Mountainside Residency Program

Bruce Barnhard, D.D.S.

St. Louis University
Prosthodontic Program at New York University
Board Certified in Prosthodontics, Specialty #8708, Implant training at Mayo Clinic

An associate professor at the New York University College of Dentistry Post Graduate Prosthetic Program, Dr. Barnhard is also past president of the American College of Prosthodontists. He is a public member of the Essex County Bar Association Ethics Committee and is in private practice in Florham Park, NJ.

 

Anthony Cannilla, D.M.D.

University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine
HackensackUMC Mountainside General Practice Residency

An associate professor at the New York University College of Dentistry Post Graduate Prosthetic Program, Dr. Barnhard is also past president of the American College of Prosthodontists. He is a public member of the Essex County Bar Association Ethics Committee and is in private practice in Florham Park, NJ.

 

Michael DePoto, D.D.S.

New York University College of Dentistry
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Dr. DePoto grew up in Clifton and currently resides in Montclair. He enjoys sharing his clinical experience with residents and learning about the latest advances in dental technology.  He practices in Clifton and Flanders, NJ.

 

Greggory Di Lauri, D.D.S.

Marquette University School of Dentistry
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency
Pankey Institute, Key Biscayne, FL

Dr. Di Lauri has been a recipient of the “Attending Dentist of the Year” award several times. In addition to teaching for the residency, he maintains a full-time practice in Succasunna, NJ with a focus on restorative, preventive and implant dentistry.  He lectures on Comprehensive Care, Implant Dentistry, Treatment Planning and Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.

 

Michael Erlichman, D.D.S.

New York University, College of Dentistry
Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, Residency: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Erlichman enjoys supervising the residents in outpatient oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures.

 

Edward Gold, D.D.S.

Howard University, College of Dentistry
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Bronx, NY: Certificate in Orthodontics

Dr. Gold has served as chairperson for the Orthodontic Specialty Peer Review Committee for the NJ Dental Association since 2004.  On several occasions, he has been recognized as a "Top Orthodontist" in NJ Monthly magazine.

 

Alan Gold, D.D.S.

Temple University Dental School

Experienced in all aspects of general cosmetic implant dentistry, Dr. Gold shares his clinical experience with the residents to help prepare them for their careers.

 

Anne C. Hartnett, D.D.S.

SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY:
General Practice Residency

Dr. Hartnett is board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology and limits her practice to periodontal and implant dentistry. She enjoys supervising surgical procedures by the residents including implant placement. In addition, she lectures on periodontal therapy and is involved in treatment planning seminars.

 

Sylvia Irwin, DMD, PhD

Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School
UMDNJ: General Practice Residency

Dr. Irwin's interests include cosmetics and smile rehabilitation, the treatment of seniors and working with apprehensive patients. She maintains a solo practice in Nutley.

 

Howard Kotkin, D.D.S.

University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
Monmouth Medical Center: General Practice Residency
Lutheran Medical Center: Post Graduate Training, Pediatric Dentistry

A pediatric dentist who practices in Chatham, Dr. Kotkin’s entertaining approach to care for children and his dedication to developing the skills necessary for private practice have earned him several “Attending of the Year” awards at HackensackUMC Mountainside.

 

Mauricio Lavie, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School

A prosthodontist who maintains a private practice in Livingston, Dr. Lavie enjoys working with the General Practice residents and teaching them new skills and techniques.

 

Pamela Ledig, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency
Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY: Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Ledig maintains a pediatric dentistry practice called "Itsy Bitsy Dental" in Bloomfield, NJ.

 

Laurence Leff, D.M.D.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Residency: Department of Endodontics.

As an endodontist who has been on staff many years at HackensackUMC Mountainside, Dr. Leff is committed to providing clinical supervision and training for residents. He also practices in Montclair.

 

Stephen Liao, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency
Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY: Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Internship

Dr. Liao maintains a full-time practice in Lodi and provides clinical supervision for outpatients, as well as same-day surgery patients. He performs operating room dentistry for patients with special needs. A premier Invisalign provider, Dr. Liao is a member of the American Dental Association, NJ Dental Association and Essex County Dental Society.

 

 

Barry Litwin, D.D.S.

New York University College of Dentistry
Baltimore City Hospital: General Practice Residency

Dr. Litwin provides comprehensive dental care including cosmetics, crowns, bridges, implants and periodontal therapy. He maintains a solo practice in Nutley.

 

Michael Masella, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency

Dr. Masella is an alumnus of the General Practice Residency at HackensackUMC Mountainside and has returned to mentor others.  He maintains a general practice in Caldwell.   

Richard Merkelbach, D.D.S.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

A practicing general dentist, Dr. Merkelbach provides clinical supervision and didactic training in treatment planning and implant case discussions.

