Photo of our team member Dr. Cavan Brunsden

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Cavan Brunsden was formerly an elementary school teacher and assistant principal. He completed his dental degree at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine where he graduated as a member of OKU, the national dental honor society. After a two-year pediatric dental residency at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in New York, Dr. Cavan Brunsden joined our community as a pediatric dentist in 1981. He founded KidZdent with his wife and partner, Dr. Nancy Villa, in 1985.

As the state chairman of the New Jersey Dental Association, Give Kids A Smile Program, Dr. Brunsden is a strong advocate for children’s healthcare education throughout the state as well as right here in our own community. Dr. Brunsden is dedicated to providing an environment of positive dental health experiences for children – and a lifetime of smiles.

Dr. Brunsden is a Certified Pediatric Dentist who performs all phases of comprehensive, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for children.  In addition, he has extensive experience with labial frenectomy, lingual frenectomy, sedation dentistry, early interceptive orthodontics, and special needs patient care.

I have always cared about children and about helping them become the best that they can be. My professional career began as a sixth grade teacher, and then I became a science teacher, an assistant principal, then a pediatric dentist. Now I direct and practice in the finest dental child care center in the world, KidZdent. I believe in being a positive change in the lives of children. A change that guides them to a healthy smile. Every day that I work with children, I am inspired by their unique approach to all that life has to offer them. I am privileged and honored to be able to assist them through tough times and to make what could be a difficult experience a positive one. At KidZdent, I am proud that we create a strong foundation for a lifetime of positive dental visits. Our young patients love to come to the dentist, and that’s the truth, and a decay free future is the reward.

Dr. Brunsden taking a photo with an orthodontic patient
Dr. Cavan Brunsden with the Tooth Fairy, who is a team member
Dr. Cavan Brunsden and team members at an ADA Event
Dr. Cavan Brunsden and a pediatric patients smiling

There is nothing better than to work with my team to deliver 5 star service and care to all of our patient families. I am most proud that after forty years, we still provide the highest quality of care and service available.

Dr. Cavan Brunsden and Dr. Nancy Villa smiling for a photo

When they opened the Brunsden-Villa Children’s Dental Care Center at Rutgers University, we saw a dream realized. A dream to influence the dental education of future children’s dentists so that they could impact children’s lives like we do. We are so proud of the role that we play in guiding the lives of our young patients and we are very grateful to you for the trust and confidence that you place in us to do the right thing for your child.

Dr. Brunsden at KidZdent... creating smiles... changing lives.

Photo of our team member Dr. Nancy Villa


Dr. Nancy Villa grew up in Jersey City and became interested in the art of orthodontics while working as a dental assistant. She attended Rutgers University and received a bachelor’s degree in science. Next, she received her doctorate of medical dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Following dental school, Dr. Villa completed a two-year postgraduate program to become a specialist in orthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Nancy Villa is a trustee for the New Jersey Dental Association and past president of the Middlesex County Dental Society. She provides exceptional orthodontic care for adults and children.

As a child, I was embarrassed to smile because of my severely crowded, overlapped teeth. Both of my older brothers also had terribly crooked teeth. In those days, dental insurance was rare and my dad needed to get a second job to help pay for our braces. He always said it was the best investment he ever made!

During high school, I was very lucky to have been offered a part time job with an orthodontist, most likely because of my great smile. Since I had good hand eye coordination skills, working as an assistant was an absolute pleasure. In addition, I loved helping patients achieve a smile they were proud of.

Picture of Dr. Nancy Villa with a pediatric patient
Picture of Dr. Nancy Villa with Dr. Cavan Brunsden
Dr. Nancy Villa and Dr. Tara Savage smiling
Picture of Dr. Nancy Villa with the Kidzdent mascot chompers

Dr. Brunsden and I were both lucky to have been introduced to one another at a dental society, at the same time he was ready to add an orthodontic department in his busy pediatric dental office. We were married the following year and have successfully managed to live and work together peacefully, most of the time…haha!

Our orthodontic office team is dedicated to providing excellent quality treatment for both children and adults in a fun, caring environment. We participate with a wonderful program called Donated Orthodontics Services where we provide free braces for children in need. All of us strive to help our patients learn to love going to the dentist. Our favorite compliment to receive from patients is that they have chosen dentistry as a career because of the positive experience they enjoyed in our office!

Dr. Villa at KidZdent... creating beautiful & healthy smiles for happy patients!

Photo of our team member Dr. Tara Savage


Dr. Tara Savage grew up in Old Bridge and has attended several of the finest educational institutions, including Old Bridge High School and Princeton University. She received her doctorate from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Savage continued her education at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her master’s Degree in Orthodontics and received the Thomas M. Graber Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontics. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the New Jersey Dental Association, and is an active member of the Middlesex County Dental Society.

Picture of Dr. Tara Savage with a patient