Dr. Meleo is committed to helping families and individuals achieve ideal dental health, and that begins with listening.
“Before we diagnose, we listen to our patients,” Dr. Meleo says. “Then we customize a treatment plan to fit each patients’ needs and desires. We plan outcomes that range from simple to complex team multi-modality reconstruction and cosmetic cases.”
This approach, combined with a compassionate, experienced team is a great combination that helps him guide patients to their best oral health.
This North Plainfield, New Jersey native graduated from Rutgers University with a biology degree and was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta Biologic Honor Society. He went on to attend Northwestern University Dental School in Illinois and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Afterward, he completed a general practice residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.
Dr. Meleo spent four years working as an associate dentist in Hartford, Connecticut after completing his residency. Then he returned home to begin his own practice in North Plainfield in 1984.
“Before we diagnose, we listen to our patients. Then we customize a treatment plan to fit each patient’s needs and desires. We plan outcomes that range from simple to complex team multi-modality reconstruction and cosmetic cases.”Dr. Richard Meleo
In addition to operating a busy private practice, Dr. Meleo also enjoys community and charity work. He is an active member and the vice-president on the board with ASPEN, a network that provides education and support for families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders. He also is among a team of dental volunteers who travels to LaEntrada, Honduras on a dental mission annually to serve the needs of children and teachers at the Hearts for Honduras School. This school serves the poorest families in that community. He also participates with Donated Dental Services to provide free services through this New Jersey Dental Association program.
Dr. Meleo’s professional memberships and affiliations include:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Academy of Sports Dentistry
- New Jersey Dental Association
- Central Dental Society
- Jersey Shore Dental Study Club
Dr. Meleo is a lifelong learner who has completed many hours of continuing education. That pursuit culminated with the passing of a comprehensive examination and being awarded the title of Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Now he is working toward achieving Master status with the AGD.
Dr. Meleo and his wife Joann have two children. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, playing softball, reading, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports. He is a member of St. Catherine of Siena.