Our Practice

Dr. Ella Shuster

Dr. Ella Shuster

Dr. Ella Shuster grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and she now practices dentistry at Academy Dental Care in her two offices in Westfield and Chatham, New Jersey. Dr. Shuster is comfortable with all aspects of general dentistry — root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges and implants — and she is especially interested in cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign® orthodontics, restorative dentistry, and dental sleep medicine.

Dr. Shuster always knew she wanted to be a dentist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Russian from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in only three years, graduating cum laude.

Dr. Shuster earned her doctorate of dental surgery from New York University College of Dentistry and then completed a General Practice Residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

Dr. Shuster continues her education every year by investing hundreds of hours into learning new techniques and integrating the latest products into her state of the art dental practice.

Dr. Shuster has been awarded her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and is pursuing her accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Shuster has also been awarded her Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Shuster’s other professional affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

  • American Dental Association

  • New Jersey Dental Association

  • Union County Dental Association

  • American Academy of Implant Dental

  • FAGD- Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry

  • FICOI- Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

  • AAID- National Board exam passed

Dr. Joseph Zelig

About Dr. Joseph Zelig

Dr. Zelig is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He has made significant achievements beyond the educational requirements of the specialty and has received one of the highest recognitions awarded to periodontists.

Dr. Zelig is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry where he ranked among the top 10% of his graduating class. As a result of his exceptional scholastic achievements, Dr. Zelig was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society.

Dr. Zelig possesses a warm and friendly “chair side" manner, and it is his innate warmth, patience, and sincerity that makes the difference in his care.

Dr. Zelig lives in New Jersey with his wife and 3 daughters.

Dr. Jonathan Mendia

About Dr. Johnathan Mendia

A New Jersey native, Dr. Mendia attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He then earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Mendia completed a post-doctoral residency in Dental Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Mendia’s anesthesia training involved hospital rotations through various specialties. During each rotation, he provided general anesthesia in the areas of dentistry, general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) surgery and obstetrics. In addition, he received specialized training for office-based anesthesia

Today, Dr. Mendia has found his niche in ambulatory anesthesia with pediatric and special needs patients. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine and provides lectures and continuing education courses on sedation and medical emergencies in the dental office.

Dr. Mendia is a Diplomate of the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology.

He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, New Jersey Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He holds certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Dr. Mendia resides in northern New Jersey with his wife and children. His personal interests include sporting events, physical fitness, and travel.

About Us

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Westfield Location

516 North Avenue East

Westfield, NJ

Phone: (908) 233-8070

Email: westfieldsmiles@gmail.com

Office Hours for Both Locations:

Monday: 9am -7pm 

Tuesday: By Appointment Only

Wednesday: 9am - 8pm

Thursday: 9am - 7pm 

Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 2pm  

Chatham Location

308 Main Street

Chatham, NJ

Phone: (973) 635-8070 

Email: chathamsmile@gmail.com