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Need a medical expert? You came to the right place.

Edited by Jennifer Nelson - June 1, 2016


Advocare the Orthopedic Center Discovery Psychotherapy
& Discovery Wellness Center
Newman Orthodontics
Allergy Consultants, P.A. Flanders Pediatric Dentistry Newton-Sparta Pediatric Dentistry
& Orthodontics
Branchburg Pediatric Dentistry Joseph GalassoPsyD Pediatric Dental Arts 
Bright Smiles 4 Kids  Gallery of Little Smiles - Gallery of Smiles Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph
Jennifer A Carlson, PsyD Metro Dental Associates Sparkles Dentistry for Children
Carter Smiles, LLC Montclair Pediatric Dental Care Tenafly Pediatrics, P.A.


Mark Rieger, MD • David Lin, MD • Joshua Strassberg, MD

Advocare The Orthopedic Center provides pediatric and adolescent patients with  the highest quality of care for orthopedic issues ranging from sports injuries to spinal curvatures, cerebral palsy, congenital disorders and trauma. One of the largest pediatric and adolescent orthopedic practices in the tri-state region, Advocare recently became affiliated with New York University, which allows the doctors to care for their patients locally while utilizing the state-of-the-art resources available at NYU. 

"We’re excited to be able to provide outstanding care locally, but now families can rest assured that they can still continue their relationship with our physicians while having access to all of the resources of a world-class medical center,” says Dr. Mark Rieger, an assistant professor at NYU Medical Center and founder of Advocare The Orthopedic Center.    

Known for his commitment to excellence among both patients and colleagues, Dr. Rieger’s expertise lies in the treatment of children and adolescents with sports injuries, scoliosis, fractures and disorders of the hip, shoulder, knee, ankle and foot. Dr. Rieger was the first surgeon in New Jersey to perform endoscopic spine surgery, the first to use ultrasound to evaluate pediatric hip disorders and the first to use the Ponseti technique to treat clubfeet non-surgically. He was also the first division chief of pediatric orthopedics at Morristown Medical Center. 

“We are specifically trained to treat patients up to 21 years of age, and because we are working with young people we have made it our mission to become experts in minimally-invasive surgical techniques to prevent kids from having to undergo surgery whenever possible,” he says. 

The doctors are now able to perform complex ACL surgeries, even in children with open growth plates, and the practice also offers a new x-ray technology for scoliosis patients that delivers the lowest dose of radiation.    

“We treat our patients like family,” Dr. Rieger says. “We perform cutting-edge treatments to get kids back to the sports they love quickly and safely, but we also take the time to help educate families on how to help prevent these injuries from happening in the first place.” 

Advocare The Orthopedic Center has treated thousands of children and has seen a wide variety of age-specific problems from newborns to young adults. The doctors have developed special interest in fracture/trauma care, and are experts in the unique field of pediatric sports medicine. They are also highly experienced in arthroscopically treating meniscal injuries and ACL tears in adolescents and teenagers.

The physicians also specialize in pediatric and adolescent trauma and hip disorders, and define success as getting patients back to full function and seeing them excel in their chosen sports. The group has been described as caring and talented by their patients and peers, and wins awards for excellence each year. 

Drs. David Lin, Joshua Strassberg, Samara Friedman and Tamir Bloom love working with children. The talented doctors and surgeons work with their young patients and their families to achieve the best possible outcome with the least amount of surgical intervention so that children can get back to living their lives with minimal interruption.

"The doctors on our team are sub-specialty trained so we can offer the highest level of expertise in treating everything from sports and spinal injuries to trauma,” Dr. Rieger concludes. “Returning kids back to their optimal level of health—and knowing that we have made a difference in their lives—is the most rewarding thing about what we do."

Now offering walk-in hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5-8pm & Sat. 10-2pm

​218 Ridgedale Ave., Ste. 104, Cedar Knolls
609 Morris Ave., 2nd Fl., Springfield
1 Robertson Dr., Ste. 27, Bedminster • 973-538-7700 • advocaretheorthocenter.com


Allergy Consultants, P.A.

