Welcoming New Endodontists to the Trident Endo Family

November 1, 2023

Does it feel like every time you check social media, you see a new “Our Family is Growing!” post? Not to be outdone by new parents-to-be, Trident Endo is thrilled to welcome THREE new endodontists to the Trident Endo Family, all coming with a unique set of skills, backgrounds, and passions that make them all exciting additions to the Trident team!

First up: Meet Dr. Jaclyn Cruz of Endodontic Specialists!

Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, NY, Dr. Cruz received her dual Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Biology and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. 

Dr. Cruz then matriculated to the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA where she received her D.M.D. degree graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Cruz then pursued a two-year post-doctoral residency training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, where she was awarded a Speciality Certificate in Endodontics.

After completing her specialty training in endodontics, Dr. Cruz moved back to Pennsylvania, where she currently lives with her husband who is also a fellow dentist. Dr. Cruz is extremely passionate about endodontics and enjoys saving teeth while relieving those in pain. She is known for her gentle and calm bedside manner, and her goal is to always make her procedures as relaxing and comfortable as possible for all of her patients.

As she explains, “I love helping patients get out of pain and make it as comfortable of an experience as possible.”

Dr. Cruz’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Endodontics (AAE), the Massachusetts Association of Endodontists (MAE), and the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Cruz is also eligible for her Endodontic Board Certification and is working to become Board Certified.

When Dr. Cruz is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends in New York and Philadelphia, spending time outdoors, cooking, traveling, and going to 76ers games with her husband.

Next up: Welcome Dr. Claudia Garces to the Total Endo team!

Joining our Total Endo South Orange team, Claudia Garces, DMD, brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise, along with a demonstrated service record and philanthropic spirit. 

A 2020 graduate of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Garces served as Treasurer for the Hispanic Student Association of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Prior to studying at Rutgers, Dr. Garces earned her Bachelor of Science Summa Cum Laude from Fayetteville State University

A veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Garces served as an automated logistical specialist and helped provide humanitarian assistance as part of Operation Unified Response, following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. 

As a volunteer with the United States Red Cross at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Dr. Garces assisted with a variety of dental procedures and actively recruited volunteers.

Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Garces recently co-authored the study “Incidence of second mesial buccal canal in maxillary first molars in a residency program. A comparison between the beginning and the end of residency,” published in the American Association of Endodontics Abstract Submission. 

Finally; Meet Dr. Abasin Safi, joining Painless Root Canal Specialists!

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Safi completed dental school at Illinois’ Midwestern University.  While in dental school, Dr. Safi met his wife and decided to stay in the Chicagoland area, practicing as a general dentist for six years prior to starting his Endodontic Residency at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Every appointment is handled with care. Dr. Safi’s patients’ oral health is his first priority. 

A member of the American Association of Endodontists and the American Dental Association, Dr. Safi tells us: “I love subverting my patient’s expectations and leaving them with a positive experience.”

Born in Afghanistan, Dr. Safi lived in Europe before moving to the United States. As someone so well-traveled, it’s no wonder that Dr. Safi would choose teleportation and the ability to instantly travel anywhere as his superpower. 

Until then, Dr. Safi might be found exploring the coffee shops and restaurant scene with his wife, golfing, and traveling out of state or abroad with his family, despite his inability to teleport.  

Dr. Safi lives by the adage, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

We are thrilled to welcome these three fantastic endodontists to the Trident Endo Team! Please contact our office directly with any inquiries, or to request an appointment with any of our talented team members.