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Edited by Jennifer Nelson - June 1, 2017
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 stemming from sports injuries and problems related to the spine, bones, joints and muscles. One of the largest pediatric and adolescent orthopedic practices in the tri-state area, Advocare is affiliated with New York University Medical Center so its doctors can care for children locally at Morristown, Saint Barnabas and Overlook Medical Centers while taking advantage of NYU’s state-of-the-art resources.
“Our practice is unique because we’re able to offer the resources of a world-class care center at NYU but still continue our relationship with our patients and remain their physician,” says Dr. Mark Rieger, assistant professor at NYU Medical Center and founder of Advocare The Orthopedic Center.
USING STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
The practice remains a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery and low-dose radiation techniques, including EOS, a state-of-the-art low dose X-ray machine for scoliosis patients that emits 10 times less radiation than standard X-rays. It’s the first of its kind to be used in New Jersey. Advocare also offers expanded evening and weekend walk-in hours and a smartphone app.
Known for his commitment to excellence among both patients and colleagues, Dr. Rieger’s expertise lies in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders that include scoliosis, sports injuries and fractures.
Dr. Rieger was the first surgeon in New Jersey to perform endoscopic spine surgery, use ultrasound to evaluate pediatric hip disorders and use the Ponseti technique to treat clubfeet non-surgically. He served as the first division chief of pediatric orthopedics at Morristown Medical Center.
“We treat our patients like family,” Dr. Rieger says. “We perform cutting-edge treatments to get kids back to the activities they love quickly and safely, but we also take the time to educate families on how to help prevent injuries from happening.”
HELPING KIDS FEEL AT EASE
Dr. David Lin has treated thousands of children with a variety of age-specific problems, and has a special interest in fracture/trauma care. An expert in the field of pediatric sports medicine, Dr. Lin is highly experienced in arthroscopically treating meniscal injuries and ACL tears in adolescents and teenagers. “It’s exciting to work with children—they keep me young at heart, and I love their resilience,” he says.
Dr. Joshua Strassberg specializes in pediatric and adolescent trauma, sports injuries and hip disorders. He is an expert in the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures, including techniques for reconstructing the ACL in children. “I enjoy having the opportunity to relate to kids and make them feel at ease,” he says.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The doctors at Advocare The Orthopedic Center achieve the best possible outcome with the least amount of surgical intervention so that children can get back to 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 says. “Returning kids back to their optimal level of health—and knowing we’ve made a difference in their lives—is the most rewarding thing about what we do.”
218 Ridgedale Ave., Ste. 104, Cedar Knolls
609 Morris Ave., 2nd Fl., Springfield
1 Robertson Dr., Ste. 27, Bedminster
377 Jersey Avenue, Ste. 280A, Jersey City • 973-538-7700 • advocaretheorthocenter.com
Pictured from left to right: (back row) Drs. Vivek Natarajan, David Lin, Tamir Bloom, and Joshua Strassberg. (front row) Physician Assistant Jaime Anne Morley and Drs. Samara Friedman and Mark Rieger
M. Darryl Antonacci, MD, FACS • Randal R. Betz, MD • Laury A. Cuddihy, MD
The physicians at the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis, PA are pioneers and leaders in the field of scoliosis, both nationally and internationally. Drs. M. Darryl Antonacci, Randal R. Betz and Laury A. Cuddihy routinely treat patients from as far as Germany, England, Singapore, Sweden, Canada, Mexico and many states.
“We are a world-class practice of scoliosis surgeons treating local New Jersey families along with parents and children with scoliosis from all over the world,” Dr. Antonacci says.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Drs. Antonacci, Betz and Cuddihy provide comprehensive surgical care for scoliosis, with a focus on pediatric scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Antonacci combines his vast surgical expertise and experience to provide less-invasive treatment options that optimize recovery times and outcomes for young patients. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is among a select group of doctors worldwide with the expertise to perform anterior muscle-sparing scoliosis surgery.
“It’s very rewarding to know that our treatments make such a huge impact in children’s lives,” Dr. Antonacci says. “Kids have a natural innocence, and seeing how brave and strong they are when facing these obstacles that life has thrown their way makes us want to be stronger for them.”
HELPING KIDS RECOVER FASTER
Dr. Antonacci performs anterior muscle sparing, less invasive techniques and is pioneering advancements in scoliosis surgery which drastically reduce recovery times. His surgeries are cutting-edge.
