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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, Treatment & Team Coordinator

Reception/Front office Cassie Cassie joined our team in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in the health and medical field. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a Minor in Mathematics at Shawnee State University. In 2016, she earned her CPC (Certified Professional Coding) certification through the AAPC and completed the medical/dental coding course to further her knowledge in 2021. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know each patient on a deeper level, as a person. She loves helping patients understand their treatment process and find the best financial option to make their dream smiles a reality.

Cassie was born and raised in southern Ohio but has called the Shenandoah Valley home since 2011. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling (especially to tropical destinations with awesome snorkeling and diving), going to theatre productions and sporting events, making jewelry, creating resin art, woodworking, and taking her Soft Coat Wheaten Terrier, Buddy, to the dog park.

Melba, Front Office/Insurance Coordinator

Front Office/Insurance Coordinator Melba Melba first joined our office in 2009 and has been in the dental field since 2007. She earned her Associate in Accounting from National College, graduating with High Honors. Additionally, she is certified in CPR, first aid, X-rays, CareCredit financing, and has received training focused on mini-dental implants. Melba is currently a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). Just 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, and two grandchildren. Outside of work, her hobbies include taking care of the animals on her farm (chickens, cows, sheep, and pigs), being with family and friends, swimming, and fishing. Melba is also a 4-H leader for the Singers Glen 4-H Club.

Craig, Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist Craig Craig has over 15 years of experience in dentistry and been with our team since 2012. He attended both Bridgewater College and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. He loves the people he works with and always enjoys relaxing with the animals downstairs at the petting zoo (don’t worry…he always washes his hands after!).

Craig originally hails from Bridgewater, and he is married with four children. His interests include soccer, hiking, camping, backpacking, and video/board games. Something interesting about Craig: he once spent several weeks in the rainforests of Costa Rica doing ecological research.

Brandy, Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist Brandy Brandy has been working as a dental hygienist since 2013, and she loves getting to know her patients and helping them regain their best smiles while overcoming any anxiety. She studied at Blue Ridge Community College and earned her Associate in Dental Hygiene degree from Danville Community College.

Originally from right here in Harrisonburg, Brandy and her husband, Billy, have a daughter named Chloe and a son named Cooper. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, camping, shopping, and visiting the beach.

Heidi, Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist Heidi Heidi is from Grottoes, and she attended the Dental Hygiene program at Lord Fairfax Community College. She also has advanced training in first aid, CPR, local anesthesia, and periodontal laser therapy. Today, what she enjoys most about her job is being able to assist her patients with their needs so they have the ability to feel better with a healthy, radiant smile!

Outside of work, Heidi is very close with her family, and they often enjoy getting together to cook a meal or ride bikes around the park. As for personal hobbies, you can usually find her doing activities outdoors, traveling, or playing with Bruno, her Labradoodle.

Something interesting about Heidi: she can lick her elbow!

Katherine, Hygiene/Sterilization Assistant

Katherine deeply enjoys getting to work alongside such a skilled and motivated team every day while helping our patients get their smiles back. She completed her training at the Valley Career and Technical Center and earned her X-ray certificate at VCU.

When she isn’t working, Katherine likes to spend most of her free time with family, ideally playing with her niece and nephews. On the weekends, you’ll often find her studying for dental hygiene school, collecting candles, or reading.

Ciende, Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant CiendeCiende 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

Mario Dental AssistantMaria 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.

Diana, Dental Assistant

Office Administrator Sharon Since joining our team in the summer of 2022, Diana has thoroughly enjoyed helping people feel as comfortable as possible during their procedures. She attended Massanutten Technical Center where she earned her dental assistant certificate. She also took a course at Lord Fairfax Community College and has experience with CEREC same-day dental crowns. 

Some of Diana’s favorite ways to spend her free time are going to car shows with her brother and skiing with her family.

Sharon, Office Administrator

Office Administrator Sharon Originally from Mount Sidney, Sharon has been working in dentistry since 2014. 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 and three grandchildren (including a set of fraternal twins). When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys reading, tending the yard, watching the deer on her land, and soaking in sunsets from her back deck.

Danielle, Scheduling Coordinator

Danielle says that nothing is more rewarding than helping a patient rediscover their confidence. Also a licensed cosmetologist, she worked as a dental assistant for five years before moving into administration and starting with our practice.

Danielle and her husband, Cody, married in 2022, and she likes to spend her downtime crafting, reading, and hanging out with her niece and nephew.