Dr. Aki Shirakura attended dental school in Buffalo, New York. He completed three additional intense years of full-time training in Prosthodontics at Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester. He then worked as an associate in a large well-known family practice in Hudson Valley and has been teaching dental prosthetics at Lutheran/NYU Medical Center in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Dr. Aki Shirakura participates in continuing education courses that focus on the latest advancements in dentistry and always offers the latest in current dental treatment.He is fully invested in the care and treatment of all of our patients. His goal is to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth for you and your family.
Dr. Mendia, A New Jersey native, Dr. Mendia attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Mendia completed a post-doctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Mendia’s anesthesia training involved hospital rotations through various specialties. During each rotation, he provided general anesthesia in the areas of dentistry, general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) surgery and obstetrics. In addition, he received specialized training for office-based anesthesia
Today, Dr. Mendia has found his niche in ambulatory anesthesia with pediatric and special needs patients. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine and provides lectures and continuing education courses on sedation and medical emergencies in the dental office.
Dr. Mendia is a Diplomate of the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology.
He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, New Jersey Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He holds certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Dr. Mendia resides in northern New Jersey with his wife, son and daughter. His personal interests include sporting events, physical fitness, and travel.
Joanne is our Patient Coordinator. Joanne has over 25 years of experience in dentistry services.From your first phone call, to your first visit, Joanne is dedicated to making sure your experience with us is nothing short of fantastic!
She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys racquetball, gardening and knitting.
Give Joanne a call today and start your journey to a healthy beautiful smile!
Laura is our resident expert in all things! Most importantly she is our insurance guru. Laura will help you get the biggest bang for your buck and take care of everything so you don’t have too!
She has worked in the industry for 32 years. When she’s not here taking care of our family, she is taking care of her own wonderful family, husband Andre, son Thomas, and her 2 fur babies, shelties, Piper and Lily.
She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking and gardening.Have a question about insurance? Call Laura today!
Babette is just one of our two amazing hygienists! Babette comes to us with 18 years of dental experience. A graduate of Onondaga Community College she loves to read and has a collection of over 2000 books!
Babbette and Loretta will make sure you and your family continue your journey to a healthy smile.
Loretta is our second amazing hygienist, but is tied for first place with Babette. Loretta has spent 20 years honing the skills she brings to our practice.
She’s been with Dr. Aki Shirakura for 6 of those years. Loretta is a graduate of Farmingdale and Northeastern. When she’s not making teeth sparkly clean with us, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her husband John and her two kids GianCarlo and Giana.