Katie - Office Manager
I really enjoy meeting our new patients and establishing relationships with them, as well as catching-up with our established patients, too. Here, we’re all about the patients we serve: we want each person to feel like a member of our family, knowing that they’ll be treated with respect and we’ll do everything we can to ensure their comfort. My job duties are at the administrative end. I handle our accounts receivable and payable, oversee treatment planning, and work with patients to discuss treatment options. A lot of my time is spent talking with patients about financial arrangements and finding terms that work for their budget, so they can get the necessary care they need, when they need it.
My personal life revolves around my husband, Robert and our cat, Peanut. I love shopping and cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Robert and I also enjoy going to the beach.
Mary - Patient Coordinator
The relationships I develop with the people we care for are immensely rewarding. That’s true for all of us in this office. We cultivate personal relationships with each patient and do everything we can to see to their comfort and ensure they have a positive visit, every time. In addition to coordinating our schedule, I also process insurance claims and work to coordinate insurance benefits for our patients. I strive to make sure they’re able to get the most out of their policy. It feels good to know that I’m able to provide help to our patients so they don't have to stress about their insurance forms and payment issues.
My home is shared with my husband and our dog, Duke. In my free time, I love to bake and garden, and crafting is a particular passion of mine. I also love to ride motorcycles!
Ellen - Registered Dental Hygienist
I’ve always had an interest in healthcare and I’ve enjoyed going to the dentist and orthodontist as a child. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from West Liberty State University in 1989.
I started my career as a hygienist in Pennsylvania and then moved to Maryland in 1992 when I married my husband. I have been with Drs. Pike & Valega since 1994. I am proud to say I’ve got the longest tenure in the office.
It’s great to work in an environment where I have the opportunity to build relationships with patients and provide gentle, compassionate care that helps each patient achieve optimal oral health. Studies now show there’s a mouth-body connection. So the standard of hygiene care now includes assessment of oral health, review of medical history, oral cancer screening, patient education and taking blood pressures as well as treating a patient’s periodontal condition.
When I’m not working, I’m likely enjoying time with my husband, four children (girl, boy, set of twins: girl & boy) and our dog, Holly. I enjoy running, baking and cross stitching. Also, our family is very involved in sports and community events. I look forward to meeting you.
Terri - Registered Dental Hygienist
As a dental hygienist I help patients achieve good oral health by providing education, preventive services and gum disease treatment. My job as a dental hygienist is both challenging and rewarding. I have always had a passion for healthcare and I get satisfaction out of knowing that I am positively contributing to the overall health of each patient that I meet. I joined the dental team of Drs. Pike & Valega as a hygienist in 2006. I enjoy working with Drs. Pike & Valega and staff because I know that the patients are always top priority. Everyone in our office works as a team to bring the best possible quality of care to our patients.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and our three dogs. My husband and I are both avid sports fans and every season we look forward to attending games of our favorite teams.
Cathy - Dental Assistant
My work duties are primarily centered on assisting Dr. Valega. We have been working together for so long that sometimes we don't even need to talk- we know what the other is thinking. I also sterilize our instruments and equipment, and make mouthguards and bleaching trays.
My husband and I have five daughters, five grandchildren, and our dog, Maggie. I love spending time with my family, especially the young ones, and Maggie keeps me entertained. I am an avid kick boxer, which keeps me in shape and healthy. Travel is a particular passion of mine and I hope to do a lot more of it!
Jessica - Dental Assistant
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a dental assistant is working with our patients. I enjoy meeting new patients and creating new relationships, as well as carrying on the unique relationships I have with our established patients. I have been a dental assistant since 2001, when I first began my career with Drs. Pike and Valega. In addition to assisting Dr. Pike with dental procedures, I expose and process x-rays, clean and sterilize instruments, and help with lab work. I enjoy working with Drs. Pike and Valega and all my coworkers because we rely on each other for support, not only at work but also in our personal lives. My co-workers feel like an extension of my family, and I love that we can laugh and have a good time together. I am proud to work with such great doctors and it makes me feel good at the end of the day knowing that all of our patients receive the best dental care available.
Away from the office, I spend most of my time with my husband and daughter. Our family time is very important to me. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes and experimenting with new dishes.