Dr. Purnima Hernandez

Dr. Purnima Hernandez


Dr. Hernandez is a board-certified pediatric dentist and behavior analyst who has been serving the communities of New York and New Jersey for over 25 years. Dr. Hernandez received her education in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University College of Dental medicine. After serving as an Assistant Professor for many years in the department of Pediatric dentistry she decided to pursue a career in the clinical practice of pediatric dentistry. In 2005 she established her own office in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. She then pursued a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University, New Jersey. While she delivers care to all children, her special interests are treating children with special healthcare needs, behavioral disorders and phobias. To better understand the lifestyle factors and how they influence health, she completed Functional Medicine training at IFM. She continued her journey to become a certified health and wellness coach from the FMCA and is currently in the process of taking the national boards.

Knowledge from these disciplines allow her to take a whole body and patient centered approach to promote wellness in the children she serves. She is excited to create awareness of healthy lifestyles though her new venture Lifestylist for Kids.

Dr. Hernandez was awarded the Dr Solomon Rosenstein Visiting Professorship and Fellowship by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine for her contribution to the field of special needs dentistry. She was also awarded the Francis Black Humanitarian award in health care by Friends Health Connection, an award that recognizes individuals from New Jersey’s health care facilities who are an extraordinary inspiration to others.

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