A Personal Message from Dr. Ellen
I have been in practice for over 25 years, and am proud to say that I can imagine continuing for many more years to come. I feel lucky to really love what I do every day! I purchased this practice, which was established in the 1960s by Dr. Bramante, who enjoyed 40+ wonderful years in the practice of orthodontics. Although I made some cosmetic changes in our office in Wayne, I continue the legacy of practicing state-of-the-art orthodontics in both locations.
My husband and I married in 1993 after meeting in dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Springfield, PA, he now practices general dentistry in Livingston, NJ. After 5 years of marriage, we had a beautiful daughter named Lindsay, and 3 years later, handsome Andrew joined the family. Together with our mixed-breed dog, we live in Franklin Lakes and travel often to Maine.
MY OFFICE FAMILY
Members of my staff have enjoyed working in this practice for over 40 years, and others joined after I purchased the practice. They are an incredibly hard-working and dedicated group of people who have enriched my life as well as the lives of the individuals we have treated over the years. We have traveled to continuing education courses in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. We have enjoyed seeing Broadway shows together, and my staff spends lots of time together outside of the office.
MY PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY
My philosophy can be summed up in four words: “make the patients happy.” I focus on treating people, not just teeth. I recommend early treatment only if there is a big benefit to that individual patient – not because the rest of the soccer team has braces. Nor do I find something to do just because someone came to the office seeking an opinion.
My approach is conservative, selective, and extremely individualized. I prefer to treat all patients without the extraction of teeth (even baby teeth). I present cosmetic treatment options to adults that include fewer braces in the mouth and treatment plans that take a year or less. I like to see patients for their first visit at ages 7, 8, or 9. The permanent teeth start coming in at this age, the bones of the face and jaws are still growing, and the child is usually more cooperative. Many children seen at this age will NOT be ready for treatment and will continue to be observed at no charge until they are older.
I strive to provide quality treatment in a warm and inviting atmosphere where children and adults feel relaxed and receive the professional care and attention they deserve.
I hope that this personal note helps to give you some added information that is helpful when making choices regarding your orthodontic care!