Meet The Associates/Staff
The Dental Hygienists
When I was a senior in high school I started a job after school at a local dental office as an assistant. I continued to work there throughout my four years of college. I loved it so much and became so attached to my patients and their families that I knew I had to pursue a career in the dental field . I attended New York University to obtain my dental hygiene degree and graduated in 2009. Being a hygienist has been the most rewarding career for me. To help people obtain beautiful smiles and to educate them on their oral and general health has given me such pleasure. It is my greatest accomplisment to watch patients who at first fear coming to the dentist love coming back after they see how kind and gentle our office is.
Ever since I was a little girl; I knew, I wanted to be part of the dentistry world. I graduated from Hostos community college with an associate of science in dental hygiene in 2013. I have been a dental hygienist for the past 5 years and I can say it’s been a truly blessing. It is very gratifying for me as a hygienist to give care to my patients in a calm and caring atmosphere where their comfort and wellbeing is the main concern. Being part of Dental professionals, patients receives a thorough clinical exam, periodontal evaluation, & diagnostic imaging when necessary. Leading me to provide the appropriate individualized care each patient need. It is a real pleasure working with such a great team. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and daughter. We love traveling and trying new things.–
The Dental Assistants
I am from Barbados, but grew up in Brooklyn, NY and have lived there for many years. I attended Clara Barton High School for Health Care Professionals. This is where my interest in dentistry first began. I enjoy working in this field because it is wonderful working with people all day. It is also interesting because of the unique situations I have seen with all the different cases I have worked with. I try to comfort my patients in accordance with their needs. I try to work and be relaxed so that my patients will also be relaxed and feel comfortable while they are in the office.
Born and raised in Astoria, I became a Dental Assistant after graduating from Long Island City High School. I have been a Dental Assistant for five years. I like working in dentistry because I really enjoy working with patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible during their time at the dentist. This passion has led me to continue my education in the dental field. I am studying to become a dental hygienist at Hostos so that I can offer even more to my patients in the future.
I am originally from Colombia, but I grew up in Queens. I have worked at Professional Dental Associates now for 8 years. I enjoy working with Dr. Arraval and Dr. Rupnarain because they create an environment that is both professional and friendly. When patients call or arrive at the office, it is my ultimate goal and responsibility to welcome them and make them feel comfortable and satisfied. Before each patient’s appointment, I call them to give them a personal reminder. I work hard around each patient’s schedule to find a convenient time for them to come into the office. I feel that coming to an office where patients can feel like the staff personally knows them and cares about them really makes a difference in their experience of coming to the dentist. I look forward to speaking with you, answering any questions you have, and scheduling your appointment when it is most convenient. 🙂
I was born and raised in Woodside, Queens, but I am very proud to come from a Colombian family. I have been part of the Professional Dental Associates team for 11 years now. I am the Treatment Plan Coordinator, Financial Adviser and Insurance Specialist. I inform patients of their plan, benefits and coverage and make sure they fully understand the key components, including co-payments, deductibles and maximums. As the financial adviser, my goal is to make sure patients understand any recommended treatment, and plan completion of the treatment through payment plans that meet each patient’s individual needs. I look forward to seeing you in our wonderful, state of the art office and I am always available to answer any of your questions or concerns.
I was born in Venezuela, am fluent in spanish, and joined the Professional Dental Associates team in July 2014. As a receptionist my duties include answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance eligibilty/benefits and assisting patients with their next three, four or six month oral health care appointment. I enjoy helping patients and will make sure you have a rewarding experience every time you visit our practice, not only with me but with everyone on our team.