Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
I love being a dentist. What other profession allows a person to develop deep, ongoing relationships with a variety of people, while improving their physical, emotional, and smile health? When a person’s smile is healthy and beautiful, they’re happier and more confident in their lives. They’re more outgoing, their self-esteem grows, and they feel better about their appearance. I get to help people achieve these smiles every day!
I love working with younger patients: seeing their excitement at coming to visit and watching them grow into adults who are passionate about caring for their smiles. It’s just as rewarding to work with someone who’s in dental pain, a pain that has made them miserable. Removing that pain transforms their quality of life.
I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 10 years. I chose the field because I know how important a smile is to each of us. It’s what we first notice when meeting someone and a healthy, confident smile is engaging and reassuring.
I’m glad to be working with my sister, Dr. Lara Hartleben, in our practice. We’ve assembled a wonderful team that’s an extended family, and that closeness extends to our patients.
Education and Continuing Education
My Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) was awarded by Temple University School of Dentistry in Pennsylvania. I followed that with a residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. I’m honored to have served our country as active duty Navy for eight years following dental school. I’m now a Major in the Air National Guard Reserve.
It’s essential, as a dentist, that I remain current on developments in the field. Advances in techniques, new materials, and leading-edge technology all improve the care and deliver even stronger results for my patients. By pursuing continuing dental education, I ensure I am able to meet, and often exceed, their expectations.
I’ve studied cosmetic and implant dentistry, as well as the rehabilitation of dental implants. I’m able to restore patients’ function, and enable them to eat again. I love seeing the finished smile and the joy on a patient’s face.
I grew up in Dana Point, CA and have called Manahawkin, NJ my home for more than 10 years. My family is the most important thing in my life. My husband, who’s an orthodontist, and I have three sons. I love being with them, especially when we’re able to travel together. I also enjoy playing tennis and skiing.
I firmly believe in giving back to the community. It’s part of being engaged and supporting others. I’m active with the D.A.R.E. program for Manahawkin. I’ve also participated in humanitarian missions with the Air National Guard.