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Our Office, Practice & Staff

Office Philosophy

Meet the Doctors and Staff

Office Policies

Your First Appointment

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring function and esthetics to your dentition and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures.

Office Philosophy

Quality care is the nucleus of our practice. Dr. Wagenberg along with your restorative dentist will coordinate an individual treatment plan that will achieve maximum results. Patients are diagnosed and comprehensively treated in coordination with the interdisciplinary care of all areas of dentistry. This team approach is essential for the delivery of individualized care, consistent with patient goals and desires of our practice.


We recognize that patient needs and concerns are individual and are not limited exclusively to disease eradication, but may include self-image enhancement, esthetic concerns as well as a healthy mouth. Long term function of your dentition is our primary goal but your esthetic needs will be met as well.


Our comprehensive approach and coordination of all aspects of your therapy differentiates us from other offices. We will continue to strive to be in the forefront of dental therapy through teaching, lecturing and publishing. We have the most modern equipment available to us so that our patients receive optimal therapy in a safe and comfortable environment.


In addition to the usual dental anesthetics, IV sedation and nitrous oxide are available.

Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you in the same day.


Education & Prevention

As a practice, we are true believers that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.


Uncompromising Safety

Infection control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


Training & Expertise

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we continue to strive to be in the forefront of dental therapy through teaching, lecturing and publishing. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.


A Positive Experience

Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you.

Make an appointment today…..we’ll give you a reason to smile!


Meet the Doctors and Staff

Our office, Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, is led by Dr. Barry Wagenberg and supported by a staff of highly trained auxiliary personnel, delivering state-of-the-art periodontal and implant services in both Livingston and Roselle Park, New Jersey. The entire staff is committed to providing a comprehensive approach to your dental needs in coordination with you, your restorative dentist and physician.

Dr. Barry Wagenberg



Dr. Barry Wagenberg has been practicing periodontics since 1974. He maintains a private practice while continuing his roles as educator, researcher, author and lecturer. Dr. Wagenberg is tireless in his pursuit of excellence and continually attends and coordinates continuing education seminars. He presently is Director of Dental Education and Director of Periodontics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and is an Associate Clinical Professor at New York University Dental School.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Periodontology.  Dr. Wagenberg is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Osseointegration, The American Academy of Oral Medicine, The American Academy of Periodontology, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Wagenberg has published numerous articles as well as a textbook and contributed chapters in two additional textbooks. His curriculum vitae is exhaustive.


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Dr. Stephanie Cruz



Dr. Stephanie Cruz, a Union County resident, attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and completed her Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at New York University.

Her program allowed her to be trained and experience the latest advancements in Periodontics. Stephanie has demonstrated an excellent work ethic and abilities. She is bi-lingual and will be a great help with our Hispanic patients. Dr. Cruz is a member of American Academy of Periodontology.

When not busy with periodontics, she stays active playing field hockey throughout the Tri-State area.

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Our Office Staff


Natalie brings a youthful energy to our office. She has been with us for five years. Natalie started as an assistant receptionist and through her excellent skills and devotion she is now responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Livingston practice. She is available for both our patients and restorative dentists to answer any and all questions. Natalie is bi-lingual and speaks fluent Spanish. She is available five days per week in the Livingston office. Natalie is married to Jonathan and has a son, Joseph, with another son on the way.
Tammy (Bryceland) manages the Roselle Park office. She is responsible for coordinating all appointments and therapies in conjunction with your other dental team members. Tammy has been with us for three years and brings previous management skills with her as an aid in organizing our office. She is in the Roselle Park office five days per week. Tammy has three children, Vanessa, Logan, and John.
Jane has been managing all aspects of insurance in both office locations for over 25 years. She is a strong patient advocate and is often able to obtain substantial and sometimes unexpected reimbursements for our patients due to her relentless efforts. She has three beautiful children: Nicole, Danielle, & Michael. Jane currently resides in West Orange, and enjoys fitness, beaches, and fine dining.
Emily is a welcome addition to our office. She is available in both offices in the days we are open. In addition to all secretarial responsibilities Emily helps out in the clinical area when necessary. She is bi-lingual, speaking fluent Spanish.

