Shakira M. Jest– Dental Assistant/Team Coordinator
“I became a dental assistant at the age of 19 years old and never looked back,” says Shakira. “I have always loved great smiles so a career in dentistry seemed just perfect for me. Over 20 years later, I know that I made a great decision because my career in dentistry has been fantastic!” Certified in CPR and Radiology, Shakira works side by side with Dr. Green assisting with dental treatments, helps schedule patient treatment plans, handles lab cases, takes x-rays, and sterilizing instruments. What Shakira loves best about her job is caring for patients. “Building relationships with patients is my greatest joy,” she enthuses. “I really enjoy coming to work every day. Working as a team, we are focused on building relationships and providing the highest quality care in a warm, comfortable environment. This separates Dr. Green from other dentists and really fuels my passion for what I do. It is a privilege to work alongside this doctor.” Clearly, Shakira appreciates working in a practice that focuses on meeting patient needs while caring for their overall health. In her free time, Shakira enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, party planning, cooking, and taking long walks on the beach. But most important to Shakira is living a healthy, spiritual, and balanced life.
Vasilika joined Dr. Green’s practice in November 2019. She graduated from Bergen Community College with a degree in Hygiene and Applied Sciences in 2011. She has a strong commitment to educating patients with effective hygiene and home dental care, as well as making them feel comfortable during their appointment. She enjoys working in a small practice; it gives her the opportunity to give each patient personal attention allowing her to address their personal needs and concerns. Vasilika keeps up with the latest dental trends by attending continuing education courses and seminars. “While I am fascinated with modern dentistry, nothing replaces the simple care of regular maintenance. I hope to teach our patients that hygiene is a lifetime commitment to good oral health.” During her time away from the office she enjoys spending time with her large Greek family and is also an avid painter using both oil and acrylics.
Justine Green - Office Manager
With over 25 years with Dr. Gary Green, Justine is not just an employee, she is a partner. As Office Manager, Justine is the first face of Dr. Green’s dental practice. Justine keeps on top of the schedule, greets and schedules patients and manages everything in the office from patient records, to cost and inventory control. Justine’s creative flair is evident in everything she does whether it’s putting together gift baskets for a community event to making the office comfortable and cozy
After attending Kutztown State College (now Kutztown University), Justine graduated from Staffor Hall School of Business formerly in Summit, NJ in secretarial sciences. Justine is also an avid cross sticher, baseball fan, and mother of three young college men.