Elliot Rand, D.D.S
I have always dreamed of building a dental practice which would be able to provide patients with care at a single office that would meet all their dental needs. Patient care not only entails being able to perform the dentistry, but understanding the patient's needs from their smile to their inner spirit.
As a dentist, I have had the opportunity to help people in so many different ways. This means the world to me and for it I am eternally thankful and blessed. It's incredible that I have had the chance to travel to remote places world-wide and provide health care education to children.
Education and Continuing Education
I graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1987. Since my graduation I have completed many continuing education courses and obtained certifications in many advanced dental procedures. I am involved in the latest advances in cutting-edge dental technology and materials.
In 2017 I received a Fellowship from the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, and I am a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. I also was voted an NJ Top Dentist in both 2017 and 2018.
Erginio Fernandez, DMD
Dr. Erginio Fernandez graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006 with a B.S. in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School in 2009. He continued his studies in a post-graduate General Practice residency at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ.
He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys applying the latest techniques to deliver the most comfortable and state of the art dental care. Dr. Fernandez is a full time associate with over 12 years with Rand Dental Associates, P.A.
Cheryl Li, DMD
Dr. Cheryl Li received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University with a major in Biology. She graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and completed her general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was selected to be a member of Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontics Honor Society. Dr. Li is also certified in Invisalign.
She is an active member of the New Jersey Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Li. is a full time associate with over 5 years of experience with Rand Dental Associates, P.A.
During her spare time, Dr. Li enjoys traveling, cooking, photography, and spending time with her family.
Karen Kwak, DMD
Dr. Karen Kwak graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and then went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Her passion for working with children guided her to pursue a pediatric dental residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her extensive specialty training included treatment using nitrous oxide and advanced behavior management skills.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the New Jersey Dental Association. She is board-eligible in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She understands that children have their own unique needs and personalities. Dr. Karen has been with Rand Dental over 5 years as an associate. Her goal and joy is to help every child find a special way to keep their smiles healthy while having fun!
Weronika Bluma, DMD
Dr. Bluma earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2014. She went on to complete a general practice residency with Bronx Lebanon Hospital followed by an internship in oral surgery at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Bluma then completed a surgical residency with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Temple University Hospital in 2020, serving as Chief Resident from 2019–2020.
Dr. Bluma is married and has 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing projects around the house, and traveling when she can.
Dr. Otero is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) with a major in Chemistry, graduating summa cum laude. After that, He was accepted to the Medical Sciences Campus of UPR School of Dental Medicine where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) graduating top of his class and selected to be part of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Otero then moved to New York City to complete a 1-year residency in General Dental Practice at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell. He was accepted to the Medical Sciences Campus UPR School of Dental Medicine where he completed a 4-year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Otero is an Associate Professor in the Dental Department at Wyckoff Medical Center,Brooklyn, NY. He is an active member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, NJ Dental Association, NJOMS Association and a diplomate of the American Board Of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Outside work, Dr. Otero enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, running and bike riding. He has completed in New York and Chicago Marathon. He loves to travel and experience new cultures and food.
Jeffrey Kim, D.D.S
Dr. Jeffrey Kim received his Bachelor's of Science at Fairfield University. He then when on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University's School of Dental and Oral Surgery, completed a General Practice Residency at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY, and trained in the orthdontics residency at the University of Pittsburgh where he received his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Dr. Kim has been with Rand Dental as an associate for over 15 years. His many memberships include the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. He is also Invisalign certified.
Dr. Kim's personal interests include sports, movies, billiards, and spending time with his friends and family.
Maryse Manasse, DMD
Dr. Maryse Manasse graduated in 2002 from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a B.S. in Chemistry. After four years, she graduated from New Jersey Dental School in 2006. She realized that she wanted to pursue specialty training and continued an additional three years of Prosthodontic specialty training at New Jersey Dental School. She completed her residency training and started working in the field immediately.
She is a faculty member at New York University, where she holds a Clinical Assistant Professor title in the Implant Dentistry Department. She is a Diplomate and Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). She has published various scientific and peer reviewed articles, provides her clinical expertise to residents about prosthetics and implant dentistry, and she also is in private practice in New Jersey.
Additionally, she has been selected as a Top Dentist of 2019 in Morris and Essex counties, recognizing her expertise in many specialities, including dental implant restoration, crowns, dentures, “All-on-4” restorations, and full mouth reconstruction! Dr. Manasse has been with Rand Dental Associates, P.A. for over 5 years.
Bridging the gap to academia and clinical experience is a passion that she enjoys. She is currently active in many various professional organizations and provides various community outreach programs to the Greater New York Metro Area. She is an active lecturer at local study groups and community health affairs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and long nature walks.
Jay Patel, DMD
Dr. Jay Patel began his education in New Jersey at Rutgers University on an academic scholarship. From there he pursued dentistry by enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh and was drawn to anesthesiology. He continued his post-graduate education at NYU Lutheran Medical Center and trained at a Level 1 trauma center in Brooklyn, NY. During this time, Dr. Patel completed over 1500 cases involving all levels of anesthesia and treated a broad spectrum of patients; including those with complex medical histories. Since completing his anesthesia residency, Dr. Patel has become Board-Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is dedicated to upholding the highest standard of care in his field.
Dr. Patel is now focused on serving the area he called home growing up. He works with some of the top dentists in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is concentrated on delivering top quality and safe sedation services. Patients are screened preemptively to ensure that any potential complications can be anticipated and avoided. Dr. Patel hopes to usher in a new era of dentistry where fear can be eliminated from dental visits. He works with the pediatric population, special needs population, and severe dental phobics, where his skill set has proven invaluable.
In his spare time, Dr. Patel is an avid movie-goer, sports enthusiast, and enjoys traveling to new destinations with his wife.
Elisabeth Goldstein, MD
Dr. Elisabeth Goldstein is a board-certified physician anesthesiologist with 15 years of training and a specialization in pediatric anesthesia. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed her anesthesia residency and her pediatric anesthesia fellowship at New York University. Dr. Goldstein is the founder of Concierge Sedation Associates, an anesthesia practice committed to providing hospital grade anesthetic care in the dental office setting in the NJ and NY areas.
In her free time, Dr. Goldstein is an avid skier in winter and beach goer in summer. She resides in Morris County with her three children, teacup Yorkie, and her husband.
Dr. Safa Shams
Dr. Safa Shams is originally from the southern part of India and lived in the middle east. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from Rajiv Gandhi university. On completion, she decided to pursue dentistry in the United States and graduated from Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry. She has specialized training in wide array of dental procedures for both children and adults. Dr. Shams is also certified in Invisalign and Diode Lasers.
She is currently pursuing to be a Holistic airway-centric practitioner, with focus on current sleep appliance therapy.
She is an active member of the New Jersey Dental Association, American Dental Association, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and Academy of General Dentistry.
On a personal front, she is mother to a 6-year-old, food connoisseur, avid reader who loves to travel and a complete history buff.
She looks forward to treating you and planning your perfect smile.