Our Dental assistants are a crucial part of the dental office year-round, but they get a special week devoted to them each year for all the great work they do. Dental Assistants Recognition Week is scheduled for March 2-8 and dentists in the United States and Canada will celebrate by honoring their dental assistants for the variety of duties they perform and helping them provide patients with quality dental care. This year’s theme, “Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession,” acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry’s role in health care and the responsibilities of dental assistants. (Source: ada.org).
In Somerville, we have a wonderful group that just makes our office one of the happiest places to work. Here is a little about each one of them:
To lead our team of dental assistants we have Rosa Carrasquillo. Rosa is just a very nurturing leader and person. Rosa works at a local dental assisting school, teaching and training students on how to become a dental assistant. Out of her graduating classes, we got the pleasure of hiring many of our current dental team members and assistants.
Valeria Beltre: She is quiet, precise and efficient. When she is not in the office and has her make-up and hair do on, you won’t recognize her because she will turn into a “Spanish Soap Opera Actress”. She is Dr. Brangan’s main assistant! We can always count on Valeria to be here and get the job done! She was also one of Rosa’s students.
Eyrusalem Berhe: Eyrusalem is a sweet person and she works with Dr. Bahadoran, who says she is an outstanding Ortho assistant! Bianca likes to call her “Jerusalem”.
Virginia Chevalier: Virginia was one of the best students Rosa had in one of her classes. She is always smiling and helps Dr. Epstein Fridays.
Gina Ciampa: Gina is just the cutest person you will ever meet! She is always laughing and having a great time with our patients. She is one of Rosa’s students and has learned how to assist most of our specialists! We are so happy to have Gina on our team!
Selene Erazo: Professionalism and kindness are two words that describe Selene really well. She is a very experienced assistant that used to work with some of our doctors, when we were still at Harvard Vanguard. She assists our Periodontist Dr. Goodman and Endodontist Dr. Shivji.
Fanice Jean-Baptiste: Fanice helps Dr. Wilkes our oral surgeon on Wednesdays morning. In the afternoon she has a great time interacting with our little patients as she helps Dr Thaker, our pediatric dentist. Fanice is extremely knowledgeable and can assist any specialty and dentist.
Flora Konomi: Flora used to be a teacher in Albania and is a graduate from one of Rosa’s classes. She has learned so much since she started, and continues to grow. Flora is a very pleasant person and we are grateful she joined our team.
Bianca Loci: Our lunch breaks every Wednesday and Friday are taken to another level by Bianca’s homemade humus and sense of humor. When she is not working with Dr. Bahadoran in our ortho department, Bianca is walking around the office making patients and team members laugh. We look forward to the days she is here, always helpful and always happy.
Emily Lopez-Esquivel: Emily spends most of her time in the front desk, but is a registered dental assistant that is always happy to help when needed.
To all of you: We want to take this time to celebrate each one of you and thank you for being outstanding people and co-workers! You are an essential part of our office, and we couldn’t do it without all of you!
Make sure you check out our Facebook page where we will be featuring their photos during the month of March.