Meet The Staff

Patty

Office Manager

Joined GFD in 2016 

Patty is Gentle Family Dentistry's office manager.  She spent 22 years in the military as a dental laboratory technician, leadership school instructor and dental clinic manager.  She has a bachelor's degree in Business Management and is pursuing her masters in Human Resource Management with an emphasis on education and training.  Patty's focus is to ensure the GFD staff has everything they need to provide superior dental care and maximize the patient experience. She has a passion for leadership, team building and loves to teach. And she loves to problem-solve!

Although the military brought Patty and her family to Maryland, they fell in love with Calvert County and decided to put down roots. Originally from northern Maine, she enjoys her four seasons, loves to ski with her husband and two teens and is an avid New England Patriots fan.  She said please do not hold that against her!  She and her husband are having a great time dreaming of a quaint and quiet retirement in Maine. 

patty@dunkirkdental.com

 


Samantha

Financial Coordinator

Joined GFD in 2009 

Sam, as she's known around the office, is Gentle Family Dentistry's Financial Coordinator. She has been in the dental industry for almost 18 years. Sam is a wonderful patient advocate who strives to help a patient understand their benefits. She is happy to submit claims to reap the maximum benefit from your plan. Sam takes pride in being a problem-solver, and will answer questions for a patient at any time. Her knowledge of benefits is extensive, and she is a true asset to the practice.

Sam first came to Maryland when her spouse, who was then in the military, transferred to Maryland. Sam grew up in South Jersey, but she and her husband have come to love the Maryland lifestyle and decided to stay. Sam is always active. When not in the office, you will find Sam at the gym, hiking, sewing, playing Xbox, or working on the latest home project with her husband. She loves rustic vacations that include hiking, mountains and pine trees...Colorado is a favorite travel destination of hers. 

 sam@dunkirkdental.com


Angela

Account and Patient Care Specialist

Joined GFD in 2014 

Angela is our Account and Patient Care Specialist. She has been in the dental field for approximately seven years, but has been in the medical field for 11 years. She is well versed in insurance billing, but we think one of her greatest talents is making a patient smile at check out. She is witty and timely, and is always striving to help patients complete their care in the most economical way possible. And if she can make you laugh while she's scheduling your treatment...it's a good day!

Angela is originally a New Yorker, but she most recently lived in Florida. She was thrilled to move back up north and enjoy the four seasons again. Angela is loving the wonderful things to do and see that the D.C. area is known for. You can often find Angela staying busy on the weekends...usually playing tourist and exploring or whipping up a batch of cupcakes - take it from us, they are amazing!

office@dunkirkdental.com


Michelle

Scheduling Coordinator

Joined GFD in 2016 

Michelle is the first friendly face you will see when you walk through the doors at GFD! She is a Maryland transplant, and we are thrilled she found her way to GFD. Michelle grew up in the Midwest, and came to Maryland when her husband received a military transfer. She has over 25 years in customer service, and we feel she is the perfect Scheduling Coordinator because she believes we should treat patients the way we would want to be treated. Michelle really enjoys relating to our patients on a personal level and makes everyone feel like they are important and welcome.

When not at work, Michelle loves spending time with her twin 14 year old daughters and husband. Family is everything to her. She makes an amazing Peanut Butter Blossom cookie, and has a soft spot for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is a team player, and loves to join the gang when we plan an outing...whether it is volunteering at the End Hunger warehouse, or cheering on our Dragon Boat team!

office@dunkirkdental.com


Jennifer

Dental Hygiene Coordinator

Joined GFD in 2016 

Jen is a versatile addition to our team and is getting to get to know our patients very quickly between helping in both the administrative and clinical aspects of our practice. Jen has over five years of experience in the dental field. She has worked in general dentistry and endodontics. Jen loves helping patients overcome their confusion about insurance so she can give our patients maximum benefit with their dental plan. Explaining insurance coverage to a patient in terms they understand is one of her greatest qualities - because insurance can be very confusing!

 

Jen most recently worked in Bowie, and is very excited to now work so close to home. Jen is a native of the Eastern Shore and is currently stationed in the area with her husband and children. Her husband is a Marine Corp. veteran, and is currently with the Army reserves. Now that Jen works closer to home, she is able to spend more time doing the things she loves, such as baking treats with the kids or doing arts & crafts. Need chocolate? Jen is the one who will surprise you with a treat! 

office@dunkirkdental.com


Jessica

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joined GFD in 2009 

Jessica is one of our amazing Dental Hygienists. She is a natural teacher and has a knack with children. Jessica has her Laser Certification, and has a passion for oral health. She will put you at ease before you even sit in her chair, and will educate you as she makes your smile look and feel more beautiful. Jessica's motto is, "If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is the door to the body" and uses this to emphasize her oral-systemic health philosophy.

Jessica is a proud mother to her son who is in high school. When she is not at work, you will often find her working on home improvement projects and taking her dogs for a walk. She carves out time for herself by enjoying a healthy lifestyle that is filled with fitness and fun! She loves to shoot a bow and make delicious meals. She also finds the time to volunteer for Mission of Mercy and visit schools and daycare centers in the community to teach kids about oral health. 


Barbara

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joined GFD in 1979

Barb is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been practicing her craft for almost 40 years! She has been with the practice since 1979, and has been with Dr. Sclater since 2008. Barb's favorite part about being a Dental Hygienist is getting to see a patient make a complete turnaround towards excellent dental health with a little education and regular dental care. Barb has a knack for great sealants on teeth, and believes they are an important part of optimizing the benefits of regular visits to the dentist. Barb is Laser Certified.

Barb moved to Calvert County in 1979 and she's never looked back. She raised her family in Calvert County, and is lucky to still have all her grown children living close by. When not in the office, Barb spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren...which keeps her very busy! And she loves to row with the GFD team in the End Hunger Dragon Boat races. 

