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


This was my son’s first dentist appointment. He doesn’t like to brush his teeth and has a hard time letting us brush them for him. He never keeps his mouth open for more than a few seconds at a time making it very hard to clean his teeth. My wife and I were nervous he was going to have a hard time at his first dentist appointment. New Leaf Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Cherish were amazing! They were so good that he actually enjoyed his visit! He kept his mouth open for a very long time for Dr. Cherish. They also have a TV mounted on the ceiling with kids shows which made it relaxing for my son. He also got a toy after his teeth cleaning. When he got home he actually wanted to brush his teeth with the toothbrush they gave him! We highly recommend this dentist for your kids!

David Cole

The office is so beautiful and welcoming! My daughter was blown away by the kind service and yummy flavor options of toothpaste for her cleaning. The dentists were gentle and very thoughtful every step of the way to make sure my daughter was comfortable. She was given a pouch with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to take home, which she loved! And she got a cute toy! She’s also the newest member of the cavity free club, which she raved about all day! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Natalia Morales

Dr. Cherish is a kind, gentle and assured dentist. She definitely knows how to make children feel comfortable and safe in her office. She has advanced technology incuding videos to distract kids during procedures. My 7 yo daughter loves Dr. Cherish and said going to the dentist is FUN! New Leaf Pediatric Dentistry has a welcoming environment with a professional and genuinely courteous staff. I highly recommend this office for your kids.

Mihaela Krausz

This place is amazing. I was a bit nervous about my son who is 4 going to the dentist. Upon walking inside, you have a very clean lobby with kids books and cat in the hat playing. My son was put at ease as soon as he walked inside. The lady at the front desk was very friendly and we were taken inside fast. The exam rooms have Netflix playing on the ceiling for the kids to watch while getting their teeth cleaned. The dentist was very inclusive with my son to make sure to show him how each tool worked before putting in his mouth. It seems the X-ray machine is cutting edge. All they did was put a device in his mouth and push a button. We had a great experience and I hope everyone will come to this office.

Cecilia Harris

I have never met people like the staff at New Leaf Pediatric, they are beautiful people, attentive to absolutely everything, they always recommend the best, they always try to make my son feel as calm as possible, I really thank you very much, I love all the staff. They are very attentive to your appointments! My son loves going to this place, they always give him the toy he chooses and he leaves happy.

Angelly Ordonez