Meet The Team

Meet The Team


Dr. Natasha Mathias DMD

Sparkles Dentistry for Children is the brainchild of Dr. Natasha Mathias and is based on the concept of being a Dental Home. A place that feels safe and fun and most importantly pain free. She goes above and beyond to make the experience one that is positive. She is known around town as “Dr. Sparkles”. Dr. Natasha Mathias received a DMD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from the New Jersey Dental School, UMDNJ. Dr. Mathias received extensive training in hospital dentistry, anesthesia, sedation, child growth and development, orthodontics, and treatment of children with special needs. She is a strong believer in prevention and makes every effort to educate parents and children on proper diet, oral hygiene and maintenance. She believes in nurturing children into great patients as adults and every child leaves her chair with a smile. She is widely traveled and takes much interest in activities in the Montclair community. She is involved in the health and wellness initiative, as well as Montclair Board of Education in various public outreach efforts. She mentors young adults who express interest in pursuing careers in healthcare, especially dentistry and other fields in healthcare.



 Dr. Ceelee Kulkarni DMD

Dr. Kulkarni joins us from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed training in hospital-based dentistry at Harvard University’s affiliated Brigham and Women’s hospital. Because of her interest in the care of medically complex patients she did a fellowship in Dental Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It is here that she found her passion for working with young pediatric and adolescent patients which led her to take up a pediatric dentistry residency at Montefiore Medical Center New York City. She moved back to become the Director of Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she was responsible for creating and implementing the Pediatric Dentistry curriculum for all dental students. She was also responsible for teaching residents at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a clinical and classroom setting and received awards for excellence in teaching in 2012 and 2013. Following her four years as faculty, she moved to New York to be closer to her fiancée and is excited to be at Sparkles Dentistry! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, singing, and playing the piano


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Dr. Melissa Grieder DMD

Dr. Grieder is our much sought after orthodontist. She received her DMD and her Masters in orthodontics at Rutgers School of Dentistry. She aims to get every child to their highest aesthetic and functional potential keeping them in braces for the shortest time possible. In addition to our office she has her own orthodontic practice she is a busy mother of two boys. Her artistry with Silly Bands has earned her a big fan following online.

 Dr. Devina Shah

Dr. Devina Shah was born and raised in New Jersey and received her DMD at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She continued her advanced academic endeavors at Tufts, where she also earned a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. She practiced in Boston for two years prior to moving back home to New Jersey and joined Sparkles after a two year stint in West Orange.

 She regularly participates in volunteer outreach programs in underserved populations.    Dr. Shah is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.



Dr. Gordon Barnes DDS MD

Our anesthesiologist is a Diplomate in the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and has been practicing office based anesthesia for the past 14 years in the New York metro area. He is a graduate of The New York University College of Dentistry and the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine. He completed his dental residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and his anesthesia residency at Brookdale Medical Center, also in Brooklyn, New York. He works with several practices in the area.

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Maureen Harper MA CCC-SLP

Maureen is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist who is licensed in the states of New Jersey, New York and Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Her practice is based on helping each individual achieve his/her functional communication potential, resulting in greater independence. Individual therapy programs are developed for each client based on the current research findings and evidence based practices.

Ashley Rich RDA RDH

Ashley is our Girl Friday at Sparkles! She joined us as a registered dental assistant and more recently a dental hygienist. When Ashley is not maintaining the kids oral hygiene needs she serves as Office Manager attending to managing the schedule, billing and bargaining with insurance companies to get patients their reimbursements. She does all this with a Smile and utmost patience. In her spare time Ashley is planning her upcoming wedding and discovering the planet one meal at a time.

Jazel Uribe

Jazel Uribe was raised Belleville New Jersey and has a background in retail and food craft. She was trained at Fortis Institute and joined pediatric dentistry after her externship working with children. She hopes her interactions with the children makes the experience pleasantly memorable. Like the rest of team she’s an avid foodie and master Pretzel-Maker!

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Lea Futcher RDA & Shaun Ross RDA

Lea and Shaun serve as our orthodontic assistants and help Dr. Grieder with the different orthodontic procedures on Wednesdays. this includes taking orthodontic records, fitting bands and taking impressions. They both do these tasks with aplomb and are very skilled in managing children and teenagers.