Dr. Antonacci has a distinguished academic and medical resume, and has studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities for spinal surgery. Drs. Antonacci, Betz and Cuddihy provide surgical treatment that restores function of the spine with more natural contour and movement, and their surgical methods are less invasive than traditional approaches—with significantly faster recoveries that do not require blood transfusion.
“Patients return to full activity in just six weeks, with most returning to school after four weeks. There are less than a handful of surgeons worldwide who can do this,” he explains. “In contrast, traditional scoliosis surgeries have recovery times of about six to nine months and, many times, require blood transfusion.”
A contributing member of the most prestigious spine and scoliosis associations, Dr. Antonacci maintains positions as clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and an attending physician in the department of orthopaedic surgery at Saint Peter’s University Children's Hospital.
He is honored to be among the few individuals worldwide to have twice received the prestigious Russell Hibbs Award for Research from the Scoliosis Research Society in 2001 and 2003. A diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, he is a Fellow of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society and Cervical Spine Research Society, and he is an active member of the North American Spine Society.
“We love interacting with families and children in the office and being there for them every step of the way throughout the surgery process and on their road to recovery,” he says.
3100 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 1-D , Lawrenceville
800A Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, Ste. 301
Photos from top: Dr. Darryl Antonacci, Drs. Randal R. Betz, Laury A. Cuddihy
Jason E. Lowenstein, MD
A board certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Jason Lowenstein is committed to taking a conservative approach when working with young patients dealing with scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and sports-related injuries of the spine. He develops balanced treatment plans to manage his patients’ spinal issues.
“Early diagnosis is extremely important when it comes to making treatment decisions, so we focus on tailoring treatment options for each individual patient as early as possible,” says the father of three.
Taking a Team Approach
As the director of scoliosis and spinal deformity at Morristown Medical Center/Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Dr. Lowenstein offers families his expertise and training in all aspects of adult and pediatric spine surgery.
“I always take a team approach when working with patients,” he says. “I want children and families to play an active role in the treatment process.”
He specializes in the treatment of spinal deformity, including scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Lowenstein is a leader in the use of minimally-invasive spine surgery to treat spinal deformity. He has extensive experience in treating disc herniations and stenosis of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and utilizes endoscopic techniques as well as artificial disc replacement for treatment of these disorders. Dr. Lowenstein has a particular interest in complex revision surgery for the treatment of failed back syndrome or for patients who have had previous spinal deformity surgery and require further surgical intervention.
“Scoliosis surgery isn’t always a ‘one and done’ process; I see many patients who have had surgery but continue to require additional care, and we’re available to patients at all stages of development—from childhood to early adulthood and beyond,” he says. “We continue to follow our patients throughout their lives to provide total continuity of care.”
Choosing the Non-Invasive Treatment Option
When managing patients with scoliosis, Dr. Lowenstein believes in pursuing all non-surgical options first, such as brace treatment or the Schroth method of scoliosis-specific exercises, with the goal of improving posture, eliminating pain and preventing curve progression. Dr. Lowenstein will utilize intraoperative CT-guidance paired with computer-assisted navigation to offer patients less invasive surgeries with smaller incisions and faster recoveries.
“I choose the least invasive approach whenever possible,” he says. “When surgery is necessary, I often utilize minimally-invasive techniques to make the treatment process easier and reduce recovery time for my patients.”
Helping Patients Return to Normal Activities
A member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Lowenstein studied neuroscience and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and performed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric spine and scoliosis surgery at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Lowenstein currently practices at Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center.
“We take a variety of different approaches to streamline our scoliosis and spinal treatments and make them as minimally invasive as possible,” he says. “It’s always our goal to help our patients of all ages return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.”
160 E. Hanover Ave., Ste. 200, Morristown
jasonlowensteinmd.com • theadvancedspinecenter.com
Vivek Natarajan, MD
A pediatric orthopedist for Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, Dr. Vivek Natarajan believes in treating every patient as if he or she were a member of his own family. Dr. Natarajan is in private practice at Advocare The Orthopedic Center, which provides pediatric and adolescent patients with the highest quality of care for injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
“Most of the doctors in our group have children of their own, so we can relate to the anxiety parents feel when their child breaks a bone or is diagnosed with a condition like scoliosis,” says the father of a one-year-old son.
PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES ON TREATMENT
When working with families at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Dr. Natarajan always takes the time to speak with both his patients and their parents honestly, clearly and compassionately, and involves kids and teenagers in their treatment as much as possible.
“We strive to convey complex conditions and treatment strategies as simply as possible, so everyone can understand exactly what’s going on and the entire family can be involved in the treatment process,” he says.
