40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

CHRISTOPHER ARMENTO

  • Middleton, New Jersey
  • Red Barn Dental

Age:

37

Name of Practice:

Red Barn Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DMD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Why He Was Nominated

In addition to running Red Barn Dental with his wife, Dr. Lisa Indelicate, the practice is in fact in a converted 110-year-old red barn – Dr. Armento is assistant director of the dental residency program at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and volunteers with the charity program Give Kids a Smile.

Philosophy

“I’m trying to put myself out of business,” he says wryly. His main goal is prevention, through which he aims to teach patients good oral-health habits and how to take care of their teeth and existing restorations so they can preserve their smile and avoid unnecessary dental treatment.

Tools He Can't Live Without

His apex locator – and, he adds, “my partner, my wife.” The two have worked together since dental school; they collaborate constantly. “I love how she inspires our younger patients to care for their mouth,” Dr. Armento says.

Something People Don't Know

Long a guitar aficionado, “I wanted to be a rock star,” Dr. Armento says. He keeps a six-string and amplifier in his reception area and invites patients to play. “I have some very talented patients,” he adds. “The acoustics are great inside the barn.”