This office was opened by Dr. Mitchel Alpert in June of 1987 as the only full time practice of Pediatric Cardiology in Ocean County. Before 1987 children with even the most simplest of cardiac concerns had to travel a great distance including New York City and Philadelphia. With the great support of physicians and parents, this practice underwent an unprecedented growth and by 1990 a second office had been established in Red Bank so as to give more local service to both Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Both offices are currently open every weekday. As the practice of Pediatric Cardiology expanded in its knowledge and diversity, other doctors were recruited to this practice. In 1998 Dr. Vincent Zales, who had been the Director of the Transplant Program at Northwestern University in Chicago and had held the position of Director of Pediatric Cardiology at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, was recruited to this practice. Dr. Zales brought to this practice an expertise in Cardiac Catheterization and a tremendous amount of experience in treating critically ill children and postoperative children.