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Nothing’s more important than finding the right doctor for you and your family. Here’s a peek at some of New Jersey’s leading medical experts.
The Advanced Spine Center
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 spinaldeformity 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; 973-538-0900; jasonlowensteinmd.com • theadvancedspinecenter.com
Joseph Galasso, PsyD
Baker Street Behavioral Health / The COR Behavioral Group
The COR Behavioral Group and Baker Street Behavioral Health offer an array of services for all ages, including psychology, speech and language pathology, behaviorism, occupational therapy, education, wellness and coaching.Founder and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Galasso strongly believes in integration, collaboration and quality clinical service when helping families dealing with issues including autism and developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, social and family concerns and addiction.
TREATING THE WHOLE CHILD
“We take a whole child approach and work together with families to help kids reach their full potential,” he says. “I combine behavioral applications with a humanistic approach that’s inclusive of the entire family.”
The COR Behavioral Group is a behavioral practice that offers in-office sessions and home-based programs for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for autism and special needs associated with developmental disabilities.
Baker Street Behavioral Health has expanded to Closter, Cedar Grove, Hasbrouck Heights and Paramus, and provides traditional psychotherapy for all ages and abilities. The new center in Hasbrouck Heights includes a fully inclusive fitness center and a therapeutic/behavioral nursery for younger children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities “We’ve created a one-stop shop for parents who need psychological services for their kids,” Dr. Galasso says. “Treatment can look very different—and it should—for each person who comes in for help. It’s never a one-size-fits-all approach.”
ADAPTIVE FITNESS AND WELLNESS OPPORTUNITIES
The practices limit the amount of patients they accept and maintain a close network of physicians to provide children with immersive, comprehensive care.
Most services take place in a child’s home, school and community where they’re most comfortable. “We treat people, we meet them where they are and we establish hope that healing can occur,” he says. “We’re also very collaborative, and always ensure that information is passed efficiently between providers.”
Dr. Galasso is passionate about creating adaptive and inclusive fitness and wellness opportunities for children and adults with intellectual, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. “We’re one of the few truly adaptive fitness centers in the country, and utilize exergame technology to make fitness and therapy fun and engaging,” he says.
PROMOTING HAPPY, HEALTHY KIDS
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 and is currently the team psychologist for the New York Red Bulls. He’s a co-creator of the Special Spartans national event, an obstacle course race for children with disabilities. The practice creates custom fitness plans for children with developmental disabilities and educates families on the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.
“It’s exciting for me to know that children are very likely to get better,” he says. “I enjoy watching smiles and friendships come more easily and seeing transitions become routine.”
908 Pompton Ave., Ste. B2, Cedar Grove • 294 Harrington Ave., Ste. 1, Closter • 601 Flaghouse Dr., Hasbrouck Heights • 27 Madison Ave., Ste. 050, Paramus • 201-381-6136 • bakerstreetpsych.com
Irvin B. Sherman, DDS
Shore Children’s Dental Care & Shore Family Orthodontics
For more than 40 years, Dr. Irvin B. Sherman has provided exceptional and affordable dental and orthodontic care for infants, children, teens and special needs patients. The family-based, child-centered modern practice is known for its warm and caring environment, and Dr. Sherman and his team pride themselves on delivering treatment in a friendly and non-threatening manner.
A LIFETIME OF HEALTHY SMILES
“Just as children need a pediatrician, they also need a pediatric dentist trained in child psychology and dental growth and development,” says Dr. Sherman, a father of five with five grandchildren. “Providing children with a positive dental experience often inspires them to take lifelong care of their teeth.”
The expanded practice includes pediatric dentists Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno, Britni Kearns, Jason Tesoriero and Binni Patel, as well as orthodontist Martin Rabinovich. The practice’s compassionate, dedicated staff helps families feel at home. “Our practice is very busy, and we think that speaks for itself,” he says. “We pride ourselves on providing a very high level of care to patients of all ages.” Dr. Sherman’s team offers one-on-one attention to foster trust with young patients and their parents. The dentists blend personalized care and cutting-edge technology with continuing education to offer a unique dental experience that’s interactive and fun for kids.
ELIMINATING FEAR FROM DENTAL VISITS
Dr. Sherman’s patients never have to fear going to the dentist. Laser dentistry, digital scanners and digital X-rays ensure pain-free appointments, while video games and televisions keep kids relaxed and entertained in the waiting area and treatment rooms. “When children start to relax in the chair, I know I’ve done my job,” he says. “If kids have positive experiences with the dentist from a young age, they won’t be afraid of coming to the dentist as they get older.”
