Cindy C., Hygienist
Cindy received her Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Vermont in 1979. She gained 15 years of periodontal experience while working with a specialist in Connecticut before relocating to Southern Maryland and general dentistry twelve years ago. Cindy believes in treating the whole patient and therefore tries to work with each, individually, keeping their particular needs in mind. She is married to the love of her life “Michael.” They enjoy boating and quality time together. Cindy is also an avid reader and loves to cook. A piece of her heart is in Guatemala where she goes on a medical/dental mission trip every year to work with the Mayan people in the mountains north of Guatemala City. She has established a “Fluoride for the Children” program that touches the lives of 10,000 children annually. The program has been up and running for eleven years now and the improved health of the children’s teeth are a reflection of the great strides it is making.
Marilyn T., Hygienist
Passionate about patient care, Marilyn believes it is paramount to educate her patients about their oral health as it connects to their whole body health. Starting as a dental assistant in the mid 1980's, she began to appreciate her roll as an advocate for change. After several years of assisting, Marilyn stayed home to raise her eleven children. When her youngest was in school all day, Marilyn started classes to enter the dental hygiene program. She graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2010. After practicing a couple of years, she continued her education and graduated from Old Dominion University in 2014 with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and a minor in public health.
As an entrepreneur, Marilyn also owns her own catering company. As a native of Washington D.C., she extends her care by feeding those in need at several homeless and battered women shelters in the Washington D.C. area. She enjoys family, her grandchildren, mission work, and good eating! She has visited the Dominican Republic a few times and provided fluoride supplements at the orphanages. She is excited to continue her care for people as a part of the Island Dental Team.
Chris B., Front Desk Admin
As a newer member to the Island Dental Care team, I have truly loved and appreciated the tender care and extra amenities we offer to all of our patients! I’m passionate about being a patient advocate. There’s nothing like the satisfied look on a patients face when they’ve navigated the sometimes confusing world of insurance/financing and the unknown of treatment to come out the other end with an even bigger better smile. I answer questions and help make treatment possible. One of my favorite quotes I have learned here is “the smallest distance between two people is a smile.”
Another passion of mine is my family! I cannot spend enough time with my husband Mark, two young daughters Kailey, Kassidy and our dogs. Whether traveling or playing around the house they make my heart smile!
Felicia K., Front Desk Admin
Jessie A., Dental Assistant
With 20 years of experience in the dental field, Jessie joined Island Dental Care in November 2018. Jessie may be new to the Island Dental Care team, but is not new to working with Dr. Sharon Gaylord. They have worked together since February 2014 at another location. Jessie started in oral surgery in 1999 with extractions, bone grafts, sinus lifts, and placement of dental implants. Over the last 20 years Jessie has continued to build upon her dental education by taking continuing education courses, attending dental seminars, and participating in community service dental health events. After years of assisting on the surgical side of dentistry both in Oral Surgery and in Periodontics, Jessie has joined us here at Island Dental in the hopes of expanding her education in general dentistry. Jessie's belief that having been there for patients who've reached their last stop on the "dental train" at the oral surgery chair have given her the skills to be understanding of patients needs, compassionate, and the ability to relate to patients no matter their circumstance in life should prove to be beneficial to us here at Island Dental Care.
Jessie resides in Southern Maryland with her husband Jason and is mother to 3 children Jacob, Julianna, and Jackson. Jessie also has 3 fur babies Oakley, Sophie Grace, and Matches. Jessie loves reading, family game & movie nights, food, traveling, and shopping.