Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Jersey Great Dr. Joseph Miranda

New Jersey Great Dr. Joseph Miranda

Ever think you would say the words “I love going to the dentist”? Well I do; and it is not just because Dr. Miranda tells me how beautiful my teeth are. It is because he is great, caring man, who more than gives back to the community he was raised in. His roots run deep (no pun intended).

From as early as 8th grade Joe Miranda was intrigued with science and the biology of how things are created. His father’s medical practice was located in the lower level of the house he grew up in, in Whippany. After an intern opportunity and graduating from Delbarton, he knew that dentistry was his focus. When he completed dental school, he did a one year program at Morristown Memorial Hospital. It was here he decided to open his own practice. With great medical dentistry experience and a solid reputation he did just that, in the same office his father practiced medicine.

His approach to dentistry is a little different than what you see today. He is “The” dentist, it is not a large group practice. He knows each patient, their history,  and their set of needs.  He does not push or even promote trendy cosmetic procedures; he focuses on preventative care, educating his patients and building trust. “Natural beauty can not be created, but issues can be resolved” he says, and is overwhelmed at the demand for cosmetic procedures where pathology is not present. “The science of dentistry must always come first, then beauty” says Joe, founding his practice on this, as is all sound medical treatment.

A big fan of New Jersey, Dr. Miranda kept his practice in the town he grew up in. To this day he has patients in their 90s that in his youth, he shoveled their driveways. He always supports local activities and opens his doors to interns. I know Dr. Miranda because my father was his science teacher at Memorial Junior School many years ago. He knew Joe to be a stand out and has trusted him to take care of us for many years. My own children go to him as well. You will not read about him in a local or medical magazine that accepts payment to insure a “high rating” on his practice. You also will not see his face plastered on a billboard heading West on Route ten offering to make your teeth look 10 years younger. But if you are traveling on Whippany Rd, just past Whippany Park High School, look for his sign. Better yet, call him and make an appointment.  You will come out educated and even looking forward to your next visit.

Dr. Joseph Miranda
279 Whippany Road

Sunday, April 1, 2012


The great state of New Jersey was named such by Sir John Berkley and Sir George Carteret. Carteret was a native of the island of Jersey in the English Channel and served as Lieutenant Governor for several years. It was the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and was the first to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789. Among the first to join the great Union of this nation, New Jersey is rich in history, industry and greenery?

There is some confusion in the origin of the nick name “The Garden State”. It was first heard at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia by Abraham Browning of Camden. According Alfred Heston’s book, “Jersey Waggon Jaunts” Browning said “that our Garden State is an immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and New Yorkers from the other’.  Strangely enough, the name stuck.

From as early 1791, New Jersey has been an industry heavy state, leading the country in industry and complete with major transportation connections across land, sea and air. In 1954, legislature voted to add the nick name “Garden State to New Jersey license plates. Governor Robert Meyner actually refused to sign the bill stating “"New Jersey is noted for its great strides in manufacturing, mining, commerce, construction, power, transportation, shipping, merchandising, fishing and recreation, as well as in agriculture. I do not believe that the average citizen of New Jersey regards his state as more peculiarly identifiable with gardening for farming than any of its other industries or occupations." He vetoed the bill, legislature overrode the veto and the rest is history.

Perhaps Governor Meyner was on to something. To this day, New Jersey boasts some of the richest history, resources and commerce in the country and it most definitely the gate way to the world. Maybe the Garden State refers to the rich “soil” this state has to offer to grow the most abundant, lush gardens. I would vote for that.