Dr. Needa Waseem enjoys how being a family dentist in Hackettstown helps her not only transform a patient’s smile from the outside but also how they feel about themselves inside. Whether she is helping rid your pain or enhancing your healthy smile, Dr. Waseem believes that making you comfortable is the most important aspect in providing the best dental care. She takes pride in her gentle approach and is committed to taking the time to get to know you while also listening to your concerns and learning about your past dental experiences.
Always interested in dentistry, it was while shadowing and interning at local dental practices that Dr. Waseem knew that a career as a dentist was a perfect way to combine her love of art and science. She was accepted to dental school early at the age of 20 after completing her 3rd year as a biology major at St. John’s University. She completed her dental training at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and a general practice residency program at the competitive North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
In The Community
Dr. Waseem enjoys helping those in need. She regularly volunteers in soup kitchens and clothing drives for the underprivileged in developing countries. Closer to home, she has participated in outreach efforts in underserved rural towns in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee in coordination with Missions of Mercy & Remote Area of Medical Volunteer Corps.
Dr. Waseem grew up in NYC and settled into NJ after she was married. She enjoys reading, cooking healthy meals, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Gilbert Tapia was born and raised in Dover, NJ. He went to Dover High School, which he graduated from in 2006. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science. He went to UMDNJ – GSBS and graduated with a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a concentration in pharmacology in 2012. He completed dental school at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2017 and completed his residency from Morristown Medical Center in 2018.
Dr. Tapia became a dentist because he has always enjoyed creating, drawing, and using his hands.