Meet the Doctors

Richard Poller, DMD

General Dentist/Owner & Dental Director

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1983


Christopher Kutney, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Christopher Kutney received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ Dental School, now Rutgers Dental School. He also completed a general practice residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ.

Dr. Kutney utilizes his education and 25 years of expertise and creative artistic skills to bring your healthy smile to life. The goal for his patients is to create an environment to have them receive dental treatment in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Dr. Kutney enjoys cosmetic dentistry and all aspects of general dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, and Monmouth Ocean County Dental Association, where he continues taking courses to keep his dentistry techniques current.

Outside of work, Dr. Kutney enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, baseball games, and spending time outside.


Nisha Patel, DMD

General Dentist

Dr. Nisha Patel received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from California Polytechnic University Pomona. Her interest in science and art made her decide to go into dentistry. She graduated from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Throughout her education, she provided dental services to non-profit organizations to help meet the needs of children in underprivileged and under-served communities. After receiving her DMD, Dr. Patel attended a dental residency program at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

After completing her residency, Dr. Patel moved to Central New Jersey where she practices general dentistry. She attends dental conferences regularly to stay current on new technology and the latest dental techniques and trends. Dr. Patel is a member of the ADA, New Jersey Dental Association, and the Ocean County Dental Association.

During her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys reading, cooking, and staying close to nature by doing outdoor activities with her husband and two daughters. 


Haim Tawil MSE, MDS, DMD

# 06541 Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr. Tawil first began his college education at Rutgers University where he studied bioengineering. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, as well as his Master’s in the Science of Engineering.

During his studies, Dr. Tawil realized that dentistry and engineering come together in the field of orthodontics. He then returned to Rutgers where he completed a comprehensive three-year residency program in orthodontics and a Master’s in Dental Science. During his final year of residency, Dr. Tawil served as the chief resident.

Dr. Tawil now lives in Bergen County with his wife, a nurse, and their two daughters. Dr. Tawil enjoys family hikes, playing baseball, fishing, and reading antique dental books.


Katherine Passaro, DMD

General Dentist

Originally from Staten Island, New York, Dr. Passaro attended NYU College of Arts and Sciences, where she studied Latin American literature and economics. Deciding to pursue a career in dentistry, she attended NYU College of Dentistry from 2014 to 2018. She completed a general practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital, the only residency program on the island.

Outside of work, Dr. Passaro enjoys walks with her three dogs, cooking, and gardening.


Vivian Chiu, DDS

General Dentist

Dr. Vivian Chiu is an experienced general dentist who will take the time to provide comprehensive dental care for you. She is passionate about giving you the best care you deserve.

Dr. Chiu attended Colombia University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, magna cum laude with Honors in biological sciences. She continued her training in dentistry at New York University, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She then completed her residency at New York University College of Dentistry/Bellevue NYC Hospital.

Dr. Chiu has been the dental director at The Apprehensive Patient in Clifton since March of 2002. She looks forward to meeting you!


Vindeep Bagga, DDS, MS

Periodontist

Dr. Bagga is a CA-born and NY-raised certified Periodontist. He earned his bachelor’s degree at New York University and then completed a master’s degree at Drexel University while working at University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from NYU Dentistry where he served as President of more than 1500 students. Dr. Bagga stayed an additional three years to complete his residency in periodontics and was awarded Outstanding Clinical Performance in his program.

Dr. Bagga specializes in implant dentistry, as well as conventional surgical and non-surgical modalities of periodontal therapy. He concentrates on functional and aesthetic surgical procedures, including hard and soft tissue grafting procedures, and focuses on an interdisciplinary approach in conjunction with endodontic, orthodontic, and prosthodontic conditions. Dr. Bagga prioritizes his patients’ well-being and ensures they understand the importance of each step of the treatment plan.

Dr. Bagga lives in Jersey City with his wife. They both enjoy fine dining, streaming the latest comedies, and planning their next tropical adventure.


Olivia McCabe

Hygienist

Coming Soon!