Meet the Doctors
Mitchel L Friedman, DDS
Dr. Friedman graduated from Middletown High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelors degree from Rutgers College four years later. In 1984, he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in the top 15% of his class. He moved back to Monmouth County to attend the General Practice Residency Program at Monmouth Medical Center.
Soon after starting his own practice, he performed over 500 hours of post-graduate continuing education to obtain his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) in 1990. In 2010 he completed additional 1,000 hours to earn his mastership, which less than 2% of dentists have achieved. He is currently an attending doctor on staff and part-time clinical instructor at the Monmouth Medical Center where he teaches advanced dental techniques and sedation to recently dentist graduates.
Dr Friedman is one of only a few general dentists in New Jersey to be certified to perform IV sedation in his office. This gives patients the opportunity to have all phases of dental care performed in a single location while comfortably and safely sedated.
He is a member of the New Jersey Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Society of Anesthesia, Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Society of Anesthesia and is a Fellow in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Dr. Friedman keeps his finger on the pulse of dental technology by regularly taking dental continuing education courses (300% more than the NJ State Board of Dentistry annually requires of active dentists) and stays current with dental literature.
He was the first to bring Dentistry From The Heart to New Jersey in 2006 and has hosted the charity event every year since.
When he is not helping his patients, he can be found working on his classic cars, a 1972 MG-B and 1960 MG-A or doing home repairs. He is active in scuba diving, skiing, boating, fishing and tennis. His wife Adrienne teaches at Brookdale Community College and they have three adult children, Gillian, Jared and Hannah.
Dr. Julia Cintron
We are happy to introduce Dr. Julia Cintron to our practice. Dr Cintron is a graduate of UMDNJ-Dental School. She continued her dental education at Monmouth Medical Center’s General Practice, in Long Branch, NJ. This program has allowed for multidisciplinary patient-focused oral health care for a variety of patients including patients with special needs.
Dr Cintron is an alumnus of Rutgers University and UMDNJ- Graduate School of Biomedical Science where she received a BS in Biology and Master of Biomedical Science. Dr. Cintron is active in the community working on volunteer services such as Dr Friedman’s Dentistry from the Heart and annually at Give Kids a Smile.
Outside of dentistry Dr. Cintron enjoys running, she has participated in the Philadelphia and the Long Branch Half marathons. She is fluent in Spanish and will as a major asset to our practice with her warm, attentive nature.
Aparna Menon, DMD
She still takes continuing education credits to further her dental knowledge. She’s also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA), and the Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society (M-OCDS). She’s had some amazing personal experiences, and we’re so excited to share them. Here’s Dr. Menon’s story:
I grew up in India, in a family of physicians. My mom is a doctor and my aunt is a doctor, so it was natural for me to get into the health care system. I was blessed with strong female role models who taught me the value of independence in a society that gives males preferential treatment, and where women are simply married off. Education was a top priority in my family. Money, I was taught, can come and go, but education is something that no one can take away.
Not many people get proper dental care in India. I don’t even remember going to the dentist as a child. As I grew older, I realized that dentistry wasn’t given nearly enough attention. This — combined with the fact that there were no dentists in my family — made me realize that dentistry was the field I wanted to get into. After that, things just fell into place.
In order to get into medicine or dentistry in India, your national examination scores have to be ranked very high. Fortunately, I got high marks, which meant I was able to go to the top universities in India, including the highly-ranked dental school in Manipal. After graduation, I had the opportunity to come to the U.S. When I got here, I studied yet again at the Rutherford University School of Dental Medicine, where I was on the dean’s honor list for two years, before going through a year of residency.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is spend time with my husband, Rajibe, and my 5-year-old son, Shaan. Between family time, dentistry, and running six to eight miles on the weekends, I don’t have time for much else.
I’ve been running most of my life. This year, I’m embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For the last three years, I’ve been trying to get into the New York City Marathon. This year, I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the 2016 race. The marathon goes through all five boroughs of New York, and hits every major landmark in the city. It starts in Staten Island, and ends in Central Park in Manhattan. I can’t wait for November; the energy and excitement of a great race is always amazing. When I start training for November’s race in a couple months, I’ll run at least 30 miles a week.
The other important thing about me is that I believe in karma. In my opinion, what goes around, comes around — so it’s important to do right by people. I strive to treat people how I want to be treated because I believe if you put good out there, it comes back to you.