Dr. Howard Goodkin
Dr. Howard Goodkin grew up in Wayne, NJ. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. with a BA. in history in 1981. Dr. Goodkin attended UMDNJ (University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ, now known as Rutgers,) where he received his DMD degree in 1985. He then completed a two year mini-residency program at Albert Einstein for periodontal therapy and surgery. He also completed several years of intensive implant training at Vizstara, a world renowned implant and restorative dentistry center, headed by Dr. Nicolas Elian in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Dr. Goodkin is a member of Spear, one of the most elite dental study clubs for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In addition to taking well over 100 hours of continuing education each year, Dr. Goodkin is a member of the ADA, NJDA and Tri-County Dental Society. Most recently, Dr. Goodkin became a Fellow of ICOI, International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Goodkin realizes that just walking into a dental office can be stressful for many people. Committing to cosmetic, restorative or implant dentistry can be overwhelming physically, emotionally, and monetarily. Dr. Goodkin feels it is extremely important to create a relaxed, friendly, positive office setting where each and every patient is treated respectfully and kindly; where you are totally free to express your feelings and needs which are heard and honored. His goal is not only to give you a beautiful smile, but for you to leave with a smile on your face.
On a personal note, Dr. Goodkin married his childhood sweetheart, Jill, and together they have three wonderful children, Joshua, Rachel & Marissa as well as an awesome son-in-law, Noah and a loveable Golden Retriever named, Sophie. When Dr. Goodkin is not performing dentistry, he enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking, reading, being with friends and family and most of all, spending quality time with his wife and children.
Dr. Jarred Pilek
Jarred is a native to Long Valley, but is now settled in beautiful Sussex County. He and his wife Kara of 10+ years, have 3 wonderful boys that are always keeping them busy. Without Kara, Jarred would never be able to focus on doing what he loves and for that he is so very thankful.
Dentistry has always had an artistic forefront in Jarred’s approach to working with his patients. Whether it is a single filling or a complex aesthetic transformation, he always strives for perfection. “I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in art; I just didn’t always know the artistic path I was going to take. When I made the connection of seeing dentistry as a combination of art and science, I knew what I was destined to do.”
Jarred believes in educating his patients and developing a relationship that is based on trust and understanding. He explains exactly what is needed and provides multiple options in order to achieve the patient’s desired results. He knows that together, they will be able to make the best decisions to restore perfect dental health. Jarred wants to create a level of comfort for all the patients he sees.
Jarred has always had compassion for treating anxious patients. In his residency in 2007 he won the “Betty Weinstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Research.” The research that he conducted was a clinical trial that examined the effects of music distraction in the treatment of dental anxiety. That same year he was honored to receive the “Forth Annual Dr. Mark McIntyre Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence in Dentistry.” This award was given to the resident showing outstanding clinical judgement, skill, and professionalism.
Each day that Dr. Pilek is able to work with his hands and create fulfills that artistic drive he craves. He loves seeing a patient smile bigger than they ever have before because of the aesthetic work that was done. However, there is no greater pride than when a smiling 3 year old leaves the operatory after their first filling, or a anxious patient conquers their fear and realizes they can have a great experience.
Jarred knows that there is something special and unique about this office and enjoys coming to work each and every day. When he is not working he enjoys, drawing, working on his house, spending time playing with his family, riding his motorcycle, and of course watching and going to New Jersery Devils games.
- West Morris Central 1996-1999
- Gettysburg College 1999-2002*
- New York University College of Dentistry 2003-2007
- Monmouth Medical Center Dental Residency Program 2007-2008
- Private practice 2008-present
Dr. Rick Giralt
Dr. Giralt comes from New York and has been working for Dr. Goodkin since 1992. He obtained his dental education in Upstate Western New York attending S.U.N.Y. School of Dental Medicine at Buffalo. His summers were busy with pediatric externships at Buffalo’s Children’s Hospital and a medical externship at Erie County Medical Center. The summer experience obtained at Erie County Medical Center then led to a one year General Practice Residency at the same hospital. After getting his share of snow storms and fill of Buffalo chicken wings, he settled back home and worked in a practice in Downtown Manhattan until moving across the Hudson to New Jersey.
When Dr. Giralt isn’t working, family life keeps him busy. On a nice day, it’s off on a hike or biking with his wife Karen and children, Sophia, Olivia, and Benjamin. Spending quality time with the family is very important, especially seeing how fast the children grow up.
Working at Dr. Goodkin’s is like a second home. “I’ve had the opportunity to be Dr. Goodkin’s first associate, and without a doubt, the staff and patients are like family! I am grateful to be part of such a quality oriented practice.”