Meet The Staff
ColleenOffice ManagerI have been in the orthodontic field for 23 years, and have learned everything from the duties of a chairside assistant, to working in administration. My goal is to help make our patients and their families feel welcomed and cared for as soon as they enter the office, and to answer all of their questions, whether they are technical or financial.
PaulaChairside AssistantI have worked in the orthodontic field for 10 years, as well as having worked in pediatric dentistry before coming to work with Dr. Whalen. My goal is to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible and to treat every child the same way I would want my own children to be treated. The best thing about our office is that we all really get along very well and we work great as a team; and most importantly, we all strive to keep the office immaculate at all times. I have been married for 21 years and have three wonderful children. When I'm not at the practice, I enjoy spending time with my family.
KathleenChairside AssistantI have been in the orthodontic field for 32 years, doing many different jobs from being an office manager to a clinical assistant. I have been part of Dr. Whalen's clinical team for 17 years as a certified orthodontic assistant. After all these years, I still love getting to know our patients and watching each one of them grow into exceptional young adults. Children that come to our practice are treated with sensitivity toward their individual needs. Time is taken to give special attention and nurturing to every patient. Outside of the practice, I am married with two children, and I'm a proud grandmother of four grandchildren.
JaneRegistered Dental HygienistI was first introduced to the orthodontic field at the age of 14 when I had my braces put on. I started working part time after school for my orthodontist, and this is where I first meet Dr. Whalen - we assisted together. Dr. Whalen went off to dental school and I went off to hygiene school, where I received my dental hygiene degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Years had passed by, and eventually, I was hired by Dr. Whalen to be her hygienist. I admire Dr. Whalen's orthodontic talent and professionalism, and the concern and care she has for her patients. I'm proud to be one of her staff members for the past eight years. Our entire staff is not only a great team but as close as a family. We do our best to educate our patients, to explain procedures to calm them and comfort them and their parents. It's so rewarding at the end of their treatments to see the beautiful smiles of our patients.
MicheleCertified Dental AssistantI have been in the Dental field for 26 years. My first 6 years was in general dentistry. I then became interested in orthodontics and have now been an orthodontic technition for 20 years. My position gives me so much joy because I meet patients from 7-70 years of age. Their progress through out the treatment gives me a very satisfying feeling. Dr. Whalen truly creates beautiful smiles and to be a part of this is a wonderful experience.
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