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 advice for parents on all aspects of pediatric dental care. Dr. Sherman also established the Jersey Shore Center for Breastfeeding and Infant Oral Health within the practice, and offers a frenectomy procedure using laser therapy to promote easier breastfeeding. “Our goal is always to make kids feel comfortable and safe, and provide them with a dental home,” he says.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Dr. Sherman completed his specialty training at the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. The board-certified pediatric dentist is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, for which he served as the first public policy advocate for pediatric dentistry health in New Jersey.
Dr. Sherman has lectured extensively on all aspects of pediatric dentistry over the past three decades. He donates his time to nonprofit organizations that benefit underprivileged children, such as Give Kids A Smile and Dentistry from the Heart.
“We 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.”
Shore Children’s Dental Care 514 Garfield Ave., Avon-By-The-Sea • Shore Children’s Dental Care/Shore Family Orthodontics 28 Union Ave., Manasquan 732-775-1492 • shorechildrensdentalcare.com
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, and uses high-quality self-ligating braces and indirect bonding to allow for fewer appointments, shorter treatment time and superior results. “As a father, I want the best care for my child—and I know the parents of my patients feel the same way,” he says.
ADMIRABLE ORTHODONTIC CARE
The author of A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Orthodontics: How to Confidently Choose the Best Orthodontist for Your Family, Dr. Caggiano is one of New Jersey’s leading Invisalign providers for teenagers and adults. The practice receives rave reviews for its Caggiano Smile Assessment, which includes a complimentary exam, digital X-rays and consultation for new patients. “Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and patients are always complimenting us on how thorough our exam process is,” Dr. Caggiano says.
316 Parsippany Rd., Parsippany • 973-887-8780 • MorrisCountyBraces.com
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.
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
Kidz World 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. He has been nominated 10 years in a row as a New Jersey Favorite Kids’ Docs.
The Newton-Sparta office features an amazing jungle theme, and Kidz World, the newest location, has a Traveling Around the World motif. Both offices offer comprehensive care, as well as kid-friendly TV shows and tablet 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’s happiest when a once-fearful patient leaves with a smile.
Dr. Lateiner practices alongside pediatric dentists Drs. Bernadette Lapena and Veronica Choi and orthodontists Drs. Bernard Barrish, Kevin Lehnes, Blair Sittman and Mark Bogdan.
COMFORTABLE AND PAINLESS VISITS WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
His high-tech offices are both completely paperless and treat 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 the staff at Morristown Medical Center, where he teaches dental residents.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than when patients who were once apprehensive about dental visits tell us how much they love coming to see us,” he says.
218 Ridgedale Ave., Ste. 203, Cedar Knolls • 973-585-6756 • kidzworlddental.com
Newton-Sparta Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics • 11 Lawrence Rd., Ste. E., Newton • 973-300-0002 • drmikedmd.com
Loew and Patel Orthodontics
Darren Loew, DDS • Niyati Patel-Parekh, DMD
When they’re not creating beautiful smiles, the team is giving to charitable organizations and sponsoring events within the community. They have experience treating patients of all ages and sensitivities, including those with special needs.
“I’m so fortunate to work in a profession that creates a happy face and a smile that you can’t wait to tell your friends about,” says Dr. Patel, the mother of a 2-year-old son.
The team turns a visit to the orthodontist into something you’ll look forward to. They produce a fun and unique experience with serious results.
4 Walter Foran Blvd., Ste. 205, Flemington • 1465 Hwy. 31 S., 4th Floor, Clinton • 908-751-1633 • loeworthodontics.com
Plaza Family Care
Patrick Caruso, MD • Jim Chang, MD • Adam Dick, MD • Melissa Libert, DO • Unnati Tailor, DO • Lillian Theune, DO • Kristen Walsh, MD
The doctors at Plaza Family Care in Hackettstown and Chester are available 24/7 and 365 days a year.
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
Somerset Pediatric Group
Malanie Bhambri, DO
Dr. Malanie Bhambri is passionate about getting to know her patients and their parents to best meet the needs of each individual family.
A former patient of Somerset Pediatric Group, Dr. Bhambri is proud to join the practice’s Raritan location. “I can vouch for how special this practice is both as a patient and now, as a physician,” says the mother of a 1-year-old, and specialist in newborn care and breastfeeding.
The practice is open 365 days a year and offers convenient extended hours. The doctors are committed to remaining on the forefront of technology and the latest pediatric guidelines, and frequently collaborate to provide parents with access to physicians who specialize in everything from ADHD to endocrine issues.
Dr. Bhambri graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Nassau University Medical Center. “I consider myself a kid at heart,” she says. “It’s the best feeling in the world when a patient comes in and I know they aren’t afraid—they’re often excited to see me and tell me all about what’s going on in their lives.”
575 Rte. 28, Bldg. 2, Ste. 2100, Raritan • 908-725-1802 • somersetpeds.com