Being a dentist is a gift and a privilege: I am honored by the trust people place in me. I strive to help each achieve optimal oral health and a becoming smile that allows their personality to shine.
Caring for a diverse community, spending my time with people of all ages from many walks of life, is an opportunity to understand and connect with others. After practicing since 1999, I am still seeing some of the same patients – people who’ve become friends – and am now caring for many of their children, too. It’s humbling to realize how much people rely on me and the care I provide.
When I started at Rutgers, I’d intended to become a psychiatrist. Then I met a couple who were youth pastors at a local church and also in the medical field: one was a dentist and the other a medical doctor. After spending time with them, and seeing them in a professional setting, I realized that while psychiatry and internal medicine were opportunities to help others, dentistry was what I needed to pursue.
As a dentist, I’m able to take someone out of pain, give them the ability to comfortably and properly chew, and improve their smile. What I do tangibly improves peoples’ lives, physically and emotionally!
As your dentist, please know I have two open, non-judgmental ears. I promise to always hear you, encourage your honesty, and do my best to help you keep your smile strong and healthy for many years to come. Dr. Stephen Kang
Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology, Rutgers College
- Master of Arts in Developmental/School Psychology, Rowan University
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kang cares for the whole person, not only their oral health. As a dentist, he knows that while a great skill set and technology can correct a problem, true healing and lifelong health comes from trust and the ability to understand the person’s unique personal situation.
Since finishing dental school, Dr. Kang has completed more than 1000 hours of continuing education: the New Jersey state requirement is only 40 hours every two years! He’s studied, in depth: sedation dentistry, pinhole surgical techniques, and dental implants.
In addition to staying current on advancements in dental techniques, technology, and materials, Dr. Kang has taken many courses in psychology, focusing on stress and human relationships. While practicing as a dentist, he completed a Master of Arts degree in psychology.
- American Dental Association
- New Jersey Dental Association
- Southern Dental Society of New Jersey
- Special Care Dentistry Association
- Alpha Epsilon Lambda Society (Graduate Student Honors Society)
Beyond the Practice
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kang and his family moved to Philadelphia when he was 12. A year later the family moved to Mays Landing, NJ, and Dr. Kang has lived in the state since.
He and his wife have two beautiful daughters. Theirs is a musical family: Dr. Kang’s wife is a professional classical opera singer who recently finished a doctorate in Music at the Mason Gross School at Rutgers University. In addition to her professional career, she assists at the office and is a full-time mother!
Dr. Kang enjoys spending free summer days kayaking and canoeing and loves family camping trips. Many of his weekend hours are spent at his church, where he cooks for more than 800 people in the congregation. He also volunteers his time at oral health fairs and delivering presentations at local schools and churches throughout the area.
Dr. Kang truly enjoys dentistry and is eager to do more for his patients to make their lives better. He will listen with two open ears and find the best path for your well being at the Berlin Dental Arts.