Our Staff

Dianne Thumm (Office Manager)

Dianne was educated in Kearny, NJ where she also received her initial training as a dental assistant. She continued her education at Bergen Community College and UMDNJ, becoming a Registered and Certified Dental Assistant with expanded functions. Dianne has been working alongside Dr. Irwin since 1981. Dianne is happily married and has two children, lives in Nutley, and may be found in the ShopRite on any Sunday morning (if you see her don’t forget to say hello!).

Elizabeth Melian (Dental Assistant)

Elizabeth was born in the Dominican Republic and has been living in the US for the past twenty years. She received her training as a Licensed Dental Assistant at Quality Dental School. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Elizabeth is a big asset to our practice. Elizabeth is married and has two children.

Carmen Quintanilla (Dental Hygienist)

Carmen provides patients with care in a dental hygienist role, and has 8 years of experience within the field of dentistry. Most recently, Carmen served as a dental hygienist in the Atlanta, Georgia area. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and going for long walks with her miniature pinscher. She also enjoys dining with her husband and traveling to New York on weekends. Carmen graduated from Clayton State University in Georgia, with degrees in both Health Education and Dental Hygiene. She looks forward to meeting our patients and providing exceptional care!

About Brighter Smiles Dental

Brighter Smiles Dental is the practice of Dr. Sylvia Irwin. Since 1981, Dr. Irwin and her staff have been providing patients with expert dental care in a calm and relaxing setting. For more information or to schedule an appointment please click here or call our Nutley, New Jersey dental office at: 973.667.1567.