Meet the Team
Marlene – Office Manager/Financial Coordinator
Marlene is our Hoboken native, born and raised! She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Marlene worked in the fast-paced financial industry for 12 years. Following this, she switched over to the dental field in 2008 and joined the Farag Dentistry team in 2012 as our office manager. Marlene finds this work to be the perfect match, combining her science and financial background.
Although Marlene runs the office like a finely tuned piano, her main focus is on patient care. Patient advocacy has been both a passion and a challenge. Building personal relationships, working through treatment concerns, and creating financial plans to fit all budgets are skills in which she excels. Her expertise lies in all aspects of insurance billing, patient finance, and collection.
Marlene is married, and a veteran herself, also has a son, Ryan, currently serving in the US Marines. She loves animals and has 6 beautiful rescued kitties.
Lily – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lily has been in the dental field for over 11 years. She joined Farag Dentistry in 2013, working initially as a Registered Dental Assistant, and then as a full-time Dental Hygienist, bringing a wide array of experience with her. She is also graduate of UMDNJ’s Hygiene Program, receiving her Degree in Applied Science and a Certification in Local Anesthesia in 2013.
Lily’s strong passion for dentistry, drives her to constantly keep learning the latest in dental hygiene and prevention. She loves developing relationships with our patients, and helping them improve their dental health. She prides herself on being gentle, but thorough in her work. She’s nick-named the “baby-whisperer” at our office because her ability to make children (of all ages) feel comfortable with her and truly enjoy coming here to get their teeth cleaned.
Lily is married and a busy mom of two adorable girls, Melanie and Maya. She enjoys playtime with her family, going to the movies with her husband, and traveling.
Monika was born and raised in Poland. At the age of 22, she left all of her family and friends there to further her education in the United States. Once settled here, she learned English and then continued her studies until she achieved her goal of completing the Dental Hygiene Program at Bergen Community College.
What Monika loves most about her career is that she gets to educate and motivate her patients to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. In addition to providing this valuable dental care, she also enjoys establishing long-term relationships with her patients. She truly understands the anxiety of going to the dentist, so she enjoys making her patients feel comfortable during all procedures. Getting to know patients and building a genuine bond with them makes it so much easier for them to return again and again for consistent dental cleanings and check-ups.
In her free time, Monika enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children, Maya and Mason, who certainly keep her happy and busy outside of work hours. Her family loves nature so they spend lots of time hiking and doing other outdoor activities.
Stephanie – Assistant Office Manager/Scheduling Coordinator
Steph’s warm smile is one of the first things patients are greeted with, upon entering our office! Her friendly, knowledgable, and professional demeanor provides a warm and welcoming environment for both patients and staff.
Steph is very knowledgeable when dealing with insurance plans, and will work with our patients to coordinate their care while maximizing their benefits. Besides scheduling appointments that are convenient for our patients, Steph is dedicated to helping our patients understand their financial options and finding the best plan for their treatment.
Steph recently graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in biological sciences. She has completed two internships at Farag Dentistry and has been part our team since she was in high school, serving in multiple roles as a chair-side assistant, scheduling coordinator, and assistant office manager. Steph is extremely passionate about dentistry and is diligently preparing to apply to dental school, to fulfill her aspiration of becoming a pediatric dentist.
Lisa – Dental Assistant
Our Brooklyn native, Lisa has been a resident in Hoboken for over 12 years. She’s been working as a Dental Assistant at Farag Dentistry since we opened in 2005 (the longest of the staff). She is devoted to the comfort and well-being of our patients and has grown along with our practice, stealing the hearts of all that enter our door.
Lisa graduated from John Jay High School in Brooklyn and has also attended Hudson Community College.
Lisa is a proud mother of 3, daughter Amanda, son Jordan, and a playful, energetic fur-baby Leo!
Aracelis – Dental Assistant
“Aris” is the newest member of the team. Joining Farag Dentistry in 2015, Aris brings with her over 25 years experience in dentistry. She was drawn to the medical field at an early age. Upon graduating from high school, she enrolled in Empire Technical School. There she obtained her Certified Dental Assisting and X-ray licenses. She then studied further and advanced to receive her Registered Dental Assisting license.
Aris takes pride in making our patients feel relaxed and comfortable so that they always have a positive dental experience. On a daily basis, you can see her passion for educating the patients and listening to their needs. The most rewarding part of her day is the sense of trust the patient displays while she’s assisting during their dental treatment.
Aris has 2 wonderful sons and has been blessed with 5 grandchildren whom she spoils proudly. She loves to spend her free time with them.