David A. Fost, MD • Arthur F. Fost, MD

From left to right: Drs. Arthur F. Fost, David A. Fost, Satya D. Narisety, Antonio A. de la Cruz.At Allergy Consultants, P.A., Drs. Arthur Fost and David Fost find manageable solutions for children and adults with asthma, sinus disease and allergies. At their practices in Verona and Sparta, the doctors offer the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatment plans for both their adult and pediatric patients.

The father-and-son team is compassionate and knowledgeable and always willing to listen to patients to determine the best course of action. The doctors have published scientific and clinical papers on asthma and allergies in medical journals, and they remain active in research, training and teaching. Drs. Fost are currently involved in a number of nationwide studies designed to develop new allergy and asthma treatments.

The doctors are joined in their offices by Dr. Antonio de la Cruz and Dr. Satya Narisety. Dr. de la Cruz has been associated with Allergy Consultants for many years, and has particular expertise and experience in eye and sinus issues. Dr. Narisety received her allergy training at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital and has done important research on new treatments in food allergies. All of the physicians at Allergy Consultants are board certified in allergy and immunology.

“Patients can always expect to leave our offices with a deeper understanding of their symptoms, rather than a quick prescription,” says Dr. David Fost, who helps his own daughter manage eczema, allergic rhinitis, and a peanut allergy. “We focus on the cause of the problem to help patients lead better lives without having to rely on medication.”     

The doctors at Allergy Consultants are well-known for the compassion, care, and concern they show to each and every one of their patients, and they pride themselves on treating children and adults alike with respect and dignity. Allergy Consultants, P.A. has become one of Northern New Jersey’s premier medical practices for the treatment of allergies, asthma, sinus disease, and immune system disorders. 

“Allergies and asthma affect millions of lives, but they can be managed effectively. It’s a rewarding feeling to know that so many patients trust their treatment to us because they consider us the best asthma and allergy specialists they can find,” says Dr. Arthur Fost. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and earned his post-medical school training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. 

Dr. David Fost is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed his internship and residency at the University Of Wisconsin’s Children’s Hospital, and underwent a fellowship in allergy/immunology at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado.

“We take care of patients of all ages, and form a very unique and special bond with families,” Dr. David Fost says.

All of the doctors are committed to giving back: Dr. David serves as a physician for a local school board and volunteers his time to youth sports, and Dr. Arthur has worked with malnourished children and families in foreign countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Guatemala. 

197 Bloomfield Ave., Verona  • 973-857-0330
89 Sparta Ave., Ste. 230, Sparta • 973-726-8850 • sneezedoctors.com
From left to right: Drs. Arthur F. Fost, David A. Fost, Satya D. Narisety, Antonio A. de la Cruz.


Jennifer A. Carlson, PsyD

Carlson Psychological Services • The COR Group

The owner of Carlson Psychological Services, Dr. Jennifer A. Carlson is a licensed psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist whose compassionate, comprehensive approach helps promote positive change, alleviate emotional distress and address an array of psychological, social and behavioral issues. 

She is also a co-founder and neuropsychologist of The COR Group, with locations in Closter, Ridgewood, Paramus and Cedar Grove. The practice provides services including individual and group therapy, testing, neurofeedback, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, ABA, tutoring, sports psychology and other consulting services. 

“By utilizing a team approach with so many related services, we've created an environment where we can provide the most comprehensive support for children and their parents,” says Dr. Carlson, a mother of twin daughters. 

Dr. Carlson works with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples and groups. Her approach to psychotherapy with children integrates play therapy techniques, cognitive-behavior techniques, social skills and social problem-solving training. She conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments in order to diagnose learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, executive functioning disorders and other neurological, neuropsychological and psychological disorders. She is also trained to address childhood issues such as bullying, sibling rivalry, divorce, learning disabilities, grief and loss, eating disorders, social skills deficits and low self-esteem. 

She routinely collaborates with parents, teachers and other mental health or medical professionals to diagnose underlying issues and create steps towards positive change while helping to increase a child’s self-esteem and improve their self-confidence.

