Distinguished Life Members 2014
The following MCDS members have achieved life membership this year: Larry Chen, Ethan Glickman, Kent M. Hochberg, Robert Horowitz, Jay S. Kartagener, Ira Klemons, Ted Kwiatkowski, Paul Lafkowitz, Stewart D. Manela, Joseph Muscatiello, and Martin Nagel.
They have shown a steadfast dedication to their profession and organized dentistry over their careers. They were formally inducted as life members at the May 2014 General Meeting. Each new life member was asked to submit their biographical information, and those who elected to do so are recognized below). The presentations were made by MCDS President Dr. David Stein, MCDS Membership Co-Chairperson Dr. Genevieve Fernandes, and NJDA President Dr. Robert Giantomas. The photos below are of the inductees who were able to attend the May general meeting.
Larry T. Chen, D.M.D.
Dr. Larry Chen was born in 1948 in Taiwan. He graduated with a B.S. degree in 1970 from National Cheng-Kung University. In 1977 he received his D.M.D. degree from UMDNJ New Jersey Dental School. He did his General Practice Residency at Middlesex General Hospital and graduated in 1978. Dr. Chen also received his Master of Science in Engineering from Rutger’s University. After graduation he opened his own practice in Piscataway, New Jersey in 1981. He is a member of ADA, NJDA, and MCDS. He lives with his wife Mon-Mei in Marlboro, NJ. They have two daughters Alice and Melody. They have one grandson Gavyn who lives in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Chen is thankful to his mentors Drs. Jerome Engel and Stuart Kahn and all his colleagues of MCDS.

Ethan Glickman, D.D.S.
Dr. Ethan Glickman was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, NYC. He graduated with a B.A. from CUNY-Queens College, NY in 1970. In 1974 he graduated with a D.D.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He then did a yearlong General Practice Residency at JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ. In 2008 he received additional training in a Mini-MBA-”Business-Essentials” at the Center for Management Development-Rutgers, The State University of NJ. He worked as an associate dentist from 1975-1981 in Somerset, NJ. In 1981, he opened his own practice in Highland Park, NJ. From 1982-2012 he worked at Park Dental Group, in Highland Park, NJ. He sold his dental partnership in 2012. He co-founded Park Development Group LLC-Realty Company in 2000. He also co-founded Sunrise Development Group LLC-Realty Company in 2003. Dr. Glickman also founded EMPOWER Seminars & Consulting, LLC in 2011. He has served as an Executive Director in the NJ Society of Periodontists since 2011. He is the Corporate Dental Director at Dental Health Associates since 2013. Since 2012, he has served part time at Mercer County Community College West Windsor, NJ at the Center for Continuing Studies.. He is a member of the ADA, NJDA, MCDS, and Essex County Dental Societies. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Middlesex County Dental Society since 1982. He is the Alternate NJDA Trustee for MCDS. He is a member of the Mentor Committee, Membership Committee and is the MCDS Rep for the NJDA Relief Council. He is a member of the NJDA Access to Care Council since 2011 and of the KinderSmile Foundation since 2012. He was the Past Chairman of the Mentor Committee at MCDS from 1995-2009. Dr. Glickman was also involved in the Children’s Dental Health Committee, Oral Cancer Screening Committee, NJDA Judicial Council, MCDS-Shadow Program Committee2006-2011, the NJDA 2011-2012 SmileCheck Program, and was the Co-Chairman & Consultant at the NJDA Oral Health Coalition Council Member from 2011-2012. He has been a participant dentist for the “Give Kids a Smile” program from 2004-2013. He has been honored with numerous awards such as the MCDS-Outstanding Service Award in 2004, the ADA Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring 2009, and the NJDA-Presidential Service Award in 2011. He has also created a scholarship for the Middlesex County Community College in the Department of Dental Auxiliaries Education and “The Dianne Romer Student Success Award” from 2005-Present in the school of Dental hygiene.
He resides with his wife Marlene in East Brunswick, NJ. They have three children: Jason, Russell & Douglas. They are blessed with 5 lovely grandchildren: Joe, Charlie, Jacqueline, Madison & Sydney. Dr. Glickman is thankful to all his friends who share with his goals of camaraderie. He is also extremely thankful to his beautiful and wonderful wife, Marlene, for being his best friend and partner through his journey of life! She is his true Angel.
Kent M. Hochberg, D.M.D.
Dr. Kent Hochberg was born in New York, New York in 1948. He graduated with a BA degree in 1970 from Williams College. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1974 with a D.M.D. degree. After graduation he practiced with Dr. Emil Blaukopf in South River until 1976 and started a practice in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick in 1975. He has since then been in this full-time private general practice in South Brunswick, New Jersey. He has been a member of the ADA, NJDA, MCDS, Academy of General Dentistry, Princeton Group for Dental Excellence, and an associate member of the American Academy of Periodontology. He resides in Monmouth Junction with his wife Barbara and has three children- Joshua, Eric, and Benjamin. He has three grandchildren: Yael, Olivia, and Talia. He was involved in various township civic activities for a number of years (Zoning Board of Adjustment, Ethics Committee, and Board of Ethics.

Robert Horowitz, D.M.D.
Dr. Horowitz was born in 1948, in Bridgeton, NJ. He graduated in 1970 from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck Campus with a B.S. degree in Biology. In 1974, he graduated with a D.M.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After graduation he worked as an associate for Dr. Stephen Kaplan in Colonia Dental Group and became his partner in 1976. He is currently practicing general dentistry in Colonia, N.J. He is a member of the ADA, NJDA, and MCDS. He is also a member and fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is an attending at the JFK Medical Center. He was a member of The Raritan Valley Study Club, The Dental Practice Study Club and The Seattle Study Club. He resides in Somerset, N.J. with his fiancée Marja. He has two sons, Josh and Adam.

