About Your Team
Jill - Practice Manager of Operations
Quote About Dentistry: "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your JOY." - Thieh Nhat Hanh
My Mission: I enjoy creating order out of chaos, developing systems, building effective teams and creating a positive culture. My mission is to support, coach, empower and to provide resources to help people become the best version of themselves. I never sought after dentistry. Dentistry found me, providing an opportunity to utilize my background in education, my training in business and my heart for service.
Education & Professional Background: Jill graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Arts in English & Secondary Education. After several years teaching high school English, she found herself in dentistry. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at Longwood University with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2022.She is also a lifelong member of the American Academy of Dental Office Managers (AADOM).
Life & Hobbies: Jill says, "my life outside of work centers on Faith and Family: my husband of 20+ years and my two young adult children. We love to vacation as a family, camping & hiking, visiting as many National Parks as we can. In my personal time, I enjoy gardening and volleyball."
Sheila Kate - Registered Dental Hygienist
Quote About Dentistry: "I love smiling, smiling is my favorite!" - Buddy the Elf
My Mission: To promote healthy and confident smiles through education and professionalism with each and every patient.
Education & Professional Background: Sheila graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelors in English Literature. After seven years of dental assisting, she pursued her dream of dental hygiene at Northern Virginia Community College, graduating with an Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2021.
Life & Hobbies: Originally from the mountains in Western Maryland, Sheila and her family just moved back to the Harrisonburg area. She says, "I love spending time with my husband and 2 children, traveling and enjoying new experiences together."
Whitney - Registered Dental Hygienist
Quote About Dentistry: "Every tooth in a person's head is more valuable than a diamond."
My Mission: To make all patients feel comfortable and at ease while giving them the best dental hygiene treatment. To educate each patient so they have the ability at home to improve and maintain oral health.
Education & Professional Background: Whitney started her dental career as a dental assistant for 5 years. She achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree from JMU and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2014.
Life & Hobbies: Being a mother to two amazing little boys, mountain biking, trail running, doing her part to make the world a more loving place for all humans.
Yana - Dental Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "Provide excellent quality care for each patient."
My Mission: For patients to have great experience and feel comfortable in our office.
Education & Professional Background: Yana has been a dental assistant for 17 years. She says, "I love the challenges and the excitement that are involved in the dental field. Meeting and caring for the patient's needs and making sure they leave with a smile on their face brings me great satisfaction."
Life & Hobbies: Yana loves to spent time with her husband and kids.
Autumn - Registered Dental Hygienist
Quote About Dentistry: "Only brush the teeth you want to keep."
My Mission: My mission is to empower my patients with the knowledge and skills to achieve the oral health and smile they desire and deserve. I strive to make every patient's dental visit a pleasurable visit while providing excellent care.
Education & Professional Background: Autumn is a Turner Ashby graduate, class of 2010. She then attended Blue Ridge Community College where she received an Associates Degree in Arts and Science in 2012. She continued her education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Autumn also attended MTC while in high school and completed the dental assisting program in 2008.
Life & Hobbies: Autumn was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She lived in Virginia Beach for seven years, including the two she studied at ODU. In 2019 she returned to the Valley to be closer to family. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys riding motorcycles and traveling. She also enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Cindy - Business Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "Helping patients with anxiety feel comfortable."
My Mission: Helping patients get the care they need, desire and deserve!
Education & Professional Background: Cindy achieved a license in Health, Life & Annuities through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) through Kaplan.
Life & Hobbies: Family, Friends, Food and Bowling.
Alex - Dental Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "I absolutely love what I do and know that I am right where I am meant to be!"
My Mission: To provide the best care possible to each and every single one of my patients.
Education & Professional Background: Alex attended Massanutten Technical Center where she received a certification for Dental Assisting. She is currently pursing an additional certification as an expanded functions Dental Assistant.
Life & Hobbies: "I enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors with my equally as beautiful family as well as capturing wonderfully moments with my camera."
Sheila - Dental Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "A smile translates the same in any language."
My Mission: To always be 100% present for my doctor, my team, and my patients. To not only listen, but hear, and be aware of each of their needs. Stepping up as an advocate when necessary, all while providing the care they deserve.
Education & Professional Background: She completed the dental assisting course at Massanutten Technical Center 30 years ago, not knowing how passionate she would become about changing lives through smiles. Since then, she's completed countless hours of Continuing Education to expand her dental knowledge. Sheila recently became a Certified Dental Assistant and is pursuing the dental assistant expanded functions certification.
Life & Hobbies: Sheila says, "I am Jesus-loving mother and G'ma! My family and friends keep my life full. I spend as much time as possible in my kitchen, any kitchen really. And music is a must! One guilty pleasure...hockey; Go CAPS!!"
Cynthia - Business Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love. A gift to that person, a beautiful thing." - Mother Teresa
My Mission: I like making people feel welcomed and wanted!
Education & Professional Background: Cynthia graduated from Turner Ashby High School. She is an experienced Spanish translator and a certified driving instructor.
Life & Hobbies: "I love anything that involves being creative: arts, crafts, cooking, baking."
Melissa - Business Assistant
Quote About Dentistry: "Use your smile to change the world but don't let the world change your smile."
My Mission: Dedicated to treating people, not just teeth.
Education & Professional Background: Melissa attended Everest College where she received a certificate in Dental Assisting.
Life & Hobbies: Reading, spending time with my family, traveling.