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 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.
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.