Dr. Mitchel L. Friedman graduated from Middletown High School in 1976 and received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College four years later. He went on to earn a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1984, where he graduated in the top 15 percent of his class. He then moved back to Monmouth County to attend the general practice residency program at Monmouth Medical Center.
Soon after starting his own practice, Dr. Friedman 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 an additional 1,000 hours to earn his mastership – a distinction that only 2 percent of all 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 newly graduated dentists.
I got into dentistry really because I like to help people and I'm very interested in the sciences. When I went to undergraduate college at Rutgers College, I found that the people that were interested in dentistry as opposed to medicine were just much more interesting. I enjoyed talking to people and more about them, not just maybe about their illness. I went to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond for my dental degree. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed the social part of it, meeting people, getting to understand them. I didn't realize until later in practice that I enjoyed the family part of it, too, having one person who became a friend, then got married and have children. They grew up with my children and it's just really terrific. I just really enjoy helping people and I'm also a servant leader so I really enjoy my team and helping them grow and achieve things that they want to do in their lives also with helping people.
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 also a Fellow in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
To stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advances in the dental field, Dr. Friedman is a member of the following professional organizations:
- The New Jersey Dental Association
- The New Jersey Dental Society of Anesthesia
- The Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Dental Society of Anesthesia
Dr. Friedman keeps his finger on the pulse of innovations in dental techniques and technology by staying current with the latest literature. He has even written his own book called Changing Lives One Smile At A Time, which you can purchase online! He also regularly takes continuing education courses – 300 percent more than the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry annually requires of active dentists!
He was the first to bring Dentistry From The Heart to New Jersey in 2006 and has hosted the charity event every year since to give back to our community.
When he is not helping his patients, Dr. Friedman 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.
To me, being a dentist is not just a job. It's my passion. It's what gets me excited Monday mornings. It also offers me the flexibility I need in my time, so I can devote my time to my patients and also be there for my family. I grew up in India. I grew up in a family of doctors, so it's cliché. They say all Indians are doctors. Unfortunately, it's true. Fortunately or unfortunately, it's true in my case too. I grew up watching my mom, who was a doctor, working every day, see the passion she had for her profession and for her patients.
After residency, I did do additional courses to improve my skills in placing implants. I've done courses on Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, which are short-term orthodontics. I take continuing education courses all the time. I think I take one almost every week. Why it is important to keep continuing education is because I want to be abreast with all the treatment modalities out there, so I can provide my patients with the best options they have.
The most rewarding part of being a dentist is getting to help people. At Newman Springs Dental Care, we see patients. We have our patients who are loyal to us. They come back to us. It's knowing what their needs and wants, and providing the best quality care available in a world-class environment.
Dr. Aparna Menon grew up in India, among a family of physicians. She was blessed with strong female role models (including her mother and aunt, who are both doctors) who taught her the value of independence in a society that gives males preferential treatment. Education was a top priority in her family. Money, she was taught, can come and go, but education is something that no one can take away.
Dr. Menon doesn’t even remember going to the dentist as a child in India. As she grew older, she realized that dentistry wasn’t given nearly enough attention. This — combined with the fact that there were no dentists in her family — made her decide to pursue dentistry as a career.
Dr. Menon got high marks in her national examinations scores, which meant she was able to go to the top universities in India. After earning her Bachelors of Dental Surgery degree from Manipal University, she had the opportunity to come to the Unites States. When she got here, she studied at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She was on the dean’s honor list for two years and graduated in 2015, before going through a year of residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.
“I understand that each patient’s need is unique, and I strive to develop treatment plans based on an in depth understanding of my patient’s needs and goals for the best outcome.”
She’s committed to providing the highest caliber of best quality care in the most comfortable setting. To further her dental knowledge and provide the best care she can, Dr. Menon still takes continuing education credits. She also stays up-to-date on the latest advances in dentistry through memberships in the following professional organizations:
- The American Dental Association (ADA)
- Academy of General Dentistry
- The New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA)
- The Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society (M-OCDS)
Dr. Menon practices sedation dentistry to help her anxious patients. She prioritizes taking continuing education courses to keep her knowledge and expertise of modern dental medicine up to date.
She is multilingual; she speaks English, Hindi, and Malayalam. She also serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserves. She is an avid runner and has completed several half marathons and full marathons. Her absolute favorite thing to do is spending time with her husband, Rajive, and her son, Shaan. Dr. Menon also enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading.
Dr. Menon is a firm believer in karma. In her opinion, what goes around, comes around — so it’s important to do right by people. She strives to treat people how she wants to be treated, because she believes if you put good out there it comes back to you.
After completing her formal dental education at the New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Suri began a general residency program at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. It felt wonderful to be back in her home state after four years in the Big Apple. Throughout the residency, Dr. Suri began to develop a vision of the type of dental practice she wanted to be a part of as she entered the next chapter of her career. Dr. Suri first met Dr. Friedman during her residency as he was an attending at the program. She worked closely on several cases with him and even had the opportunity to learn sedation techniques from him. After spending some time at the office, Dr. Suri knew it reflected the vision she had of her dream practice. When Dr. Friedman asked if Dr. Suri would like to join the Newman Springs Dental Care team, the answer was clear. She had found the practice she could call home.
Dr. Suri quickly found that even Dr. Friedman’s patients felt this was their home away from home. Many patients had been coming for years and were now bringing their children and grandchildren! What she admires most are the core values of the practice. The entire team reflects Dr. Friedman’s priority of putting the patient first and providing optimal care. The relationships he has developed with his patients over the years are a testament to his approach. Dr. Suri has been thankful to have another amazing mentor at NSDC – Dr. Aparna Menon – who mirrors those same core values and guides her to do the same.
Dr. Suri has been with the practice since the summer of 2018 and has had time to develop her own meaningful relationships with our patients. Her patients and the care she can provide is the most important aspect of being in the health care field. Being a part of this practice has given Dr. Suri the opportunity to give back to the community in this year’s Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH). She noticed that many patients initially came to DFTH for a toothache remedy or cleaning. Once they experienced the warmth with which they were treated, they too made Newman Springs Dental Care their dental home. Dr. Suri will be sure to be a part of this selfless cause for years to come.
Dr. Suri loves learning new techniques and applying them in practice. It is important to her to stay on the forefront of her field so she can provide the best to those who trust her with their care. Her most recent pursuit was a two-year residency in surgical and restorative implantology at New York University’s Rosenthal Institute, which has a continuing education program. Dr. Suri also dedicates one or two weekends a month to providing dental care to the Army at Sea Girt and Fort Dix. It is her small way of giving back to those who sacrifice so much for us.
Dr. Suri married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Tarandeep Singh, on September 8, 2018. After a beautiful 11 years together, which included them both graduating dental school and completing general practice residencies, they tied the knot right here in Somerset, New Jersey. After such a long, studious journey, they knew they wanted to go somewhere incredible for their honeymoon, so they spent two weeks on an island in the Maldives. They snorkeled with sharks, turtles, and even dolphins! It was absolutely stunning and definitely a memory they will cherish for years to come.
Dr. Suri is very grateful to Dr. Friedman, Dr. Menon, and the entire team at Newman Springs Dental Care as well as the patients! The transition into the practice has been seamless, and Dr. Suri is looking forward to all the growth that awaits. She is looking forward to creating lifelong relationships with the wonderful patients in our practice that she now calls home.