Our Clinical Staff

Dental Hygienists

Sandy has a huge following of patients who appreciate her gentle and thorough approach to oral hygiene. She has been practicing in our office for over 25 years. Sandy is extremely knowledgeable about alternative healing therapies and shares that information with her patients. She is married to Andy, and has two children: twins Tessa & Joshua. Sandy currently resides in Bayonne, and enjoys fitness, Reiki, and spending time with family.
Jeaneen has been practicing hygiene with our office for over 25 years and is adored by her patients. Her exceptional organizational skills have allowed her to oversee many administrative functions at the office including management of Dr. Wagenberg’s Bear Brook Study Club and supplies. She is married to Derek, and has two daughters, Ashlyn and Kaleigh. Jeaneen currently resides in Somerville, and enjoys cooking, fitness, and spending time with her family.
Tammy has 40 years of experience practicing hygiene and been practicing in our office for over six years. She is extremely gentle in both her manner and technique. She is married to Rick with children Mara and Chad. Tammy currently resides in Mountain Lakes, and enjoys theatre, movies, reading, and travel.
Debbie joined our practice the same time as Sandy and Jeaneen, but left after about five years to bring up a family. Now that they have grown up, she has re-joined our practice and we are happy to have her back with us. She lives in Westfield with her husband Tim and her children Courtney and Timmy. All of our patients who have known Debbie in the past appreciate her upbeat personality and thoroughness.

Dental Assistants

Susan is a compassionate, knowledgeable and highly skilled registered dental assistant, who has been with our office for over 15 years. She has over 33 years of experience in the field of dentistry. She is head surgical assistant and implant coordinator. Susan is well versed in all aspects of implant coordinated therapy and is always available to answer all questions of patients and restorative dentists. Susan is married to Michael and has two children: Michael & Melissa. Currently residing in Kenilworth, she enjoys fishing, beaches, and reading.
Beata completes our wonderful team of assistants who has been in our office for over 15 years. She is an extremely compassionate and warm person who has the ability to put even our most apprehensive dental patients at ease. As a native of Poland, she speaks English, Russian and, of course, Polish. She is married to Peter and has two children Brian and Alexandra.
Jeanette is a recent addition to our staff. She is bright and compassionate and an able surgical assistant. Jen is married to Jeffrey and is bi-lingual, speaking Tagalog.

We are an extremely experienced staff whose commitment to you and your therapy is our primary goal.


In memory of Judy Melvin, our beloved friend and co-worker for over 30 years. The light of her life will shine bright upon us now and forever.

Office Policies


In respect of your time, all of our patients will be seen on an appointment basis. We will make every effort to be on time for you. Because we are a surgical practice it is not always possible to stay exactly on time. Still, we pride ourselves on staying on schedule and will make every to keep your waiting time to a minimum. Most scheduling delays arise because of patients arriving late. Please remember to allow for unpredictable traffic and give yourself a few minutes to spare.



Payments are due at the time of service. For your convenience, we are happy to accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express and will file all insurance on your behalf. Alternative payment methods are available upon inquiry.



There is a great deal of confusion about dental insurance. Please realize that we do not work for any insurance carriers. We work for you. Our treatment recommendations are based solely on what we feel will provide the best periodontal outcome for you regardless of your coverage.


We have a staff member whose sole job is to help patients receive maximal benefits from their insurance plans. She works 24 hours per week in order to help you. By providing both dental and medical insurance information to us at your first visit we will begin immediately to file the necessary information with your company. While we cannot guarantee success in recovering our full fee, we will endeavor to do so, as a courtesy to you. Remember, each patient is responsible for their own bill.



We understand that on occasion cancellations are necessary, particularly due to illness. Please remember, though, that each appointment time is exclusively for you and without adequate time to fill the broken appointment the operatory is empty for that time. We request that two full business days’ notice is given for changes in appointments. In the case of large periodontal surgeries added notice would be appreciated. Implant dentistry requires a team of 3-4 staff members and alteration of the schedule in other areas. Please try to keep these appointments and work your schedule around this appointment. There is no cancellation fee for alterations with proper notice.

Your First Appointment

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our office. Our entire staff is dedicated to delivering a comprehensive approach to your dental needs. Immediately following your examination, the doctors will consult with you and recommend a course of therapy. It is important that you ask all the questions you have and to express your thoughts about the recommended treatment. Only by your input can we agree on a plan which suits your needs. If you return home and remember questions, please write them down and call us. We will be happy to respond to all your questions and concerns.


The following information will be helpful to you:


  • Bring a list of medications you are taking as well as the names of your physicians and their phone numbers
  • Try to arrive early to complete medical and patient information forms
  • At your first appointment we will listen closely to your concerns and conduct a thorough examination. We will discuss our findings with you and your restorative dentist.
  • Bring any x-rays which you may have
  • Bring both your dental and medical insurance forms
  • If your normally take an antibiotic prior to your dental cleanings please do so prior to your examination and consultation.

Notice of Privacy Practices

We take care to protect your personal health information.  Our notice of privacy practices can be viewed here:

Notice of Privacy Practices


Once again we would like to welcome you to our periodontal specialty practice. We pledge to give you excellent professional care in a caring environment.