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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dr. Reem began her college career at Rutgers University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She continued her education at New York University where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery and then moved on to receive her specialty in Pediatric Dentistry from Harlem Hospital Center in New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
In her spare time, Dr. Reem enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, painting and arts & crafts with her daughters. Her favorite times of the year are the Fall and Winter.
Dr. Hillary graduated from Tufts University and attended University of Pennsylvania for Dental School. She completed a residency at Northwell Health: Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In residency, she was a Chief Resident and won the Resident of the Year Award. She is active in the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Hillary grew up as a KidZdent patient, who also worked in our office as a sterilization lab assistant during her undergraduate education years. Both of her parents are dentists, so she has had a love for the profession from a very early age. She loves to travel, and spent a semester studying in Argentina. Dr. Hillary also played on the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Team at Tufts University. She is fluent in Spanish, loves reading, playing all kinds of board games, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Dr. Afreen Hoque received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry. She completed her General Practice Residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ in 2012, and recently completed her Pediatric Dental Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY.
Dr. Hoque has been an active volunteer for Kinder Smiles and Give Kids a Smile, providing free dental evaluations and care for underserved children. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the New Jersey Dental Association, and the Middlesex County Dental Society. In her free time, Dr. Hoque loves to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, photography, design and décor, and cooking.
Dr. Michele Lau graduated from Caldwell College and attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in New Jersey. She completed a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City; an extensively comprehensive program performing advanced dental techniques in all areas of dentistry. Dr. Lau then decided to specialize in pediatric dentistry at University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
She loves to travel (anywhere warm with a beach!). She enjoys trying new foods, spending time with family & friends, and playing tennis. Dr. Lau’s middle name is Happy. Maybe that is why she has a smile on her face all the time!
Dr. Brian Rooney is a board-certified pediatric dentist. He received his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California Berkeley, and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University.
After graduating from NYU, Dr. Rooney returned to southern California, where he completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at UCLA. During this specialized and intensive training, Dr. Rooney was honored to serve as chief resident. His next adventure took him to San Diego, where he spent the first few years of his professional life developing his dental skills and serving patients at a community health center on the border of California and Mexico. He married the love of his life, a New Jersey native, they started a family, and the rest is history.
Dr. Rooney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Mercer Dental Society, and OKU Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Rooney participates in various continuing education courses several times a year and is committed to staying current with new technologies and medical advances in order to treat his patients more effectively. Dr. Rooney is committed to providing excellent dentistry and ensuring his patients have positive dental experiences from early childhood throughout adulthood.
As the son of a dentist from South Brunswick, Dr. Morgan first became interested in dentistry while watching his father treat patients. With a dental practice attached to the family home, he learned from a young age how to treat people with kindness and professionalism.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from NJIT and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Rutgers University Dental School where he also completed his Master’s Degree. Following graduation, he further pursued his passion for creating great smiles with a three-year postgraduate Orthodontic Residency at Rutgers University Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Orthodontist.
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