A board-eligible pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Natarajan’s clinical specialties include treatment of muscular skeletal injuries, sports medicine, overuse injuries, trauma injuries and spinal injuries. He has a special interest in the development and use of innovative nonoperative treatments for scoliosis. Other conditions treated within the practice include complex medical conditions like spina bifida and cerebral palsy in addition to pediatric hip disorders, ACL and meniscal tears, joint injuries and clubfoot.
“From our physical therapists and brace specialists to our highly-trained doctors and nurses, we strongly believe in the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach to treating common conditions like scoliosis,” he says.
OFFERING NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS
The doctors rely on their advanced training, continuing education and cutting-edge technology to provide non-invasive, non-operative treatment options for children whenever possible, including a state-of-the-art X-ray machine for scoliosis patients that emits 10 times less radiation than standard X-rays. It’s the first of its kind to be used in New Jersey.
“Children with scoliosis require a lot of X-rays as they continue to grow, and we share parents’ concerns about the amount of radiation that occurs with multiple X-rays…so this is truly an amazing technology that we’re excited to be able to offer to our patients,” Dr. Natarajan says.
HELPING KIDS GET BACK TO DOING WHAT THEY LOVE
Dr. Natarajan combines his background in engineering with a passion for helping kids return to their favorite sports and activities as quickly and safely as possible. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Dr. Natarajan earned his doctorate in medicine at Emory University before completing his residency at Oregon Health and Science University and pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He also treats patients at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center.
“I’ve always had an interest in building and fixing things, and I’ve always loved working with kids, so pediatric orthopedics has been a great fit,” he says. “It’s incredibly rewarding to help kids enjoy their childhood years to the fullest, both on and off the playing field.”
Goryeb Children's Hospital, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown • 973-971-5200
Advocare The Orthopedic Center, 218 Ridgedale Ave., Ste. 104, Cedar Knolls • 973-538-7700
Irvin Sherman, DDS
Dr. Irvin B. Sherman has been providing exceptional and affordable pediatric dental and orthodontic care to infants, children, teens and patients with special needs for 35 years. Dr. Sherman and his team offer patients the highest quality pediatric dental and orthodontic care in a family-based, child-centered modern practice beloved for its non-threatening, warm and caring environment.
Making Dental Visits Fun
The practice blends personalized care, cutting-edge technology and continuing education to offer a unique pediatric and orthodontic dental experience that’s interactive and fun for kids.
The office was designed with comfort in mind to help children learn to actually enjoy coming to the dentist. Laser dentistry, digital scanners and digital X-rays help keep visits pain-free while video games and televisions in the waiting area and treatment rooms keep them entertained.
“Our goal is always to make kids feel comfortable and safe, and provide them with a dental home,” says Dr. Sherman, a father of five with five grandchildren. “We strongly believe that if kids have positive experiences with the dentist from a young age, that they won’t be afraid of coming to the dentist as they get older.”
Educating Children and Families
Dr. Sherman and his team believe in involving parents in their child’s dental care to ensure the best possible outcomes. The dentists offer support and practical advice for parents on all aspects of pediatric dental care.
“We also take the time to explain everything to our patients in age-appropriate language; we know how to talk to kids in a non-threatening way to put them at ease and keep them involved in their oral health,” he says.
Dr. Sherman earned his BA at the University of Louisville, where he also completed an MS in microbiochemistry. He attended the top-ranked dental school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill to earn his DDS. Dr. Sherman also attended the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry to complete an MS Degree in pediatric dentistry in 1974.
A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Sherman is an active attending pediatric dentist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
Dr. Sherman also served as chief of pediatric dentistry at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for more than 30 years, an adjunct assistant professor in pediatrics at Rutgers Medical School and he is chief of pediatric dentistry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Sherman has lectured extensively on all aspects of pediatric dentistry, and donates his time to an array of non-profit organizations. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, among several others.
Developing Relationships with Patients
“We always strive to establish long-term relationships with our patients; I’ve been treating some of my patients for 20 years because they trust me and my staff, and they don’t want to leave our practice,” he says. “Working with kids and watching them grow has always been the most rewarding part of what I do.”
514 Garfield Ave., Avon By The Sea • 28 Union Ave., Manasquan
David Caggiano, MS, DMD
Dr. David Caggiano blends his education in biomedical engineering with extensive orthodontic training and state-of-the-art equipment to create innovative orthodontic solutions for his patients.
His team is committed to being at the forefront of technology and the latest orthodontic techniques.
