Our caring team of dental professionals works hard to provide you with quality care and to maintain a friendly, upbeat atmosphere at our practice. When you visit our office, you can count on receiving personalized treatments and all the information you need to make decisions about your oral health. Give us a call today to learn more about our holistic dental care in Brick, New Jersey, and schedule your appointment with our experienced dentists.
General Dentist, Certified Invisalign® Provider
Dr. Tortora received his B.S. in biology from Wagner College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry. He entered General Practice Residency at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. During his residency, he treated many handicapped children and the indigent and incarcerated populations. Afterward, he entered private practice with an emphasis on preventive quality care. Dr. Tortora has treated and advised holistically oriented patients with knowledge of nutrition, homeopathy, and acupuncture, as well as the use of healthy dental materials (mercury-free) and amalgam removal protocol. As such, he has helped many patients reach their personal health goals. Dr. Tortora lives in Fair Haven, NJ, with his wife, Bonnie. He has two grown sons, Brandon, and Jeremy. His hobbies include photography and singing in the church choir.
Dr. Marybeth Buniak has an incredible 42 years of dental experience. After practicing as a dental hygienist for 11 years, she graduated with her DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School (UMDNJ) in 1986. She has been the Dental Hygiene Program Director for Eastern International College in Jersey City, New Jersey, and she spent five years as an adjunct faculty member at UMDNJ.
A member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the New Jersey Dental Association, Dr. Buniak continues to learn about the latest dental research and works hard to serve the dental community. She has served as the chairperson for the Council on Communications and the Council on Young Dentists. Delivering high-quality care in a high-quality practice is her constant goal. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Buniak enjoys scuba diving, playing tennis, skiing, and reading. Her two children have embarked in impressive careers as an attorney and a fighter jet pilot in the Air Force.
Dr. Travis Smith joined our practice in May 2017. He holds a B.S. in biology from Widener University, graduating cum laude with advanced honors in general education, and a D.M.D. from Temple University, which he earned following a rigorous, seven-year, accelerated dual-degree program. After dental school, he completed a general practice residency at Hackensack University Medical Center, which has consistently been ranked as New Jersey’s #1 hospital by U.S. News & World Report. During residency, he expanded his general dentistry skills in all areas, including: implant restoration, esthetic reconstruction, and management of medically-compromised patients.
A member of the New Jersey Dental Association and the American Dental Association, Dr. Travis commits himself to learning the newest technology and advancing his education to provide his patients with the best care. Facilitating a relaxing, comfortable experience at the dental office for every patient is his goal.
Our office manager, Justine, graduated from Temple University in 2006 and has been with our team since 2011. Seeing the oral health of our patients improve is one of her favorite parts of working at John Tortora, and her broad experience in dental care is highly valued by our patients and our team. Justine likes spending time painting, reading, and cooking. She recently purchased a home, and she is excited about designing and decorating her new space.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Christine has been part of our team since August 2013. She is trained in anesthesia, CPR, first aid, Invisalign®, and holistic remedies, and has focused her continuing education on periodontal disease and oral systemic disease. Christine admires our office’s dedication to excellent work and contributes by utilizing her gentle touch to reduce patients’ anxiety and makes them feel comfortable and at home in our office. She is great with children. Christine has a five-month-old daughter named Madison, whom she loves spending time with. Her hobbies include family time and enjoying the beach.
Certified Dental Assistant
Jenn, a licensed radiologist, has worked as a dental assistant on our team since 2013, and she is currently studying to become RDA and CPR certified. Her outgoing personality and dedication to patient comfort make Jenn a beloved member of our team. Jenn lives in Toms River with her husband, Ryan, and their two dogs, Stella and Dexter. She enjoys going to the beach, singing, and reading.
Certified Dental Assistant
Katrina has been with our office for over a year and has worked in the dental office longer than five years. She is certified in CPR, TMJ, Invisalign®, and first aid, and is licensed in radiology. Katrina loves our holistic approach in treating patients, and strives to meet their needs through natural, healthy methods. She assists our doctors in educating patients about their oral health; her bubbly personality, knowledge of dentistry, and positivity help our patients feel comfortable and at home in our care. When not at work, Katrina enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling to new places, and reading.