Welcome to our family! With award-winning doctors and hardworking staff, we prioritize your overall health, using the latest technology to decrease pain and discomfort and provide you the most customized, efficient, and comfortable care that saves you time and convenience. Our caring team is happiest when you are happiest!
Quality Care, Quality Technology, Quality Time
Meet Our Doctors!
Dr. Hua Zhu
Dr. Hua Zhu was the 1st student in history at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA for her first 2 years of studies. She was recognized by winning the Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, the highest honor for a dental student bestowed by Omicron Kappa Upsilon the National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Zhu became a clinical assistant professor immediately after her graduation in 2004, the 1st time in history the professorship was offered to a new graduate.
Dr. Zhu was selected for the “Nationally Ranked top 10 Dental Award" from National Academy for Dental Professionals in 2014, as well as:
American College of Prosthodontists Award
Northeastern Society of Periodontics, Inc. Award
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award
Academy of Dental Materials Award
Frank Frates Outstanding Clinician Award
Graduate Merit Award from Executive Women of New Jersey
America’s Top Dentists from Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2009
Dr. Zhu is known for her “magic hands” and gentle touch to relax even the most fearful patients. She prioritizes a patient's smile and well-being above all else. Read more about her Mission Statement. In her free time, she enjoys practicing taichi, running with friends, playing the guzheng (Chinese harp), and she is currently training for a Triathalon!
Dr. Lauren Simms
Dr. Lauren Simms was born and raised in Hunterdon County. After attending Loyola University in Maryland she returned to NJ to attend Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry). There, she graduated at the top of her class and was inducted as a member of OKU, the national dental honors society. Dr. Simms has been in private practice in NJ since 2010 and is thrilled to return to work in Hunterdon County. She is proficient in all phases of general dentistry and especially enjoys working with young children to ensure positive dental visits from an early age. When not practicing Dentistry, Dr. Simms enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and husband Dave and their two rescue dogs Snowball and Porkchop.
Dr. Hardip Chera
Dr. Hardip Chera is a caring physician with a passion for the field of dentistry dating back to his childhood. From the age of 10 years old, he knew that he wanted to be a dentist to help others smile, just as the dental professionals in his life helped him to smile after he got his braces. He attended Rutgers University for his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry, and later attended the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine for his DMD degree. Dr. Chera graduated in the top 10% of his class clinically with a clinical GPA of 3.969 and was a student of Dr. Zhu’s at the dental school. He follows his personal principles in the dental office: to treat patients like family, to always take the patient’s best interest into account first, and to give each patient the time, attention, and care they need. He prefers quality of work over quantity of work; a philosophy that fits the culture established at Hunterdon Family Dental Care perfectly. Dr. Chera provides exceptional care to his patients and is constantly expanding his repertoire of skills and procedures through continuing education courses and under the mentorship and tutelage of Dr. Zhu.
Meet Our Staff!
At Hunterdon Family Dental Care, we are a dedicated, professional team, but we're also great friends! Whether it’s going to New York City, bowling, attending shows, or going on vacation together, we always keep our motto "We Keep You Smiling!"