Dr. Merkler received a degree in Microbiology from Rutger's College, New Brunswick campus. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completed her Pediatric specialty training at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Dr. Merkler is a member of NJDA and NJPDA. She has two children and resides in Monmouth County.
Dr. Celest Fernandez- Vives is our Orthodontist. She was born in California but was raised in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. Fernandez married her dental school sweetheart and fellow orthodontist, Dr. Jason Vives, and they reside in Monroe, NJ where they have two adorable kids, Jace and Juliana. While attending High School, she got her first part-time job at a local dental practice where she began working as a sterilization technician, it was there that she realized her dream of becoming an orthodontist. After graduating high school at the top of her class, Dr. Fernandez attend college at Boston University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology with a minor concentration in French and also studied abroad in Ecuador to attend the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in the division of conservation biology. She later moved to New York to attend Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. Her area of concentration was oral maxillofacial surgery and she was published in the Columbia Dental Review for her case report on the management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I patient during third molar extractions. Dr. Fernandez spent an additional two years of specialized post-graduate training in orthodontics and maxillofacial orthopedics at Howard University.