Meet the Staff

Hygiene Team

Hygiene Team

  Shiny Chompers Staff is committed to providing quality dental care. We strive to meet the individualized oral health needs of our diverse community of patients.  

Kim- Registered Dental Hygienist

KimI graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), beginning my career in the field of General Dentistry. I became part of the amazing family at Shiny Chompers when I moved to Maryland many years ago. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, I worked for five years with Pre-K and Kindergarteners at an International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Transitioning to the pediatric dental field has come with ease! I love teaching about the importance of oral hygiene and watching kids get excited about being at the dentist. I am also fluent in Vietnamese which helps with our diverse population of patients.

When I am not in the office, I love spending time with my family, swimming, playing tennis, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you and your children!


Sherrie- Registered Dental Hygienist

The eldest of seven children, I grew up in East Aurora, New York. As an energetic and active child, I participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, field hockey and track. Before settling in Maryland, my husband and I traveled to many continents during his military career. I completed dental hygiene training in Amherst, New York. With over twenty years of experience as a dental hygienist, I immensely enjoy helping kids reach optimal oral health. In my spare time, I enjoy craft making, traveling and participating in athletic events with my 3 grandchildren.


Kirsten- Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in the small town of Webster, New York. Towson University welcomed me to Maryland, where I earned a BS in Health Sciences. I pursued my passion of dentistry by attending University of Maryland, College of Dental Surgery and completed a BS degree in Dental Hygiene. Nine years ago, I began my career in a pediatric office, and in 2012, I joined the Shiny Chompers dental family. I am so excited to be part of this fantastic team! Dental health education in a fun environment makes this career perfect for me! My prevention based philosophy focuses on quality care, education, and motivation. A healthy smile improves overall health and wellness.

Some years ago, I married my wonderful husband, and we enjoy all the excitement of living in Charm City Baltimore. Outside of the office, I keep busy by creating handmade items for Harbor Baby Design, taking dance classes, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you and will do my best to make your visit enjoyable.


Brittany- Registered Dental Hygienist

BrittanyFrom a young age, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the dental field. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, I began my hygiene career in general dentistry while living in Columbus, Indiana. When my husband and I moved to Maryland, I was fortunate to join the amazing team at Shiny Chompers.

In my free time, I enjoy playing softball, crafting, reading, playing with my two dogs, and spending time with my family and friends. After playing competitive fast pitch softball for fifteen years, I have applied those lessons to my life and my career. I am not only driven but strive to do my best. I love working in the world of pediatric dentistry, and I look forward to meeting you and your children!


Felicia – Registered Dental Hygienist

to becoming a hygienist, I worked for 9 years as a dental assistant for
both kids and adults. Dentistry is my passion, and I love nothing more
than providing a beautiful, healthy smile for your children. In
addition, I strive to ensure your child has a fun, positive experience
here at our practice.

and raised in Maryland, I currently live in the Annapolis area with my
fianc, Brandon and German Shepherd, Morgan. When not in the office, I
am studying for a Masters degree at Towson University and spending time
with my amazing family. I enjoy running, hiking, reading any book I can
get my hands on, and cheering for our beloved Maryland professional
football team. GO RAVENS!! I look forward to meeting you and your


Kathy – Registered Dental Hygienist

KathyI have been involved in the dental field since 1986, working first as a dental assistant then obtaining a degree in dental hygiene. I have worked in various areas of dentistry from Periodontics to Prosthodontics. I love seeing all the smiling faces at Shiny Chompers, and I especially love teaching children about the importance of oral health.

I live with my husband Paul in Westminster, Maryland. I have three adult children, 4 grandchildren and one grand puppy! In my free time, I visit my grandson in PA and play all day. I enjoy theatre and have been involved in the production of several projects in my community and my church.


Denita- Registered Dental Hygienist

DenitaI am originally from Dallas, Texas, and my family settled on the East Coast in 1980. I attended high school at Shenandoah Valley Academy. After high school, I moved to Maryland and attended Baltimore City College where I studied Dental Hygiene, receiving my degree in 1990. I quickly discovered that my dental hygiene skills would be best applied in pediatrics. I love working with kids and teaching them that the dental office is not a scary place.

When I am not working as a hygienist, I take care of a house, a husband, two kids, and a dog. And, when I am not working at either of my jobs, I enjoy sailing, water sports, coaching middle-school girls basketball, and crafting.


