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Starship Pediatric Dentistry

Board the spaceship, they’re ready for take off! Next stop: the planet of pearly whites. That’s right, this is a dentist’s office none other than Starship Pediatric Dentistry in Madison!

Dr. Sky Berdahl started the practice not only to subtract fear and add fun to any child’s trip to the dentist, but to make one of his childhood dreams become reality. That dream: to become a pediatric dental astronaut.

This dentist’s love for sci-fi originated from the first movie he ever saw: “Star Wars”.

“I’m a boy at heart,” Dr. Sky Berdahl said. “I’m a collector, I’m an avid fan of mainly all things sci-fi whether it’s ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Dr. Who,’ anything on television I’m a fan.”

Dr. Sky Berdahl said he tried to incorporate a little bit of everything, as evidenced by his shelves stocked with R2D2 models and Rainbow Bright figurines.

Pediatric dentist Jennifer Wilbur walked us through the space-themed dental experience complete with cleanings, fluoride treatments, movies and puppets.

“A lot of times kids get very nervous about going to the dentist or doctor because they come in and know it is something maybe they should be nervous of,” Jennifer Wilbur said. “What we wanted to do was make it a very exciting experience from when you first walk in.”

Surrounded by toys, iPads, movies, TV and the spaceship décor the kids are put at ease.

“We try to make it a completely different experience—more like a ride than a dental experience,” Wilbur said.

Parents tell their kids they’re not going to the dentist, but going to the spaceship. All aboard and smile bright!

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Photo courtesy of Momagama Madison | Chatham.


Crowley Cupcakes

Peel off the patterned paper and prepare to enjoy fluffy, sweet and smooth goodness with sprinkles on top at Madison‘s Crowley Cupcakes.

Serving the community sweetly, Crowley Cupcakes churns out between 300 and 1,00 cupcakes daily…not to mention their other delectable desserts, including all-American cookie favorites, specialty breads, cinnamon rolls and brownies!

Inspired by owner Bridget Crowley’s love for baking, Crowley’s operates under the mantra: love and cupcakes are all you need.

“I felt I needed to keep it simple, something that I always loved. I took all the old fashioned recipes from all the different places I’ve made cakes from in the past,” Bridget said.

Crowley doesn’t have a culinary degree, but her shop’s success is an even greater demonstration of her skill and passion.

Beyond the Crowley’s kitchen, pulling up a seat to Bridget Crowley’s dinner table, she joked that her kids say dinner isn’t guaranteed, but dessert is always on the menu!

Send two…or two dozen over our way!

For more information on Crowley Cupcakes, visit them at 7 Waverly Place, Madison or


The Connie Dwyer Breast Center’s Dr. Nadine Pappas

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Founded in October 2004, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with Dr. Nadine Pappas, the center’s medical director and chief breast surgeon, and got to know the amazing woman who is saving so many Garden State lives.

In 2012, Dr. Pappas left her private practice and came to the center because she was so moved by its mission.

“There are a lot of women in our community who are having a hard time getting access to healthcare,” Dr. Pappas said. “At The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, we can do what we need for these women.”

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center provides access to charity care, and have the ability to get patients on a Medicaid program through the state of New Jersey. Their program “In the Pink” ensures that anyone can get their mammogram screenings and (if needed) biopsies, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center provides all-encompassing support for their patients. They take them through the whole medical process, from diagnosis to treatment to maintenance. They have social workers and counseling for mental and spiritual guidance. The Connie Dwyer Breast Center even offers wigs and breast prosthesis bras to help patients look and feel their best during treatment!  All of this is done in a bright, cheerful setting with friendly, knowledgable staff.

“There are many “boutique centers” in affluent communities. However, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center has everything and more that those centers can offer,” Dr. Pappas boasts.

Dr. Pappas believes the center is going to continue to grow its impact on Newark and the surrounding communities.

“We’ve expanded our team, implemented longer office hours, and now have satellite offices in Belleville and West Orange.   We’ve also added the latest technology, including our 3-D Tomosynthesis mammography.”

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