Team Directory


We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members! As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs as a patient.

Our staff is uniquely trained and highly skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and multiple certifications, and each one of our team members has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

To experience the difference that only a well-trained, professional and courteous team can deliver, schedule your appointment with our office today!

Tara - Patient Care/Schedule / FinancialCoordinator

TaraTara has been at Riverside Dental Health since 2007 and has been in the field of dentistry for more than 30 years.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Tara was fortunate to have been adopted and was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey before moving to Ridgewood. After working in the dental field for more than 10 years, Tara was so moved by the events of 9/11 that she enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. and served in Kuwait, Iraq, Delaware, and California with honor and distinction.

Tara is a big country music fan and also an avid animal lover, who has maintained a family of fur children her whole life, including both cats, and multiple dogs. 

Tara has become an invaluable member of the Riverside Dental team in both the clinical and front desk areas. She is dedicated and determined to help patients understand both the financial and clinical aspect of their treatment. She handles the daily operations of the practice and goes above and beyond what is expected to insure that every patient has a comfortable and positive experience.


Karen, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

KarenKaren graduated from college with honors as a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been at Riverside Dental Health since 2006. Her knowledge and expertise in managing patient dental care, her gentle touch and her friendly demeanor make her a true asset to the practice. She is an outstanding provider of various periodontal treatments for our patients. Karen truly enjoys helping others and is treasured by our patients. We are certain that she will make your experience remarkable.

Karen is a lifetime resident of Bergen County. She has one daughter, Amanda. In her spare time she loves to spend time with Amanda, and her beautiful dog, Maddie. Her outside interests include spending time in the great outdoors hiking, golfing and swimming. She also loves going to concerts, travelling and cooking.

Charnese, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

Charnese RDHCharnese is a registered dental hygienist who has completed her education at New York University College of Dentistry. She is licensed in the states of New Jersey and New York. Charnese worked in New York City for 12 years prior to joining Riverside Dental Health. Charnese provides top quality care with a gentle, compassionate, kind demeanor. Her gift is her ability to create a comfortable space for her patients that promotes trust and respect. You can just tell when you meet her that she is a devoted wife and mother. Charnese is fluent is English, Mandarin, and Cantonese as well. 

Kate, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

Kate Kate joined our practice part time as our hygienist in 2012. A skilled, kind, caring thorough practitioner. Kate has been working in dentistry for 40 years and her love of her work certainly shines through. She is known for her gentle touch.  

We are truly thankful for her commitment to our office and our patients. 

Kate has lived and worked in Bergen County her whole life. She is a devoted aunt and member of her community. For years Kate has volunteered a portion of her free time each week to a local food pantry.


Sheryll, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist

SheryllSheryll joined our practice part time as our hygienist. Her charming personality is palpable throughout the office. When she is not working with us, she is the hygienist at RSDM in the Special Care Treatment Center where she has been treating patients for 21 years. Her patients say that she has "gentle hands", a "kind nature" and that they feel "extremely comfortable in the chair". She has been at Riverside Dental Health since 2014. Sheryll is fluent in Tagalog as well.

Sheryll is married to Sami and together they live in Bergenfield with their 2 lovely children and cute pup, Leanne. She loves to read, cook, and explore with her family. She is a wonderful asset to our team!

Elizabeth- Certified Dental Assistant

ElizabethElizabeth joined our team in 2020 during the pandemic. She is a  NY certified dental assistant with a NJ X-Ray license. Elizabeth was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York in 2003. She worked as a manager of a pharmacy in New York City for 3 years prior to pursuing her career in the dental industry. She wanted to have a more interactive role with her patients and has always been interested in the dental field. You might see her in the front helping out but her main focus is the clinical area. Elizabeth has a fun, energetic personality. Her sweet nature is a delight to our team and calming to our patients. She thoroughly enjoys dentistry. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children.  Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish as well. 

Lena - Certified Dental Assistant

Lena Lena is a NJ certified Dental Assistant with a NJ X-Ray license. Lena moved here from Russia in 1999 for a adventure and career oportunities. A warm smile and sweet demeanor is what calms nervous patients. She has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. Lena has been a team member since 2018. Lena is a devoted wife and mother including her fur baby "Moorkah" the cat. Lena is fluent in Russian as well.

Yelena- Dental Assistant

YelenaYelena has been a dental assistant at Riverside Dental Health since 2004 and has been in the field of dentistry for over 15 years.

Yelena was born and raised in the country of Belarus. After having graduated college abroad, she decided to come to America. She pursued the study of dental assisting and went on to obtain her X-ray license. She works hard to provide exceptional service and care to our patients and is instrumental in making the clinical area run smoothly. She is fluent in Russian as well.

In her spare time, Yelena enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and gardening.

Patricia -Insurance Coordinator/Front Desk/ Dental Assistant 

Patricia is a NJ Certified Dental Assistant with a NJ X-Ray License. Patricia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Montclair State College in 2018. Patricia has been with Riverside Dental Health since 2016. A kind caring professional who enjoys her role with patients. Her dedication to the profession and Riverside Dental health makes her a valued team member. Patricia's main duties are at the front desk which include insurance coordinating and scheduling, She does keep her clinical skills hones by assisting the doctors several hours every week. You may see her smiling face at the reception desk or in an operatory next to one of our doctors. Patricia is fluent in Spanish as well.