Every child is truly an individual, and I’m committed to working as part of a team to help each child reach their unique potential,” she says. “Whether the child is struggling with dyslexia or ADHD, it’s my goal to pinpoint the root area of weakness to ensure that these issues never build up to cause poor self-esteem, school avoidance or anxiety.”

Dr. Carlson received her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in counseling education services and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and school psychology from West Chester University and Pace University. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical child-school psychology from Pace University.    

Dr. Carlson completed her doctoral externship clinical training at Rockland Children Psychiatric Center and her doctoral internship training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center in the Inpatient and Outpatient Pediatric Psychology units.

In addition to her extensive clinical work, Dr. Carlson is also a certified school psychologist and has practical and in-depth working knowledge of the special education laws, processes and procedures in New Jersey and New York. She relies on her educational background to offer families her unique experience in procuring services for children with special needs or who may be in need of special education services, accommodations or modifications.

“I help parents understand their child’s educational rights, and at the same time my relationship with local school districts allows me to have a clear understanding of the level of services they can provide. Even something as simple as a visual-spatial issue that prevents the child from copying words from the chalkboard can develop into a more serious problem,” she explains. “I’m passionate about helping families have access to the services they need so their child can reach their full potential.”

Closter • Ridgewood • Paramus • Cedar Grove • 201-960-6614 • 201-564-7331 • carlsonpsych.comdrcarlson@thecorgroup.org • thecorgroup.org


Joseph Galasso, PsyD

The Cor Group
Dr. Joseph Galasso is a licensed clinical psychologist and founding partner of The COR Group. The practice offers an array of services for all ages, including psychology, speech and language pathology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), occupational therapy, education, wellness and coaching. Dr. Galasso and the rest of the COR Group team strongly believe in integration, collaboration and quality clinical service.

Dr. Galasso recently opened The COR Behavioral Group, a psychological practice in Paramus that offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for autism and special needs associated with developmental disabilities. The team provides therapies that are designed to help each patient reach his or her full potential. Board certified behavior analysts are on hand to identify a child’s strengths and limitations and develop appropriate treatment goals and behavioral programs.

“What sets us apart is that we’ve created a one-stop shop for parents who need psychological services for their kids,” Dr. Galasso says. His practice offers both in-office sessions as well as home-based programs for its ABA and autism services. “It’s never a one-size-fits-all approach, and we tailor every treatment plan to fit each child and their family’s needs,” he adds.

 The boutique practice limits the amount of patients they accept to provide more immersive, comprehensive care, and maintains a close network of physicians throughout New Jersey so children can receive the best care available.

“The majority of our services take place right in the child’s home, school and community where they’re most comfortable, so instead of just coming to see me for a one-hour session, some kids might be able to take advantage of 15-20 hours of services each week,” he says.

Dr. Galasso is passionate about creating adaptive and inclusive fitness and wellness opportunities for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. He has focused on working with children and families since the beginning of his career.

“I’ve always believed in working together as a team with families to help kids reach their full potential—parents are often the most important people in a session,” he says. “I like to combine behavioral applications with a humanistic approach that’s completely inclusive of the entire family.”

 Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Galasso is a clinical, consulting and sport psychologist. He received his BA in psychology from Quinnipiac University, an MA in industrial/organizational psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and his PsyD for clinical psychology at Alliant International University.

Dr. Galasso works with elite athletes on both an individual and team basis, and currently provides all psychological services for the Brooklyn Nets. He is a co-creator of the Special Spartans national event, an obstacle course race for children with disabilities, as well as the Omnes Foundation, which is dedicated to funding these opportunities. The practice also creates custom fitness plans for children with developmental disabilities and educates families on the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

“I want to become an advocate for the patients we work with; we want to make these kinds of experiences available for all children so they can take advantage of the recreational opportunities that many families take for granted,” he explains. “We also want to be sure we’re helping kids build functional skills that they can apply in the real world, whether they’re at the library, the mall or on a playground."

