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Dr.KThe PPS Office of Dental Services proudly welcomes Dr. K as the newest member of our team. Dr. K joins us from St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where she completed her general practice residency after graduating from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery. She specializes in providing comprehensive, personalized dental care with a patient-centered approach. Dr. K. previously worked in private practice and is a member of American Dental Association, the New Jersey State Dental Association, and the Passaic County Dental Society. When she is not at work, Dr. K enjoys spending time with family and friends. Welcome, Dr. K!







Dental Clinic

PPS Dental Clinic hosted the Kids Oral Health Education event on March 6th for 50 students in grades K-2 at MLK Elementary as part of National Give Kids A Smile Day.  During the event, Dr. Aparna read "Me and My Smile" to the students, demonstrated proper techniques for brushing and flossing, and taught them about healthy food choices. After the presentation, the children received new toothbrushes and watched "Wiggly Tooth", a video about oral health.  




DenTAL Grant

 The PPS Office of Dental Services was recently awarded a grant of $35,000 by The Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey  to continue providing dental care for Paterson's uninsured and under-insured student population. Grant funds will be used to purchase needed materials and supplies for the PPS Dental Clinic. 




HARP studentsMrs. Zaydel's Academy of Health Science (HARP) Dental Assisting I and II students recently had a field trip to the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM). The GNYDM is held at the Jacob Javits Center and features hundreds of dental exhibitors, dental education workshops, and all-day seminars. Students were able to tour the meeting and learn about the latest technology and advances in dentistry including intra-oral cameras, lasers, and 3D printing. Dental Assisting students were also able to see live patient demonstrations with materials and instrumentation learned about in class.



Dental Services

Students who are Paterson residents receive treatment for free of charge. Headstart or Pre-K students are allowed a one-time only screening so they may be enrolled in school.(A Parent or Guardian must accompany the student to the clinic each visit).

Dental Services Provided:Dental Services

  • Dental examinations
  • X-Rays
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Restoratives (White Fillings) to primary or permanent teeth.
  • Check-ups (Cleaning, Treatment Plan, X-rays, and Fluoride)
  • Sealants (Cavity prevention)
  • Extraction of primary “baby” teeth
  • Extraction of permanent teeth
  • Braces
  • Root canal for permanent teeth
  • Pulpotomy (primary “baby” teeth root canal)
  • Same-day emergency appointments for pain or swelling


How Do I Schedule An Appointment?

Call Miriam Vergara at (973)321-1277

Call Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Clinic Hours:

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

We operate by appointment only. Students are able to return to school after treatment with a dental excuse. If schools are closed due to inclement weather so is the Dental Clinic.


Sealant Program
Every Monday at Bergen Community College sealants are placed by dental hygiene students.


Head Start Pre-K
Dental examinations and screening by our dentist


Fluoride Rinse Program
A weekly school program funded by Delta Dental Foundation


Dental Health Education
We are outreaching to the Paterson Public School and the community


Annual Teen Health Fair
A partnership for the Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey


Dental Assistant Training Program

In 2000, a state-of-the-art dental classroom was built in HARP with a generous grant from the Delta Foundation. Junior and senior high school students attending HARP are eligible to apply for the program. Students learn all aspects of dentistry, work with cements, impression materials, alginate, plaster and stone, mouthguards, bleaching trays and composite materials. In senior year students rotate through the clinic one morning each week for a 'hands-on learning experience.

Yana Zaydel and Miriam Vergara at the Free Medical
Fair at School 5 on September 19, 2015





The Paterson Public Schools, Office of Dental Services, offers emergency and comprehensive dental services to children in Paterson attending over 50  schools, both private and public.

The dental program has a long history in Paterson. It was established in 1974 as an extramural rotation for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s senior dental students. Dental hygiene students were an addition to the program shortly thereafter. When the dental school closed in 1990, UMDNJ continued the program. In 1995, the dental clinic was relocated to Eastside High School and incorporated into the Health Alliance Academy (HARP). After three short years, the dental clinic was re-established in space located at the local health department.

The dental office consists of 4 operatories, 1 laboratory, 2 x-ray machines, 1 automatic x-ray processor, waiting room for parents/children, and a secretarial area.
The dental clinic’s staff consists of: a certified dentist, a dental coordinator, two dental assistants, and one secretary. High school students will be learning dental assisting in the clinic as part of work-study program from H.A.R.P. Academy.

A comprehensive school-based dental health education and fluoride rinse programs in all schools are part of the dental program. The educational component of the program is supported by Colgate and Crest’s free school programs. More than 10,000 Paterson children are enrolled in school based fluoride rinsing programs.

The services provided are as follows: examination, radiographs, cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants when indicated, amalgam and composite restorations, extraction oprimary teeth and referral to the hospital if the treatment is too extensive for the school clinic.

Children in Kindergarten through 12th grades, who do not have private dental insurance or Medicaid reimbursement, are eligible for dental care. Nurses identify students who qualify for the dental clinic and parents or the nurses call for the initial appointment.  Children are excused from school while attending the dental clinic. (A note is provided)

Dr. Aparna Kaimulayil

After graduating from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery, I completed my general practice residency at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. I specialize in providing comprehensive, personalized dental care with a patient-centered approach. I previously worked in private practice and I am a member of American Dental Association, the New Jersey State Dental Association, and the Passaic County Dental Society. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Yana Zaydel

I have worked in the dental field for almost 20 years as a dental assistant, dental hygienist, and now a teacher and dental coordinator for our district. Out of the many different offices and environments I have had the privilege of working in, the most rewarding part of my career has been caring for the dental needs of the children in my community. I am very excited to be able to continue to do this as the dental coordinator of our clinic. As for teaching dental assisting, there is nothing more inspiring to me than educating and helping young students build a successful future in a field I hold so close to my heart. 

Paterson Public Schools
Office of Dental Services

176 Broadway
Located in the Department of Health Building Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone (973)321-1277 Ext.2745
Fax (973)321-1245


Dr. Marie Madonna, Dentist

Ms. Yana Zaydel, Coordinator

Ms. Miriam Vergara, Secretary/Dental Assistant

Ms. Nesime Dokur, Dental Assistant




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