Dr. Daniel Butensky, DMD
Daniel Butensky, DMD, is a skilled dentist at both Dental Studios locations in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey. His patients know him for his compassionate, attentive care coupled with an expertise that allows him to handle all of their dental needs.
Dr. Butensky grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice residency program at the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and has several years of private practice experience in both New York City and here in New Jersey.
The art of aesthetic dentistry is one of Dr. Butensky’s greatest passions as a practitioner. There’s nothing he enjoys more than crafting an individualized treatment plan to rejuvenate a patient’s smile. To that end, he values continuing education and has participated in the Aesthetic Advantage seminars at the Rosenthal Institute at New York University. An active member of several dental societies including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Butensky has advanced training in cosmetics and surgical implant placement.
Dr. B is an avid hockey player, dog lover and amateur chef and enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and son Charlie Parker.
Dr. Richard Procopio, DMD
Richard Procopio, DMD, is a highly respected dentist at Dental Studios’ Summit, New Jersey location. Even though he’s a Brooklyn native, Dr. Procopio has spent most of his life in the Garden State and most of his professional career serving the oral health needs of patients in and around Union County.
After graduating from Rahway High School in nearby Rahway, New Jersey, Dr. Procopio attended Temple University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dr. Procopio started private practice right here in Summit, New Jersey, at one point expanding to other offices in Hackensack and Cranford. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and served the local community there for many years, providing free care to the needy through Donated Dental Services.
Dr. Procopio continues to provide quality dental care at Dental Studios’ Summit location where he specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. He’s known for his gentle touch and humorous chairside manner.
Outside of the office, Dr. Procopio spends as much time as possible with his six grandchildren. He’s also an avid Yankee fan and is the proud owner of an extensive baseball memorabilia collection.
Dr. David Dersh, DMD
David Dersh, DMD, is an experienced dentist serving patients at Dental Studios’ Westfield, New Jersey location. As a practicing professional, he specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, working closely with his patients to develop personalized treatment plans. He takes great pride in transforming smiles and delivering game-changing aesthetic results.
Dr. Dersh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which dissolved in 2013 and was absorbed mostly by the Rutgers University School of Biomedical and Health Sciences.
He has received a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry due to his pursuit of continuing education to stay up to date on the latest trends in the field. He was also elected to Fellowship in the International College of Dentists for service to the profession. Outside of his practice, he has presented topics to dental professionals locally, nationally, and even internationally.
Despite all of his commitments, including seeing patients, academic pursuits, and professional affiliations, he also finds time to give back. Dr. Dersh works with Donated Dental Services, an income-based charity program and also the Union County Senior Citizens program which allows patients to pay a reduced fee for oral health services.
Dr. Dersh was raised right here in Westfield and even attended Westfield High School. He currently lives in nearby Bridgewater, New Jersey with his wife, cats, and his dog Coco. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, cooking, and auto racing.
Dr. Stephen T. Busby, DDS
Stephen T. Busby, DDS, is a general dentist at the Dental Studios of Summit, a general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry practice located in Summit, New Jersey. Dr. Busby has maintained a very successful and high-quality general dentistry practice in Short Hills, New Jersey, for nearly 30 years. He sees patients of all ages and renders care in all areas of general dentistry.
Stephen Busby was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Steve then attended the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, graduating with the Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1981. He was the Senior Class President and was awarded several senior faculty awards upon graduation. These included The Department of Operative Dentistry Award, The Department of Dental Ecology Award, and the Dwight Clark Memorial Award for outstanding students.
The following year (1982), Dr. Busby completed a one-year general practice residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined the Tufts residency faculty on a part-time basis while also working full-time for The Carpenter's Union of New England in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1983, he and his wife, Marianne Muench, moved to her hometown of Short Hills, New Jersey, and they opened their home office practice.
Dr. Busby has developed a close referral relationship with many of the area's leading specialists, which allows him to handle the most complex of dental needs. Dr. Busby has been licensed by the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, for the practice of general dentistry and has maintained continuous membership in the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, and the Essex County Dental Association. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), which requires substantial annual continuing education above state license requirements. He was awarded the highly regarded status as an AGD Fellow (FAGD) in 1996. Dr. Busby has also been recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as one of "The Top Dentists" in 2005 and again in 2010.
Dr. Busby is an attending doctor of Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, where he teaches in their general practice dental residency program. He has been recognized with the Residents' House Teaching Award for his work assisting and critiquing dental residents in clinical care. Dr. Busby also participates monthly with Overlook Dental Department meetings and has served on the Dental Department Board. Teaching at the hospital and the AGD continuing education keeps him abreast of dentistry's latest developments, allowing him to bring materials and proven techniques back to his patients.
Steve and Marianne have raised three daughters within the Millburn School system. Lauren lives and works as a seismic structural engineer for Thornton Tomasetti in San Francisco. In Miami, their daughter Coleen has a career in media advertising. Christine, a senior at Providence College in Rhode Island, recently returned from a semester studying abroad in Prague. Despite the miles separating them, the Busbys continue to visit each other frequently; and a few times a year, they all come together for the Busby family's favorite activity – traveling!
Outside of the office, Steve is always active with squash, tennis, paddle, gardening, bicycling, and skiing. Alternatively, he has become quite an aficionado of the more soothing sport of sailing! In the office, one sees a myriad of photos from Steve's sailing sojourns as a testimony to his love of spending time on the water.
Rosamaria Wilde, Practice Manager
Rosamaria is the Practice Manager for both Dental Studios locations in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey. As a Practice Manager, Rosamaria leads the team of dedicated staff and is responsible for the day to day operational management of the practice. She has 30 years of experience in the dental field, 11 years as a Registered Dental Assistant and 19 at the management level. Rosamaria is a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM).
