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Meet Our Brick Dental Team

Dr. Ruiz is pleased to introduce his friendly and highly trained staff who are intergral to achieving top quality patient outcomes.  At Drum Point Family & Implant Dentistry we strive for excellence  and we believe that our patients should be treated with respect and care while making your treatment comfortable, painless, and successful.  Dr Ruiz, Dr. Zaidi, & Dr. Kareta and team are here to help you create a beautiful smile and a confident new you.


Office Manager

Lori brings 25 plus years of dental experience to our practice.  She joined our practice is October 2020.  Her priority is to ensure the best possible experience for our patients and is passionate about making sure everyone receives quality care.  She and her husband live in Brick they have 3 children and a dog and are avid Yankee & Dolphins fans.  Lori enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and on their boat.

Laurie (Layla)

Appointment Coordinator

Laya has 30 years experience  in patient care.  She started as a dental assistant and transitioned to the front desk while working for Dr. Manzon in Beachwood.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and in her spare time enjoys the beach, all kinds of racing, and volunteering at the dog rescue.



Milka is a certified dental assistant with an expanded duties certification.  She joined our team in September 2018.  Milka loves working in a high quality practice where patient care is her top priority.  She is especially passionate about dental implant surgery procedures.  In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and outdoor sports and spending time with her family & friends.


Dental Hygienist

After graduating with her degree in applied science from the University of Dentistry of New Jersey, Heather came right to our practice. She’s been with us for sixteen years and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. Continuing education is a top priority, and she loves keeping up to date with all the latest technological advancements in dentistry. The office, she says, is one of a kind, and the relationships we build surpass that of the normal dental practice. Helping patients feel good about their appearance and their health is tremendously fulfilling for Heather, and she takes great pride in the excellent results she helps the dentists provide.


Dental Hygienist

Lauren first graduated from Susquehanna University with her bachelor’s of science in biology to then attend Middlesex County College where she obtained her degree of associates in applied science in dental hygiene. Shortly after graduating from MCC, Lauren joined our practice in January 2020 as a dental hygienist. Lauren appreciates making all her patients feel comfortable during their cleaning appointments through her personable and enthusiastic personality and genuine passion to help others. She enjoys taking time to get to know each and every one of her patients and loves to build great patient rapport. Lauren is passionate about patient education and strongly believes an individual’s motivation is a key aspect to overall ideal oral health. She is dedicated to work with her patients to determine what habits are desirable for them and best fit into their lifestyles, and takes great pride in making a positive difference in her patient's lives.


Dental Assistant

Christine has been a dental assistant since 2010.  You will find she is compassionate, able to put her patients at ease and ensures a positive dental experience. She loves spending time with family, friends, and animals