The COR Group • Closter • Ridgewood • Cedar Grove • Paramus • 201-564-7331 • thecorgroup.org
The COR Behavioral Group • 304 Harrington Ave., Ste. 2B, Closter • 201-660-8270 • corbehavioral.com


Carter Smile, LLC

Christina R. Carter, DMD

Dr. Christina Carter provides comprehensive care in her dual-specialty pediatric dentistry and orthodontic practice. A pediatric dentist, orthodontist, and certified holistic health coach, Dr. Carter focuses on a child’s overall health in addition to building a beautiful, healthy smile. “I grew up in my father’s orthodontic practice, so I became passionate about starting kids on the right path towards a healthy future,” she says. 

Dr. Carter specializes in treating special needs patients, and often brings her trained therapy dog Callie to the office to put patients at ease. She provides an integrative approach to dental treatment and individualizes office visits to meet each child’s needs, with special options that are appropriate for children who may have sensory, taste, or other issues that could prevent them from a successful dental visit.

“I love showing my patients that visiting the dentist can be as easy as giving mom a smile,” she says. “We focus on removing obstacles—from fear to sensory issues to financial concerns—to give children healthy foundations for bright, beautiful futures.” 

Dr. Carter received her DMD from UMDNJ before completing residencies in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at NYU. She is one of only a handful of dentists across the country who holds both specialty degrees. Dr. Carter also completed a fellowship at NYU’s Langone Medical Center—Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in cleft, craniofacial, and surgical orthodontics. 

President of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, Dr. Carter is a regular guest on Sirius “Doctor Radio,” has appeared on Inside Edition, NBC and WPIX news, and has been published in Scholastic and Kiwi magazines. In her private practice, she always takes the time to answer questions and help educate parents on how to start their child on the right path towards both a healthy smile as well as a positive outlook on life.

290 Madison Ave., Bldg. 5, Morristown • 973-540-1666 • cartersmile.com


Flanders Pediatric Dentistry

Edward M. Sonnenberg, DDS • Joseph M. Arvay, DMD • Michael Goldkind, DMD  Kimberly Hollywood, DMD • Daniel Dinowitz, DMD

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry is a dual-specialty practice that strives to enhance each child’s comfort level and treatment efficiency when it comes time to visit the dentist or orthodontist. Drs. Edward M. Sonnenberg, Joseph M. Arvay, Michael Goldkind, Kimberly Hollywood, and Daniel Dinowitz of Flanders Pediatric Dentistry are committed to superior oral health for kids.

“Our mission is to ensure that patients look forward to visiting the dentist,” says Dr. Sonnenberg, a father of five. The doctors welcome parents into the treatment rooms, and provide patients with the tools to maintain their healthy smile, from brushing and flossing tips to diet and nutritional guidance.

Dr. Sonnenberg is a specialist in pediatric dentistry, while Dr. Arvay and Dr. Goldkind are orthodontic specialists. New to the practice, Dr. Hollywood and Dr. Dinowitz are pediatric dentists and Dr. Hollywood recently became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The team is skilled at helping kids make their dental visits a fun and rewarding experience. 

 “We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our patients, and our ability to guide children on the path to optimal dental health,” says Dr. Sonnenberg, a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. 

Dr. Sonnenberg earned his DDS from Columbia University School of Dentistry, completed an internship in dentistry at Connecticut Valley Hospital, and received his specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Connecticut Hospital.

Drs. Sonnenberg and Arvay hold hospital privileges at Morristown Medical Center. Dr. Sonnenberg has been teaching at UMDNJ and Columbia University since 1975, and Dr. Arvay has lectured and teaches adult and child orthodontic treatment at Morristown Medical Center.

230 US Hwy. 206, Bldg. 3, Flanders • 973-927-2260 • fpdonline.net
From left to right: Drs. Michael Goldkind, Joseph Arvay, Edward Sonnenberg, Kimberly Hollywood and Daniel Dinowitz.