“Watching our patients transform from insecure and shy to confident and outgoing during their treatment is the reason we come to work every day,” says the father of two. “I have an amazing team and we work hard to be as good as we are.”
Comfortable, Efficient Treatments
Dr. Caggiano was one of the first orthodontists in the state to use digital impression scanners and 3-D printers. The practice can provide a completely impression-free treatment that eliminates goopy molds and discomfort.
The office uses high-quality self-ligating braces and indirect bonding to allow for fewer appointments, shorter treatment time and superior results.
“Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and patients are always complimenting us on how thorough our exam process is,” he says.
Affordable Orthodontic Care for Families
Dr. Caggiano is one of the area’s leading Invisalign providers for teenagers and adults. The team is passionate about making orthodontic care affordable for families.
The practice receives rave reviews for its Caggiano Smile Assessment, which includes a complimentary exam, treatment plan recommendation, digital X-rays and consultation for all new patients.
The Caggiano Smile Warranty ensures that patients can return any time for affordable follow-up care.
316 Parsippany Rd., Parsippany
The Discovery Wellness Center is a family-friendly group practice offering clinical services for children and families. The sister practice of Discovery Psychotherapy Center, it’s one of the state’s few dedicated centers for families that accepts most insurances.
PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES
“We offer a safe, comfortable environment where families feel supported while we help them overcome challenging times,” says Meryl Skinder, LCSW, director of Discovery Wellness Center. Through individual, family and group sessions, therapists emphasize a collaborative approach to promote healthy change throughout the entire family. The practice offers flexible hours and efficient appointments.
“From that first phone call, we work diligently to find the best fit for each family and their concerns,” says Skinder, a mother of three. “Families appreciate that they can expect to be responded to quickly by our diverse and skilled team of clinicians.”
A RANGE OF SPECIALTIES
The team of compassionate professionals has experience in everything from ADHD assessment and therapies to grief, anxiety and depression. The Discovery Wellness Center is home to experts in addiction and co-occurring disorders, trauma and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), art and play therapy and emotional freedom technique (EFT), and can provide consultation and advocacy services for children with individualized education programs (IEPs).
“We pride ourselves on helping kids and families reach their potential—our greatest reward is seeing families make positive changes and move forward in their lives,” Skinder says.
26 Madison Ave., Morristown • 862-242-3500 • discoverypsychotherapycenter.com
Pictured from left to right: Cynthia Odell, MFT, Jennifer Sumerlin, MFT, Robin Miller, LPC, Meryl Skinder, LCSW, Rachel Couillard, LAC, ATR, Keith Morgen, PhD
Edward M. Sonnenberg, DDS • Joseph M. Arvay, DMD • Michael Goldkind, DMD • Kimberly Hollywood, DMD • Daniel Dinowitz, DMD • Diana Rosenbaum 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 AND PHILOSOPHY
“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, Dr. Dinowitz and Dr. Rosenbaum 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.
CREDENTIALS AND SPECIALITIES
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
Pictured from left to right: Drs. Michael Goldkind, Joseph Arvay, Edward Sonnenberg, Kimberly Hollywood and Daniel Dinowitz.
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.
FOCUSED ON PATIENT COMFORT AND HIGH-QUALITY CARE
“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.”
CREDENTIALS AND SPECIALITIES
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
George Woroch, MD, FACOG • Peter Woroch, MD
In their practice with Mountainside Medical Group, Drs. George and Peter Woroch are continuing their father’s 30-year tradition of developing personal relationships with their patients.
“We remember how our father used to come home with a smile on his face knowing that he brought life into the world…so there was really no question about which medical field we wanted to pursue,” says Dr. Peter Woroch, a board-eligible OB/GYN and father of three.
The brothers joined their father’s practice in Bayonne before joining Mountainside Medical Group as the team’s first specialists in obstetrics and gynecology. Both doctors completed their training at Jersey City Medical Center and are fluent in both English and Spanish.
Offering Peace of Mind
The doctors pride themselves on offering families peace of mind when it comes to their pregnancy and delivery. “In practices with multiple doctors, patients may be meeting the doctor who’s delivering their baby for the first time…but we want to develop a relationship with our patients and assure them that no matter what, it’s going to be one of us in that delivery room,” says Dr. George Woroch, a board-certified OBGYN who has been practicing for nearly two decades. “Seeing Mom and Dad’s reaction when we hand them their newborn is the most rewarding aspect of what we do.”
Building Relationships with Patients
The practice provides all obstetrics and gynecology services, including laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomies.
