Dental Hygienist / Office Manager
Jess is a Dental Hygienist who graduated from SUNY Broome in 1991. She worked in a family dental practice until the Fall of 2021 when she joined Valley Dental Pediatrics. During her career, she has advanced her education in numerous areas and earned specific certificates in orthodontics and laser dentistry. She also routinely assisted the Dentist and loves to be continually learning! Jess is currently merging into the Office Manager position , but you will still find her seeing patients a few days a week! Her passion has always been treating children and it was only fitting for her to join us when her previous employer retired.
Outside of the office, Jess like to do anything outdoors- fishing, boating, snowmobiling, gardening and enjoying friends gathered around a bonfire to name a few. She has numerous blueberry bushes and strawberry plants that she likes to share her jams and baked goods from. She’s lucky to have a family of talented musicians that enjoys getting together for a good “jam session,” from time to time. Jess was born and raised in Maine, NY . She and her husband have two grown children, a chocolate lab “Hank,” and a tuxedo cat “Bentley.”
She thoroughly enjoys practicing in pediatrics, “ It makes my day when kids say they're so excited and couldn’t wait to come to their appointment. That’s my goal, to provide them with an enjoyable , fun experience while teaching them the importance of keeping those sugar bugs away ! ”
Courtney is the voice on the other end of the phone. She and her family recently moved back to the area to be closer to her family and friends. When she is not in the office, you can find her paddle boarding on the lake with her family or on the sidelines of a soccer game cheering on her son and daughter!
Ann is our financial coordinator. She enjoys spending time with her grandsons after retiring from her career in public accounting and manufacturing finance. She also enjoys her volunteer work at the Anderson Center and in the CHOW garden.
JoAnne has been an employee of Valley Dental Pediatrics since August 1989. She is presently part of our very busy administrative team and may have spoken to you from our call center or greeted you upon arrival to our office. Having raised her daughter Lindsey who prided herself on “no cavity” exams, she now dotes on her four grandchildren Logan, Riley, Owen and Sawyer. “For the Love of Children” is the motto and pride of why she has been dedicated to and remained at this wonderful and caring specialty office!
Administrative Team Member
Katie is the face of check out at Valley Dental Pediatrics. As part of the Administrative Team, you can find her smiling and talking with families visiting our office. Katie currently lives in the Hillcrest area with her 2 daughters, 1 step-daughter and her husband Bob. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She can usually be found watching any type of sporting event or Harry Potter. Her favorite sports are hockey and mixed martial arts. You can see Katie at some of the local events we sponsor throughout the year like Rumble Ponies baseball games and Animal Adventure. Katie looks forward to seeing the beautiful smiles of our patients as they leave.
Administrative Team Member
Dan joined the Valley Dental Pediatrics team in 2019. He brings 14 years of medical/dental experience to our front desk. In his time off, he enjoys hiking with his wife and daughter. He looks forward to greeting all the smiles that walk through our door!
Administrative Team Member
Trisha started with our practice in 2011 as a Dental Assistant. After moving out of the area, she returned to Valley Dental pediatrics in 2014. Trisha is Jack of all trades for both the administrative and clinical teams. She enjoys being a mom to two beautiful girls. She loves going for walks, spending time with family and enjoys her vacations at the beach making memories with them.
Administrative Team Member
Stephanie joined the Valley Dental Pediatrics team in the summer of 2017. After becoming a certified nursing assistant and working for people with special health care needs for over five years she accepted a job as a dental assistant and found her passion for dentistry. She worked as a general dental assistant as well as an orthodontic assistant for many years before coming to pediatrics. Stephanie and her husband, Jason live locally with their five children and dog, Cora. For fun she loves to spend time with her family, traveling, outdoor activities, hosting gatherings and watching football! GO BILLS!
Administrative Team Member
Jessy spent many years serving people with special health care needs before moving to New York. After leaving New Jersey she accepted a job working at a general dental office serving the local community! Her love
for children has led her to the pediatric field where she is now fulfilling her passion! Jessy and her Husband, Jay live locally with
their children and pets! She enjoys spending her free time with her family and helping animals any way she can!
Linda is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been with Valley Dental Pediatrics for over 40 years. Her greatest reward is helping an apprehensive child have a great dental experience! She enjoys spending her time off with her husband Brad, her children and most of all her grandchildren!
Lisa grew up in Berwick, PA. After graduating from SUNY Broome Community College, she started her 40+ year career at Valley Dental Pediatrics.
Lisa coordinates Children’s Dental Health Month & helps schedule our hospital cases. Lisa loves working with kids and strives to make every visit special!
Lisa and her husband Greg raised 3 daughters who are all married & live locally. Her greatest blessing is being “Nonna” to her 4 grand babies with one more on the way! Lisa’s “happy place” is being at the beach with her family.