Gallery of Little Smiles • Gallery of Smiles

Dennis Lam, DDS, MS • Jeannette Glass-Brudzinski, DMD, MS

Husband-wife team Dr. Dennis Lam and Dr. Jeannette Glass-Brudzinski provide compassionate individualized dental treatment for children and adults at their practices Gallery of Little Smiles and Gallery of Smiles. The state-of-the-art, high-tech offices feature separate reception rooms for adult and child patients.

Parents of three, the dentists always set aside plenty of time to answer questions and educate families about how to prevent future dental issues.

“Families love the convenience of receiving dental treatment together in our family-owned practice, and appreciate that we focus on patient comfort,” says Dr. Glass-Brudzinski, whose boutique practice schedules only a few patients a day in order to minimize waiting and provide comprehensive, high-quality care. The practices specialize in sedation dentistry, including medication, in-office nitrous oxide and IV sedation and hospital dentistry.

 Board certified as a pediatric dentist in the United States and Canada, Dr. Lam provides preventive and restorative care along with cosmetic and orthodontic procedures for children, adolescents and special-needs patients.

“Seeing kids leave my office with a smile on their face is immensely gratifying,” Dr. Lam says. “I remember being scared of the dentist—and even our own kids were fearful—and that’s why we want to show kids that a dental visit can be as routine as going to the park.” 

Dr. Lam earned his DDS from Columbia University and specialty training at the Bronx-Lebanon Center. He serves on staff at Morristown Medical Center, where he teaches dental residents. Dr. Glass-Brudzinski earned her DMD at the University of  British Columbia and training at the Metropolitan Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

220 Ridgedale Ave., Ste. B1, Florham Park 
Gallery of Little Smiles • 973-295-6700 • galleryoflittlesmiles.com 
Gallery of Smiles • 973-295-6600 • galleryofsmilesnj.com
From left to right: Drs. Dennis Lam and Jeannette Glass-Brudzinski

Metro Dental Associates

Jay S. Schuster, DDS • Andrew T. Sacco, DMD • Suela Lenas, DMD  Michael McCleaster, DMD • Tim Savage, DMD

Dr. Jay Schuster offers award-winning dental care, from basic oral treatments to complete smile makeovers, in a modern, high-tech dental practice. With more than 25 years of experience in restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry—as well as over 50 hours of continuing education each year—Dr. Schuster treats adults and children alongside Drs. Andrew Sacco, Suela Lenas, Michael McCleaster and Tim Savage.

Metro Dental Associates recently moved to the renovated former historic Red Cross building in Morristown.  The brand new office features a beverage bar, Wi-Fi and iPad station as well as heated massage chairs, flat-screen TVs and Sirius satellite radio in each treatment room. 

“Kids can take their minds off the anxiety that goes along with being at the dentist’s office thanks to the modern equipment we have and the fun, pain-free environment we provide to our patients,” says Dr. Schuster, a father of two.

Children also enjoy choosing prizes from the “toy chest” after each visit. “We make jokes and ask kids about their hobbies and activities—we love to see our patients having fun when they come  to visit us,” he says.

The practice’s state-of-the-art dental technology includes laser detection for cavities, along with digital x-rays that minimize radiation. The all-digital office also offers environmentally-friendly dental materials to enhance patient safety, such as a water filtration system and mercury-free and BPA-free cosmetic restorations for children and adults.

The only Morristown general dentist voted by his peers as a New Jersey Monthly “Top Dentist” since 2009, Dr. Schuster completed his dental education and training at New York University College of Dentistry.

29 Elm St., Morristown • 973-538-2563 • metrodentalassociates.com


Newman Orthodontics

Richard A. Newman, DMD

Dr. Richard Newman’s practice carries on a 50-year family tradition of proactive and patient-focused care. With an emphasis on long-term results, the board certified orthodontist and his team treat patients in an inviting, friendly atmosphere. Dr. Newman has extensive clinical experience in treating both children and adults.  His orthodontic practice continues to strive to improve with cutting-edge dental technology and innovation.

“Our practice has a long-standing history of providing excellent dental care, and we pride ourselves on creating a lifetime of beautiful smiles for generations of patients,” says the father of three.

