Dr. Michele Schultz-Robins is a proud lifelong New Jerseyan, and within New Jersey, the Jersey Shore has been her home. She has had other temporarily residences, but our wonderful beaches and small town lifestyle have always called her back. She first left to study for her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, but immediately returned to the Garden State to study the art and practice of dentistry. In 1989, she received her D.M.D. from UMDNJ, now known as the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Schultz-Robin excelled in dental school where she was elected as president of the school’s chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, which, as the oldest international dental organization, promotes access to oral health care for all. After graduation, she continued her dental education by honing and refining her skills through the renowned general practice residency at Monmouth Medical Center here in Long Branch. She then continued her studies even further, completing a two-year post-graduate fellowship in Orofacial and TMD. Today, Dr. Schultz-Robins is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, a select group of highly trained dentists who have focused their careers in alleviating a wide range of orofacial pain disorders. These specialists must have at least five years of training and experience in this evolving and expanding field of practice.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Schultz-Robins is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and Monmouth Medical Center. She has supervised cutting-edge student research that has been presented to the American Dental Education Association, and actively participates in practice-based research through the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dental Education and Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. She has held the appointment of chairperson of the TMJ Department at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Schultz-Robin brings her advanced knowledge of TMJ treatments and resolving other complex orofacial issues to our patients.
Dr. Schultz-Robins’ singular commitment to expanding and improving the practice of dentistry has spanned more than two decades. On a national level, she is the chairwoman of the Ethics and Grievance Committee and Bylaws Committee for the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and serves on their governing council. Dr. Schultz-Robins is also the Rutgers liaison for the membership committee to New Jersey Dental Association. She is a past trustee of the Monmouth-Ocean Dental Society and has served as editor of their newsletter. The Society, with over 600 practicing dentists in our counties, promotes the highest levels of oral health for our local residents and provides critical support and educational opportunities for our local dentists. She also served as delegate for the N.J. Dental Association. Dr. Schultz-Robins continues to share her expertise with her community in myriad ways and served on a number of trustee boards for various community and charitable organizations. There is one experience, however, that stands alone in its gravity and importance. She was selected as a member of the dental team that was commissioned with the grim, sobering but essential task of identifying 9/11 victims so that their remains could be returned to their loved ones.
Dr. Schultz-Robins is married to Andrew Robins, an environmental law attorney, and enjoys a close, tight-knit family. Michele and Andrew are now “empty nesters” residing in Ocean Township where they had raised their three now-adult children.