“I always wanted to work with and help children. Seeing their smiling faces, getting rid of the “sugar bugs” and providing good dental experiences that will last a lifetime has been a dream career for me at Valley Dental Pediatrics and for that I am very grateful.”
Karissa is a Registered Dental Hygienist. Karissa grew up in Albany NY but moved to Binghamton in 2013. She started working with our team as an assistant in June 2016. Two years later in May of 2018 She graduated with her dental hygiene degree. Since then you can usually find her doing hygiene, but every now and then she puts her assistant hat back on.
Her favorite part of working at valley dental pediatrics is working with her amazing team and trying to make every visit special for every kid. Karissa is starting pharmacy school in the fall or 2022 because she loves advancing her education to help others! A fun fact about Karissa is that as a child she did not have proper education and prevention when it came to dental health so she strives to educate and help as many patients as she can from an earlier age!
When she is not at work she likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Karissa keeps our office fun and entertaining! We will definitely miss her but also wish her the best of luck on her next chapter!
Nancy graduated from SUNY Broome, although it had a different name back then. Nancy has been a registered Dental Hygienist for many years, the last 26 years with Valley Dental. Nancy loves working with the kids and wants them all to have good experiences with dentistry that will stay with them their whole lives!
Nancy has 4 wonderful children, 2 sweet Granddaughters and a new grandson coming in May! Nancy loves to read and would spend all her free time on a beach if it were possible! Nancy recently had a knee replacement on her left knee, so she is looking forward to being able to walk my silly dogs again, Charlie, and Rhys.
Nancy is very thankful to have been able to help so many children have a good experience at the dentist. “I have so much fun with them, they are all so unique” -Nancy
Stephanie, a Broome County native, has been a Registered Dental hygienist since 2019. Shortly after beginning her career, Stephanie quickly realized her true passion in dentistry was working with children. Every day Stephanie would remark how the tiniest of smiles could leave the largest impact. As a result, Stephanie’s love of pediatrics led her to join the Valley Dental team in 2021, where she combines the best of both worlds, dentistry and children.Stephanie resides in Endicott with her husband, Vince and their four rescue cats. When Stephanie isn’t in the office, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with family and friends.
Hi I am Margaret. I am a registered dental hygienist. I absolutely love kids and teeth! When I am not at work hanging out with kids, you can typically find me at home hanging out with kids. I have one wonderful step-daughter with lots of friends who love to come play. I look forward each and every day to coming to my dream job and helping kids brighten their smiles!
Sarah graduated in 2020 from SUNY Broome Community College with her degree in Dental Hygiene. Since graduating she has practiced in both general dentistry and pediatrics. Sarah has a love for inspiring and helping young children! She has babysat for many years, was a part of the “Big Brother Big Sister” program in high school, and looks forward to having children of her own! In high school Sarah was a cheerleader, played softball and was a member of many clubs. Sarah also volunteered her time in a special needs classroom during study halls and assisted them during their Special Needs Olympics. In Sarah’s free time she loves to bake/ cook, travel, shop, spend time with family and friends. Sarah loves visiting her parent’s cat, Angel and can’t wait to have a cat of her own!
“I look forward to saving smiles preventively and getting to know each individual child that I have the pleasure to meet at Valley Dental Pediatrics!”
Shea is a DANB certified and New York State licensed Dental Assistant. She joined the Valley Dental Pediatrics team in 2007. She is dependable and committed to helping provide exceptional dental care for all children. She is especially good at helping children to feel comfortable. In addition to working as a chair side assistant, Shea works hard keeping our office organized. She currently lives in Endwell with her dog Stewie. Shea always makes sure to get a “thumbs up” from all the children she works with.
After becoming a Certified Medical Assistant, Carol joined the Valley Dental Pediatrics team in 2010 as a Dental Assistant. Being a mother herself, she enjoys working with children and making sure they have a positive experience at all of their dental visits. Carol loves music, being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Shenika is a new addition to our Valley Dental Pediatrics team, working as a dental assistant! Specializing in general dentistry and now making a full transition into pediatric dentistry. She is a mother of two boys which has heightened her love for children while striving to keep oral hygiene a priority. Shenika aspires to be a dental hygienist and to fulfill a life long career. In Shenika’s free time she is interested in DIYs around her house. With a love for all things crafting she is passionate about thrifting, decorating, and traveling.
Taylor is one of our Dental Assistants who started working with us in September of 2021. Taylor loves working chair side with the doctors everyday and making those smiles sparkle! When not at work she enjoys riding her horse and spending time with her fiancé Jared, her 4 dogs, 2 cats and bird. She is a huge animal lover who also puts her animals oral hygiene as a huge priority, since everyone deserves to have a perfect smile!