Gruber Dental
Dentist in Parsippany, NJ, and surrounded areas

Meet the Team at Michael Gruber DMD

Welcome to the Parsippany, NJ dental office of Dr. Michael Gruber and his associates Dr. Michela Russo, Dr. Marc Novak, Dr. Alexa Gruber, Dr. Ed Rockford, and Dr. Anthony Chin. Dr. Gruber has been serving Parsippany families—many for generations—for the past 30 years, as well as the surrounding communities of Mountain Lakes, Morristown, Denville, Lake Hiawatha, and Morris Plains. 

Our team is committed to providing patients with top-of-the-line dental care in a warm, welcoming environment. We have incorporated the best in technology to help ensure the best possible patient experience as well as successful, long-lasting treatments. 

As your healthcare partner, we believe that one of the most important aspects of providing dental care is listening to our patients and educating them on how to take good care of their oral health. Our foundation is built on preventive dentistry, providing patients with general, restorative, and cosmetic treatments when needed. Our goal is to give patients an anxiety-free experience while they are here—and send them home with healthy, beautiful smiles.

We hope you’ll peruse our website to read about the dental treatments we offer. Our patient-friendly dental office is open evenings and weekends to make it easier for families to fit in the dental care they need. We look forward to treating you and your entire family for a lifetime.

Please read below to get to know the members of our team before you come in. We can’t wait to meet you!

Michael Gruber, DMD, FAGD, FACD


Dr. Michael Gruber was a 1979 Omicron Kappa Upsilon graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry and completed a prestigious General Practice Residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in 1980. After four years of active dental practice, Dr. Gruber established the practice for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in 1984. He received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1986, and in 1988, completed comprehensive prosthetic training in Osseointegrated Implants. In 2014, Dr. Gruber was nominated by his peers and accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (ACD), the oldest major honorary dentistry organization comprised of only 3.5 percent of practicing dentists in the United States. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and contributions to dentistry and society. Dr. Gruber has also been chosen by his peers as a "Top General Dentist" in N.J. Monthly magazine for the past 10 consecutive years, NJ Top Docs/Dentists for the past 8 years as well as a Top Dentist by the National Consumers Research Council and USA Top Dentists.

Dr. Gruber is a member of the TriCounty Dental Society, the New Jersey Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Gruber has been an attending at Morristown Medical Center since 1980, where he teaches cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry, and in 2017 was honored as the "Attending of the Year". He also is the Founder and Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Newark Children's Dental Center, which provides through volunteer dentists and auxiliaries, free dentistry to all of the children of the club ages 5-18.

Alexa Gruber, DDS


Dr. Alexa Gruber graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2016.   Prior to her dental education, she attended the University of Richmond, and graduated in 2012 with cum ladue honors.  While at VCU, she completed a selective course in Advanced Prosthodontics, a mentorship in Oral Medicine and received awards from the Academy of Oral medicine and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. 

She continued her education in a one-year general practice residency at Morristown Medical Center, where she received advanced training in treatment of complex dental cases, oral surgical procedures, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, digital dentistry, dental implants and esthetic procedures.  She also had extensive training in treatment and management of patients with dental trauma in an emergency setting.  She is now an attending staff member at Morristown Medical Center. 

Dr. Alexa Gruber is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Tri-county dental society, New Jersey Dental Association, The Academy of General dentistry and the American Dental Association. She is involved as a volunteer with Missions of Mercy and the Boys and Girls Club of Newark.  She plans to continue to give back to her community through these organizations and hopes to be involved with their growth in the future.

As a member of the Gruber Dental practice since 2017, Dr. Gruber loves being able to make a tangible difference in someone’s life – whether it’s getting someone out of pain or enhancing their smile.  When she is not at the office looking after patients, Dr. Gruber enjoys the outdoors. Hiking, sailing, traveling, and exercise are among her favorite activities. She also loves spending time with her family – particularly her husband, Doug and, their dog, Tex.

