For the past 12 years, Dr. Stella P. Mellas and her dedicated team have produced beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. A New Jersey Monthly Top Dentist for
five consecutive years and an ongoing New Jersey Family Favorite Kids’ Doc, this
board-certified orthodontist offers individualized and exceptional care to
children, teens and adults.
With three office locations and extended evening hours, Dr. Mellas makes
patient convenience a priority. She provides a nurturing environment and
encourages open communication with patients in her high-tech, modern
and fun office environment. “I want the best for my children and treat all my
patients with that same level of care,” she says.
Dr. Mellas received her master’s degree in dental science and certificate in
orthodontics from University of Connecticut. She is past president of the
Tri-County Dental Society and is on staff at Morristown Medical Center.
665 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 • 908-350-3416
59 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853 • 908-867-7457
19 East Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945 • 973-543-2103
STELLA P. MELLAS, DDS • ORTHODONTICS
Board-certified periodontist Dr. Lara Merker believes optimal care depends on
her close collaboration with restorative dentists and their patients in a comforting environment. “Communication is my strongest skill,” says Dr. Merker. “I build
trusting relationships and teach patients the hows and whys of periodontal disease and implants.” She focuses on aesthetic and dental implant cases, to help
patients enjoy their smiles again.
As associate director of Lutheran Medical Center’s postgraduate periodontics
program in Brooklyn, Dr. Merker also shares her surgical and people skills with
periodontal residents. She finds this professional balance between private practice and academics rewarding. “I value the importance of staying current with
new advancements in dentistry, which benefits my patients,” she says. “It’s the
best of both worlds.” After graduating from UMDNJ, she trained in periodontics
and implantology at NYU College of Dentistry.
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY COSME TIC & RES TORATIVE DENTIS TRY
101 Old Short Hills Road, Suite 514, West Orange, NJ 07052 • 973-766-1532
125 East 84th Street, New York, NY 10028 • 212-879-3897
LARA J. MERKER, DMD • PERIODONTICS
“I love working with children,” says Dr. Tina Nguyen. This board-certified
pediatric dentist gives her best every day to provide the highest level of care for
children, adolescents, and people with special needs.
Working closely with parents for individualized and comprehensive treatment, Dr. Nguyen employs state-of-the art technologies to keep her patients
comfortable and relaxed. She uses an air-abrasion sand blaster for superficial
cavities, digital X-rays to minimize radiation, and nitrous oxide for anxious
patients. Patients who require general anesthesia for a procedure benefit from
Dr. Nguyen’s staff affiliation with Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
and completed a fellowship in special care dentistry at Albert Einstein/
Montefiore Medical Center, where she gained extensive experience with autistic and special needs patients. She says, “Every child deserves to have a healthy
and beautiful smile.”
BASKING RIDGE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
25 Mountainview Boulevard, Suite 201, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-647-0747 • njkidssmile.com
TINA NGUYEN, DDS • PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY