Meet Our Team

Administrative

Chrissy Coruth, RDH: Office Manager

 

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Chrissy started here at Haas Dental in 1999 as a sterilization assistant, trained to be a dental assistant with Dr. Jim, all while attending dental hygiene school. She is a 2002 graduate of the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire as well as a graduate of John Stark Regional High School. Chrissy continued her education at MCPHS University to earn her Master Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is also licensed to administer local anesthesia. Chrissy is currently the office manager having had a year of schooling in Business Management and recent classes through MCPHS University concentrating on Health Care Management. She is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for every patient and having a great team atmosphere.

Chrissy has always enjoyed playing sports and has been a volunteer coach for youth programs in her community for over 10 years. Coming from a family of 8 children she values time with her family. She and her husband Kevin have two boys named Robby and Tommy who love traveling and spending time at the beach.


Elyse Berkman, CDA: Clinic Director

Elyse Berkman, CDA: Dental Assistant Supervisor

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Elyse is an exceptional certified pediatric and general dental assistant who graduated from NHTI Community College in 2008. She has over 9 years of experience in the dental field with additional training in Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. She is an energetic and active leader within the practice providing support and guidance to her team members. She is patient focused, driven to provide a personable experience along with the highest quality of care possible. The only way to do great work is to love what you do, and it’s obvious that Elyse loves what she does. We see her dedication and passion on a daily basis. Aside from her love of being a dental assistant, Elyse is family oriented and loves spending time with her husband Jason, her adorable daughter Arianna, her friends and her large full of life family.


Arica Gee: Human Resource Manager/Insurance Supervisor

Arica Gee

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Arica has worked in the dental and medical field for over 26 years. Arica started out as a Registered Dental Assistant in California, assisting in oral & maxillofacial surgery. Wanting to learn all aspects of dental/medical industry, Arica jumped the fence to work for insurance companies. She was the Director of Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance Claims and Customer Service for 15 years. In this capacity, Arica developed an excellent understanding of claims operation and policy contract language. During this time she also worked part time as a Benefits Administrator in the human resource field. Missing the day to day interaction with patients and wanting to integrate back into a dental office environment, Arica joined our practice in 2007. She has been able to assist our patients in understanding and utilizing their insurance to its fullest. In 2014 Arica also became our Human Resources Manager. In her spare time, Arica enjoys spending time with her two daughters, husband George, and many pets. The Gee family also enjoys their involvement with the New England Families with Children from China Organization. Arica may be contacted at agee@haasdentalnh.com.


Michelle Gauvain: Business Office Supervisor

Michelle Gauvain: Business Office Supervisor

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Michelle is the business office supervisor where she provides excellent customer service. Whether it is to help a patient with a balance inquiry or taking payments, Michelle’s pleasant personality shines through. In addition, her love for children makes her a perfect fit here at Haas Dental Associates. Michelle grew up in Watertown, MA and moved to NH 22 years ago with her husband and 2 children. When not working, Michelle enjoys traveling with her husband Jim and playing with her grandchildren.


Karen Lumbra: Front Desk Supervisor

Karen Lumbra: Front Desk Supervisor

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Karen moved to the US from England in 1982. While living in California and New York Karen worked in the education, administrative and customer service industry. After relocating to New Hampshire, Karen began working for Haas Dental Associates in 2003 as the Orthodontic Financial Coordinator while developing skills in the front office as well as the business office at the same time. Karen enjoys the face to face interaction with patients when explaining various orthodontic financing as well as working in the business office with patients over the phone. In her spare time, Karen enjoys traveling with her husband, Frank, to visit their children and four grandchildren. Karen also enjoys crossing the pond to visit family in England. Karen may be contacted by email klumbra@haasdentalnh.com.


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Orofacial Myology

Laurie DiCenso, RDH: Dental Hygienist, Orofacial Myologist

Laurie DiCenso, RDH: Dental Hygienist, Orofacial Myologist

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Laurie is a pediatric registered dental hygienist and orofacial myologist who specializes in habit cessation with children and teens. She started her dental career as a dental assistant, moved on to be an orthodontic assistant before becoming a dental hygienist. She graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire with an Associate of Science degree and certificate in dental hygiene. Laurie now has over 26 years of dental experience and has been with Haas Dental Associates for over 12 years.

Laurie received orofacial myology training from the International Association Of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) where she was inspired to bring her holistic approach back to Haas Dental. Using positive behavior modifications Laurie guides and supports her patients until they are free from their habits. Habit cessation programs include but are not limited to: thumb/finger, pacifier and nail biting habits.

Laurie is family oriented, spending much of her spare time with family and close friends. She and her husband Dave enjoy camping with their son Leo. She is an active member in the community and loves volunteering at Leo’s school.


Taylor O’Keefe RDH, MS: Dental Hygienist

 

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Taylor is a Dental Hygienist here at Haas Dental. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of New England in Portland, Maine as well as a graduate of Manchester Memorial High School. Taylor continued her education at MCPHS University to earn her Master Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is licensed to administer local anesthesia and is a great asset to our team. Taylor has a gentle happy demeanor that can help with any patient that may find the dentist to be a scary place.  Taylor enjoys the beach, traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband Chris have a little boy named Liam who is pulling up on things and looks to be walking very soon.


Hygiene

Dotty Denaro, RDH: Hygiene Supervisor

Dotty Denaro, RDH: Hygiene Supervisor

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Dotty is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from NHTI and started working for our dental practice over 35 years ago. Dotty thoroughly enjoys her job working with children and teens. Her exceptional skills with children could be due to the fact that she is 1 of 13 children. She cherishes time with family especially spending time with her husband and 2 boys. She also enjoys spending her free time kayaking, hiking, and enjoying summer vacations with her family.


