Staples (2001) and Emory University — she took a year off before grad school.

And worked as an assistant on the Upper West Side for an orthodontist.

The next stop was Columbia University Medical School. Both her parents are physicians, and Emily wanted a career in healthcare — but not as a doctor.

She’d always been good with her hands. She’d majored in psychology.

She liked the interaction between orthodontists and their patients — “kids just growing into themselves. Being part of that – and able to change their smiles — is important.”

Bingo! Emily realized she could have a career in orthodontics.

Dr. Emily Driesman, with a patient. Smile!

In 2013 — after completing her residency at NYU — she spoke to Dr. Scher. The time was not right for her to join his Imperial Avenue practice, so she worked at First Impressions in Fairfield. A number of patients were from Westport. She connected well with them.

A few months ago, Dr. Scher called. After 45 years, he was ready to reduce his hours. He’d always wanted to hand over his practice to his kids — but none went into dentistry. As a native Westporter, Emily was the next best thing.

This time, the timing worked out wonderfully.

In October, Emily bought the practice. She’s not making many changes. But she did need a new name.

Her father came up with a brilliant one: Embrace Orthodontics.

It implies Dr. Scher embracing his new colleague, and both of them embracing their patients.

It suggests “braces.”

And the new owner prefers “Dr. Emily” to “Dr. Driesman” — or just “Dr. Em.”

“It’s been great so far,” she says. “It’s really nice working with Dr. Scher — he’s a great mentor.

“We’re keeping the same ideals: a small, personal office where we know everyone. Dr. Scher makes it fun. This is a place of levity.”

Drs. Emily Driesman and Steven Scher.

Emily loves being back in Westport — both for work and her personal life.

“I see myself in many of the kids who come in here,” she says.

“This is such a tight-knit town. Everyone is welcoming. There’s the beach, downtown, amazing schools — and we’re so close to New York, Block Island and skiing.”

It’s been a year of change for Emily. A month after buying the practice, she got married. Her husband, Dan Keating, works in finance in the city.

“It’s scary being an owner,” Emily admits. “I was nervous. But it’s been a pleasant experience so far.”

That’s also what she hopes her young patients say about her orthodontist’s office.

The exact same office she loved the first time she saw it, nearly 3 decades ago.

10 responses to “Emily Driesman Embraces Orthodontics

  1. Brad French

    I had moved the chew-chew train there from Long Lots road maybe 35 years ago.

  2. Susan Iseman

    So where is the choo-choo train?

  3. Wonderful story. Emily’s mom has been my eye doctor since I moved to Westport almost three decades ago!!! Congratulations to the Dreisman family!

  4. Elina Lublinsky

    We loved Dr.Emily in First Impressions. Congratulations and welcome home!

  5. Congrats Dr. Emily. Great article! So excited for you, and that you’re able to continue the legacy that Dr. Scher has established. Onward!

  6. Mary Hoffman

    Dr. Emily was my orthodontist. My braces went on at age 55 off at 56. Dr. Emily is talented and thanks to her I have a great smile!!!

    • Emily Driesman

      Mary, thank you for such kind words!! I miss chatting with you at your appointments. Sending my best and please stop by if you’re in the area!

  7. Dan shame on you. I had you as an English teacher substitute while in the Westport Public Schoosl. Dentists are doctors! Your article states “The next stop was Columbia University Medical School. Both her parents are physicians, and Emily wanted a career in healthcare — but not as a doctor”

    Doctor is an academic title that originates from the Latin word of the same spelling and meaning. The correct distinction would be dentist or physician.

    Nonetheless Emily is a wonderful very talented Doctor and orthodontist, a great addition to the town. And by the way the train is now in my backyard where my granddaughter Mila loves taking me for rides

    Adam J. Freeman, DDS, D-ABFO
    President, Westport Dental Associates

    • My bad! I could say that was a quote from Emily — which I may or may not have rendered incorrectly. But it’s my blog, and I’ll take the bite.