“We offer more than a typical doctor-patient relationship; we take the time to develop bonds with our patients, and we want them to know that we will be there every step of the way,” Dr. Peter Woroch says.
200 Highland Ave., Ste. 100, Glen Ridge
From left to right: Drs. George and Peter Woroch
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.
CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES FOR GENERATIONS OF PATIENTS
“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 St. Barnabas Medical 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.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
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 our patients and their families,” he says.
395 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange • 973-731-5855
431 State Rte. 10, Randolph • 973-366-6804 • newmanortho.com
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.
PROVIDING PATIENTS WITH A FUN, POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
“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 dentists Drs. Bernadette Lapena and Jennie Young-Eun Lee and orthodontists Drs. Bernard Barrish and Kevin Lehnes.
COMFORTABLE AND PAINLESS VISITS THANKS TO STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
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
Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry • Cedar Knolls • kidzworlddental.com • Opening Soon!
From left to right: (standing) Drs. Bernard Barrish, Kevin Lehnes, Michael Lateiner (sitting), Dr. Bernadette Lapena.
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.
FOSTERING HEALTHY HABITS
“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 aims to make patients comfortable regardless of the level of corporation and special needs. The team includes a board certified medical anesthesiologist.
We also have an orthodontist who specializes in early intervention orthodontics and is well-versed in understanding children’s growth and behavioral needs. In addition, we have an oral mycologist, speech and feeding therapist.
CREATING A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
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
Brett Handsman, DMD • Lee Kaswiner, DDS • Krystian Jarosz, DMD
Drs. Lee Kaswiner and Brett Handsman provide children, adolescents and adults with a high-quality orthodontic experience. The practice recently welcomed a new associate, Dr. Krystian Jarosz, and opened a satellite location in Millburn to increase accessibility for patients.
Cutting-Edge Technology and Elite Invisalign Status
The state-of-the-art practice features a private consultation room and all digital technology, including the latest iTero scanner that creates 3-D digital models of teeth to eliminate the need for “goopy” molds and integrate directly with Invisalign treatment. The orthodontists are Invisalign Elite providers and Invisalign Teen specialists.
“I’ve been practicing for more than 30 years, and I’m still having fun,” says Dr. Lee, a third-generation dentist and father of four.
Orthodontic Treatment in a Fun, Energetic Environment
The orthodontists work alongside a caring, friendly staff and strive to create a warm, family-oriented environment. Patients can play Xbox video games or watch movies during treatment. “It’s about creating beautiful and healthy smiles that will last a lifetime,” says Dr. Brett, a father of two. The doctors also give back to the community through clothing and toy drives, school events and donations.
Dr. Lee received his dental and orthodontic training at NYU, and has been chairman of orthodontics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since 1985. Dr. Brett is president-elect of the Union County Dental Society and part of the teaching faculty at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He graduated from UConn School of Dental Medicine and completed his orthodontic training at Stony Brook University.
165 Mountain Ave., Springfield • 90 Millburn Ave., Millburn
From left to right: Drs. Brett Handsman, Krystian Jarosz and Lee Kaswiner.
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. She is assisted in her efforts by an experienced, all-women support staff, plus orthodontist Dr. Melissa Grieder-Roberto.
121 Shelley Dr., Ste. 1A, Hackettstown • 908-979-0606 • brightsmiles4kids.com
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
Patrick Caruso, MD • Jim Chang, MD • Adam Dick, MD • Melissa Libert, DO • Unnati Tailor, DO • Lillian Theune, DO • Kristen Walsh, MD
They specialize in internal medicine, pediatrics and gastroenterology. Pediatrics is open for emergency visits on weekdays as well as four nights a week, every weekend and most holidays.
Plaza Family Care’s board-certified pediatricians and internists provide general medical care for infants, children, adolescents and adults.
The practice also offers subspecialty services in gastroenterology, provides minor surgical procedures and pulmonary function testing.
Its award-winning violence-prevention program, Stand Up for Children, is unique in the area. Log onto pfcmd.com for more information.
Find out why Plaza Family Care has been trusted by families like yours since 1973.
657 Willow Grove St., Ste. 401, Hackettstown • 245 Main St., Ste. 300 and 302, Chester • 908-850-7800 • pfcmd.com
From left to right (standing): Unnati Tailor, DO, Patrick Caruso, MD, Adam Dick, MD, Jim Chang, MD, Kristen Walsh, MD, (sitting) Melissa Libert, DO, Lillian Theune, DO
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