 An Invisalign preferred provider, Dr. Newman combines his advanced training in craniofacial and surgical orthodontics with cutting-edge techniques tailored to each patient’s specific needs. He serves as chief orthodontist at the New Jersey Institute of Craniofacial Surgery at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, where he volunteers his time providing care for patients with cleft lip and palate issues.

A graduate of UMDNJ, Dr. Newman received his specialty training at Columbia University. He is a past president of the Essex County Dental Society and a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the prestigious national dental honor society. 

Dr. Newman is passionate about giving back to the community and educating families on proper dental care. He serves as a chairman of Children’s Dental Health Month, and regularly speaks to students at local schools about the importance of oral hygiene. Dr. Newman currently serves as chairman of the Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania. 

“We love building lifelong relationships with children and their families,” he says.

395 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange •  973-731-5855
431 State Rte. 10, Randolph  •  973-366-6804 • newmanortho.com


Newton-Sparta Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 

Michael Lateiner, DMD

Known  as “Dr. Mike,” board certified  ‌pediatric dentist Dr. Michael Lateiner provides pain-free, state-of-the-art oral care to infants, children, adolescents, and children with special  needs. The practice has recently expanded its jungle-themed office, which is complete with an Xbox, kid-friendly TV shows, custom built-in fish tank and multiple touch screen games to keep visits fun and exciting for patients.

“We try to keep everything fresh and new to provide kids with a fun, positive experience each time they come to visit,” says the father of two, who calls himself “a big kid.”  

“My patients have taught me to take my time and go with the flow. With kids, they really dictate how your day is going to go,” says Dr. Lateiner.  He is happiest when a once-fearful patient leaves with a smile.  

Dr. Lateiner practices alongside pediatric dentist Dr. Bernadette Lapena and orthodontists  Drs. Bernard Barrish and Kevin Lehnes. 

The high-tech office is completely paperless and treats patients using the latest technology, including digital x-rays and digital impressions, to keep visits comfortable and painless for kids.

Dr. Lateiner graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his DMD degree from UMDNJ, with a specialty in pediatric dentistry and MS degree in dentistry. He serves on staff at Morristown Medical Center, where he teaches dental residents. 

“There’s nothing more rewarding than when patients who once were apprehensive about dental visits tell us how much they love coming to see us,” he says.

11 Lawrence Rd., Ste. E., Newton  973-300-0002 • drmikedmd.com
From left to right: (standing) Drs. Bernard Barrish, Kevin Lehnes, Michael Lateiner (sitting), Dr. Bernadette Lapena.


Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph

Aaron Mannella, DMD • Mary Beth Giacona, DDS • Tener Huang, DDS

Dr. Aaron Mannella has been providing children with exceptional pediatric dental care for over 25 years. His modern, state-of-the-art practice was the first pediatric practice in the country to offer the latest digital x-ray technology, and Dr. Mannella, Dr. Tener Huang and Dr. Mary Beth Giacona continue to use cutting-edge dental innovations when treating patients. 

“Our office is extremely high-tech, but at the same time it’s relaxed and kid-friendly,” says the father of three.

Dr. Mannella is passionate about treating special needs patients and providing parents with a comfortable environment for their child’s dental services. The team emphasizes preventive dentistry and takes the time to educate families on how to achieve optimal dental health.

“There’s still a lot of confusion about when to schedule that first dental exam, but visits should begin as soon as a child has their first tooth,” Dr. Mannella explains. As such, the practice provides free exams to children under age two and also offers an Early Childhood Dental Education Program, which engages thousands of preschoolers in Morris County each year. The presentation teaches kids the right way to brush and floss, and why proper nutrition is a vital component to taking care of their teeth.

Along with ensuring that kids are on the path to a lifetime of good oral care, Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph is committed to community involvement.  On Saturday, June 18, they will host Mission Gratitude, a fun family event open to the public where children can see rescue vehicles and demonstrations and be able to thank first responders for their service.

390 Rte. 10, Randolph • 973-989-7970 • pediatric-dental.com
From left to right: Drs. Mary Beth Giacona, Aaron Mannella and Tener Huang.  


