New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Our Mission

Our society serves its members and represents the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry in the State of New Jersey.

Our goal is to advocate optimal oral health for infants, children, adolescents/teenagers and persons with special needs.

We will represent the oral health issues of all children in the State of New Jersey.

We will encourage, sponsor and advance the achievement of high and ethical standards of practice for our members.

We will strive to promote to the public scientific information and advancements in Pediatric Dentistry.

We will create a “Dental Home” for our patients that will include:

  • An accurate and honest assessment of dental. diseases and conditions.
  • An individualized preventive dental health program.
  • Guidance regarding growth and development issues (i.e. teething, habits, orthodontics).
  • A plan for emergency treatment, including pain or dental trauma.
  • Information about proper nutrition practices.
  • Information about proper care of a child’s teeth and gums.
  • Comprehensive dental care in accordance with accepted guidelines.
  • Referral to other specialists when indicated and when in the best interest of our patients.
  • Insurance that all professionals rendering pediatric dental care will continually and regularly educate themselves, keeping abreast of new procedures that would enhance patient care.
  • Keeping treatment facilities up to date and in compliance with Current infection control guidelines.
  • Doctors and staff will provide services to patients in a kind, Respectful and courteous manner.



Elisa Velazquez, DMD

368 Lakehurst Road, #305
Toms River, NJ 08755


Michelle Backhaus, DMD

176 Summerhill Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816


Dan Dinowitz, DMD

230 Rt 206 Building 3
Flanders NJ 07836


Victoria Roeder, DMD

211 W. Millstream Road
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514

CE Co-Chair

Mary Flanagan, DMD

777 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066

AAPD Liaison

Yasmi Crystal, DMD

111 E. Union Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Web Coordinators

Elisa Velazquez, DMD

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

We are concerned about your child’s total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child’s Dental Home provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.

Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal, along with our staff, is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office designs to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child.


Our officers have worked hard with the help of AAPD to create state bylaws for our members.  This information is available for all members.