Tracey Pinault, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Tracey is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from NHTI in 1990 and came to work in our practice shortly after graduation. Tracey is happily married to Jerry, and together they have a son, Matthew. She enjoys traveling, shopping, and attending local sporting events with her family and friends. Tracey cherishes the many wonderful relationships she has formed with her patients and their families over the years.


Michelle Pappalardo, RDH: Dental Hygienist

Michelle Pappalardo, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Michelle is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified to Administer Local Anesthesia, who started her dental career as a dental assistant while in high school. She now has over 23 years of dental experience and has been with the practice for over 11 years. She has experience in specialty practices including Periodontology, Pediatric Dentistry, and General Dentistry. She is active in the community being a member of the BNI and GSSBR. In her spare time she enjoys running, snowmobiling, cooking, swimming, and boating. She also loves spending time with her husband Frederick, daughter Isabella and son Anthony.


Bri Tilton, RDH: Dental Hygienist

Bri Tilton, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Bri is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from NHTI in 2014. She completed several internships in New Hampshire, including those at Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, Merrimack Valley High School in Concord, and is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Bri started out at the office as a patient herself and had a passion for dentistry because her experience at Haas Dental was always enjoyable. She loved coming to see her Aunt Dotty to have her teeth cleaned, and going to the orthodontic department to have her braces done. She always has a smile on her face and aspires to give her patients the same positive experience she received as a child.


Alicia Young, RDH: Dental Hygienist

Alicia Young, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Alicia is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified to Administer Local Anesthesia, who graduated from Mount Ida College in 2013. She completed several internships in Boston, including those at Tufts, Franciscan Children’s Hospital, and Boston University. Many of our patients recognize her from her 3 years as a hygiene assistant while she attended Timberlane High School. Alicia pursued a career in hygiene with the encouragement of the doctors and hygiene staff at Haas Dental. These experiences rounded out her education in preparation for her work in our pediatric dentistry department. Alicia loves brightening the smiles of all of the children who sit in her chair and is very excited to have a career that she loves.


Amanda , RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Lauren Blais, RDH: Dental Hygienist

Lauren Blais, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Lauren is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified to Administer Local Anesthesia, Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from MCPHS University with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene. She swam Division 1 at the University of Rhode Island. Lauren has always enjoyed school, learning new things, and taking on new challenges. Growing up with two brothers, she was always active and had many adventures. Now she loves spending time with her fiance, Paul, and her dog Oakley. Together they love going hiking, traveling, and CrossFit. Her upbeat personality and smile is an asset to our team.

 


Andrea Lake, RDH: Dental Hygienist

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Andrea is a 2008 graduate of New Hampshire Technical Insitute’s Dental Hygiene Program as well as a Pinkerton graduate. She has been practicing for almost ten years and is our newest full-time dental hygienist. We are happy to have her as part of our team. Andrea enjoys building relationships with her patients and educating them on the importance of their oral health. Andrea has added experience monitoring conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. She has spent the majority of her career helping adults achieve optimal dental wellness however also enjoys being a part of our pediatric practice. Andrea is CPR, BLS and AED Heart Certified. Local Anesthesia Certified.
She enjoys being a new auntie to twins and settling into her first home. In her spare time, she loves lake life, paddle boarding, skiing, boating, and spending time with family and friends.


Alexis Sylvain: CXO, Publicity & Media Coordinator

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Alexis is our chief experience officer or CXO, as well as our publicity and media coordinator here at Haas Dental. You will find her around the office with Honey, our therapy dog. She is the genius behind our office contests and takes care of all our social media. Haas Dental is involved in many charity and community events which Alexis coordinates.
Alexis has a background in marketing and was a veterinary technician for many years. She is excited to be the new addition to our growing dental practice here at Haas! When she is not working she enjoys her three dogs, a German shorthaired pointer as well as two french bulldogs. Alexis and her husband, Joe are world travelers and continue to explore new places whenever they can.


Melanie Andrews: Dental Assistant

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Melanie is a dental assistant here at Haas Dental. She works closely with Dr. Dentino. Melanie graduated from dental school in Quebec, Canada in 1998. She brings 20 years of experience to the office. She is certified in radiology through the Dental Assisting National Board. She served in the US. Army as an EMT for 8 years and did one tour in Afghanistan. Melanie has much to be proud of and we are so honored to have her as part of our team. She is a mom of two daughters, Avery and Liliana and she has two cocker spaniels, Surge, and Pepper that she absolutely adores.

 


Katie Wilson: Dental Assistant

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Katie is a talented dental assistant who graduated from dental assisting school in 2010 and earned her radiology certification from Boston University shortly after. Over her 8 years of assisting experience, she has learned techniques in general chairside assisting including CEREC same day crowns, impressions, fabricating custom trays, and night guards. She has earned her nitrous oxide monitoring certification from NHTI. Katie truly enjoys working with all patients knowing that she is helping bring out the beauty in every smile!

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, being with her friends, family, and anything involving dancing. She also enjoys hiking and experiencing the culture of Manchester with her boyfriend Jared, who she resides with, along with their dog Cali!


Michelle Leare: Dental Assistant

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Michelle is a talented certified pediatric and general dental assistant. She attended NHTI in 2009 and in 2017 Michelle completed all of her requirements and is a certified dental assistant. She is certified in dental radiology and to monitor nitrous oxide. Her love for quality patient care motivates her to continue to learn and improve herself. Her ability to maintain a calm demeanor during complicated procedures and stressful situations helps with special need individuals. Michelle works closely with Dr. Jim and has been a big part of our team.

Outside of the office, Michelle loves spending time with her fiance Josh, her close-knit family, and friends. She has a natural love for animals and loves playing with her cat Josie and dog Cody.

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