Meet the Team

Patty

Office Manager -  Princeton Junction

From the moment I walked into COE I knew the office and doctors were special and that I wanted to be a part of it.  As office manager, my goal is for patients to get that same feeling I did, every time they walk in.  It’s a goal we all share; everyone at the COE works hard every day to make the office a great place to be!  I spend much of my work day behind the scenes, but what I enjoy most is working with our doctors and staff to make sure we’re providing the best possible patient care and customer service experience.  

 I’ve lived in West Windsor for more than 16 years. My husband works in pharmaceuticals and we have two beautiful children.  I love playing tennis, walking our pup, and being with friends and family.

 

Birgit

Treatment Coordinator - Princeton Junction

 I’ve always believed a smile makes the best first impression.   Over the years and throughout my career I’ve tried to live by these words.  I grew up in a small  town in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.  

 After college I moved to the Big Apple with my husband to work in healthcare public relations.  Once we had our two children, we moved to West Windsor to enjoy suburbia.   I’m truly grateful to be a part of this warm, vibrant community.

When I am not chauffeuring my kids around I like spending quality time with my family.  I also enjoy working out, reading, cooking, and catching up on my favorite television shows.  

I look forward to seeing your smiling face at the COE!

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile!” 

 

Julissa

Dental Assistant - Princeton Junction

I enjoy meeting all our friendly patients and being part of a life-changing experience for them. When a person achieves the smile of their dreams, they’re happier, more confident, and they smile all the time! I love how our office is energetic and filled with laughter, from the doctors and team to patients and families. I set up stations, sterilize instruments, change wires, and provide chairside assistance. My goal is always to provide great service, with a smile!

I’m from Trenton and am happily married. We have a young son as well as a dog. My hobbies are time with my family, reading, and — like many girls — makeup!

 

Karen

Patient Concierge - Princeton Junction

My husband Dave and I have been residents of West Windsor since moving here from Libertyville, IL in the late ‘90s. Our three daughters – now adults – all participated in after school activities, so I got involved too. From heading up a booster club, to co-chairing Post-Prom, to coaching little league softball – there was never a dull moment!

 Our entire family loves animals.  We do a lot of volunteering and fundraising for SAVE, a local animal shelter, and our house just doesn’t feel like home without a few four-legged family members running around. We’re currently fostering 4 dogs and a cat – all rescues!

 I’ve had other jobs, but this is the first company I’ve worked for that’s on a mission to make people happy; working at COE is a perfect fit for me.  My favorite part of the job is seeing patients discover their new smiles.

 When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and supporting SAVE. (you can too! visit savehomelessanimals.org)

 

KaShauna

Clinician - Princeton Junction

I enjoy watching patients change during treatment and building relationships with them. Seeing a person gain self-esteem and confidence with a new smile is a great experience! I love working at the COE: it’s like we’re a big family, caring about each other and about our patient family, too. I greet and seat patients, and I take impressions and digital images. I also place and remove archwires, A-chains, and color ties, and sterilize instruments.

I’m the oldest of six children and enjoy spending quality time with my siblings and family. I also like shopping and going places with my boyfriend and am a very active member of my church, where I help out with the children.

 

Lindsay

Registered Dental Hygienist – Princeton Junction

I have always loved the impact a smile can have… how self-esteem is improved when you’re confident in your own smile, and how the power of a smile can turn someone else's day around. Being behind the scenes of making a patient's dream smile happen is extremely rewarding.

My dental career began at age 16 when I joined a multi-specialty practice as an assistant. I was so intrigued that I went on to graduate (with honors) from Burlington County College’s Dental Hygiene program.

I love that at COE I can go back to my roots as a dental assistant, while utilizing my years of clinical experience as a hygienist to provide patients with well-rounded and comprehensive care. I take pride in helping patients obtain not only a beautiful smile, but a healthy one. I am proud to be part of a team that not only feels like family, but also treats patients like they’re part of the family.

 

Paula

Patient Concierge - Kennett Square

I enjoy meeting patients, welcoming people to the practice, and seeing how changing smiles changes people’s lives! We have the best doctors and team. Everyone is kind and helpful, and we have fun at work. I answer the phones and book patient appointments. I also handle marketing efforts and love telling our community how we transform lives!

I grew up in Ireland and went to the Irish Swiss Institute of Horology in Dublin: horology is the study and craft of watchmaking. I moved to NYC after graduating, where I met my husband Cliff. We now have two sons and a dog. I’m currently the VP of the PTO at our middle school and love going to the gym, traveling, and making the most of the beaches in the summer.

 

Shivana

Patient Concierge -  Princeton Junction

You can usually find me behind the reception desk here at COE. I have been with the practice since early 2018.  I look forward to coming to work every day because the environment here is so positive. I also enjoy meeting and seeing our patients. Being here at COE has helped me to grow and expand my knowledge base. Every day is an exciting day because I get to share a smile with someone.

I have lived in New Jersey for about two years, working and attending college. I’m in the process of earning a degree in accounting, and I’m happily engaged to a U.S. Marine.

 

Tara

 Registered Dental Hygienist - Princeton Junction

My passion for orthodontics stems from the positive experience I had as a young patient. I joined COE in May of 2018 as the first hygienist on the team. I have been a registered dental hygienist since I graduated from Harcum College in the Spring of 2010. 

It’s exciting working for an orthodontic practice that places such a high priority on hygiene, and the oral health of its patients.  The atmosphere here at COE, and the emphasis it places on staff education, allows us to flourish in our jobs.  I feel blessed to work in an office where I have the opportunity to learn something new every day!

I was born and raised in Cape May County. I moved to this area about two years ago to be with my now husband when he accepted a new job with the state as a deputy attorney general. When I’m not at work I like to stay active and explore new places. I have two cats, Blanket and Satchmo. 

Live. Laugh. Smile.

Ryan Tamburrino, DMD / Shalin Shah, DMD, MS