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Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As your dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options to our patients. As your doctors, we recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why we value each and every patient relationship.

Robert Scalera, Scotch Plains NJ Dentist - Dentalcare Associates



1932 - 2010


Dr. Robert V. Scalera graduated from Barringer High School in Newark NJ and attended Rutger’s University earning a Bachelor of Science degree.  After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University, he opened his solo practice of dentistry in 1959. 


Dr. Scalera served as the Dental Inspector of the Scotch Plains–Fanwood School System for 19 years during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Active in the community, Dr. Scalera was a 45 year member of the local Rotary Club and served as President in 1969.  He was honored by Rotary International for his dedication receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. 

Dr. Scalera retired in 2008 having the pleasure of serving three generations of families for nearly 50 years.

Robert Scalera JR, Scotch Plains NJ Dentist - Dentalcare Associates




Dr. Robert V. Scalera, Jr. attended School One and Park Jr. High School in Scotch Plains, graduating from Watchung Hills Regional High School.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Upon graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Scalera, Jr. joined his father in 1983. 


Dr. Scalera Jr. is a member of the Central Dental Society, New Jersey Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He is a former clinical instructor at Union County College’s Allied Dental Health Program.


He has been active in the emergency services since 1974 and has served in a variety of leadership roles including Fire Chief, EMS Captain, and a Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management in Watchung NJ. He continues to volunteer as a Lieutenant for the Ocean Beach Fire Company.


Dr. Scalera Jr. provides all phases of general dentistry since 1983 and serves as Director of Dentalcare Associates starting in 1990.

Lara Merker, Periodontist in Scotch Plains NJ - Dentalcare Associates






Dr. Lara Merker is a graduate of Penn State University and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School.


Following dental school, she completed her specialty training at the New York University’s College of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Merker became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.


Dr. Merker is a member of the New Jersey Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, Northeastern Society of Periodontists, and the American Academy of Periodontology.


Dr. Merker has been the periodontal and implant specialist for Dentalcare Associates since 2008.


Dr. Maureen Maximos is a 2018 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry,where she was on the Dean’s List and a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. While at VCU, Dr. Maximos was President of the General Dentistry Club, member of the Class Executive Board, and Orientation Chairperson. She also served as Vice-President and Historian of the SAME Multicultural Club.

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Rutgers, the State University, Dr. Maximos also had a Minor in Chemistry and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014. There she was also a member of the Dean’s List, recipient of a Honor’s Scholarship and Honors College Member with Distinction.

Dr. Maximos is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. She is Invisalign trained and BLS/CPR certified.

Dr. Maximos is proficient in the diagnoses and treatment planning of complex, multidisciplinary cases and comfortable treating both medically compromised and emergency patients following her residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

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