 


Sandi

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joined GFD in 2004

Sandi is a Dental Hygienist with Gentle Family Dentistry and earned an A.A.S. degree. She has been with our practice since 2004 and has been in the dental industry for 35 years. Sandi is a truly gentle hygienist. She feels that gaining the trust of a patient is one of the most important aspects of her job. She takes great satisfaction in restoring a mouth to total health and seeing how it impacts the lives of her patients. 


Sandi originally hailed from the Hudson Valley in NY. She has lived in Maryland for the past 26 years. Sandi is very active in her church, and she loves to spend time with her family.  Sandi likes to spend her free time attending plays or working on puzzles. She also likes to squeeze in a little  girl-time with her friends when she gets the chance. 
Sandi was a part of the dental team that volunteered for Mission of Mercy in 2012 and 2014, and is a supporter of The Autism Project. 


Emily

Registered Dental Hygienist, BS

Joined GFD in 2016

Emily has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 15 years. She has a comprehensive philosophy for dental care, and she believes that keeping your mouth healthy is just as important as keeping your body and mind healthy. She enjoys making patients smile and putting them at ease. In addition to her clinical experience, she was a Clinical Adjunct Instructor at Wichita State University and really enjoyed the teaching aspect of her career.

She was born in the Philippines and grew up in Texas. She was a military wife for many years before her husband recently retired and became a commercial pilot. Her family keeps her very busy when she's not taking care of patients, and you can often find her at a football game, working out with friends or enjoying a good glass of wine when she’s not at the office. Emily is also passionate about our local non-profit, End Hunger and has participated in many End Hunger events...including the Dragon Boat races and the Bike to End Hunger event that takes place in April every year. 



Jess

Certified Dental Assistant - RDAEF, DRT, COA

Joined GFD in 2009

Jessica is our lead Dental Assistant and has been with Gentle Family Dentistry for nine years. Jessica has a total of thirteen years in the dental industry, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree. In addition, she is a BLS/CPR instructor. Jessica is also Expanded Function Assistant certified and Ortho Expanded Function certified.  Jess has a wonderful rapport our orthodontic patients. She has a way with people, and strives to make everyone's experience great...she loves it when a patient leaves with a smile on their face!

Jess exhibits a natural curiosity, even at home, and is constantly thinking outside the box when it comes to home improvement projects. She loves spending time with her daughter, who just began kindergarten. She loves being outdoors and counts kayaking and hiking as two of her favorite activities. She's always willing to lend a hand...and if you see Jess around town, her sweet little girl is sure to be in tow!

 


Melissa

Certified Dental Assistant, DRT

Joined GFD 2016

Melissa is a bundle of energy and has over 30 years of history in the dental industry. She began dental assisting in high school and fell in love. She is a hands-on personality that dives right in. She loves helping Dr. DeLeon give our patients the highest level of patient care, and strives to give our patients efficient and compassionate care.  Melissa hopes you leave her chair with a smile on your face. If you leave us feeling you received kind and compassionate care, she feels she did her job well. She loves to laugh and hopes you do too!

Melissa is always busy...even when she's not at the office. She has three grown children, and she loves walking, photography and Creative Memories. Melissa and her husband Rich are always game for a GFD outing, and we are very lucky they always bring along their camera to capture the memories! 



Cathy

Certified Dental Assistant, RDAEF, DRT

Joined GFD in 2017 

Over 20 years ago Cathy applied for a job in the dental field. She was hired, and the rest is history! She loves the challenges that make this field so interesting. No two days are the same. Cathy finds dentistry incredibly rewarding. She has brought a quiet and calm energy to our team, and she is wonderful at soothing patients that may be a little nervous before a procedure. Cathy joins us as Dr. Sclater's assistant. 

Cathy loves to spend her weekends with a big mug of coffee in her hand, and likes spending time with her two children and energetic Dobermans. If Cathy is in the kitchen, she's probably whipping up grilled salmon. She grew up in Annapolis, and migrated south to Calvert County as she searched for an excellent school system for her children. She really enjoys the more relaxed pace in Calvert. She has jumped right in as a part of the GFD team, and has volunteered with us at the End Hunger Warehouse and Laying of the Wreaths at Cheltenham for Veteran's Day. 


Tiffany

Certified Dental Assistant/Hygiene Assistant, DRT

Joined GFD in 2017

Tiffany began her assisting career in high school as a part-time job. She brings to GFD many years of experience, creativity and thinking outside of the box. She is known around the office for pitching in wherever needed...whether it is with the doctors, hygiene team or helping the front. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know our patients and making a real connection that puts people at ease. 

Tiffany spent her childhood traveling because she grew up in a military family. She continued her love of travel and new experiences by marrying her Air Force husband. She is the Crafty Queen at GFD and our go-to girl when something needs a little altering or glitter. She loves to entertain and spend time with her two daughters. 


Dana

Community Relations Coordinator

Joined GFD in 2014 

As our Community Outreach Coordinator, Dana merges her customer service, sales and medical background to form relationships with members of our community. Dana enjoys connecting people, and feels her role at GFD is a natural fit.

Dana graduated from Salisbury University in 1999 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She then earned her M.A. in Mass Communications from Towson University in 2006.

Dana loves spreading the word about Gentle Family Dentistry. Working with the community is her favorite part of the job and she feels she is constantly reminded that there are wonderful people everywhere that really care about the Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel communities they live in.

On the weekend, you will usually find Dana in the kitchen whipping up something yummy, at one of her daughter’s lacrosse games, or relaxing by the Chesapeake Bay. She welcomes all feedback, whether positive or constructive criticism. Please feel free to email her any time at dana@dunkirkdental.com.




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