As a native Staten Islander, “Dr. Joe” Merola graduated from the College of Staten Island in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology. He then attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, graduating with a D.M.D. degree in 2014. Dr. Joe continued his education, completing a residency and chief residency in General Dentistry at Staten Island University Hospital. He remained at Staten Island University Hospital to complete his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry, and was nominated to be Chief Resident in his final year. After residency he remained on staff and now teaches as a part time attending teaching future pediatric dentists.
With deep embedded roots in Staten Island and a passion for dentistry, he became a member of the Richmond Country during residency, where he continues to serve as Vice President.
During his time at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Joe became involved with Healing the Children, a non-profit organization, traveling to underserved regions, such as Colombia, Guatemala and Africa, to provide both necessary and advanced medical and dental treatment to adults and children.
You may see Dr. Joe in various parks throughout the island with his best friend and dog Leo. (So be sure to say hi!) Otherwise, in his off time he enjoys going to the gym, cooking, trying new cuisines, traveling and quality time with his family.
Dr. Joe and his staff look forward to meeting you at Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry! We strive to provide not only a comfortable experience for your children, but one that is FUN and memorable!!