Sparkles Dentistry for Children

Natasha Mathias, DMD

Dr. Natasha Mathias and her team at Sparkles Dentistry believe that going to the dentist can be a fun experience. Celebrating the practice’s 10-year anniversary, it’s her mission to    help patients stop associating dentistry with fear.

Passionate about prevention, Dr. Mathias takes the time to educate families on the importance of a healthy diet and learning positive habits starting in infancy.

“We’re not just here to fix cavities…we’re here to build relationships and help foster healthy habits,” she says. “We get to know our patients and their families and customize everything for each individual child, from their dental treatment to the goodies they receive at the end of their visit.”

The Sparkles Dentistry team includes a board certified anesthesiologist to provide in-office sedation for patients who need it, as well as an orthodontist who specializes in early-intervention orthodontics. 

The practice also offers speech and feeding therapists to provide patients with the most comprehensive care.

Dr. Mathias received her bachelor’s dental degree in India and her DMD and specialty certificate at Rutgers School of Dentistry, where she received extensive training in growth and development, orthodontics and treating special needs patients.

“Most children associate going to the dentist with pain and drills…but parents tell me all that time that their kids can’t wait until their next dental visit,” she says. “When we have patients stopping by the office with their parents just to say ‘hello,’ we know we must be doing something right.”

76 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair • 973-744-3127 • sparklesdentistry.com
From left to right (top row): Kalista Huigens, Anne Marie Lawlor RDA, Ashley Castaldo RDH, Lea Futcher RDA, Shawn Ross RDA.        (bottom row): Drs. Cyelee Kulkarni, Natasha Mathias, Melissa Roberto-Grieder. 


Branchburg Pediatric Dentistry

Archana Devi, DDS • Bernadette Lapena, DDS

Dr. Archana Devi and Dr. Bernadette Lapena provide outstanding pediatric dental care in a caring, nurturing environment. Their state-of-the-art, paperless practice treats patients with the latest dental equipment and technology, such as digital x-rays and cameras with cavity detection technology.

The dentists use age-appropriate techniques and creative methods to keep kids engaged in their treatment. With a focus on preventive care, Drs. Devi and Lapena work together with parents to ensure their child’s optimal dental health.

“We’re not here to fix children’s teeth and send them home; we make sure kids know how to maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile,” Dr. Devi says.

Dr. Devi received her DDS and specialty training in pediatric dentistry from NYU, and Dr. Lapena received her DDS from NYU and her pediatric dentistry training from both Brookdale University Hospital  and NYU.

“We want our patients to grow up to be adults who aren’t afraid of going to the dentist,” Dr. Lapena says.

3322 Route 22 W., Ste. 201, Branchburg • 908-722-2226 • branchburgpediatricdentistry.com
From left to right: Drs. Lapena and Devi

Bright Smiles 4 Kids

Sangita Madan, DMD

In her peaceful ocean-themed office, Sangita Madan provides personalized, compassionate dental care for infants, children, young adults and patients with special needs. Her goal is to ensure that children enjoy their dental experience while learning preventive habits that last a lifetime, from home care techniques to proper nutrition.

“I want patients to enjoy a beautiful smile for their entire lives,” she says. “Many patients come into the office feeling scared or unsure, and then ask if they can come back and see us tomorrow.” 

A graduate of Rutgers University and UMDNJ, Dr. Madan completed her general practice residency at RWJUH and pediatric dentistry training at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center. She maintains hospital privileges at Hackettstown Medical Center. 

Passionate about giving back, Dr. Madan provides dental screenings to the athletes of Special Olympics of New Jersey and volunteers as a forensic odontologist with the New Jersey State Police. This June, she will be recognized for her service by the New Jersey State Police’s Office of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Anthropology Unit.

121 Shelley Dr., Ste. 1A, Hackettstown • 908-979-0606 • brightsmiles4kids.com


Discovery Psychotherapy Center & Discovery Wellness Center

Meryl Skinder, LCSW

As the sister practice of Discovery Psychotherapy Center, the Discovery Wellness Center is a welcoming, family-friendly practice that offers clinical services for children and families including: treatment for anxiety and depression, behavioral challenges, in-school observations, ADHD assessment and therapies, grief counseling, parenting skills and substance abuse treatment and prevention.

