Danielle Kelner, DMD
Dr. Danielle Kelner graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia before graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine) in 2006. She then had her residency at New York University for periodontics and implants. Dr. Kelner regularly takes continuing education courses and holds membership with both the American Dental Association and the Greater Westfield Dental Society.
Our periodontist has been named a Top Dentist in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine and she is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Her goal is to make patients feel comfortable and help them understand the necessary treatments provided. Dr. Kelner has three young children and enjoys traveling in her spare time. She also loves working with Dr. Richard Kelner, who is her father.
Richard Kelner, DMD
Dr. Richard Kelner graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, after which he became involved with the alumni association and booster club there. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for both his dental and periodontal degrees. He was not only a Chief Resident there as a post-doctoral student, but he also taught at the graduate and post-graduate school for over ten years. Additionally, he sat at the Board of Overseers for the School of Dentistry for five years.
Our periodontist is constantly taking post-graduate courses in his field of study and in general dentistry so he can stay aware of what his colleagues are doing at their practices. He also lectures locally about integrative medicine to the public, fellow dentists, and physicians. Other topics he speaks about include periodontal therapy and implants. Dr. Kelner has published a number of articles in his field and has lectured at major conferences, including the International Association of Dental Research. The Greater Westfield Dental Study Club is one of his projects where local dentists are exposed to the latest concepts in the various disciplines by regional dental experts. Since its inception, his function has been the Program Chair for this group.
Dr. Kelner has been a member of many organizations, including the New Jersey and American Academy of Periodontics as well as the America Dental Association. He has also been voted Top Dentist by Consumer Research several times. Dr. Kelner opened his original office in Clark in 1973. He was extremely proud to have his daughter, Dr. Danielle Kelner, join him in 2009.
Our periodontist’s goal is to try and maintain his patients’ natural dentition for as long as possible in a functional and esthetic position. When he isn’t at the office, Dr. Kelner enjoys collecting various things and uses them to help educate his grandchildren. He also loves gardening and cooking. You can find him in the kitchen or over the grill most weekends. Dr. Kelner and his wife met in school and have now been married for over 40 years. They have three great kids and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Meet Our Team
Here at Kelner Periodontics LLC, we have a friendly, well-educated periodontic team who serves our patients with specialized attention. Our team members work with our periodontists in Clark, New Jersey, to carry a 40-year tradition of providing the excellent gum disease treatments that improve oral health. Read through some of the biographies below to learn more about our team.
Joann has been part of the dental field for over 35 years, working as a dental assistant for 10 of them before moving up to the front desk. She loves being a part of our friendly team and assisting our dedicated doctors. In her spare time, Joann enjoys volunteering at the cat shelter.
Christina—New Patient & Treatment Coordinator
Christina loves the friendly atmosphere of our office and the opportunity she has to help patients in a professional manner. When she isn’t working, Christina can be found gardening and baking.
Michael—Registered Dental Hygienist
In addition to his dental hygiene degree, Michael has earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in psychology and psychiatric rehab. What he enjoys most about Kelner Periodontics LLC is working with patients towards improving their smile and health. In his spare time, Michael enjoys exercising, weight lifting, watching UFC and NHL, and spending time with family.
Chris—Registered Dental Hygienist
Chris has been with our office for over 20 years. She attended Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University for her education. Chris loves the quality of assurance provided to patients because her true desire is to uphold the highest standards of care delivered to our patients. When Chris isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, participating in triathlons, hiking, and reading.
Verna—Surgical Dental Assistant
Verna loves how everyone at our office is so professional and family oriented. She contributes to the success of our practice by always being reliable, loving, and professional. Verna has two daughters and one grandson, who she adores. Some of her hobbies include dancing and having a workout with boot camp.