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!

Our Orthodontists

Dr. Patrick T. Cuozzo and Dr. Mehreen Merchant are skilled orthodontists who are experienced with a comprehensive range of procedures designed to help both children and adults. Learn more about their background and credentials and find out how they can meet your orthodontic needs.

Meet Our Orthodontists

Theresa, Financial/Insurance Coordinator

Theresa has been working in orthodontic offices on the east and west coasts for 31 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.

Judy, Registered Dental Assistant, Daily Operations Coordinator

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, and more recently, daily operations coordinator. 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.” In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, gardening, and small home improvement projects.

Samantha, Receptionist

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. Samantha graduated with a Bachelor’s of History from Coastal Carolina in May of 2018. In her spare time, you can find her at CrossFit® or reading a good book.

Brittanni, Receptionist

Photo of BrittanniBrittanni has joined our team in September 2020 as a receptionist. Brittanni is a 2016 Paul Mitchell graduate and has her full cosmetology license as well as an Associate’s Degree from Brookdale Community College for Business Management. In Brittanni’s spare time you can find her at the gym, fishing or surfing!

Ruthellen, Administrative Assistant

Ruthellen joined our team in October of 2018 as Cuozzo Orthodontics’ Administrative Assistant. Ruthellen has over 8 years of Executive Assistant experience, and over 25 years of experience in Administrative and Accounting. She enjoys being a part of “The Cuozzo Experience,” providing the best care possible. Ruthellen lives in Ocean Grove with her husband of 27 years, and their sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, hiking local parks, and biking and walking the Ocean Grove boardwalk year-round.

Beth, Registered Dental Assistant

As one of Cuozzo Orthodontics’ longest-serving 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 32 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 40 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Becky, Registered Dental Assistant, Treatment Coordinator

Becky has been a dental assistant with Cuozzo Orthodontics for ten 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 received her Bachelors of the Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Kean University in 2014. In her off-time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, spending summers by the beach, baking, and riding rollercoasters any chance she gets.

Alison, Registered Dental Assistant

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 a part of our team for more than 12 years, and is a Registered Dental Assistant. Alison is cross-trained in every aspect of our practice, from clinical care to scheduling, finance and insurance, and 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 or taking a dance class!

Jennifer, Registered Dental Assistant

Jennifer has been part of the Cuozzo team for 20 years. She worked at the front desk for years, but for the last 8 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 12 and Nicholas is 8. On the weekends Jennifer likes to relax at home and spend time with her family and friends.

Felicia, Registered Dental Assistant, Lab Technician

Felicia-RodriguezFelicia has remained an essential member of our Cuozzo team since 2007. She began eagerly and diligently developing her orthodontic assistant skills while attending college locally at Brookdale. During her time with our practice, she thrived assisting Dr. Pat and the senior RDAs while interacting with the patients. Therefore, to continue growing professionally, she obtained her X-ray license, CDA, and RDA certificates. She continues to hone and develop her skills as an RDA while enjoying her work more with every passing year of experience. Felicia ensures that her patients are both comfortable and receive quality care. She also continues dedicated work in the laboratory, providing versatility in many professional roles. In her free time Felicia really enjoys hiking, running, and anything that involves being outdoors in nature.

Tessa, Registered Dental Assistant, Lab Technician

Tessa has been a dental assistant for Cuozzo Orthodontics since 2011. She was treated by Dr. Pat with a palate expander and braces. Tessa is a 2013 graduate of Manasquan High School and has her full cosmetology license as well as her CDA/RDA. Outside of work, Tessa attends her weekly bible studies with her friends and family. She practices calligraphy, loves to listen to music and be with her friends, and she also loves trying new breakfast places. Working at Cuozzo Orthodontics has provided great friendships and a wonderful work family. She loves working with kids – you might see her at your local health fairs!

Christine, Dental Assistant

Christine joined the Cuozzo team in 2019 and has enjoyed the experience thus far. She is currently one of our dental assistants and is in school working toward attaining her Registered Dental Assistant license. Prior to joining our team, Christine lived in various states, including Hawaii, where her husband was stationed. When Christine has free time, she enjoys spending it with her three dogs – Winston, Franklin, and Kobe – or looking for new additions to her plant collection. Christine is excited to see what the future holds at Cuozzo Orthodontics!

Salma, Dental Assistant

Photo of SalmaSalma is our senior treatment room assistant. She is also being trained in our lab by our lab technician. She is going to school for her x-ray license, CDA certification and RDA license. She loves the friendships she has made here at Cuozzo Orthodontics and her favorite duty to do is help our RDA’s and Doctors while they are putting braces on our patients. She was born in Mexico and was raised bilingual, so she is able to help interpret at work for our Spanish speaking patients. Salma and her family have 3 dogs and a lizard that she loves. She is a great student and strives to learn as much as she can. She is very valuable to our Cuozzo family.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment here at our practice, please contact Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists today.