West Ridgewood Dental Professionals

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Charles J. Perruzzi, DMD
Robert Dwight Miner, DDS
Joyce M. Johnson, DDS
Joshua Austein, DMD

  • 88 West Ridgewood Avenue
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450
  • (201) 652-8875

Meet the Staff


We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Administrative Staff:

Carol – Practice Administrator/RDH

Carol

I have been very fortunate to be involved in the field of dentistry for over thirty years. My career path evolved from being a registered dental assistant and then furthering my education at Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. - College of Dental Medicine as a registered dental hygienist. Happily I was hired fifteen years ago by Drs. Miner and Perruzzi and I was honored to be promoted to Practice Administrator sevenyears ago. I am an active member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). Our practice is by far the most professional, high quality and compassionate office I have ever worked in. The extensive knowledge and training our doctors possess is extended to our patients on a daily basis. Our doctors and staff are highly motivated and feel each patient’s treatment is of the utmost importance. You will find our staff very courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. I am extremely grateful to work together with such a terrific team! Our goal is for all our patients to be completely satisfied with their treatment producing beautiful healthy smiles.

At home, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ed, my two children, Mike and Kim, her husband Kenroy, and of course our three dogs, Brody, Gunner & Murphy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, shopping with my daughter and spending time with friends going out to dinner or relaxing by the pool. I would be remiss not to mention that we are huge Giants and Yankee Fans!

 

Karen – Front Desk Administrator

Karen

As Front Desk Administrator, it is my pleasure to work closely with all our patients. I greet our wonderful patients and help create an environment where our patients feel comfortable from the beginning of treatment to the end. I help in coordinating their treatment plans as well as financial arrangements. I love to come to work every day because all of our doctors and staff truly care about our patients and each other. This is felt by our patients from the time they walk in until the time they leave our office. It’s always amazing to see that our patients leave with smiles on their faces!

In my spare time, my husband, Steve, and I enjoy being on the soccer and softball/baseball fields, the basketball court or the hockey rink watching our three children Mitch, Mallory, and Madison play sports.

 

Lucille – Insurance & Marketing Coordinator

Lucille

I am privileged to have been Dr. Miner’s first employee in 1969 and the longest standing staff member at West Ridgewood Dental Professionals. I have been witness to extraordinary dentistry performed by dentists with integrity who are passionate about their profession.

The patients that our practice attracts are bright and discriminating and I have loved meeting them all and watching their families grow.

My husband Larry and sons, Steven and David, are the loves of my life and my passion is cooking and entertaining.

 

Karen (KC) - Business Coordinator

KC

I am known as "KC" to my West Ridgewood Dental Professionals family. I began my dental career as an endodontic dental assistant. Here at WRDP I have enjoyed being the Business Coordinator for the past 5 years. I look forward to the daily interactions with patients, facilitating their scheduling needs and answering their questions and concerns regarding their dental health. I look forward to ensuring each patient receives the highest quality of dental care in the tradition of West Ridgewood Dental Professionals.

I have been married to my husband Chris for 25 years, and we have resided in Park Ridge. We have three wonderful, active young adult children, Christopher a student at Sacred Heart University, Alexis a student a East Stroudsburg University, and Olivia a senior in high school. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and entertaining family and friends.

 

Michael - Certified Dental Technician/In-House Specialist

Michael

After attending Dental Technology School in 1975, I began my career working in dental labs throughout Bergen County. I received my certification as a CDT from the National Board of Dental Technology in 1986. That same year, I opened my own lab, ML Cosmetic Labs specializing in Crown and Bridge. After a successful 22 years as a lab owner, I decided to explore a position as a Technical Support Representative for Nobel Biocare, a world wide leader in Implants and Cad Cam Technology. I worked with many dentists and dental surgeons nationally and internationally providing technical support involving implantology. In 2011, I had the opportunity to join West Ridgewood Dental Professionals becoming a part of a team that is a highly regarded practice in our industry. I was very happy to become their "In-House Specialist" providing on a daily basis individual attention and technical laboratory support for our doctors and their patients.

On a personal side, I live in Paramus with my wife, Rosetta, my daughter, Christina and our dog, Lilly. In my spare time, I am an avid Formula One and motor sports fan and you can find me tinkering with my 1990 Miata MX-5. I am, also, a musician occasionally performing my drums in clubs around Bergen County. Most importantly I enjoy spending time with my family and participating in the Patruska Park Neighborhood Association which provides support for my neighbors and community.

 

Dental Hygienists:

 

Christina - Registered Dental Hygienist

christina

I started my career here as a dental assistant in 1997. The support and encouragement I received from the Doctors and staff allowed me to earn my certification and registration as a dental assistant. I continued on to dental hygiene school and was allowed to continue working here as a dental assistant and front desk receptionist throughout my schooling. Now I have been a practicing dental hygienist here for over 10 years. I have earned my certificate for local administration and also hold a certificate for nitrous oxide monitoring. As I grew into my dental career I developed a love for public health. I spend my free time teaching children oral care and started the Free Milk Foundation, which helps breastfeeding mothers in need. My future goals include earning a Masters Degree in Public Health and would love to teach.

