We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
To better serve you, we have hired an outstanding associate, Dr. Alec Keon. This allows us to see more emergencies and open up more hours so your waiting time is less. We want you to feel at home with Dr. Keon as much as we do, so please feel free to give us a call and come meet him.
Alec E. Keon, DMD - Dentist
Dr. Keon was born in Trenton, NJ and earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology from Connecticut College in New London where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors and distinction. After a short career as a pharmaceutical chemist, he fell in love with the field of dentistry and earned his DMD from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and graduated among the top in his class. In order to expand his knowledge within the field, he completed a general practice residency at Morristown Medical Center. Here he trained in complex restorative dentistry as well as the treatment of many dental emergencies.
Dr. Keon is the recipient of numerous academic awards and has been inducted into several dental honor societies including Gamma Pi Delta and OKU. He is committed to continuing education and is currently pursuing his fellowship in the academy of general dentistry. He has training in all aspects of general dentistry and enjoys working with children and adults alike.
When not working, Dr. Keon enjoys fishing and playing tennis. He and his wife, Kaitlin, live in central Jersey and love spending time anywhere there is a beach.
Marc Novak, DMD - Dentist
Dr Marc Novak was raised in Connecticut in the town of East Windsor. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and chose to continue on at the institution by completing a Master's degree in Biochemistry. His research into protein stability led to several peer reviewed publications in well respected scientific journals. He transitioned his career path to the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. He completed a sr externship in advanced Endodontics as well as receiving awards from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a scholarship for outstanding performance in clinical dentistry. Throughout his undergraduate and grauate studies, he gained experience in community health initiatives and was one of four dental students to complete a dental service trip to Grenada.
At the conclusion of his dental school education, he completed a rigorous General Practice Residency at Morristown Medical Ctr in Morristown, NJ. His experience allowed him to expand his dental training by refining his techniques & procedure efficiency including advanced procedures in oral surgery, dental implants, pediatric dentistry and comprehensive full mouth rehabilitation cases. Dr Novak continues to be on staff at the hospital and treat special needs patients on a weekly basis.
Dr. Novak takes pride in his dedication to continuing education and is a member of the American Dental Assoc., Academy of General Dentistry, NJ Dental Association., & Tri-County Dental Society. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, running, wood-working and just about any outdoor activity. Dr Novak is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his passion as a member of the amazing team at Dr. David Paulussen's office.
Fay - Office Manager
Fay is a valued member of our dental family. Her title of office manager doesn't do justice to all that she does for our office and our patients. She graduated from Narrowsburg Central High School and attended Broome County Community College, Binghamton School of Nursing, Centenary College, and Morris County College. Her love of physiology and quest to improve the quality of people's lives have guided her to become a certified massage therapist. Her quiet and reserved charm has helped to relieve the stress and anxiety of the whole dental experience. Fay's meticulous attention to detail continues to help our patients navigate through the world of dental insurance companies. Besides spending most of her time at the front desk, Fay is also a dental assistant, does lab work, takes X-rays, repairs and maintains our sensitive and expensive equipment, and does anything else that needs to be done. Fay is the ultimate team player and an invaluable part of our office. Her work ethic, quiet resolve, and positive attitude continue to serve as an inspiration to all of us.
Fay enjoys reading, computers, solving puzzles, and traveling. She is married and has three grown children and three grandchildren.
Cleda - Front Desk Coordinator
Welcome to one of our newest team members, Cleda!! She will greet you on the phone or in our office with her smile and enthusiasm. With her 28 years of experience and knowledge she is truly an essential and invaluable team member. When not spending time with family, she enjoys reading, working on the computer, playing with her pets and quiet time. Please come meet Cleda and welcome her into "our" family!!!
Laura - Assistant
Laura is a natural cheerleader; positive, attractive and vivacious. Her effervescent and high-energy personality help our patients feel welcome and a part of our family. This intense quality of positive energy also helps keep the level on the “happiness and fun meter” way up to continually lift the energy levels and spirits of our staff. Laura graduated locally from West Morris High School and then went to college at Campbell University in North Carolina. While in college Laura found her true calling when a battery of tests revealed that she had an incredible aptitude to help others and be around people and that her ideal career would be a dental assistant. Laura’s cheerful personality, her innate ability to think ahead and her dedicated professionalism has helped make her a very valuable asset in our practice.
