New Leaf Dr Cherish Im

Dr. Cherish Im (affectionately known as “Dr. Cherish”) is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Outside of private practice, Dr. Cherish serves as an Attending Pediatric Dentist and instructor for residents at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center.  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Cherish received a Bachelor’s degree in Science from McMaster University in 2006 and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) in 2010.

While at NYU Dentistry, Dr. Cherish developed a strong passion for working with children of all age groups and went on to complete a two-year specialty program in Pediatric Dentistry.  During the course of her specialty training at NYU Dentistry, she traveled to many underprivileged areas to provide children with dental care and education.

Dr. Cherish has enjoyed working in private practice since 2012, serving children in central New Jersey. In 2018, Dr. Cherish founded New Leaf Pediatric Dentistry to serve those in need in northern New Jersey.

She is a member of the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), ADA (American Dental Association) and NJAPD (New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry). She is also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Dr. Cherish lives in New Jersey with her husband, two boys and fur baby. She enjoys singing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Cherish also speaks Korean and French.

NJ Specialty License # 06205


We love this place. The staffs are really friendly and the doctor is very nice. I love how sweet the front ladies are to our son.

Jay Choi

I can not say enough positive and good comments about New Leaf Dentist. The entire experience from waking in to leaving is quick, easy, clean and friendly! My son absolutely LOVES going here and loves the one on one attention he gets from the Dentist and assistant. They make him feel extra special by going above and beyond with all the little things, stuffed animals for comfort, different flavor pastes, tv on ceiling and a social prize at the end. Highly recommend to everyone!

Laura Kapp

Very friendly and prompt staff. The very first time I called in, Dr. Cherrish was courteous enough to listen to my daughter’s dental issues over the phone and tell us what we could do. Due to COVID-19 pandemic we couldn’t go to visit her office but she was very prompt to follow up with us via email. Also once we got a chance to schedule an office visit for cleaning she made my daughter very comfortable during the cleaning process. I would highly recommend New Leaf Pediatric Dentistry.

Rohit Phadnis

Wow. Dr. Cherish's professionalism and kindness is just above and beyond...!!! Today, I was in an urgent search for a dentist for my son. He was complaining about his cavity (that has been previously treated by a different dentist) for about a week now, and today there was so much pain that he woke up from a nap crying that his tooth hurts. I literally called 10 other offices, but they were either full for another week, did not open yet, or they didn't accept our insurance. I called New Leaf as well, and Dr. Cherish said that they accept our insurance, but were not open yet from COVID, but she still listened to me so kindly. She asked me to describe my son's pain in details, and even offered to see some pictures through email, so maybe she can prescribe him antibiotics if that helps. Idk if we took a good quality pictures, as my son is only 3 and has a small mouth, and it's so difficult to take pictures inside the mouth. But she took her time to take a look at his tooth through email, and told us what she thinks he might have. Fortunately, I did find a dentist that was opened and could see my son before they closed today, so my son was treated well! And Dr. Cherish has mentioned on email what exactly the doctor today have said to me when I brought my son, and I was able to see how professional and experienced Dr. Cherish must be!!! (Consulting 100% correctly through non-professionally taken pictures!) I just wished my son would have been able to come here and I know I will be 200% happy and assured with Dr. Cherish!!! But I am just so glad that now my son can eat and sleep without feeling the pain. And I am sincerely thankful of Dr. Cherish for taking her time to comfort me and consulting in such details, when their office wasn't even opened!! Thank you!!

Haruka Sawada

We love Dr.Cherish and her colleagues so much!! This is undoubtedly great pediatric dental office. Dr always here for help thorough phone calls and texting. Both of my girls loves visiting this dental office(believe it or not). Dr makes all the procedure painless and easy for children and parents, she is such a sweetheart:) we came to this office by recommendation, very happy! Highly recommend

Aliya Zhunussova