Jay S. Kartagener, D.M.D.
Dr. Kartagener was born in 1944 in New Britain, Connecticut. He graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Seton Hall University. He received his D.M.D. from New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry in 1970. He then did a one year residency at Middlesex General Hospital. After graduation he worked for Dr. Donald Bershtein, in Edison, N.J. until 1973. He worked in a partnership with him from 1973-1978. He then practiced in his solo practice until 1983. He formed Kartagener/Kosofsky D.M.D. Edison, N.J. and sold his practice in 2006. He worked in the Hygiene Department at Middlesex County College from 2009-2011 as a clinical dentist. He has been a claims examiner for Horizon Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Dental from 2010-2013. He is a member of the ADA, NJDA, MCDS, and the American Society of Forensic Dentistry. He is retired and loves to play golf. He is on the Board of Directors in the Somerset Run Condo Association. He lives in Somerset, NJ with his wife Jo-Anne.
Ira Klemons, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Ira Klemons was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated in 1981 from McDaniel College with a BS degree. He received his DDS degree from New York University in 1972. In 1981, he received his Ph.D. related to Craniofacial Pain from Pennsylvania State University Graduate School.
After graduation, he provided dental care to patients in central Pennsylvania. He also treated patients in the Tibetan villages in the Himalayas. Since then he has treated patients for Craniofacial Pain/TM Joint disorders in Middlesex County (currently South Amboy) and for several years in Midtown Manhattan. He is currently in full time practice at the Center for Headaches and Facial Pain. Patients travel here from across the United States and around the World. He has been a member of ADA, NJDA, MCDS, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Neurology, and American Academy of Pain Management. He was the Past President of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He resides in Colts Neck with his wife Janet Crain, D.M.D. He has two children Stephanie & Adam. He considers it to have been an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to relieve pain for thousands of patients who previously suffered from severe and persistent head and facial pain for as long as 60 years. He is also grateful for the efforts made by our dental leaders to make this possible.

Ted Kwiatkowski, D.M.D.
Dr. Ted Kwiatkowski was born in 1948 in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated in 1970 with a B.S. degree from St. Peter’s College. He received his D.M.D degree from UMDNJ in 1973. After graduation he worked with Dr. Daniel E Kaplan in Jersey City from 1974 until 1977. He opened his own solo practice in Iselin in 1977 where he kept practicing until 2012. In 2013 he relocated his office to Edison. He is a member of the ADA, NJDA, and MCDS. He resides in Middletown, NJ with his wife Terry of 40 years. They have two children Adam and Susan who are both attorneys. They have one grand dog $ y/o Loki. Currently in addition to practicing dentistry in Edison, he enjoys travelling on cruises.
He states, “I never imagined dentistry would be this rewarding, or stressful”
Paul Lafkowitz, DDS
Dr. Paul Lafkowitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1948. He graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1971 from Northwestern University. He received his D.D.S. degree in 1974 from Temple University. In 1976 he received his certificate in Endodontics from Templeís Dept. of Endodontology. After graduation he began practicing with Dr. Avery Kelner at One Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ in 1976. He became a partner one year later and they practiced together until Dr. Kelner retired in 2006. Dr. Dimple Malavia joined him and became his partner. Then in 2010, Dr. Shawn Lafkowitz, his son, joined the practice. The 3 of them practiced together until he retired on October 12, 2012 and now the practice is run by Dr. Dimple Malavia and Dr. Shawn Lafkowitz. He plays golf, exercises daily, reads fiction and non-fiction novels, and loves to travel with his wife. He is a member of the ADA, NJDA, MCDS, and AAE (American Association of Endodontists). He was the Past-President of the Raritan Valley Dental Study Club (2 separate times), and the Past director of the Endodontic Dept. of JFK Medical Center Residency Program. He resides with his wife Linda in Scotch Plains, NJ and West Palm Beach, FL. They have three children Marla, Ian, and Shawn, and four lovely grandchildren: Ethan, Hayden, Logan, and Isabelle. Dr. Lafkowitz volunteers monthly as a patient to patient volunteer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is an active fund raiser for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Stewart D. Manela, D.D.S.
Dr. Manela was born in 1947 in Germany. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1968 with a B.A. degree. He received his D.D.S. degree from New York University in 1972. He is in full time dental practice in Monroe Township, New Jersey. He is a member of ADA, NJDA, and MCDS. He resides in Princeton Junction, NJ with his wife Joanne. They have four children Matthew, Jessica, Tony, and Nicholas, and four grandchildren Alex, Rachel, Aiden, and Nate.
Joseph Muscatiello, D.M.D.
Dr. Joseph Muscatiello was born in 1948 in Queens, New York. He graduated with a B.S. degree in 1970 from C.C.N.Y. He received his D.M.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974. He opened his own practice in Edison, NJ at 96 Plainfield Avenue in 1975. Currently he is actively practicing in Edison NJ. He loves to travel to his condo on the beach in Naples, Florida in the spring and fall. He enjoys skiing in the Alps, out west, and in New England every winter. In the summer he travels to Italy where he gets to visit his relatives. His favorite spot is his motherís home town in Calabria, which is right on the Mediterranean. Dr. Muscatiello is a member of the ADA, NJDA, and MCDS. He lives with his wife Maria in Edison, NJ. They have two children Joey and John.