Meet The Doctors
Dao Cao, DDS
Dr. Dao Cao, Dr. Dao Cao, the creator and owner of Serenity Dental Spa, has been practicing dentistry for over twenty years in both the private and hospital settings. Dr. Cao graduated Cum-Laude from Jersey City State College in 1995 with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. Dr. Cao attended New York University, College of Dentistry, and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1999.
She then continued her post-doctorate training with a General Practice Residency Program at Jersey City Medical Center. During this time, she received extensive training in all aspects of comprehensive dentistry as well as in the treatment of medically compromised patients.
Dr. Cao has been working at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson as the Director of the General Practice Residency Program since 2006. She is an active member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Cao resides in Lafayette, NJ with her husband Kurt and two sons, Vincent and Anthony. Dr. Cao enjoys volunteering her time to promote oral healthcare and participating in career day at local schools.
Dr. Patel attended Lafayette College where he received a BS degree in Biochemistry in 2012. He graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly UMDNJ) with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2016. While at Rutgers, Dr. Patel was a peer tutor in restorative and prosthodontic dentistry and was a part of the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society.
Dr. Patel completed post-doctorate training at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in general practice dentistry. While in residency, Dr. Patel received training in all aspects of dentistry including treating medically complex patients, implant dentistry, and dental emergencies. Dr. Patel is also a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Patel strongly believes in patient education, prevention, and providing individualized and compassionate care to all patients and he is excited to be a part of the Serenity Dental Spa team.
Milan Patel, DMD
Shannen Murphy, DMD
Dr. Murphy graduated from Monmouth University where she received a BA degree in Psychology in 2014. Dr. Murphy attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2018 where she received the Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence. During her time at Rutgers, Dr. Murphy was a peer tutor for clinical dentistry and was a part of the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society.
Dr. Murphy went on to complete post-doctorate training with a General Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. During this time she received training in all aspects of comprehensive dentistry, including treatment of dental emergencies and medically complex patients. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Murphy is passionate about individualized care to all patients and is very excited to be a part of the Serenity Dental Spa team