 

Cynthia – Registered Dental Hygienist

CynthiaI began my career in the dental field over ten years ago as a Registered Dental Assistant. Since then I have attended Bergen Community and achieved a degree in Dental Hygiene. I love being a Dental Hygienist and enjoy seeing positive changes in patient’s oral health. I am born and raised in Bergen County where I currently reside with my husband Ken.

 

 

 

Rita – Registered Dental Hygienist

Rita

I have been practicing dental hygiene since 1992 and I still love every minute of it. Over the years I have built many lasting friendships with my patients and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to improve their health and lives. I believe in treating my patients with the utmost care and concern for their well-being, as well as making them feel comfortable and appreciated. When not working I can usually be found at my favorite yoga studio or playing with my parrots Chico and Misty. I am married to my best friend, Jimmy, and we both enjoy animals, friends, food and laughter.

 

Ruth - Registered Dental Hygienist

Ruth

It is my privilege to be part of the team at West Ridgewood Dental Professionals. It's always a pleasure to work with such a professional, compassionate and enjoyable group of people. The doctors as well as the staff are always going out of their way to educate themselves about the most up to date technology to provide a great service to their patients. I have been a part of the dental profession for a long time, as a registered dental assistant and now as a registered dental hygienist. I graduated over 10 years ago from Bergen Community College Dental Hygiene Program. Due to my profession, I have the pleasure of meeting great people and helping them maintain their dental health.

In our free time, my husband, Jude, and I love to volunteer working with young adults. Being their mentors, it is a great learning experience. It helps you gain a better perspective when you get involved in the lives of people with special challenges in different stages of their lives.

 

Dental Assistants:

Valerie – Dental Assistant Coordinator

Valerie

Initially I thought I wanted to be a nurse or in a field that involved helping people, instead I became a paralegal. Luckily I was not satisfied in that profession and for over 30 years I have been working in the dental field. I continued to pursue my education in the field of dentistry and I am both a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. I love working at West Ridgewood Dental Professionals because of the ethics and quality care of the doctors and interacting with all the great patients. It’s amazing to learn something new every day. I have been here for 16 years and I plan on retiring from here!

I have two wonderful daughters and three adorable granddaughters and the most beautiful dog in the world, Hachiko. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, dancing and sewing.

 

Joanne – Dental Assistant

Joanne

I began my dental assisting career in 9th grade….assisting for my family dentist! I’ve always been interested and intrigued with the field, so after graduating high school, I entered Lyon’s Institute for Dental Assisting over 30 years ago.

I’m proud to say I’ve been at West Ridgewood Dental for almost 20 years and work with a group of unbelievably talented doctors and team members that I consider “family”. I enjoy working here because of the various duties we perform (it’s never boring here!) and I love the patient interaction. We have fun and I know the patients are getting the best dental care available. . .

I live in Montvale with my talented 21 year old son, who is bass player in his band, and is currently enrolled at Bergen Community College studying Music. I'm a fur mommy to Prince my cat, and Lilo my mini dachshund.

In addition to working here at WRDP, I help to manage a popular local food store specializing in pickles and garnishings on the weekends. For the past 5+ years I have enjoyed being a MaryKay makeup representative which has been very natural for me because "it's all about the hair and makeup!"

So come visit us for dental exam, a pickle and a makeover!!!    

 

Tracy – CDA/RDA

Tracy

I am a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant with over 30 year’s experience and I co-wrote a dental assisting handbook – “The Exceptional Dental Assistant” with Christina Vozzo. During my 19 years working at West Ridgewood Dental, there are so many things I have grown to love about my job such as the social interaction with the patients and my co-workers and the fun and excitement in experiencing the latest in dental technology. I’m very proud to work in such a high quality practice. My hobbies are reading, hiking, camping and bargain hunting. I very happy to say, I’m married to my best friend, Chris and we have two children: Audrey, 16, and Michael, 13. We live in Sussex county with our dog, Bella.

 

Linda – CDA/RDALinda

I believe the best part about being a dental assistant is getting to meet the patients and form friendships with them over the years. The staff members at West Ridgewood Dental Professionals are some of the most professional and caring individuals around and makes any dental experience an easy one.

I am originally from the Philippines where I earned a Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of the East in Manila. I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 30 years and have been with West Ridgewood Dental Professionals for over 10 years. Currently, I live in Bergenfield where I have been married to my loving husband for over 30 years. Together we have two amazing children, and a beautiful grandson. I enjoy gardening and cooking in my spare time but most of all I enjoy playing with our pet dog, Smorz!

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