Dr. James L. Berkeypile
Dr. James L. Berkeypile DMD

I feel deeply privileged that my patients have placed their trust in me when it comes to their oral health and smile. It’s a responsibility I take to heart, so I go the extra mile to give them the best possible results, whether it’s a simple checkup or complex restoration. I am passionate about practicing with integrity, compassion, and understanding toward each individual patient’s needs and goals.

After being in practice for 30 years, I’ve gotten the chance to get to know some really interesting people. I enjoy getting to know each person I meet on a personal level and love hearing about their activities, families, and interests. These relationships I’ve built mean the world to me, and I’m truly honored to have so many wonderful people in my life.

Each day I come to work, I have the chance to improve confidence, self-esteem, function, comfort, and health. When a patient sees and appreciates what we have accomplished together, it makes me proud to be their dentist. Quite simply, I love what I do.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – University of Delaware, 1974
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1978
  • General Practice Residency – San Francisco VA Hospital, 1979

While in dental school, I was accepted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society for academic excellence and was awarded the Fixed Prosthodontics Award Certificate of Merit. Additionally, I was honored with the American College of Stomatologic Surgeons Certificate of Merit and was a Student Teaching Fellow in the Department of Prosthodontics, where I taught design prep to sophomore dental students in my senior year.

During dental school and my residency, I enjoyed the technical aspects of developing my skills and knowledge. Only in private practice did I discover that the biggest reward was interacting with the unique personalities of my patients and staff.

I consider myself a lifelong student. Every year I take numerous online, DVD, and traditional continuing education courses, in addition to engaging in larger programs with the Pride Institute and Staff Driven Practices.

These experiences keep me stimulated and allow my treatments to evolve, giving patients comfortable, efficient, and state-of-the-art care. Additionally, as a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, I am encouraged and given the opportunity to grow professionally as a well-rounded practitioner.

In the Office

Without my amazing team, it would be impossible to provide our patients with the level of care they deserve. Each person is exceptional; they all go out of their way to ensure each patient is welcomed, made comfortable, and is the center of attention throughout the visit. Our team believes in the quality of our practice and conveys that belief to our patients.

Outside the Office

I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, where my childhood was filled with fun, friendships, and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. I currently reside in Summit, where I have enjoyed the lovely suburban atmosphere over the past 27 years while still being close to the office.

My two children, Andrew and Michael, are grown and always willing to share their newfound wisdom, though I do manage to fit in my own advice from time to time. They’re really a lot of fun, and I am blessed that they live nearby.

I spend my leisure time at the Jersey shore or scuba diving and sailing in the Caribbean. Closer to home, I enjoy wine tasting, carpentry, staying fit and healthy, sailing, and playing golf. I also feel it is important to give back to my community, so I often participate in college fundraisers, church charities, and support of the local high school band.

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