Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Matthew Edwards
Dr. Matthew Edwards grew up in Maryland and has since lived in Massachusetts and now Brooklyn NY. He did his undergrad at the University of Maryland, College Park, then completed his Masters in Biomedical Research, after working as a scientist and university educator he returned to NYU to become a dentist.
Dr. Edwards was an honor student and practiced full mouth rehabilitations at the Odyssey House in NY. In addition, he served in an outreach program for Napalese immigrants and coordinated with their community leaders to connect them with dental services. He now resides with his wife and 2 year old son and when he isn’t practicing he likes to do yoga, cook and hike. He loves dentistry because it allows him to work with people in a positive and meaningful way that he is proud of.
Dr. Amanda Hochstein
Dr. Amanda Hochstein earned her D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She completed her specialty training in Periodontics at New York University College of Dentistry, where she was able to train under some of the most prestigious members of her field. She earned her board certification in Periodontics, and has lectured at local and national dental conferences on a wide variety of periodontal topics. She has extensive experience in all aspects of periodontal treatment, from implants to bone regeneration, to gum grafting and laser therapy. She is also a member of the board of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists. Dr. Hochstein brings to our practice the latest and most effective periodontal and implant treatments available, and strives to provide treatment that is comfortable and predictable. She is a very caring and compassionate practitioner, who prides herself on the relationships she builds with her patients.
Dr. Hochstein resides in New Jersey with her husband Greg. When she is not taking care of patients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling. What she loves most about working at Dental Care Somerset is the opportunity to work alongside her father and continuing in the family tradition of exceptional patient care. Additionally, the office provides a warm and caring environment in which she can provide outstanding care for each patient she treats.”
Dr. Jaafar Ali
Was born and raised in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago. When he moved to the US he studied at Rutgers University, received his Masters from UMDNJ and his Doctorate in Dentistry at NYU where he received many awards in Aesthetic and Cosmetic dentistry. He continued on to complete his residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Ali currently lives in Westfield with his wife and 2 kids.
When he isn’t practicing he loves to travel, dine and garden. What he enjoys most about practicing dentistry is “meeting and learning about people and being an integral part of reestablishing and maintaining a patients’ oral health”.
Dr. Deep Desai
Was born in Mumbai, India and moved to New Jersey when he was 15 years old. He attended Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India and furthered his education at SUNY in Buffalo NY where he received recognition for his work in prosthodontics.
Dr. Desai currently resides in Raritan, NJ with his with Meghna and when he isn’t practicing dentistry he enjoys photography and participating in adventure sports. What he loves most about working for Dental Care is “giving his patients the care they need and making sure they walk out with a smile”!
Dr. Armen Akopian
Was born in Germany and grew up in Queens, NY. He received both his BA and then his Doctorate in Dentistry from New York University where he received numerous rewards and recognitions in the area of Cosmetic dentistry. Furthering his training Dr. Akopian completed a residency at Queens Hospital Center where he mastered his skills in root canals and received extensive training on replacing missing teeth.
“At the end of the day the most rewarding part of dentistry is a healthy and happy patient.” When Dr. Akopian isn’t practicing he enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures and trying out new foods.