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Biography

Hello, my name is Ashley and I am the Practice Manager. I joined the practice in 2007. You will see me at community and networking events throughout the year. Continuing education courses and lectures are extremely important and valuable to me as I love expanding my knowledge. Interacting with children and their parents are a fun part of my day, especially when they leave happy. I am passionate about health and fitness. I love weight training and running; especially on the area’s trails. I really enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends and 9 year old boxer, Junior, and 2 year old Doberman, Erwin.



Biography

Hello, My name is Tammy. I am the Financial Coordinator for both the Hopewell Junction & Jefferson Valley Offices. My administrative career began in general dentistry in 1996 before finding a new home here in pediatric dentistry. I enjoy helping you with your dental insurance, payment arrangements or scheduling a future visit. I enjoy interacting with children and seeing their smiling faces when they leave our office. I am delighted when I am given a hug or two. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. I enjoy cooking, cleaning and shopping. My goal for this upcoming year is to expand my knowledge in the management field.



Biography

Hello, My name is Donna. I joined the administrative team at our Jefferson Valley Office in 2013. I love my job and I enjoy interacting with our patients. I find my job very rewarding especially when the children leave with smiles on their faces. My goal for this upcoming year is to continue to expand my knowledge and grow with the VPD team. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my two children, shopping, and cooking.



Biography

Hello, my name is Nicole and I am one of the newer members of the Valley Pediatric Dentistry team. I joined the group in the fall of 2015 as an administrative team member. I have worked with children for over ten years previously and have a love for kids of all ages. It’s always so nice to see a child leaving our office happy and smiling after realizing a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be so scary! Taking care of dental hygiene is important, even at a young age and I think the doctors here do a great job in educating our patients in a friendly and gentle way. I have a passion for movies and music and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, family and my cat, Leonardo DiCatrio.



Biography

Hello, my name is Taneshia and I’m a Certified Dental Assistant. My assisting career began in general dentistry in 1997 before finding a new passion in pediatric dentistry. I had the pleasure of joining the practice in 2001. I enjoy working with children and being part of a team that delivers smiles, education and a better quality of life. On a personal level, I am happily married to my husband Joel, and have two children, Dominique and Isaiah. I enjoy shopping and spending time with family and friends, and most of all practicing my religion.



Biography

Hello, my name is Rose and I am a Dental Assistant, I joined the group in 2005 and it has been a wonderful place to grow, learn and meet new people. I enjoy seeing our patients as they have become our extended family. In my spare time I enjoy reading crafting and spending time with my best friend Jason. I have four children of my own, Michael, Jennifer, George and Kathryn and I know the concerns of a parent when it comes to your child’s dental care. You will see me at local events promoting dental health and on occasion at our new office in Hopewell Junction.”



Biography

Hello, my name is Lisa. I have been with Valley Pediatric Dentistry 3 years as a Dental Assistant. Being a Dental Assistant for 20 years, this is my first experience working in a pediatric office and I have to say my favorite. Working with children and helping them get over their dental fears is both rewarding and challenging but also a lot of fun. When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son Joseph, and also I am an avid reader and love to exercise.



Biography

Hello, my name is Shinera. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist as well as the Clinical Team Leader. I am also trained to practice Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT). I joined the practice in 2006 and instantly fell in love with pediatric dentistry. I have two children of my own and they have given me a new perspective on what is needed from me to give my patients the best experience possible. Dental anxiety begins at a young age and this is something I plan to alleviate by guiding children through their visit and giving them the comfort they need and deserve. With our amazing doctors and team, I am able to help lead our patients towards a healthy and successful adult life. My goal for this upcoming year is to continue to support and motivate the clinical team to be the best we can be. I am also exhilarated about bringing OMT to our patients and families. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team. Being a dental hygienist is truly so rewarding and I absolutely love what I do.



Biography

Hello, my name is Dianne. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and a graduate from Hostos Community College in 1992. I am also trained to practice Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT). I have worked in the dental field for 20 years experienced in general, periodontal and pediatric dentistry. I was selected to join this amazing VPD team in 2008. I truly enjoy the opportunity to help children by educating and encouraging healthy decision making in their overall health. I am passionate about what I do and I am committed to making patient care a pleasant and positive experience. I feel privileged to serve the community at local events and schools. As a dental hygienist, it is rewarding to see a smile on their face after a visit. I am blessed to be a part of a team that believes and promotes professional and personal growth.



Biography

Hi, my name is Ellen. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. I joined the team at Valley Pediatric Dentistry in 2014. I graduated from SUNY Farmingdale in 2003. I have worked in General Dentistry for many years, but my passion has always been to work with children. Throughout the year, I visit schools in Orange, Dutchess and Putnam Counties to teach kids the importance of good dental hygiene and a proper nutritional diet. I love to see the smile on their faces when they help me brush my puppet “Clyde’s” teeth and help him floss. I feel that working with children in and out of the office is truly a rewarding experience. Valley Pediatric Dentistry is my home away from home. Everyone I take care of and work with is my extended family. I am married to my wonderful husband, Marty, and have 2 fantastic kids, Kylie & Brody. I love to go to the beach and also enjoy amusement parks, especially Disney World.



Biography

Hello, my name is Amy. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and a graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University College of Dental Medicine in 1987 as well as 1989 with a degree in Dental Hygiene Education. I joined the Valley Pediatric team in the spring of 2016 after many years of filling in for my dental hygiene colleagues at VPD. I have approximately 30 years of experience in pediatric dentistry and have really watched it evolve to meet the ever changing trends and needs of our precious patients. In addition to my clinical work at VPD, I hold a position as Clinical Instructor at New York University – College of Dentistry, where I teach subjects such as instrumentation, infection control and patient management. Teaching has always been a passion of mine whether I am showing a college student how to hold an instrument or a six year old how to hold a toothbrush! I am so proud to be part of Valley Pediatric Dentistry which fully supports and nurtures this passion and empowers me and my colleagues to bring our best selves to our patients every day. Additionally, I am so fortunate to come home to the loves of my life, my children, Jackie and Justin, my husband Steve and our sweet little dog Marshmallow.



Biography

Hi, my name is Beth. I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1996 and became part of the Valley Pediatric Dentistry Team in the Fall of 2016. I started my career in Pediatrics, then I moved to Virginia and joined other specialty offices including Cosmetic, Periodontal, Orthodontics and General Dentistry. My heart has always been with working with children and after moving back to New York, getting married and having a son of my own, I knew I wanted to get back to Pediatrics. I am absolutely blessed to be a part of the Valley Pediatric Dentistry family. When I’m not with that family, I enjoy my time with my husband, son, Joseph and my dog, Vader. I also enjoy hiking, biking, traveling, watching movies and sledding.



Biography

Hi! I’m Jenna! I became an administrative team member in the summer of 2016. While this is my first experience working for a pediatric dental office, I have an extensive background in providing exceptional customer experiences. I am also a certified personal trainer which has provided me with a wide spectrum of knowledge on health and fitness pertaining to all ages. Outside of the office I enjoy exploring all genres of movies and music. I am an avid New York Rangers fan! I have a 2 year old Rottweiler, ‘furbaby’, named Carl who I love to spoil and spend my time with! I look forward to providing you and your family with exceptional care as well as growing and expanding with the Valley Pediatric Dentistry team.


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