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Find your child’s dental home In Tinton Falls

We want to create the best dental experience possible, and Dr. Kearns and Dr. Jocelyn strive to ensure that children leave each visit smiling, no matter how fearful they are when entering our Tinton Falls office. We understand that each child is unique and may require a different approach to achieve a positive dental experience. Our goal at Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is to create an environment that fosters confidence and builds good dental habits in young children that lasts into adulthood.

Passionate about dental wellness

Dr. Britni Kearns

Dr. Kearns grew up in Milltown, New Jersey, and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor. It wasn't until she participated in a Gateway to Dentistry program, near the end of her studies at La Salle University, that she realized she wanted to be a dentist. After graduating in 2009, she attended dental school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where she was inducted into the national dental honors society.

She went on to her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in 2013, where she continued gaining the experience and knowledge she would need to eventually open her own practice. At St. Christopher's she was nominated to the position of Chief Pediatric Dental Resident, in charge of managing 14 residents and their schedules. Dr. Kearns is passionate about working with children to build their confidence and finds joy in seeing those children progress and become more assured in their dental health over time. She plays an active role in ensuring that Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will always function in the best interest of the child, and never for profit. 

When she isn't in the office, Dr. Kearns and her husbands are actively involved with their 4 children. She’s a Peloton-loving wrestling mom who stays active, is an avid reader, and loves spending as much time as possible at the beach with her family.

Certifications:
  • Board Certified - American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry Certified - Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Proficiency
  • NuSmile Zirconia Crown certification
Affiliations:
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center & Monmouth Medical Center Attending Physician
  • University Medical Center Chief Pediatric Dental Resident - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honors Society)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • Monmouth and Ocean County Dental Association
Awards:
  • NJ Family Top Docs - 2016-2019
Dr. Britni Kearns
Dr. Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno

Committed to dental excellence

Dr. Jocelyn Jeffries-Bruno

Dr. Jocelyn grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and always had a curiosity for medicine. As a young lady, she volunteered as a candy striper at the West Chester Medical Center and found a passion for working in hospitals. Dr. Jocelyn has an innate knack for helping patients, especially kids. As a teenager she even formed a babysitting club with some neighbors! 

Dr. Jocelyn knew that pediatric dentistry was her calling thanks to her fond experiences with her own childhood dentist, Dr. Donald Schubert. After she finished a study abroad program (New South Wales) and her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University, she attended dental school at The New York University College of Dentistry. She graduated with honors and has been awarded for her dental skills and chairside rapport with patients in many instances. It was in New York she met her husband, Robert Bruno, a nephrologist who practices in the area as well. Dr Jocelyn received her pediatric specialty training at Jacobi Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Jocelyn has continued to expand her knowledge and dental skills, keeping up-to-date with the dynamic changes in dentistry and teaching residents at local hospitals. She has privileges at Jersey Shore Medical Center and at Monmouth Medical Center where she is the Section Chief for Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jocelyn is active in organized dentistry and is involved with the Monmouth Ocean County Dental Society where she is a past president and currently serves as a trustee and committee chair for the Children's Dental Health month. She is involved with the NJDA on the CE committee and serves as M-OCDS Alternate Trustee. She has worked in many offices, cultivating a keen sense for what makes a great culture and patient experience, and brings all of that here to Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.

Outside of the office, Dr. Jocelyn enjoys getting more acquainted with the local community and making memories with her family. Dr. Jocelyn loves spending time together with her family swimming at beaches or pools during summers; bike riding, walks with their dog Lecce, and skiing throughout the winter months. When they are in season, she is also involved in coaching her twin daughters’ cheerleading teams, and has coached their rec softball team.

Certifications:
  • Board Certified - American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Fellow - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry Certified - Academy of Laser Dentistry Master Dentist and Standard Proficiency
  • NuSmile Zirconia Crown certification
Affiliations:
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Monmouth Medical Center - Section Chief Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 
  • New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 
  • American Dental Association 
  • Monmouth Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • New Jersey Dental Association 
  • Monmouth Ocean County Dental Society
Awards:
  • Monmouth Health and Life Top Dentists 2017-2022 
  • Healthy Living Top Dentist 2015-2022 
  • NJ Family Top Dentist 2017-2019
  • Top Specialty Dentist recognized by MMC dental residents 2017
Dental School Awards:
  • NYUCD President’s Award
  • Doctor Alexander and Sylvia Goldenberg Award 
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award 
  • Pierre Fauchard Award Doctor Bernard F. Rudner Memorial Awards 
  • Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Restorative Dentistry
  • New York State Dental Foundation Award 
  • ADEA Preventive Dentistry Award

