Meet Dr. Lara Hartleben

Transforming Lives and Smiles

Being a dentist is about connecting with people. Each patient comes to us with their own goals, concerns, and clinical situation. I encourage my patients to talk about what they desire from their visits. The better I understand the person’s needs, the better I can help them.

I really enjoy helping people achieve their healthiest, most incredible smile. We can be very self-conscious about our appearance. Helping a person look and feel better, and seeing the joy on their face when they see their more attractive smile, is the best reward!

I love getting to know each patient as a person. Everyone has stories to share about their family, activities, and plans, and those stories build a bond between us. It’s amazing how much I learn from our conversations and I look forward to each patient’s visits as a time to catch up with a friend.

I’ve been practicing dentistry for almost 20 years. I was always drawn to science, medicine, and art. Dentistry is the perfect blend of those three things, and it gives me time to get to know my patients, too. I spend my days helping people develop healthy, beautiful smiles that transform their lives; what could be better?

I’m thrilled to have opened this office with my sister, Dr. Jessica Bramlette. Our office is not a mill; we are a true family practice. Our team at Cedar Creek Dental is made up of outstanding women who really care about each patient’s well-being, not just their teeth. We laugh, support, and welcome patients into our extended family.

Education and Continuing Education

My Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) was awarded by the Temple University School of Dentistry. That education provided me with an exceptional understanding of dentistry. However, ours is a constantly evolving field. Those changes in technology, dental materials, and techniques all mean more and better options for patients.

I’m committed to delivering the highest quality of care. Each year I complete many hours of continuing dental education, on a range of topics, in order to remain current.

Personal Life

I grew up in Philadelphia and have lived on Long Beach Island for the last 15 years. My husband Nick and I have three boys: Ben, Connor, and Andrew. We also have a cat, some fish, and a lizard!

With three active boys, I’m always on the go. In the summer we enjoy fishing, crabbing, and clamming. I also like gardening.

Giving Back

I’ve always been involved with my children’s PTA. I chair the field day and organize the clothing drive, too.

American Dental Association