Jeffrey Andrew Oras, DMD, age 55 years, of Readington Township, NJ died peacefully on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 in the Subacute Unit of Hunterdon Care Center, Raritan Township, NJ under the caring watch of the dedicated staff at the Hunterdon Care Center and the staff of Hunterdon Hospice and with his devoted wife, Marie, by his side.
A 1983 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Biology, Jeffrey went on to attain his DMD from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ in 1987.
In 1989 he founded his general dental practice, Progressive-Dentistry, LLC, located on Main Street in Whitehouse Station, NJ. He evolved his practice towards an integrative approach and treated every patient as his primary concern.
Always striving for excellence in dentistry, Jeffrey’s legacy is in his dedication towards the psycho-social aspects of each individual treatment. Jeffrey authored: “Tooth Sense: Uncovering Hidden Secrets of Better Dentistry and Living”. It was published in 2012. Part autobiography, part philosophical quest and part guidebook for patients, this book helps demystify age old stereotypes about dental care and offers practical solutions for better care. The doctor discusses, “The evolution of the mouth and its surrounding organs and how the workings of this part of our anatomy may significantly impact the quality of all aspects of our lives.” The reader’s perception of a typical dental visit is changed or at least offered for discussion.
Jeffrey often visited patients who were unable to travel. He also served the residents of Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardener, NJ for several years while developing his private practice.
Jeffrey volunteered for the Listening Center in Basking Ridge and has visited elementary schools in Hunterdon County to help children learn about teeth. He also hosted food drives to assist the food pantry in Flemington.
Jeffrey met his wife, Marie, in college while she was a freshman and he a junior. They married on May 21, 1994 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville, NJ. Working together as the practice grew over the years, Marie expressed, “Jeff was a complex thinker and his wisdom immeasurable. I will miss his sense of humor. He was a healer who loved his patients, his staff and his family. He taught me how to love and respect people regardless of who they are. Jeff knew and taught that everyone had the capacity to love and heal and be imperfect. I will enable his legacy by making sure his patients are cared for.”
This gentle healer loved nature. As he allowed others, he loved “to be”. He enjoyed biking, tennis, baseball, football, skiing and hockey. He enjoyed technical things from repairing cars to exploring new dental technology to home renovation and landscaping on the farm. He loved pursuing his never ending search for knowledge.
To sum it up, Dr. Jeffrey Oras was loving, caring and complex. He loved life.
Surviving are his wife of twenty-three years, Marie Yvette Oras; his mother, Margaret Oras; his sister and brother-in-law, Sharon Oras-Morgan, Esq. and John Morgan, Esq.; a sister-in-law, Cynthia and her husband, John Hynes; a brother-in-law, Manuel and his wife, Concetta Vidal; his niece and Goddaughter, Christina Morgan; his nephew and Godson, Francesco Vidal and his nieces and nephew, Noelle and Megan Hynes, Flordeliza Vidal and Stephen Hynes; his second mother-in-law, Ursula Aloi; his dedicated staff; his cherished patients; and friends.
A celebration of Jeffrey’s life will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38 State Highway 31, Flemington, NJ. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service.