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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a child, Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, found herself drawn to smiles and noticed the difference an attractive one made to an individual’s self-esteem. Now, Dr. Jenn has made a career out of enhancing patients’ smiles and creating confidence among her patients
Dr. Jenn specializes in behavior management, alleviating the fear of even her most anxious patients. She develops personalized treatment plans so that each patient has a pleasant experience and enjoys the highest quality smile results.
Dr. Jenn graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and completed her training at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York, with a specialization in the treatment of special needs patients. With her unique training, Dr. Sunkin is one of the most respected and accomplished family dentists in the area. She even has hospital privileges at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.
She also received extensive training in treatments for snoring and sleep apnea, as well as cosmetic dentistry procedures so she can create beautiful smiles and improve the oral health of all her patients.
Outside of the office, Dr. Jenn enjoys playing tennis and golf, and she puts her indoor cycling instructor certification to good use by teaching classes.
INSURANCE COORDINATOR / MEDIA LIAISON
Heather is the newest addition to our NJ Smile Center family. She is a born and raised Jersey girl and even attended college here, where she graduated with an applied science degree. She continued her education at MCI in the medical field of diagnostic imaging. She is here to help you schedule and confirm appointments, verify your insurance information, as well as, answer any account questions you may have. Her creative mind has recently helped us with handling all of our marketing and social media needs. Heather’s specific attention to detail will help to ensure that your dental experience is one without an ounce of worry.