At Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists our experienced team strives to give you the highest-quality care and the best treatment experience possible. We look forward to meeting you, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Mehreen Merchant, DMD
Dr. Mehreen Merchant is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was raised and spent most of her childhood years. Her upbringing and time there gave her a sense of appreciation for different cultures and inspired a desire to make an impact on other people’s lives. Dr. Mehreen and her family subsequently moved to New Jersey, where she finished high school. She then completed her undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management.
Thereafter, she moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a scholarship to obtain a dual degree. In just four years, she completed both a Doctorate of Dental Medicine and a Masters in Bioengineering. While in dental school, Dr. Mehreen was selected to treat complex cases in the school’s Advanced Dental Care Clinic. She also volunteered to organize a clinic that provided free dental health education and services to uninsured patients in the local community. For her efforts, she was awarded honors in both clinical dentistry and in community service.
Upon graduation, Dr. Mehreen matriculated into the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. During her specialty training, Dr. Mehreen was active in orthodontic research and teaching. As a resident, she was selected to lead a continuing education course on temporomandibular joint disorders, which was attended by both her peers and specialists across multiple departments at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mehreen is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and the New Jersey Dental Association. She is also a board eligible member of the American Board of Orthodontics. In her free time, Dr. Mehreen enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Judy, Registered Dental Assistant, Clinical Manager
Judy has been in the orthodontic world for 28 years. She began working at Cuozzo Orthodontics in 1993 as a part-time registered dental assistant. After her children entered elementary school, Judy began to work full-time and eventually took on the role of clinical manager. Her favorite part of her career is mentoring and teaching the junior assistants and interacting with patients and parents. She finds it very rewarding to organize and implement systems and watch the office run “like a well-oiled machine.” Judy lives in Allentown, NJ with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, reading, gardening, shopping and trying new restaurants.
Melissa, Registered Dental Assistant
Melissa had been a part of our practice for 10 years. She has held many titles, from assistant to receptionist, and treatment coordinator. Being both a CDA and a RDA, she can offer knowledgeable help and advice to patients and their families. Melissa’s favorite part of her position is educating parents and patients about treatment with orthodontic appliances, developing a relationship with each patient and their family, and seeing how orthodontic treatment can change a patient’s outlook. Melissa lives in Highlands with her husband, little boy, and 10 year-old weimaraner, Ashes.
Beth, Registered Dental Assistant
As one of Cuozzo Orthodontics longest employees, Beth’s knowledge and experience are truly assets to our practice. Beth began orthodontic assisting in 1983 and has been with Cuozzo Orthodontics for 26 years. Beth has superior orthodontic skills and is one of our key employees that helps to train junior assistants. As Cuozzo Orthodontics’ inventory manager, Beth researches and implements new products that keep our practice on the cutting edge of orthodontics. Beth resides in Howell with her husband of 35 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her three grandchildren.
Theresa – Financial/Insurance Coordinator
Theresa has been working in orthodontic offices on the east and west coasts for 25 years. She has experience in all aspects of an orthodontic office, but is most knowledgeable in insurance billing. She is enthusiastic, hardworking, and believes customer service is one of the most important aspects of her job. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends. She and her boyfriend recently rescued a boxer named Riley, who is quickly becoming very spoiled.
Ruthellen – Administrative Assistant
Ruthellen joined our team in October of 2018, as Cuozzo Orthodontics Administrative Assistant. Ruthellen has over 6 years of executive assistant experience. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and walking the Ocean Grove boardwalk.
Jennifer M., Receptionist
Jen has been a receptionist with Cuozzo Orthodontics for 4 years. She loves the bond she creates with patients and their families, which often become long-lasting relationships. Her customer service skills are excellent and she is compassionate towards patients and families who have to juggle their busy schedules. Jennifer lives in Colts Neck with her husband and 7 year-old daughter and their two dogs. She loves spending her free time with friends and family and volunteering at her daughters’ school.
