I am so proud of my team. I honestly believe that you won’t find smarter, more charming, or more passionate dental people anywhere. And I should know. I have met a lot of them. Sure those other teams are nice, but mine is world-class. And skilled. And lots of fun!
Tailor – Dental Assistant
Taylor is a graduate of Sun Area Technical Institute and has been working in dentistry for over a decade. She assists Dr. Winans during various treatments and procedures, ensuring patients are comfortable and cared for. She says being a dental assistant is a rewarding career because she loves simply talking with our patients and really helping them to improve the health of their smiles. Taylor says it’s a special feeling to help someone feel great about themselves again. There’s another reason why dental assisting was her calling — she loves teeth! She knows about how to keep them healthy and straight too, having spent the last ten years working in orthodontics. Taylor is fun-loving, friendly, motivated, sarcastic, and creative. She’s the lead singer in her church band, and loves to sing, travel, and exercise.
Courtney – Patient Care Coordinator
Courtney is a graduate of the Great Lakes Institute of Technology with degrees in dental assisting and business management. She started working in dentistry in 2008. Asked about her responsibilities at the office, Courtney says she’s like the quarterback of the team, keeping everyone in line while making sure every staff member and patient have their needs met in every way. What she loves most about working with Dr. Winans is the fun environment there is between the team members and their patients. She says the office also provides a good home/work-life balance. Courtney started out as a dental assistant over a decade ago, but since then she’s worked and learned her way through the clinical, lab, and management aspects of dentistry. When you meet Courtney, you’ll find she’s determined, empathetic, meticulous, cheerful, and resourceful. Outside of the office, Courtney loves watching her kids and husband play soccer, go on hikes, and traveling back home to the Buffalo, NY area.
Mistie, Treatment Coordinator
Mistie is a graduate of Sun Area Technical Institute and has been a dental assistant for over 30 years. She’s been working alongside Dr. Winans for over two decades. When asked what her responsibilities are around the office, Mistie says, “what isn’t?” She says her hands are everywhere, helping her team and also patients, explaining dental issues and working on financial aid. The best part of coming to work for Mistie is her team of coworkers all the while helping people enjoy improved oral health. If Mistie wasn’t working as a dental assistant, you’d probably find her lying on a beach somewhere in the world with a cool drink in hand. When you meet Mistie, you’ll find she’s fun, committed, tenacious, outgoing, and logical. Outside of work, Mistie is usually spending time with family and her Weiner dog named Pepper. She’s also been known to take trips to Las Vegas or the casinos to enjoy some fun time with friends.
Michelle, Registered Dental Hygienist
Michelle is a graduate of Luzerne County Community College and has been working in dentistry for over three decades. She’s been working with Dr. Winans since 2015. As a registered dental hygienist, Michelle is wholly responsible for providing preventive dental care and smile-saving periodontal treatment. One of the aspects of her job that she loves the most is the people she meets. Michelle enjoys working with apprehensive patients and watching as their trust grows and they start to look forward to their future visits because of their positive experiences. What made Michelle want to pursue a career in dentistry? When she was in the fifth grade, she broke her front tooth. Michelle says she was grateful to have it restored and she realized how precious our smiles are. If she wasn’t cleaning teeth, Michelle would be traveling the world and enjoying the outdoors. When she’s not in the office, Michelle likes to go camping, spending time with her family, and love her dog, Lily.