 

Norman Metz, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
UMDNJ: General Practice Residency

A general dentist who practices in Milburn, Dr. Metz believes that as he mentors residents, he learns as well. He’s a past recipient of the “Attending of the Year” award.

 

George Papasikos, D.M.D.

Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Dr. Papasikos is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School. He completed a post graduate residency in Periodontics at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). A periodontist who provides clinical supervision for periodontal surgical procedures, Dr. Papasikos practices in Upper Montclair.

 

Stephen Pascal, D.M.D.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC: General Practice
Residency in Dentistry
New York University College of Dentistry: Post Graduate Training, Endodontic

A past president of the New Jersey Association of Endodontists, Dr. Pascal practices in Bloomfield as an endodontist and also provides our residents with clinical supervision for endodontic procedures.

 

Stephen Press, D.M.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Press provides residents with supervision for restorative procedures and endodontic therapy. He is currently in practice in Montclair.

 

Kaivon Rahaghi, D.D.S.

New York University, College of Dentistry
Postgraduate training: VA Hospital and Temple University AEGD

Practicing in Bloomfield, Dr. Rahaghi performs orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and general dentistry.  In his work, he emphasizes the importance of educating patients about improving dental health through home care and diet as well as through the use of modern dental techniques.

 

William Ranucci, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
UMDNJ: Specialty training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Ranucci is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who practices in Montclair.  He provides clinical supervision for residents in the outpatient clinic and operating room, overseeing implant treatment planning and placement. He is a past recipient of the “Attending of the Year” award.

 

Gary M Rosenblatt, D.M.D.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School: Residency Training, Certificate in Periodontics

Dr. Rosenblatt provides implant services and has lectured on periodontics and implant placement. He also performs periodontal cosmetic procedures.

 

Steven Scrivo, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
UMDNJ: Post-graduate training in Periodontics

Dr. Scrivo provides our residents with supervision in periodontal therapy.

 

James Skiba, D.D.S.

New York University, College of Dentistry
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency
UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School: Post-graduate training in Prosthodontics

Dr. Skiba is co-author of “The Classification System for Completely Edentulous, Partially Edentulous, and Complete Dentate Patients,” published in the Journal of Prosthodontics. A member of the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, he maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics in Montclair with an in-house dental laboratory facility. Previously, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor at UMDNJ in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics. He currently provides didactic education in Prosthodontics for our General Practice Residency.

 

Carol Soufanati-Idrovo, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School
Mountainside Hospital: General Practice Residency

Dr. Soufanati-Idrovo is a HackensackUMC Mountainside alumna who is dedicated to helping others prepare for dental careers. Her practice is located in Mountain Lakes.

 

David St. Ledger, D.D.S.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
HackensackUMC Mountainside, General Practice Residency

Past president of the Western Essex Dental Association, Dr. Ledger is currently involved in The Continuum at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He supervises residents in all phases of general dentistry and practices in Montclair.


Michael Sutton, D.M.D, F.A.G.D.

Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry
Mountainside Hospital: General Practice Residency, Fellowship/Post Graduate Training: Implants

A general dentist who provides family cosmetic dental care, Dr. Sutton is a technology guru and shares this knowledge with the General Practice Residents.

 

Lidia Zemlanicky, D.M.D.

UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental School

 Experienced in practice management, as well as all aspects of general dentistry, Dr. Zemlanicky practices in Glen Ridge.

Dental Residency

Faculty/Attending Dentists

The General Practice Residency Program is directed by Mary L. Voytus, D.D.S, who is full-time at HackensackUMC Mountainside. Other general dentists and specialists in all disciplines also play a significant role in resident education. Since those faculty members are dentists in private practice, they provide residents with an excellent, current perspective on transitioning to private practice upon completion of their training.  Residents and faculty work collaboratively for the benefit of patients and the community, as well as for each resident's personal and professional growth.

Mary Lapinski Voytus, D.D.S

Director, General Practice Dental Residency Program, and Division of Dentistry, Medical Education HackensackUMC Mountainside

New York University, College of Dentistry
General Practice Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC
Fellowship: General Dentistry, Beth Israel Medical Center

As a general dentist, Dr. Voytus has provided care for special needs and medically compromised patients. In fact, she has  published a chapter on dental clinics titled, “Evaluation Scheduling and Management of Dental Care Under General Anesthesia for Special Needs Patients.” She also recently presented a round table discussion on DENTCA CADCAM technique for denture construction. Active in the American Association of Hospital Dentists/Special Care Organization, her professional memberships also include the American Dental Association, Essex County Dental Society, Oral Cancer Consortium of New York and New Jersey and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society.

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