I always wanted to do something in a health profession. I thought what a better way to help people than to help them feel good and feel good about themselves? Growing up, my dentist was gentle and caring, and just a great artist, to be honest. I had always heard complaints about my friends saying that they hated their dentist or they didn't like the dentist. So, I took it as a challenge upon myself to go into this field and make it comfortable for others, as well as taking care of people in the chair, making them comfortable and helping them to feel good and smile and look beautiful.
For me, I think the most rewarding part of dentistry is having people smile and leave happy when they came in so nervous. I like to see that change in expression and change in reaction. They come in, they sit down. The first thing they'll tell me is, "I hate the dentist. I'm such a baby. I've been putting this off for so long." I love to see that change in expression when on their way out, they're like, "Wow that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," or, "Wow this is really easy," or, "If I had known it would have gone that easily, I would have came a long time ago." I like to see that. I like people to feel that dental health should not be something so scary and something that they should be putting off.
I went to undergraduate at NJT, New Jersey Institute of Technology. I went there for three years because I was in the seven-year accelerated program. After my first three years there, I went to UMDNJ, which is now Rutgers Dental Medicine. I was there for four years. I then did one year of general residency in Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. Now, I would say I'm continuing my education by taking courses and classes, reading dental articles that I get in the mail, I would say I'm pretty up-to-date with what's going on in each department. I mean, not just preventive medicine but also with treatment. Endodontics, there's always things changing in the root canal world. I would say I'm pretty up-to-date with the latest there. Same thing with implants and periodontics. I would say that hearing from all these speakers, you get a different flavor, per se, of how any doctor would treat their patient.
I think you get to pick and choose what would work for you the best and for your patients as well. So, you're not reinventing the wheel. You're using everybody else's wheels to treat your patient that best way. It's customized to each patient. You might be able to treat one patient one way and then treat another patient a different way for the same issue.
Dr. Susie Megalla graduated summa cum laude from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in biology. As part of the seven-year accelerated BA/DMD program, she received her DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University), graduating with high honors. She completed a residency program with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she worked with endodontists and attended many courses on the most recent root canal technology. Thanks to this advanced training, she is highly skilled in performing root canal procedures in our office.
With her skill in establishing rapport with patients of all ages, she is our go-to family dentist. She also worked under the direct supervision of the Oral Surgery Group and can perform tooth extractions in-office. In addition, she offers ClearCorrect to our patients.
Her professional affiliations include Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, and the Middlesex Dental Society.
Dr. Megalla resides in Middlesex County. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, fishing, tennis, and spending time with her family.