Heidi, Practice Administrator
Heidi has been a part of our “family” for 21 years. She has over 30 years of dental office experience and considers herself a “hands on” manager. Her love of dentistry as resulted in a comprehensively high tech facility offering the community as well as surrounding towns the very best in dental care. That love has also brought together a team of dedicated and caring professionals. “Our systems, protocols and superior staff have created an environment of trust and integrity that keep our chairs full yet we are always happy to welcome new and soon to be loyal happy patients!” Heidi enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Carol, Financial/Insurance Co-coordinator
Carol, Family Dental Practice’s “Insurance Expert” has been with us since 1992! Her kind demeanor and extensive knowledge make her indispensable. You can hear Carol’s contagious laughter throughout the office. Carol is consistent in her attention to detail and extremely hardworking. If you need assistance with patient financing, she wiill help you apply. Out of the office, Carol is busy with her husband and 2 sons Mitchell and Noah. As a family they love going to baseball games.
Marci, Patient Co-coordinator
Marci has been with the Family Dental Practice Team since 2002. She brings warmth and sincerity to our office and takes pride in making every patient feel at ease with her pleasant and soft-spoken manner. Marci’s goal is to help each patient understand their treatment plans so they may fulfill not only their dental needs but also their dental wishes- like a beautiful smile! In her free time, Marci enjoys reading, hiking and traveling to her cabin in Vermont with her family. She is currently awaiting the birth of her second granddaughter!
Sarah, Patient Coordinator
Sarah has been a member of our Family Dental team for just over a year. She is happy to help you with your appointments and with any questions you have about your treatment. When Sarah is not giggling and helping patients, she is caring for her 2 small daughters Riley and Peyton.
Leslie, Patient Coordinator
Leslie is our newest patient coordinator. Although she’s had a career in cosmetology, Leslie has become knowledgeable in dentistry very quickly. When she is not helping patients, Leslie enjoys baking, cooking and crafting.
Awilda, Registered Dental Hygienist
Awilda received her Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Bridgeport, School of Dental Hygiene and has been with Family Dental Practice for 30 years! She is also retired from the Army Reserves which she served for 21 years. Awilda takes care of the Family Dental gardens surrounding the building. She also enjoys her own extensive gardens at her home. When she is not busy keeping her faithful patient’s mouths healthy, she travels with her family.
Ashley, Registered Dental Hygienist
Ashley joined our team in 2008. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Forsyth Dental Hygiene program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. She finds her career very rewarding and satisfying being able to use her skills and knowledge to successfully achieve optimal patient care as well as comfort during all appointments. The most gratifying aspect of her job is being able to help her patients feel good about themselves through their smiles. Ashley enjoys quality time with her husband Corey; traveling and going to concerts around the country.
Melissa, Registered Dental Hygienist
Melissa graduated from Tunxis Community College with a degree in dental hygiene in 2013 and joined our practice in September of 2014. She enjoys the opportunity to spend time getting to know her patients and understanding their wants and needs for their dental health is her goal each day. You will find Melissa’s quick smile and cheerful optimistic attitude very refreshing! In her spare time Melissa enjoys do it yourself projects and spending time with her family, friends and bulldog Seamus.
Elaina, Registered Dental Hygienist
Elaina joined our Family Dental team in 2010. She earned her associates degree in Dental Hygiene from Tunxis Community College. Elaina’s bubbly and caring personality helps the most apprehensive patients feel at ease during their hygiene visits. She strives to help her patients maintain optimal oral health so they can enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come. In her free time she likes doing crafts and listening to music. Elaina resides in Ellington with her husband Gary and children Zak and Amanda.
Sue, Dental Assistant
Suzie enjoys working in all phases of dentistry. She left us briefly to raise her sons but returned and has been with us for 13 years. Suzie is the chairside assistant for both Dr. Meltzer our periodontist and Dr. Jhaveri. She has taken extensive continuing education classes and has volunteered for the Mission of Mercy. In her spare time, Suzie loves spending time with husband Vinnie and her children Kevin and Tony. She also enjoys boating, kayaking and hiking with her family and dog Molly.
Mary Beth, Crown Designer/ Dental Assistant
Mary Beth has been with Family Dental Practice since 2010. She started as Dr. Mason’s assistant and now has the responsibility of Laboratory Technician. She has completed extensive training at the PLANMECA University in Dallas Texas and designs same day crowns, veneers and onlays. The convenience and comfort it affords our busy patients is very rewarding to her. Mary Beth enjoys running in marathons with her husband Rob as well as hiking and golfing. She visits her older daughter in New York often and resides in South Windsor with her husband and daughter Ali.
Catherine (Catie), Certified Dental Assistant
Catie came to us after receiving her dental assisting diploma in January of 2017. She primarily assists Dr. Meltzer our Periodontist and is also cross-trained to work at the front desk. When not working hard assisting patients, Catie enjoys hiking with friends, working out at the gym and visiting her mother in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Jessica, Dental Assistant
Jessica has been with our Family Dental Team for two years. She assists Dr. Morris chairside and keeps procedures running smoothly while making her patients as comfortable as she can. You can always expect a warm smile She works as a patient coordinator two days a week as well greeting patients and scheduling appointments. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys taking motorcycle rides with her boyfriend Kyle and spending time with their dogs Jacoby and Winston.
Taylor, Dental Assistant
Taylor is Dr. Meltzer’s main assistant. She is a recent graduate of Porter and Chester Institute where she earned a certificate in Dental Assisting. When she is not assisting Dr. Meltzer in surgery, she is chasing her 16-month-old son Jackson.