Christine joined our staff in June of 2014 as a receptionist and has thoroughly enjoyed her time with us thus far. She really loves being a part of our team and working side by side with fun, kind, and knowledgeable co-workers. She finds working at the front desk extremely rewarding, as she strongly believes that quality customer service is the key to creating positive relationships. She enjoys not only getting to know patients but also their families and even their pets! Christine is a wife and a mother of two boys and is a very active member of her sons’ school and sports communities. In her spare time she likes to craft, go hiking and, most importantly, spend time with friends, family, and her two year old pit-bull, Talyn.
Samantha joined our team in September of 2018, as a Receptionist. As a former patient of Cuozzo Orthodontics, she is excited to be a part of our team. Sam recently graduated with a Bachelor in History from Coastal Carolina University. In her spare time she likes going to the gym and reading a good book.
Alison, Registered Dental Assistant, Receptionist
Alison started out as Dr. Pat’s patient, and later went on to join our staff as a part-time junior dental assistant at the age of fifteen. She has now been with Cuozzo Orthodontics for more than 10 years, and is a Registered Dental Assistant. Alison is cross trained in every aspect of our practice from clinical care, to scheduling, to finance and insurance, to treatment coordination. Her knowledge of both the clinical and clerical sides of our practice is extremely beneficial in helping our office run smoothly and efficiently. What she loves most about her job is having the opportunity to help patients become their best selves by achieving a beautiful smile! Aside from her career in orthodontics, Alison has been dancing since the age of 3, and earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance from Georgian Court University. When she is not at the office, you might catch her at the beach, watching NHL hockey, or teaching a dance class!
Felicia, Registered Dental Assistant, Lab Technician
Felicia began working for Cuozzo Orthodontics in 2007. She has enjoyed her experience with the patients, parents and staff so much that she is now pursuing a career as a Registered Dental Assistant. She has received her radiology License and is currently working towards her CDA and RDA. Felicia is the office’s Lab Technician and truly enjoys the tasks she is given. In her spare time she likes to go to the gym and hang out with friends and family.
Jennifer G., Registered Dental Assistant
Jennifer has been part of the Cuozzo team for 14 years. She worked at the front desk for 12 years, but for the last two years has been working in the treatment room. Jennifer enjoys being in the treatment room because she loves being more hands-on with the patients. One of her favorite things about working at Cuozzo Orthodontics is the people she works with.
Jennifer says “The Cuozzo team is like a big family. Everyone is so friendly, it makes for a great work environment. Dr. Pat has been a pleasure to work for. I hope I am here for many more years.”
Jennifer is married with two children – Emma is 6 and Nicholas is 2. They keep her very busy, but when she gets the chance to relax she enjoy reading. On the weekends, Jennifer likes to spend time outside and at the boardwalk with her family.
Becky, Registered Dental Assistant, Treatment Coordinator
Becky has been a dental assistant with Cuozzo Orthodontics for five years. Her knowledge of treatment room procedures, as well as her outgoing personality help to make each patient’s appointment an enjoyable and stress-free experience. She loves the camaraderie that everyone on the staff shares with each other and feels they are all like a second family. She recently received her Bachelors of the Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Kean University, and is working towards becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. In her off time, she enjoys working with children at her church and at a local daycare.
Tessa M., Registered Dental Assistant
Tessa has been a dental assistant for Cuozzo Orthodontics for 5 years. She began her career in her sophomore year of high school, shortly after her treatment of a palate expander and braces were complete, she now has her CDA and RDA and has her full cosmetology license. In her time off, Tessa loves to be with her friends and family. She attends bible study, likes to try different breakfast café’s, and enjoys movies. Working at Cuozzo Orthodontics has provided a great work family and lifelong friendships for her. You may see her at local schools for health fairs and nurse visits!
For more information, or to schedule an appointment here at our practice, please contact Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists today.