About Our Doctors

Dr.Kaplan_25July2014.jpgAlan S. Kaplan, D.D.S.

Alan Kaplan, D.D.S., is the sole owner of Metuchen Dental Group, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He earned his degree in Dental Surgery at Georgetown University School for Dental Medicine prior to completing his general practice residency at JFK Hospital in Edison, NJ, in 1988. His specialty is general and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Kaplan is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Society. As part of Dr. Kaplan's continuing education, he completed a two-year post-graduate program in periodontal diagnosis and treatment at Albert Einstein University Hospital in New York. He also takes advanced education classes in various areas of dentistry at the Jersey Shore Medical Center.

In his spare time, Dr. Kaplan enjoys hiking, biking and skiing.

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Dr_Alex_Shalman_24mar14.jpgAlex Shalman, D.D.S.

Alex Shalman, D.D.S., an associate of Metuchen Dental Group, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Shalman went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry with Honors in Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Shalman is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (where he serves on the University Outreach Committee), American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

As a 5th generation dentist, Dr. Shalman has been passionate about dentistry since an early age. He is constantly attending continuing education workshops and seminars to advance in every facet of dentistry. He is particularly passionate about and inspired by designing smiles using porcelain veneers as well as Invisalign orthodontics.

Dr. Shalman recently led a group to raise $18,500 for the Give Back a Smile charitable group. As a newlywed, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, cooking meals for good friends, and traveling.

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Dr. GovitrikarGautam Govitrikar, D.M.D.

Gautam Govitrikar, D.M.D., an associate of Metuchen Dental Group, was born and raised in India. He completed his dental training there in 2003 and worked with his father, also a dentist, for several years. In 2007, he received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. The next year Dr. Govitrikar completed a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Since then, he has worked at a variety of dental practices in our area, increasing his experience in all phases of general and family dentistry.

Dr. Govitrikar’s belief that “attached to every tooth is a person” compliments his mission to educate his patients and relieve their anxiety surrounding dental treatment. The caring, welcoming, and respectful environment of Metuchen Dental Group blends well with his personal philosophy.

While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Govitrikar became involved with mentoring younger dentists and he continues today to be an active member of the New Jersey Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He regularly attends continuing education seminars and programs to keep up-to-date with the latest advanced techniques and technologies.

Dr. Govitrikar’s free time is spent enjoying outdoor sports and activities with his wife and young daughter. He is an enthusiastic fan of football, baseball, and cricket.

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