Clinical Assistants

Clinical Assistants

Cristy- Dental Assistant

CristyI have been working in dentistry since the summer of 1989 and can’t imagine myself doing anything else. In May 2010, I was offered the opportunity to join Dr. Richie and the dental team. As an experienced dental assistant, I continue to enjoy the challenges and great rewards of this position. My goal is to provide quality care and a positive experience.

I was born and raised in the Baltimore area and currently reside in Timonium with my two sons. In my spare time, I like to cook, bake, shop for shoes, and explore new places with my family.


Lauren – Dental Assistant

LaurenI grew up in the Annapolis area. Prior to entering the dental field, I worked in child care for 8 years. Children are special gifts. I love listening to their stories and making them feel comfortable in the dental chair. Dental assisting is the most rewarding job, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. This office isn’t just “work,” it’s family!

In my free time, I love camping with my husband and daughter. Fishing, four-wheeling, sight-seeing and spending time with family and friends are also activities I enjoy. And, most importantly, Go Ravens!!!

Amy- Dental Assistant

AmyMy name is Amy, and I am a graduate of Pima Medical Institute in Tucson, AZ. I have many years of chair side assisting experience. My goal is to give your child (ren) the same fun, friendly, and caring experience that made my memories of the dentist so great. I moved to Maryland from Germany, and I enjoy exploring the East Coast. In my free time, I like shopping, playing with my dog (Louie), and watching football (go Vikings!). I am very excited to be part of this amazing team and look forward to meeting you!


Michelle- Dental Assistant

MichelleHey ya’ll! My name is Michelle, and I love being a member of the Shiny Chompers team. After graduating from the University of South Carolina Aiken and spending over 12 years there, I am happy to call Maryland home. Before becoming a dental assistant, I worked with various orthodontic offices. I visited Shiny Chompers and fell in love with the staff. They are always so friendly and welcoming.

Working with children is a great privilege. There is no better feeling than knowing you made an apprehensive child feel comfortable. When I am not with this ROCKSTAR office, you can find me at my daughter’s soccer, basketball or lacrosse games. I’m also a dance momask me about my jazz hands next time you see me!


Administrative Team

Admin Team

Debbie- Office Manager

DebbieMy experience in the dental field began in General Dentistry over 15 years ago. In the past three years, I accepted the fantastic offer to work at Shiny Chompers. I enjoy the diverse duties of the position which allow me to work in several aspects of the practice. I keep updated with management education as a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers. I am also a certified dental coder with the American Dental Coders Association. It has been such a pleasure working with our team and meeting the many patients and families who visit our office.

Outside of work, I spend time with my husband and two children. I enjoy traveling and volunteering at my children’s school. I love anything DISNEY!


Katrina- Patient Care Coordinator/OR Coordinator

KatrinaI have been working in the dental field since 2006. In August 2012, I joined the Shiny Chompers dental team. My position allows me to do what I enjoy most, helping people! In addition to scheduling your child’s office visit, as OR coordinator, I strive to make treatment visits outside our office easy, efficient, and manageable. I am happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

I am a native Marylander and strong supporter of our Ravens football team! I have been happily married for 28 years and enjoy spending time with my three beautiful daughters, family, and friends. I also engage in many church activities and programs.


Marquita- Patient Care Coordinator

MarquitaI have been part of the Shiny Chompers pediatric team since 2011. After graduating from dental assisting school in 1997, I began my career in the dental profession. My years of experience as an assistant and an administrator aid in making your visit to our office positive and effective. I love every aspect of pediatric dentistry, especially the happy, smiling faces!

I was born and raised in Washington DC. Fifteen years ago, I moved to Maryland with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy attending church, singing in the choir, and teaching Sunday school.


Arlette- Bilingual/Patient Care Coordinator

ArletteI have been working in the healthcare field for many years, and I had the opportunity to join the Shiny Chompers family in 2013. In addition to scheduling appointments, I enjoy interpreting for the Hispanic community. It’s been a pleasure working with our team and putting a smile on your face.

I was born in Mexico but raised in Maryland and proud to call it home. Aside from work, I love spending time with my daughter. Our favorite activities are playing at the park, going to the movies, and attending ballet class.