40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

  • MICHAEL MONOKIAN

MICHAEL MONOKIAN

  • Marlton, New Jersey
  • Monokian Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

Monokian Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DMD, Temple University School of Dental Medicine


Why He Was Nominated

Like his brother, Michael has also been named a “Top Dentist” by South Jersey magazine, the New Jersey Healthcare Resource and the Consumers Research Council of America.

Inspiration

His dad. “My father set the bar very high, and we strive to reach it every day,” he says. “We discuss cases all the time. It makes for a fun Thanksgiving dinner.”

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

Making a fearful patient comfortable, and being empathetic. “Dentistry has a tough reputation,” Dr. Monokian says. “People’s expectations are low, and we try to succeed at every level. Making them happy is the best part of my day.”

Advice for Aspiring Dentists

Never stop learning. “Dentistry is not only my profession, it’s my hobby. I take it with me wherever I go. I’m always listening to dental-education CDs in the car and on my iPod. There’s always something you don’t know.”