Meet The Team


Practice Leader

Lara has been with Clifton Dental Associates since 2005. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also completed dental assisting school in her native California. Lara strives to make sure our office provides each patient with the individualized care and concern we would give to a family member.

Lara enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.


Front Office

Jennifer has been working in the dental industry for about 18 years. What inspired her to continue with dentistry was having the opportunity of seeing a person smile again with confidence. She recently joined the Clifton dental associates team in July of 2020. Jenn is professional and passionate about her job, especially with her coworkers and patients.

On her time off, she dedicates her time to her husband, three kids, and dog. She loves to travel and explore new places with her family or friends.


Front Office

Karen has been with Clifton Dental Associates since 2004. She graduated from the University of Texas with an associate’s degree in business. Her experience in the financial and insurance arenas help our patients understand and afford the treatment they need and want.

Karen enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


Front Office

Lorraine is a native of Clifton and has been with the front office of Clifton Dental Associates for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Pope Pius XII high school in Passaic, and a graduate of Sawyer Business School in Clifton. Her favorite part of working for Dr. Kayne and Dr. Tuckman is to see the satisfaction that patients get from the professionalism and expertise that both doctors share with all patients.

Lorraine loves spending time with friends, family, and co-workers.


Dental Hygienist

Linda has spent the past 25 years—almost her entire career—at Clifton Dental Associates, caring for the health and well-being of her wonderful patients by providing gentle hygiene care. She knows that the team sincerely cares about providing the level of treatment to make smiles beautiful and healthy. She loves her job for many reasons, but especially because she gets to meet and interact with so many people every day. She believes life is all about who you meet along the way and what you learn from it!

When Linda is not working, her husband, Bob, and her love to explore different destinations, and eat and drink their way to new experiences in different cities and countries. She also loves volunteering with cancer walks, blood donations, environmental cleanups, and helping out her local community.


Dental Hygienist

Mindy graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from NYU College of Dentistry. Her mission is to make her patients feel comfortable, and to help them achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. Her passion for oral health has enabled her to provide the utmost quality care for all of her patients. Mindy is proud to contribute towards the warm and professional environment that patients experience at Clifton Dental Associates.

In Mindy’s free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with her loving husband, Nathaniel, and with her two boys, Aaron and Ezra.


Dental Hygienist

Valeria has been a dental hygienist since 2015. She received her dental hygiene degree from New York University College of Dentistry and her bachelor’s in biology from California State University Los Angeles. Valeria is very passionate about patient care and dental hygiene. She ensures the best care and personalized recommendations for each patient. Valeria performs dental prophylaxis, oral cancer screenings, and periodontal treatments.

Dihann (Cookie)

Dental Assistant

Cookie has been working as a registered dental assistant for more than 20 years. She has worked alongside Dr. Kayne for the past 17 years. She enjoys seeing all the new technology that has emerged in the field of dentistry.

She loves spending time with her husband and two boys by going camping, attending Mets games, and spending time at the beach.


Dental Assistant

Marcie has been working as a dental assistant at Clifton Dental Associates for more than 20 years. She works chairside with our in-office specialists as well as with both doctors Kayne and Tuckman.

Marcie loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves the New York Jets!!!


Dental Assistant

Zelda has been a dental assistant for roughly 25 years. She has worked chairside with Dr. Tuckman for at least 20 years. She holds a license as a registered dental assistant and is CPR certified.

Zelda enjoys spending time with her three grandsons, boating, traveling, and the beach.

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