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MEET THE TEAM AT NJ SMILE CENTER

The team at NJ SMILE CENTER is committed to ensuring that your appointments with us are pleasant and comfortable. We work together so closely behind the scenes, that the only thing you will notice is superb patient care and a seamless, stress -free experience.

One of our goals is to understand your needs and learn what matters to you. When we know what your priorities are, we can customize a treatment plan that fits all your unique needs.

Please take a moment to learn more about our team, then call us at 732-677-2777 to arrange an appointment.

 
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Anthony J. Vocaturo

DDS, AAACD, FACE, FAGD, FIADFE

Anthony Vocaturo, D.D.S., AAACD, FACE, FAGD, FIADFE, currently practices cosmetic and restorative dentistry at NJ Smile Center in Colts Neck, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He then proceeded to obtain his dental degree in 1992 from the New York University, College of Dentistry, where he is now an affiliated clinician and speaker of the University. Today, Dr. Vocaturo prides himself as one of the very select few worldwide to hold 5 accredited/certified recognitions in the field of cosmetic and family dentistry. 

Dr. Vocaturo has been recognized as a top NJ cosmetic dentist, as well as, chosen as one of the top dentists in the United States consecutively, throughout his entire dental career.  Many patients that seek the expertise of Dr. Vocaturo do so, in part, because their professional careers place their smile on display for the public eye on a daily basis. 

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Melanie Jost

REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST

Melanie is our Registered Dental Hygienist here at NJ Smile Center. She graduated, with honors, from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Biology. She then continued her education in hygiene at Middlesex County College, as the class Valedictorian. During her time at MCC she was a Presidential Scholars award recipient, as well as, a Johnson & Johnson scholar award recipient. Melanie has since obtained her Local Anesthesia License, as well as, maintained her membership in the American Dental Hygienists Association. She is currently CPR certified, and has an active radiology license. She has a deep love for travel and has even lived in Thailand, the Land of a Thousand Smiles. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, running and staying active with her two-year old Australian Shepherd. As a licensed professional, she prides herself on staying up to date with the latest technology in the field by taking multiple continuing education courses yearly. Melanie’s expertise consists of, but is not limited to; taking diagnostic x-rays, applying cavity prevention agents, administering local anesthetics and performing oral prophylaxis. Working side by side with Dr. Vocaturo, she will ensure that your dental treatment plan is thorough, precise and provides you with the smile you’ve always desired.

 
 
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Chelsea Strivelli

Registered Dental Hygienist

Chelsea Is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists at NJ Smile Center. She graduated with
honors from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Biology. She continued her education
in hygiene at Middlesex County College. She has a local anesthesia license, radiology license
and is certified In CPR. In her 6 years of experience she has become proficient in oral
prophylaxis, cavity prevention applications such as fluoride and sealants, oral hygiene
instruction, whitening services and more. She is dedicated to keeping up with the latest
research and protocols associated with dentistry and does so by taking many courses every
year. Chelsea likes to spend her free time with her dogs, going to the beach, traveling as much
as possible, and spending quality time with friends and family.

 
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Jacquelyn Serra

OFFICE MANAGER

Jackie has over 19 years of experience working in the dental field.

She has many responsibilities here at NJ Smile Center. Her expertise includes, but is not limited to; clinically assisting Dr.Vocaturo chair side, overseeing all sterilization procedures and handling all marketing and social media relations.

Jackie is also continuously taking courses to further her education in the dental field. Currently, she is CPR certified by the American Heart Association, as well as, OSHA certified for precautionary measures in infection control.

Jackie is truly a “jack of all trades”, in that, she not only provides information to our patients, but answers all questions and requests from her team members as well. 

Jackie loves to learn the latest in dental materials on the market, as well as, stays up to date with all advancements in dental technology. She continues to grow with NJ Smile Center and excels in making our patients feel relaxed and comfortable.

 
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Nicole Panza

INSURANCE COORDINATOR

I entered the dental field because of my passion for helping others and my love for making people smile. I began my career after attending Dental Assistant Services located in Farmingdale, NJ. Soon after, I became a Certified Dental Assistant. In addition, I hold my radiology license and CPR certification. With over 4 years experience as a chairside assistant/ insurance coordinator, I strive to be diverse throughout the dental office and to never stop learning as much as I can. I pride myself in providing the utmost care and knowledge to our patients. In my free time, I love spending time with family, cooking, and spoiling my Maltese. Aside from my work life, I am also in school to further my education and someday pursue dental hygiene. I am so thankful and excited to grow with Dr. Vocaturo and the team at NJ Smile Center.

 
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Patti Lombardi

PATIENT LIAISON/ COORDINATOR

Patti has worked for Dr. Vocaturo for over 15 years. She is the first smile that greets you when you arrive at the office and the last one you will see on your way out. Patti has multiple years of experience as the patient liaison and will be sure to make your time at NJ Smile Center a memorable one. Her expertise is in making sure all of our patients are given appointments and completely satisfied with their treatment by the time they leave. Her real charm however, lies in her compassion towards the patients. If you are hungry, she will be sure to whip you up a snack and if you have had a bad day, she will be the first to listen with open ears. In her spare time Patti enjoys taking walks on the beach and hanging out with her grandson Luke.

 
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Andrea Arteaga

DENTAL ASSISTANT

Andrea is our dental assistant here at NJ Smile Center. She works alongside Dr. Vocaturo to ensure that your dental experience is always a pleasant one. Andrea received her dental assisting certification from OCVTS in Toms River and has over 6 years of chair side experience in the field. During her time as an assistant she has also managed to obtain her associates degree in science, in which, she hopes to further her education to become a Dental Hygienist one day. When she isn’t at work taking impressions and keeping patients from drowning, she enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs and 2 cats. Her days off are spent with family and friends and making sure her pets are well spoiled.

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Megan Becker

DENTAL ASSISTANT

Megan received her training at Dental Assistant Services and is on the road to becoming a Registered Dental Assistant She has over 6 years of chair side dental experience. Megan is CPR certified by the American Heart Association, as well as certified in infection control. She feels that working in the dental field is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career and is very excited to be a part of a team that provides outstanding care to patients. When she’s not working, you can catch her spending time with her kids and husband at the beach during the summer time. She loves spending any free time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.