Laura is married to Paul and has two children. Laura has been active in her church (Trinity United Methodist Church) which has included mission trips to Haiti and Appalachia. She really loves to travel and has even spent over a month in Africa visiting her sister, Linda, who was in the Peace Corps. Laura has a very close family and she spends a lot of time visiting her retired parents and family in the Midwest. She and Paul love to relax with friends and family and enjoy researching real estate opportunities.
Nicole - Hygienist (On Mission Work)
Nicole's warmth and soothing personality have really helped our patients feel at ease. Her ability to communicate and explain the status of our patient's oral health has really made her a valuable member of our staff. Nicole graduated from Middlesex County College with honors for outstanding academic achievement and the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award. Her clinical expertise and comprehensive patient care has given patients a good and educational experience in the dental chair.
Nicole is an accomplished artist who enjoys traveling, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family. She is also very involved in community service with a local congregation.
Janice - Office Staff
Janice is the epitome of being a perfect staff member. Her infectious laugh and smile are what helps keep our patients cheerful and feeling welcome. Her vibrant personality also helps keep the morale of the office always way up. Her incredible personality, intelligence, and attractive appearance not only add to our office´s atmosphere of professionalism but caught Dr. Paulussen´s eye way back. If you didn't know it, Janice is Dr. Paulussen´s wife! They met in high school and were the best of friends. After college their relationship moved from platonic to romantic and eventually marriage.
Janice attended Grove City College and went on to become a manager at Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company in Newark. She then worked at TMP marketing company in the International Trade Zone to be closer to home. In 1992, she stopped work there to devote her full time towards the growth of the practice. She has been an important part of the success of our office, having been here from the beginning. Janice works in the office doing accounts receivable and accounts payable as well as dealing with insurance companies. She also has the ability to fill in for most of the positions in the office when sickness or circumstances arise.
Janice enjoys her time with her daughter and son, cooking, relaxing down the shore, as well as being a phenomenal mother. She also enjoys traveling and hopes to help her daughter attain her goal of seeing all 50 states. Janice is active in her church (Trinity United Methodist Church).
Cathy - Hygienist
Cathy is a wonderful member of our team. She graduated with honors from Northampton Community College in 2001. She is very good with patients and eases their fears and answers their questions articulately. Her demeanor is upbeat and fun which shines through when you meet her. She has been an awesome team player and dental advocate.
Cathy is a local girl that grew up in Byram Township and is currently living in Mt. Olive Township with her husband, two children, and two dogs. In her spare time you can find Cathy running, gardening, reading, or spending time with family and friends.
Tracy - Dental Assistant
Tracy started in the dental field a long time ago, the same time Dr. Paulussen started his career! As a matter of fact, they both started their respective careers in K & K Dental in Ledgewood, NJ. Tracy was Dr. Paulussen's assistant then and had rejoined our team to be his assistant every Thursday. She has been with us for many years and we are very excited to have her with us.
Tracy lives in Flanders with her husband and three children. She is very busy and involved in her family's activities and loves spending time with them. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, reading, and has a doll business. We also know Tracy to be quite the movie critic!
Jen - Hygienist
Jen provides care to our patients by educating on good home care, listening to questions and concerns, recommending and explaining treatments, and cleaning their teeth. Each and every day, Jen is thankful for the opportunity to help those around her and interact with such wonderful people, staff and patients alike. She loves working with our fun, supportive team.
When Jen isn’t in the office, she’s very active. You’ll never see her just sitting around!
Allyson - Hygienist
Allyson joined our team in December of 2014 and has been an intrigual member
ever since. She started her career as a dental assistant and loved it so much decided to pursue hygiene. In 2006, she graduated from Montogomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. As she loves educating her patients on their dental health and getting to know them, we know she made the right choice. Her enthusiasm and wonderful spirit is contagious!
Allyson grew up in Independence with three sisters and attended Hackettstown High School. She met her husband and settled in Great Meadows and has two adorable daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching her daughters, spending time with the entire family and doing CrossFit.
Ellen - Hygienist
Ellen has always wanted to work with people and help them improve the quality of their health. Becoming a hygienist just seemed like a natural decision for her! Ellen's bubbly and enthusiastic personality really lets her connect with our patients. She graduated from Union County Technical Institute and she has extensive experience in periodontal therapy and finds improving patients’ oral health very rewarding. Ellen’s sense of humor and good nature makes her an integral member of our staff. Her experienced clinical skills and careful attention to detail are clearly evident as a hygienist.
Ellen is married and has two grown children.