Get to know the staff of Special Care Smiles!
Melissa is one of our hygienists. She is from Wilkes-Barre and graduated from GAR High School. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).
She shows a real passion for working with both special needs patients and children. Melissa’s inspiration for doing what she does is her niece, Leah (in the picture with Melissa). Leah has Down Syndrome. Outside of work, Melissa loves spending time with family, friends, and her 2 dogs, Oliver and Archie.
Rachel is another one of our hygienists. She graduated from high school in New York. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Luzerne County Community College (LCCC). She also completed the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program at LCCC.
Rachel loves working with our most difficult patients. She has a family member with autism, which helped fuel her desire to work with special needs. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and pets, Falcor and Tiny Tim.
Katie is one of our Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (EFDAs). She graduated from Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in 2013 with a specialization in dental assisting. She returned to LCCC and became a licensed EFDA in 2018.
Katie loves spending time at home with her husband, Adam, and of course her cat, Nellie. She enjoys cooking and experimenting with new gluten free recipes.
Cherie is originally from Syracuse, NY. She started her dental career as an assistant, but decided she wanted to do hygiene. She moved to this area to attend hygiene school at Luzerne County Community College. She graduated in 2012 and has been working as a hygienist since.
Cherie has experience with patients of all ages. She truly enjoys cleaning teeth and educating patients.
Outside of the office, Cherie enjoys traveling and spending time with friends, family, and her
Amanda is a full time EFDA. She graduated from Luzerne County Community College in 2015.
In her free time, Amanda loves spending time with her husband (high school sweetheart, Lenny) and daughter (Bryleigh). They love being outdoors and enjoy camping every weekend during the summer.
Lauren is a part time EFDA. She graduated from Fortis Institute in 2016. She worked as an EFDA with Dr. Holena, but then took some time away from the dental world.
Lauren has 2 children, Hunter (8) and Addison (5 months). She says that Zach, her boyfriend, is her rock and biggest supporter.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and kayaking.
Lauren is very excited to be back working with patients and make a difference in their lives.
Brenda graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School.
She has been married for 22 years to Wally. They met when they were 6 years old! She has two children, Nick (19) and Luke (15). Her 10 year old German Shepherd, Duke, keeps everyone going.
Brenda enjoys vacationing every summer in LBI, NJ with her family.
Outside of work, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and roller skating on the weekends.