Marc J. Novak, DMD


Dr. Marc Novak was raised in northern 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 pier 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 senior externship in advanced Endodontics as well as receiving awards from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

He relocated to New Jersey to complete the rigorous and highly regarded residency program at Morristown Medical Center. His experience at the #1 hospital in New Jersey allowed him to expand his dental training by completing advanced oral surgery procedures, dental implants, pediatric dentistry, and comprehensive full-mouth rehabilitation cases. Dr. Novak remains on the Morristown Medical Center staff as an attending physician where he completes operating room sedation dentistry for patients with special needs.

With the constantly evolving field of dentistry, Dr. Novak’s focus is on education, innovation and advancing his skill development to provide the highest quality dental care to his patients. He has furthered his training in the field of dental implants by studying under the renowned Dr. Dennis Tarnow and the Columbia University Dental Implant Continuum. He is a dedicated member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, New Jersey Dental Association and Tri-County Dental Society. His treatment philosophy is that every patient should receive a comprehensive dental examination and treatment in all levels of oral healthcare. 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 Gruber Dental and strives to ingratiate himself as an active member of the community.

Edward Rockford, DMD


We are proud to introduce Dr. Edward R. Rockford to our practice. Dr. Rockford was a classmate of Dr. Michael Gruber at Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry and a close colleague of Dr. Gruber’s for the past 35 years. Dr. Rockford was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. He attended Passaic Valley High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. He continued at Fairleigh Dickinson University of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry.  

Dr. Rockford practices all phases of general dentistry, specializing in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He utilizes “all-ceramic” and metal-free restorations, natural lifelike veneers, and is certified in Invisalign orthodontics at the Silver Level. He is conservative in his approach to dental care, practicing preventative dentistry, and striving to maintain close personal relationships with his patients. Dr. Rockford embraces the latest technologies offered and is constantly revising his practice in dentistry through involvement in continuing education.  

Dr. Rockford attended the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies FL, The Institute for Advanced Dental Studies MA, Morris Seminars (a NJ County Chapter of the Seattle Study Group) and has long been a member of the Academy of Comprehensive Dental Studies NJ. He has been a NJ Top Dentist in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

 He has been a member of the:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

He has also attended and studied within the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Dr. Rockford and his wife Kate (also his dental assistant), reside in Boonton Township. In their spare time, Dr. Rockford and Kate enjoy traveling, skiing, island vacations, sailing, tennis, and spending quality time with family and close friends. They enjoy making wine, cooking, and are dedicated “foodies.”

Michela Russo, DDS


Dr. Russo attended the NYU School of Dentistry and had been with Gruber Dental since 2006. She loves working with people and helping them feel proud of the health and beauty of their smiles. She also and completed a general practice dentistry residency program at Englewood Hospital in 1997.

Dr. Russo has enjoyed working in dentistry since she was 16 when she started as a dental assistant. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, New Jersey Dental Association, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Russo strives to remain knowledgeable with all the latest techniques of modern dentistry. 

When she’s not at the dental office, you will find Dr. Russo enjoying precious family time.

Josephine Adornetto

RDH, Dental Hygienist

Josephine joined our team in 2001 after completing her education at both the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and Montclair State. She is a Lincoln Park native.

Dentistry gives Josephine the opportunity to make people happy, and she loves seeing their smiles.

When she’s away from the dental office, you can find Josephine staying fit by working out, spending time with her family, and living her best life! Josephine is also a permanent makeup artist.

Alicja Ciastoch

RDH, Dental Hygienist

Alicja is a Teaneck, NJ native, and attended Kean University for her Bachelor of Arts Degree and attended Bergen County Community College for her Dental Hygiene Degree. She joined our practice in 2010.

Alicja loves being able to provide oral hygiene health and education to her patients. She loves seeing positive results when patients understand their oral health. Helping patients live healthier lives is truly rewarding. 

