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Atlantic Pediatric Dentistry's Staff is dedicated to providing you with the best pediatric dental care in the region, offering quality dental treatment to all children and adolescents in a caring and compassionate environment. The office staff is a highly specialized and selected staff of professionals who are trained to assist all of your needs.

MATT M. SAFARI, D.D.S.

Dr. Safari attended the University of Houston majoring in Chemistry in 1987. He was awarded a 4 year chancellor scholarship to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery in May 1994. He then went on to complete his Pediatric Dentistry Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Omaha, Nebraska in July 1996 where he was also Chief Resident. He has presented several papers and presentations involving different syndromes with orofacial abnormalities.

Dr. Safari was selected by his peers as New Jersey Top Pediatric Dentists in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Dr. Safari was chosen by new jersey family magazine readers as exceptional pediatric healthcare professionals /Favorite Kids’ Docs in 2012. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is currently an attending at Monmouth Medical Center. He is a board member of the New Jersey Dental Lifeline.

His philosophy on treating children and special needs patients it to treat the whole child, not just the teeth. The only way in which we can be successful in developing a healthy generation of children who are free of dental disease is by establishing good prevention and comprehensive oral care while building self confidence in each child. Stressing the importance of open communication with parents and guardians, Dr. Safari and his team provide expert, technologically advanced pediatric dentistry and dental healthcare. Using a gentle approach, treatments are broken into small steps to acclimate very young children. Encouraged to stay with children during exams and treatments, parents are frequently amazed by what Dr. Safari can accomplish when treating shy, fearful or special needs patients. His impressive clinical, academic and research accomplishments are complemented by his warm, enthusiastic personality.

Dr. Safari enjoys spending his free time with his wife and daughters. He is also an active racquetball player.

AFFILIATIONS

Member - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Member - American Dental Association
Member - New Jersey Dental Association
Member – New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Member - Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Association
Board Member – Dental Lifeline
Attending - Staff at Monmouth Medical Center

SALLY M. GUERRASIO, D.M.D.

Dr. Sally M. Guerrasio was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She graduated from Barnard College in 2002 with a B.A. in biology. She received her dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2006. Dr. Guerrasio continued her education at UMDNJ and completed both her residency in pediatric dentistry and her Master’s Degree in Dental Sciences.

Dr. Guerrasio joined our practice in 2008 and became a partner in 2011. She is a board certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of American academy of pediatric dentistry. She continues to provide our patients with exceptional care, while educating our patients and their families on the importance of oral health. Dr. Guerrasio is an accomplished pianist and enjoys spending her free time with her daughter Johanna.

AFFILIATIONS

Diplomate - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Member - American Dental Association
Member - New Jersey Dental Association
Member - Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Association


Business Office

Laura, our administrative assistant, has 21 years of dental experience in scheduling appointments, collections, our recall system and overseeing all aspects of the business office. Her ability in maintaining a smooth operational day for the staff is outstanding.

Sandy, our insurance specialist, has over 20 years of processing claims and the follow up necessary in obtaining prompt payment from our participating companies. She aids our patients in collecting their maximum reimbursement and the predetermination of benefits for extended cases. Her warm personality and customer service rounds out the hub of the business office.

Dental Assistants

Sharon, heads our dental assistants with 13 years experience. Not only is she found taking x-rays, giving educational instruction to our patients, and assisting but also keeps the equipment maintained during off patient hours. She coordinates many of the holiday contests we provide for our children during the year. Sharon loves working with children and enjoys seeing the most apprehensive patient leave with a smile on their face. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Frankie.

Kim, with 10 years of dental assisting with us started part-time and is now full-time rounds out our dedicated assistant staff. She wrote and coordinates the dental assisting and radiology programs at Brookdale Community College and has taught them for the past 27 years. Her warm personality calms our youngest of patients and her assortment of balloon animals provides a constant delight when they leave their appointment.

Cindy, with over 10 years experience as a certified dental assistant with children. She is the newest member of our practice. She enjoys the opportunity to work with children and provide exceptional care to each and every patient ,making the visit a great experience for the child and parents. She is very involved with her son baseball activities.

Hygiene Department

Kate, heads our hygiene department with 8 years at our office and over 30 years experience as a RDH. We are fortunate to have Kate who brings her experience and knowledge to our office. Along with her warm and caring way she educates her patients while providing a pleasant dental appointment. Katie loves spending time with her husband, two beautiful children, her cats and her new puppy Thor.

Nicole, has 4 years of experience as a dental hygienist. She spent 3 years as a dental assistant before deciding to attend the Middlesex County College to become a dental hygienist. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband.

Melissa, has 9 years experience in our office. Her ability to provide a non-threatening environment for our patients makes going to the dentist an enjoyable experience. She provides the southern charm to our office. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and her dogs.