Meet Our Harrisonburg Dental Team
At Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our doctors are proud to have the ongoing support of such a capable and dedicated team that always puts the patient’s needs first! They’ll enjoy getting to know you and helping you feel at ease as you move from the front desk to the treatment chair, and we ensure that everyone undergoes a solid amount of continuing education each year in order to bolster their skills even further. To learn more about our hygienists, assistants, and more, keep reading:
Cassie, Reception/ Front Office
Cassie comes to us all the way from West Portsmouth, OH, and she’ll likely be one of the first friendly faces you’ll see when you come to visit us! While she is relatively new to dentistry, she actually has 13 years of experience in the medical field. As part of our front desk team, she says her favorite part about her job is helping and getting to know our wonderful patients. Away from the office, she likes to spend her time traveling, snorkeling, reading, crafting, woodworking, and taking her beloved Wheaten Terrier, Buddy, to the dog park.
Melba, Front Office/Insurance Coordinator
Melba first joined our office eight years ago, and she has 10 years of overall experience in the field. She earned her Associates in Accounting from the National Business of College, graduating with High Honors. Additionally, she is certified in X-rays and CareCredit. Being able to give patients a great smile means the world to her!
Originally from Broadway, Melba has a fiancé named Jeremie, a daughter named Brooklyn (who also works here!), and a granddaughter named Ashlynn. Outside of work, her hobbies include taking care of the animals on the farm (chickens, cows, goats, and pigs), being with family and friends, swimming, and fishing.
Something interesting about Melba: she has a big heart and enjoys helping anyone that she can.
Allison, Dental Hygienist
Allison first joined our practice seven years ago, and she has 20 overall years of experience in the dental world. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and then completed her education in dental hygiene at Roane State Community College. She has her certifications in CPR and local anesthesia, and she constantly improves her training with continuing education courses. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help others achieve a healthy smile and take care of their teeth!
Originally from Sharps Chapel, TN, Allison and her loving husband Billy have two kids named Abigail and Andrew. When she isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and shopping.
Something interesting about Allison: her father is actually a dentist, and she has always loved going to his office, helping out, and learning a lot about dentistry.
Craig, Dental Hygienist
Craig has seven years of experience in dentistry, having spent the last five as part of our team. In the past, he attended both Bridgewater College and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene from the latter. He loves the people he works with!
Craig originally hails from Bridgewater, and he is married with three children named Winter, Autumn and Titus. His interests include soccer, hiking, camping, backpacking, and playing music.
Something interesting about Craig: he once spent several weeks in the rainforests of Costa Rica doing ecological research.
Jenny, Registered Dental Hygienist
Jenny is from Bridgewater, and she’s been working in the dental field for 12 years, having spent the past two at our Harrisonburg practice. She attended Virginia Western Community College and is certified in CPR. She enjoys attending continuing education courses on a regular basis. Her favorite part of her job is simple – she loves cleaning teeth!
Jenny is married to J.R., who is the Captain at the City of Staunton Fire Department. Together, they have two children named Jamie and Billy. When she isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets and watching country music videos on CMT.
Something interesting about Jenny: She loves her dogs! They’re a big part of her family.
Becky, Dental Assistant
Becky hails from Decorah, IA, and she is proud to be a part of such an incredible team that helps so many people smile! She has advanced training in AED/BLS, phlebotomy, bone grafting, and X-rays. She also has over eight years of experience in ER and L&D work at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Becky has a five year old son named Levi, who recently started kindergarten and is also learning Spanish. In her free time, she educates people on incorporating essential oils in their life, does anything and everything outdoors, hunts, fishes, camps, hikes, and spends time with friends and family. She is also very active in her church and loves singing and playing sports.
Something interesting about Becky: she lived in Kazakhstan for five months, where she learned Russian and helped orphans.
Brooklyn, Dental Assistant
Brooklyn has been working in the dental field for two years and counting. She began her education in the dental assisting program at Massanutten Technical Center and is currently working on an Associates from Blue Ridge Community College. She holds a certification in dental radiology. Today, her favorite part of her job is being able to help people get their smiles back!
Brooklyn lives in Timberville, and she has a three year old daughter named Ashlynn. Her hobbies include playing outside with Ashlynn, making primitives, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and spending time on the farm.
Something interesting about Brooklyn: she’s been showing cattle since she was nine years old.
Ciende, Dental Assistant
Ciende is from here in Harrisonburg, and she’s been a member of our team for 14 years with 18 years spent in the dental field as a whole. She’s also certified in X-rays and has advanced training in CEREC and mini dental implants. She loves seeing transformations happen in patients' lives once their smiles are improved.
Ciende is the busy mom of two very active children, and her interests outside of work include spending time with her family, going to the beach, and doing mud runs!
Maria, Dental Assistant
Maria received her dental education from the Massanutten Technical Center. She also has additional training in dental radiation. She is originally from Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish, which goes a long way towards helping our Hispanic patients feel right at home.
Maria has a small family who tend to be quiet until you get to know them. When she has free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and athletic activities. She has a big, outgoing personality!
Something interesting about Maria: She loves being outdoors but is terrified of all types of bugs.
Sharon, Office Administrator
Originally from Mount Solon, Sharon has been working in dentistry for three and a half years so far. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and is currently a member of the AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Managers). She loves working with such friendly and caring people!
Sharon and her husband Dale have two grown children. When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys reading, helping her husband on the farm, gardening, and cooking.
Something interesting about Sharon: she grew up on a dairy farm and now lives on a beef and poultry farm.