Jolene comes to us after working 24 years for a dental office in upstate New York. She has a thorough knowledge of practice administration and dental insurance. Jolene is the person to see to help you navigate your dental benefits and financial arrangements. She looks forward to meeting and getting to know our extended dental family, especially the younger ones. Jolene earned high honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood education. Make sure to stop by the front desk to say "hello"!
Out of the office, Jolene enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports (especially hockey), baking, traveling, learning about different cultures, and laughing as often as possible.
Joanna has a degree in food technology from school in Konin, Poland. She began working in the dental field in 2006 as a dental assistant and as an office manager. She is one of our front desk coordinators and is certified in dental radiography. She is always working "behind the scenes" to help the office run smoothly.
In her free time, Joanna likes to explore the world with her husband and young daughter.
Judit Kristiansen, RDH
Judit has been part of Dr. Howard’s team for over 13 years. She graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from Bergen Community College in 2007. Thorough and friendly, she enjoys getting to know the patients by listening to their stories and concerns so that she can provide the best individualized care for them. Committed to professional growth, Judit can often be found researching products and techniques to help patients improve their dental health.
When she is not in the dental office, she spends time with her husband and two young boys. They enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, hiking and attending the kids’ sports activities.
Anna Ata, RDH
Anna joined the team in 2013. She received her biochemistry degree from Cook College before pursuing a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Anna is compassionate by nature and treats each person based on their individual needs and desires and anxieties. She feels accomplished when she can make a person with a previous negative experience in dentistry feel comfortable in the dental chair. She takes preventive care and patient education very seriously.
Anna is fluent in English and Polish. Children love her and can't wait to sit in her chair! In her spare time, Anna loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.
Jen grew up in Mount Olive and joined our team in 2022. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Centenary University, where she was a stand out lacrosse player. After college, she attended Fortis Institute where she studied dental assisting. Jen has a wide range of assisting experience in general dentistry, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics.
Outside of the office, Jen has a successful dessert business and enjoys traveling.
Michelle has worked with Dr. Howard for over 20 years as both our Hygiene Coordinator and as a Chairside Assistant. Certified in dental radiography and infection control, Michelle is also fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. She is especially good at walking patients through what they can expect during their appointment and helping them to be at ease with treatment. Michelle loves learning about her patients and what they’ve been up to since their last visit. Outside the office, Michelle can usually be found catering, spending time with her family, and enjoying the shore.