Through individual, family and group sessions, the therapists emphasize a collaborative approach to promote change throughout the entire family. “We pride ourselves on helping kids and families reach their potential, and our greatest reward is seeing families make positive changes and move forward in their lives,” says Meryl Skinder, LCSW, director of Discovery Wellness Center. 

Discovery Wellness Center is one of the few dedicated centers for children and families in NJ that accepts most insurance and offers a wide range of clinical expertise. The hours are flexible to accommodate patients’ needs. 

“We offer a safe, comfortable environment where families can feel supported while we help them overcome challenging times,” says the mother of three. 

26 Madison Ave., Morristown • 862-242-3500 • discoverypsychotherapycenter.com


Montclair Pediatric Dental Care

Tyra Manso, DDS

A board certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Tyra Manso combines her passions for science and art in her modern dental practice. The office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and eco-friendly options, including allergen-free products and an in-office water filtration system. 

The practice’s bright, soothing office atmosphere helps put kids at ease, and is complete with iPads, a Lego wall and the Growing Smiles Club to reward patients with prizes for being committed to preventive dentistry.

“We make kids part of the treatment process from the beginning, so they never have a chance to feel anxious,” says the mother of one, who also lives in Montclair.

Dr. Manso earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and earned her DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She completed her pediatric dental residency at Lutheran Medical Center.

Dedicated to giving back, Dr. Manso provides dental care to underserved children as a medical mission volunteer, and visits local schools to teach kids about oral health.

31 Valley Rd., 2nd Fl., Montclair • 973-771-5387 • montclairpediatricdental.com


Pediatric Dental Arts

Melissa Burruezo, DMD • Brian Rooney, DDS

Dr. Melissa Burruezo and her new associate, Dr. Brian Rooney, are pediatric dentists who provide exceptional care in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The practice opened its doors in 2005 and continues to utilize the latest technology to create beautiful, healthy smiles that will last a lifetime.

“We share the philosophy that dental visits should be an everlasting positive experience for both children and their parents,” Dr. Burruezo says. The practice offers nutritional counseling and proper oral hygiene education in their cavity prevention lab. The dentists treat children of all ages, including those with special needs, and an anesthesiologist is available when necessary. 

Both Dr. Burruezo and Dr. Rooney are diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Burruezo is a proud mother of two, and Dr. Rooney is a proud father of one. They both look forward to creating the perfect atmosphere for your child’s dental home.

1 Robertston Dr., Ste. 12, Bedminster • 908-470-1700 • pediatricdentalarts.com


Tenafly Pediatrics, P.A.

Since its inception more than 40 years ago, Tenafly Pediatrics has provided the highest quality of pediatric health care. Recently certified as a patient-centered medical home, the practice is comprised of 27 board certified pediatricians who provide individualized, compassionate care in six locations throughout northern New Jersey.

“Kids love us because of the fun, friendly office environment, and parents appreciate our accessibility,” Dr. David Schaumberger says.

Tenafly Pediatrics’ child-friendly offices have separate “sick” and “well” waiting rooms. Each office offers convenient hours, on-line booking, walk-in hours and same-day appointments to accommodate their patients’ busy schedules. The doctors take the time to listen to patients and their parents to provide the optimal level of care and service. 

“Our physicians received their training at some of the most renowned medical schools in the country,” Dr. Schaumberger says. “And now that former patients are bringing their own children to see us, it’s a true testament to what we’ve been doing for the past 40 years.”

32 Franklin St., Tenafly • 201-569-2400    
1135 Broad St., Clifton • 973-471-8600   
 301 Bridge Plaza N., Fort Lee • 201-592-8787
350 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland • 201-651-0404     
26 Park Pl., Paramus • 201-262-1140    
74 Pascack Rd., Park Ridge • 201-326-7120 •  tenaflypediatrics.com