Dr. Nicole McGrath had a dental practice in Montclair, NJ for nearly 25 years. She’s a tireless advocate in reaching out to at-risk children in her community who lack access to affordable dental care. By 2014, she had provided free dental services to over 8,000 children in New Jersey, and traveled to Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru and Guatemala to donate dental care to children and adults.

“Dr. Nicole,” as she’s lovingly referred to by patients and parents, founded The KinderSmile Foundation in 2007 with a vision to advocate for an increase in optimal oral care access and oral health education for children in underserved communities. Her goal is to implement a comprehensive dental program in programs providing Early Childhood Services throughout the state of New Jersey.

Dr. McGrath earned her Dental Degree from the University of Maryland, and completed her residency program in UMDNJ, Newark, NJ. She also successfully completed the Leadership Program in 2010 offered by American Dental Association, Institute for Diversity in Leadership, in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. McGrath has been a member of the Communication, and the Oral Health Coalition Committees of the NJ Dental Association since 2008. She has been recognized for her commitment and spirit of volunteering by multiple organizations over the past two decades. Dr. McGrath is a Board Member of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, the President of Essex County Dental Society, and the Chair of the Membership Council of New Jersey Dental Association. She became a Fellow of the American College of Dentists—the oldest national honorary organization for dentists—with the Class of 2017. Fellows of ACD have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.