Meet Our Dental Team

We believe that fixing teeth is a small part of what we do but what we are truly passionate about is making people smile; whether it be with our contagious energy, gushing over mutual love or perhaps dislike of certain music, or even discussing life’s up and sometimes not-so-up moments. Make an appointment to come meet our dental team!

Dr. Shefali Pilar

Dr. Benjamin Hanft


Dental Hygienist

Elizabeth grew up in Kearny and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene from Bergen Community College. She has since enjoyed working in the dental field and educating her patients on how to achieve optimal health. Elizabeth loves interacting with patients and getting to know them on a personal level to truly make them feel like a part of our Smile Today family. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three adorable children and a cat, Ernie.


Dental Hygienist

Hardi studied to become a dentist in India and came to the USA in 2008. She graduated from the NYU Dental Hygiene program in 2012 to pursue her desire to help people maintain healthy smiles. She finds working at Smile Today to be a lot of fun and is proud of the quality, pace, and professional care we deliver to the community. She has been married to her husband for 9 wonderful years and they love spending time with their two sons.


Dental Hygienist

Tatiana grew up in Bloomfield, NJ and is fluent in Spanish. She graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene from Rutgers University. She is very passionate about the dental field and strives to make patients feel comfortable while in her chair. Tatiana enjoys getting to know her patients and educating them on how they can improve their oral health and maintain a beautiful smile. Tatiana enjoys spending her free time with her fiancé and her beautiful daughter.


Insurance Coordinator

Francis has been in the dental field for over seven years. She is responsible for coordinating with insurance companies for insurance breakdowns, scheduling appointments, and following up with our patients to ensure their visit at our office has kept them smiling. She also speaks fluent Spanish. Her energetic and fun personality puts anybody at ease and makes you want to tell her your life story. Francis currently resides in Glen Ridge and loves spending time with her beautiful son, Jordan Anthony and her fiance. 


Financial Coordinator

Daniella is one of the first and last smiling faces you will see when you walk into our office. She enjoys assisting patients in coordinating their treatment goals with their finances and insurance benefits. Daniella is also an x-ray certified dental assistant and has taken on the role of business administration at Smile Today. She believes that everyone at the practice goes the extra mile for patients and wants to make sure they’re taken care of and happy. Originally from the Island of Trinidad and Tobago, she lives with her husband, two children, and their dogs.


Dental Assistant

Ashley graduated from Fortis Institute with a certificate in dental assisting. Her love for the dental field and upbeat personality ensures patient comfort. She believes it’s important to go above and beyond as a team to guarantee patient satisfaction. You may not see her often at our practice because she is currently in dental hygiene school but we already have big plans for her to return when she completes her education. Ashley lives in West Orange with her family and loves to spend time with her two dogs.


Dental assistant

Denise is one of the sweetest and most empathetic people you will meet at Smile Today. She grew up in Passaic Park with 2 other siblings. She currently attends Essex County College to obtain her associates degree in Liberal Arts. With over 5 years of experience in the dental profession, Denise’s top priority is to make our patient’s feel welcomed and cared for. 


Registered Dental Assistant

Heather grew up in Wayne, NJ and graduated with her registered dental assisting license in 2015. She has a true passion for the dental field and that most definitely shines through her work. She is great at calming nerves, explaining treatment, and making your entire visit with us more enjoyable and comfortable. Heather is dedicated to expanding her knowledge about her profession to provide our patients with the best possible care. She lives in Montclair with her cat and dog and enjoys spending time with her family and hiking.


Scheduling Coordinator

Yuriy has been in the dental field since August 2012. She is proud to be working at Smile Today because of how loving everyone is. It truly does feel like a second home with a wonderful family. She welcomes each patient with a bright smile, making them feel at ease. On her free time, Yuriy is very spontaneous and adventurous. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her dog, Zeus. 

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