She lives in Cranford with her husband and two boys. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Lisa Ochs, RDH
Lisa was born in Bronx, NY and raised in Rockland County, NY. She graduated from Bergen Community College in their Dental Hygiene Program and has been a Hygienist for 30 years. She has remained dedicated to her work due to her passion for the field.
Lisa has been part of Dental Studios’ team for 10 years. She has never minded the long commute because of the family atmosphere that has been established at Dental Studios.
Additionally, she’s been able to extend this sense of family to her patients while continuing to educate them on healthy dental practices.
Fabiana DiGregorio, RDH
Fabiana DiGregorio has been with Dental Studios since June 2013.
Fabiana graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been in the dental field for 26 years, first working as a dental assistant prior to pursuing her dental hygiene degree. Fabiana grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the Livingston High School.
Fabiana loves having the opportunity to interact with her patients and takes pride in being thorough and gentle with her cleanings. Fabiana is dedicated to providing a healthy smile to every one of her patients.
In her spare time, Fabiana loves to play tennis, bake, and spend time with her husband Tom and her chihuahua, Roxy.
Jeanine Keating, RDH
Jeanine Keating has been practicing dental hygiene in the same location for over 30 years! She is a lifelong New Jersey native, former resident of Rahway and Westfield. Regarding Jeanine’s choice of professions, her decisive moment was when her brother brought home 2” green wax cubes from dental school and she watched in fascination as he carved them into teeth and aligned them in a model jaw. She attended FDU school of dentistry where she graduated magna cum laude with an RDH degree.
Jeanine’s first employer was a periodontist, where she gained great insight into diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Her experience working in pediatric, geriatric, and cosmetic practices have proved invaluable to her as well.
She feels most fortunate to have found such a rewarding career, and the ever-changing new technology is both challenging and exciting. It has been a privilege for her to work for Dr. Butensky, Dr. Procopio and the excellent staff, and she looks forward to what the future holds for Dental Studios!
When she’s not working, she loves to cook, entertain, garden, and watch the Yankees. She and her husband enjoy their travels to California, Florida, and Norway to visit family and close friends.
Dana DiStefano, RDH
Dana DiStefano earned her Dental Hygiene degree in 1990 at Union County College/UMDNJ prior to earning her degree she worked at Dental Studios Summit, New Jersey location as a dental assistant.
Dana has been a 30+ year member of the team at the Dental Studios of Summit, recently increasing her hours to meet the patient demands of the practice.
Her goals as your dental hygienist are to provide a positive, comfortable dental visit while providing top quality treatment.
She grew up in Berkeley Heights and currently resides in Warren, in her free time Dana enjoys spending time with her two grown children, beach time, travel and watching the Yankees.
Linne Thomson, RDH
Linne is one of our dental hygienists. She holds an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. She has been a hygienist for over 20 years; and with Dr Busby since 1998. She maintains continuing education credits and CPR certification.
She loves her job; caring for her patients and helping them maintain good oral health. Linne’s great sense of humor and joie de vivre always brings laughter and levity to the office.
Linne has lived in Maplewood since 1992 with her husband Chip. They have 2 daughters and 1 son. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with her wonderful dogs.
Anne M. Gage, CDA/RDA
Anne has been practicing as a dental assistant at this location for 28 years and she says, she has been proud to be a part of the evolution that has created this now state of the art practice, Dental Studios.
Anne was born in Dodge City, Kansas and was raised in Italy by her father who was a professor of Philosophy, and her mother who nurtured six children. She has been a part of the dental field since 1990. Anne completed her studies at the Dental Studies Institute in Fairfield, NJ where she became a Certified Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Assistant.
Anne is a compassionate and caring professional who continues to further her education by attending dental continuing education courses annually. And she says ALL aspects of her life is guided by the “Golden Rule.”
Crystal Mandall, CDA
Crystal Mandall graduated top of her class from Central Career school having completed an accelerated course for Certified Dental Assisting in 2007. She has been a member of Dental Studios for 6 years and has been in the field for over 10 years. Crystal takes pride in going above and beyond for patients in all areas of their dental care.
Crystal was born and raised in New Jersey and in her spare time she likes to snowboard, enjoys kickboxing, painting and spending time with her 4 nieces and 3 nephews. She is an avid reader and movie buff and also enjoys photography.
Liya, CDA, RDA
Liya joined our team as a dental assistant in 2003. She brings over 10 years’ experience in the dental field to our office. She is a Certified Dental Asst (CDA) and a Registered Dental Asst (RDA). Additional credentials include a Radiology license and CPR certification. Liya has worked in several areas of dentistry, helping patients at chair side, as well as aiding patients with their treatment needs and insurance. Between her educational backgrounds, her valuable experience in oral surgery and periodontist offices, and her cheerful demeanor, Liya is a valued asset to our practice. Outside of the office Liya stays very busy enjoying her family, friends and home. Liya lives with her fiancé Chris and their son Mason, in their new home.
Julie, Office Manager
Julie is our office manager. She oversees all of our daily operations. Julie keeps our office running smoothly and efficiently by handling office scheduling, billing, insurance details, patient records and correspondence with specialists’ offices regarding patients. Prior to entering the dental field, Julie attended Kean University and FIT. She began work as a fashion merchandiser. Julie has over 15 years experience in dentistry, and has been with Dr. Busby for over 15 years. Her friendly and caring disposition as people enter the office make patients immediately feel comfortable and welcome in our office. Julie takes pleasure in being familiar with our УfamilyФ of patients, and all those she has come to know well, over the years of seeing them every six months!
Julie lives in Springfield with her husband Tom and two sons. Brandyn is 9 years old and Adrian is 5, providing Julie with no rest, but lots of fun when she gets home from work! She loves to exercise, shop and travel in her spare time.