Your kids are in great hands

The Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry team

The hardworking team at Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to delivering top quality oral care to kids of all ages. Our team adheres to a high standard of treatment, uses nothing but top-of-the-line tools, and strives to be a comprehensive resource and support system for our patients and their families. The positive attitudes of our easy-going and fiercely talented staff make visits fun, thorough, and enjoyable. We work hard because we want our patients to leave smiling and looking forward to their next appointment. If there’s ever anything we can do to better customize your child’s visit with us, we’d love to hear from you!

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Dana

Dental Hygienist

I live in Tinton Falls with my husband, two children, and two dogs. I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. I enjoy working and building relationships with patients while also encouraging them to achieve a healthy smile that will last for a lifetime. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, reading, skiing, and boating.

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Maryann

Registered Dental Assistant

I live in Howell and have 4 children. Outside the office I love to spend time with my family, go boating and jet skiing, and to relax on the beach. I have been a dental assistant for over 34 years. I graduated from Union Technical Institute of Dental Assisting and Radiology in 1987 and then went on to get my CDA and RDA licenses. My favorite thing about being in the dental field caring for patients and getting to know their families.

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Chakeema

Dental Assistant

I am a mother of 3 and I love spending quality time with my children. I have been a dental assistant for over 14 years, and I began my career in pediatric dentistry. I have also worked in other specialties, including implant and cosmetic dentistry, and in the operating room at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. I love being able to help repair a smile and uplift a patient’s confidence!

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Diana

Office Manager

I have over 35 years of experience in the dental field. In my spare time I enjoy baking with my children, nieces and nephews. We get together every year to bake gingerbread houses for the holidays.  I love going to the beach and spending time with my two children. I am originally from Staten Island and moved to the Tinton Falls area in 2021.  

Our Tinton Falls dental office

Dental visits the whole family will enjoy

Comforts & amenities

Our new office in Tinton Falls is equipped with the tools and comforts that will make visits enjoyable and comfortable for you and your child. Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry boasts a beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard with benches and ample parking. When you walk into our bright and contemporary waiting room you’ll be met warmly by our committed staff. We welcome you to relax and enjoy television while your kids delight at our iPad station.

During appointments, your little one can watch their favorite programs on overhead televisions, or have the option of soothing headphones or sunglasses to avoid overstimulation. Dr. Kearns and Dr. Jocelyn are also known to hand out sugar-free ice pops after treatment appointments to help ease the numb feeling.

High quality treatment with non-invasive options

Technology that delivers remarkable results

Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is Tinton Falls’ newest state-of-the-art facility, and our goal is to promote early dental experiences that are more accessible and less intimidating to kids. To that end, we’ve outfitted our practice to offer a wide variety of advanced and non-invasive treatment options. Some of the tools we trust and use include:

  • STA injection - computerized delivery of numbing agent, that looks like a pen!
  • Soft tissue laser
  • Digital charting and x-rays
  • State-of-the-art air filtration system
Children playing doctor
Our Tinton Falls dentists

Local outreach

We love our community

At Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, it’s important to us that we engage and get to know our community so that we can create the best possible office culture and patient experience. That's why Dr. Jocelyn has participated in Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Society's "Children's Dental Health Month'' program since 2010 and is the current chair for Monmouth County. The program promotes education on oral health habits to children through a creative annual poster contest and other fun activities. Since 2018, Dr. Jocelyn is a proud member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. Impact 100 Jersey Coast is a collective of women who fund transformational grants for high impact community projects, effectively encouraging the participation, ideas, and perspective of women from a diverse range of identities.

In addition, Dr. Kearns and her family have dedicated themselves to the veteran community. Since 2017, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Kearns family has provided holiday meals to Monmouth County veteran families in need. Throughout the pandemic, the Kearns family has also written cards and drawn pictures to send to veteran nursing homes to help lift residents spirits. Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Tinton Falls is privileged to be in network with dental insurances that cater to the families of active duty servicemen and women, as well as disabled and retired veterans.

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