Dr. Richard Tom believes that "nothing you wear is more important than your smile." Creating beautiful and healthy smiles that give our patients confidence is one of the things our team enjoys most, and we also believe that there is nothing more important than the relationships we build with our patients. You will indeed find your dental home at RT Dental, and you will appreciate the welcoming and accepting environment that awaits you.
Our staff members are passionate about dentistry, and most have been in the industry for many years. We work together with one goal in mind: providing our patients with an experience that exceeds their expectations each time they visit our office. We can't wait to meet you. You can learn more about us by reading below.
Dr. Richard Tom
Dr. Richard Tom graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. He also served as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Specialist in Infantry and Fuel Supply. He then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine) and received his dental degree in 2001. Afterward, Dr. Tom completed a year-long comprehensive residency in all phases of dentistry and basic hospital medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City, a Level 1 Trauma Center that serves the metropolitan New York area. Being a career member of the Academy of General Dentistry, he has maintained and updated his skills with new developments and procedures in patient care.
Dr. Tom worked with other excellent dentists in the New York and New Jersey area before seeking out a practice of his own. He found a kindred spirit in the retiring Dr. George Heflich, who sought a successor who shared a similar practice philosophy, enthusiasm, and friendliness. These are the principles that embody the great practice Dr. Heflich started in 1991, in the beautiful community of Nutley. The goal of RT Dental remains the same: to provide the best dental treatment while giving our patients the attention that they deserve.
Dr. Tom is a long-time resident of Bergen County, New Jersey. He is married and the proud father of one daughter. He enjoys hiking, swimming, electronics, and traveling.
Our new addition to the family is Michelle. She graduated with a degree in Insurance Management. Michelle specializes in dental benefits and translating technical jargon into easy to understand language. She has been in the insurance field for over 11 years and continues to love it. Fun fact: She loves to giggle and eat healthy foods.
Joanne is a third-generation Nutley resident and has over 28 years of experience in the dental field. She enjoys building personal and professional relationships with her patients while helping to fulfill their dental needs. Meeting new patients is extremely rewarding for her and she strives to make all of her patients at RT Dental feel comfortable so that they have a rewarding experience every time they visit.
When she's not taking care of patients, Joanne loves spending time with her husband, two children, and crazy dog. She is active with both of her children's respective Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and loves watching them excel in their favorite sports and dance activities.
Gelena resides in Nutley, and she is a graduate of the NYU College of Dentistry. She has been a registered dental hygienist for over 15 years.
Working with her patients and making them smile every day is the best part of the job for Gelena. She is proud to be on Dr. Tom's team and looks forward to meeting you!
When she's not with patients, Gelena loves spending time with her husband, two baby boys, and two dogs.
Dina graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1993. With over 25 years of experience, she loves treating and teaching patients about the importance of taking care of their mouth and the impact of good oral hygiene upon their health. She has three children, loves spending time outdoors, and in her spare time, creates custom jewelry to sell at craft markets.