When she is away from the office, you will often find Alicja doing yoga, skiing, and working out at the gym. Mostly she enjoys spending time with her family – her loving husband, energetic young daughter, and newborn son.



RDH, Dental Hygienist

Cassandra is a Parsippany native and has worked at Gruber Dental since 2018, but she is a long-time patient of Dr. Gruber’s! A graduate of the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. 

She loves our service dog, Chewy, who comforts patients at the office. She also appreciates how everyone works together as a team to educate our patients and provide the very best, individualized dentistry.

In her spare time, Cassandra likes to travel, go skiing, and spend time with her family.

Cynthia Dodgson

RDA, Dental Assistant

Cynthia is one of our long-time team members, being a part of Gruber Dental since 1990. She is a Toms River, NJ native, and attended the County College of Morris for her dental assisting certificate.

Dentistry affords us the opportunity to improve people’s smiles, and that is Cynthia’s favorite part about being a dental assistant.

Cynthia loves to spend time with her children and husband at the beach.

Stacey Langereis

RDH, Dental Hygienist

Stacey joined our team in 2008 and is an East Hanover native. She attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for her dental hygiene degree.

Our patients keep Stacey motivated. She loves working with the families we take care of.

When she’s not looking after patients, you will find Stacey going to the gym, playing sports with her kids, and cooking her favorite meals.

Kristina V Mikheyeva

RDA, Dental Assistant

Kristina started life in Russia until she was 12 years old, and now, she calls Parsippany, NJ home. She attended Morris County College and the Institute for Health Education to earn her RDA, CDA, radiography certification, and CPR training. As a lifelong learner, Kristina now attends Eastern International College and will earn her dental hygiene degree in 2020.

Kristina has been with Gruber Dental since 2012 and loves helping patients understand their oral health needs. She also enjoys the transformations our patients experience with cosmetic dentistry.

As an attentive mom, Kristina spends every spare moment with her daughter, Maya.

Kimberly Powelson

RDA, Dental Assistant

Kimberly, a Mt. Arlington native, learned her assisting skills on the job and also attended the County College of Morris to achieve her assisting certificate. She then went on to get her RDA license at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for her RDA license.

She loves the interaction she has with people each day and being able to use her professional skills to improve people’s lives.

Kimberly loves cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.


RDA, Dental Assistant

One of our newest team members, Nicole joined the Gruber Dental team in 2019. She is a Morris County, NJ native and attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for her dental assisting degree and certification in nitrous oxide administration.

Nicole loves our Gruber Dental team and how clean and professional the office is. She also loves using all of our technology, which is the latest that dentistry has to offer.

When she’s having fun, you will often find Nicole spending time with her husband and three kids. She stays busy watching and coaching her kids’ sports teams, and plays softball in the summer. Nicole also enjoys cooking and baking.

Kate Rockford

Dental Assistant

Kate’s hometown is Pompton Lakes, NJ, and she joined our practice in 2019. She earned her dental assistant certification from Montclair State.

As a people person, Kate loves taking care of our patients.

When she’s away from the dental office, Kate loves entertaining for friends, concerts (especially Jimmy Buffett!), skiing, and traveling.

Isabel N. Silva-Netto

Patient Care and Financial Coordinator

Born in New Jersey and the Philippines, Isabel achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Major in Journalism and Minor in Broadcast Communication) from the University of the Philippines in 2008. She is also a former English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher to Korean and Japanese students. 

Isabel joined the Gruber Dental team in 2018. She loves the simple joy of being able to assist patients with their needs, whether it’s scheduling an appointment, explaining treatment, or answering questions about insurance coverage. She just loves helping people in any way she can, which is satisfying and heartwarming to her.

Isabel enjoys time with her husband traveling to destinations all over the world and checking items off her bucket list. She also volunteers in the children’s ministry at her church as a Sunday school teacher and leads the children’s youth group.

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The entire staff is very professional and friendly. They take their time and ensure you are receiving optimal care! I highly recommend them!

- Lori B. 

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