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 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

Excellent pediatric dentist office. Took us right in and super friendly. Patient and understanding when dealing with a toddler. My son does not enjoy getting his teeth brushed (wiggled and cried a bit) but behaved quite well during the entirety of his visit. I think his overall experience for his first appointment went great. He even thanked the dentist as we were leaving.

Jennifer Kuzora

THE BEST pediatric dentist office around!! I wish all doctors offices worked like this. They’re clean, quick, and efficient. The Dr and her staff are so sweet and gentle to the kids. It’s amazing! Deserves more than 5 stars. :)

Natalie De La Rosa

We cant be more happier that we finally found such an amazing dentist and staff! Dr Cherish is very caring, calm, patient and knowledgeable dentist. My son went from the office relaxed and happy. I can’t be more thankful! The facility is clean, modern and very well organized. Also all coworkers are very professional and kind. Thank you!!!

Amanda Tkaczyk

First time taking my 2 years old to the dentist. Everyone starting from the front desk to the dentist were super welcoming, helpful and friendly. The facility was really clean and kids friendly. DR. was very patient and caring. Happy to have found such an inviting dentistry for my baby.

Sara Sun