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Meet The Team

Patricia Thomson BS-RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tricia attended Middlesex College and graduated with a degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She recently completed her bachelor of science degree in hygiene at O’Hehir University. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has 23 years of experience in the field.  Providing the highest level of care for our patients is her priority.  She enjoys working collaboratively with our stellar doctors in diagnosing and implementing the very best overall care.  Tricia is also licensed to administer local anesthesia, offering palliative care when necessary.  Her belief is that dental hygiene is critical in overall dental and systemic health.

Married to Paul Thomson for 23 years, they have two children Paula and Kaitlin.  She loves to spend time together whether it’s in their backyard, boat, or enjoying the outdoors.  “My family is not an important thing, it is EVERYTHING” –Michael J. Fox

Joan Diamond

Registered Dental Hygienist

Joanie received her degree in dental hygiene in 1988 from Union County College and completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers in 2015.  She is licensed to administer local anesthesia, a great service to comfort patients undergoing periodontal care.  Joanie formulates and implements patient maintenance programs and has expertise in soft tissue management.  She is dedicated to working with her patients to achieve optimum oral health and providing thorough but gentle care.  She is proud to be part of the Pinehurst Dental Arts team.

When Joanie is not in the office, you’ll often find her managing her own photography business, distance running, gardening, or enjoying NYC.  She resides in Rumson with her husband Richard, and is a proud mother of her daughter Amanda.

Amanda Jasiak

Registered Dental Hygienist

Amanda has been in the dental field for over 15 years and became a Dental Hygienist in 2011. You will find that she is compassionate, able to put her patients at ease and ensures a positive, friendly dental experience. Amanda is very dedicated to the dental health care profession and makes sure all of her patients feel comfortable and leave the office feeling great about their oral health and well being.

In her spare time she loves going to the beach and traveling, spending time with her husband and family and hiking with her German Shepherd, Rocky.

Mary Kelly

Registered Dental Assistant

Mary is a Registered Dental Assistant who attended Shore Dental Academy and upon completion, obtained her certification.  She strives to continually be at the forefront of dental technology by keeping up with her continuing education credits.  She was instrumental in introducing a dental scanner to the office which is critical in the digital age of dentistry.  Mary strives to give each patient the utmost quality in dental care and to remove any apprehension and anxiety out of dentistry.

She resides in Howell and has been married since 2006 to an awesome husband.  Together they have 6 adult children from ages 24-32.

Elaine Macri

Registered Dental Assistant

Elaine is a Registered Dental Assistant who counts working in dentistry as one of the most wonderful experiences.  Throughout her career, she has had wonderful mentors and friends in the dental field who have helped her be the best dental assistant she can be.  She has a passion for dentistry that is unmatched and will always go above and beyond for all of her patients.  She loves working with her amazing coworkers who are experienced, warm, and compassionate.  We are not just a working office, we are family!

Elaine is a proud mom of three beautiful children Kristy, Steven, and Nicholas.  She grew up in Long Island, NY and moved to Middletown 21 years ago.  She loves living so close to the beach, fishing, and boating.

KayLynn Prentiss

Registered Dental Assistant

KayLynn’s passion for dentistry began while enrolled in a dental assisting program. Her inspiration came from her stepmom being a dental assistant for 30 years. KayLynn recently became CDA (certified dental assistant) and RDA (registered dental assistant) in 2021! She takes great pride in education and tries to excel in everything she learns. But her main desire is to help patients feel more at ease and appreciated by showing empathy and compassion with each visit.

When KayLynn is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her five nieces, and her three cats Andouille, Roux and Cooper. She also enjoys hiking, going on adventures, and an awesome sunrise or sunset. She is grateful for the friendships she has made with her coworkers.

Shannon Santos

Dental Assistant

Shannon has been in the dental field since 2015 working both the front end as an insurance coordinator, as well as on the clinical side as an assistant. Because of her experience in both areas, she can answer almost any questions you may have during your visit. You can also sometimes find Shannon at Middletown Pediatric Dental where she is great at helping with kids. She enjoys working with them, as she has two daughters of her own, JaeLynn and Tesla.
Shannon loves being quirky and creative in all aspects of life. “There is art everywhere, including dental.”

Alicia Griffin

Financial Coordinator

Alicia is a lifelong resident of Middletown and has been in the dental field since 1997.  She began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant offering excellent clinical skills and customer relations.  Over the years, she transitioned to the practice management aspect of dentistry.  Because she has a keen understanding of both the clinical and administrative aspects of treatment, she is able to guide our patients throughout their care.

Alicia is happily married and together with her husband, they have two children.  On her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Karen Spears

Patient Coordinator

Karen has over 30 years of experience in the dental field with a firm background in orthodontics. She is the first person you see when you enter the office and joyfully greets everyone with a smile. Karen is here to help you with any questions regarding appointments, insurance or anything else to make your visit more comfortable.

Karen and her husband Andy live in the Middletown area and have two adult children, Liz and Rob, whom they enjoy spending time with. In her spare time, she volunteers as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Community Firehouse Station 4 where her husband Andy is a Firefighter. Karen also enjoys reading, camping and boating with family and friends.

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