Meet Our Ephrata Dental Team
Brenda grew up in Newmanstown, which is located in northeast Lebanon County. She is a graduate of Myerstown Grace Brethren School and pursued her Registered Dental Hygienist degree at Harrisburg Area Community College. Brenda worked for her father as an Office Manager for many years. After he became ill, she decided to go back to school and pursue a career in the dental field. She loves working in dentistry and is passionate about what she does. Brenda enjoys cultivating relationships and friendships with her patients, changing lives by helping to create healthy, happy smiles and always extending a shoulder to lean on. Brenda also enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters, son, and her granddaughter. Her latest projects and hobbies include building a rabbit hutch for her son’s pet bunnies and tending to her herb garden. She enjoys eating fresh, local produce and creating salads.
Never straying far from her roots, Shannon now resides in Lancaster County with her husband, Joe. She is a 2000 graduate from Harcum College and has extensive experience in dealing with complex cases and periodontal management. Shannon enjoys helping her patients achieve healthy results by educating, applying principals from the latest research and using the best technology in order to achieve the optimal results for their health. Shannon loves kayaking with her husband, photographing landscapes, creating delicious desserts for her family and friends on movie nights and spoiling her prized possession, a Toy Poodle named Remy LeBeau.
Shanna pursued her Registered Dental Hygienist degree at Harrisburg Area Community College and graduated with honors. She is currently a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Southeast Component. She is committed to giving back to the community and has volunteered to provide dental care for underserved families, advocating to expand access to dental care.
Shanna is grateful to have the opportunity to work in such a positive, patient oriented practice. As a clinician, she values life-long learning and focuses on utilizing the most current, evidenced based standard of care with an emphasis on the oral systemic link. She is committed to educating and motivating patients to achieve the best possible results in a kind, compassionate and gentle manner. In her spare time, Shanna enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with her family. She resides in Ephrata with her husband, enjoying each day they are blessed to spend together.
Emily grew up in Willow Street, and recently bought a home in Lancaster City. She attended Lancaster County Career & Technology Center in 2011 for Dental Assisting and returned in 2014 to earn her Expanded Functions Dental Assisting license. Emily has worked in the dental field for over 6 years, and has loved her career since day one. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is the getting to know her patients personally and teaching them how valuable their teeth are. In her spare time, Emily loves to read, watch crime documentaries and try new, local restaurants.
Allen is a certified Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and also serves as our Clinical Coordinator. He grew up in East Earl and is a graduate of Garden Spot High School. After high school, Allen pursued his dental career at York Technical Institute. He says he chose the dental field because he felt it is both challenging & rewarding. “When you help a patient who has been in pain and he or she leaves the office with a smile, it’s well worth all the work and effort.” Allen enjoys meeting new people, working to achieve practice goals and meeting patients’ treatment expectations. When not in the office, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and jet skiing with his wife. He’s a connoisseur of Mediterranean Cuisine and homemade lasagna. His hobbies include reading business books and he’s also an avid car enthusiast.
Bobby Jo was born and raised in Lancaster County and is proud to call the “Pennsylvania Dutch Country” home. She attended York Technical Institute for Dental Assisting and graduated in 2012. She enjoys her position as a dental assistant because she has the opportunity to meet new people and also work to help them overcome any fears or anxieties they might have when visiting the dentist. Bobby Jo married her best friend in 2014 and they are the proud parents to a beautiful little girl. Her loyal dog, Pluto, completes the family and brings them much joy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shoe shopping and spending time with family.
Jalisa graduated from Garden Spot High School in 2009 and then attended Berks Technical Institute in 2016 where she received her Chairside Dental Assisting certification. You will have the opportunity to meet Jalisa chairside when you visit our practice. She feels honored to have the opportunity to care for our patients at Ephrata Family Dentistry and absolutely loves what she does. Jalisa pursued a career in dentistry because of her own personal experiences with dental treatment. As a child, she always had favorable experiences in the dental office but understood that many individuals do suffer from dental anxiety. Jalisa has a very calm demeanor and works to understand our patients' fears and concerns to help alleviate and ultimately overcome their anxieties.
In her spare time, she enjoys staying active by hiking and biking, spending time with her longtime boyfriend, hanging out with friends and traveling to new places to fulfill her sense of adventure.
Shelly - Treatment Coordinator
I grew up in Lancaster County and graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2004 from Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in Willow Street. I have extensive experience with numerous roles in the dental field including Dental Assistant, Hygiene Assistant, Hygiene Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. This experience has helped me gain an understanding of all aspects of a successful dental practice. I enjoy working with people and helping them understand their insurance plans as well as explaining treatment options to ultimately attain a new, healthy smile! I currently reside in New Holland with my husband and two children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading a good book and catching a movie when I have a chance. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you at your next appointment!
Gina - Treatment Coordinator
Gina was born and raised in Chester County, PA and just recently moved to the Ephrata area. She started her lifelong career in dentistry in the early 90's and received training at Harcum College where she earned her certification as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgical Assistant. Gina has extensive experience in the dental field and has worked chair side in general, pediatric and oral surgery practices. She has also supported teams as the clinical team leader, took initiative as an implant coordinator, served as a treatment coordinator and office manager. The highlight of her 20+ years in dentistry is that she has been part of many life-changing transformations. From the patients who suffered from severe dental phobias, and ultimately became relaxed patients, to the individuals who were embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth and now stand confidently in front of a crowd and smile. It gives Gina great joy to support our patients and assist them in coordinating benefits, developing financial arrangements and ultimately helping them achieve the smiles they have always desired.
Gina has two daughters, a grandson, a granddaughter and one very spoiled Morkie named Merlin! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and camping and motorcycling with her boyfriend, Rob. Gina also loves striking up her tree, warrior and cobra poses at yoga class and trying tantalizing new foods with the perfect wine pairings.
Emily - Patient Advocate
I've been with Ephrata Family Dentistry since 2011 and have enjoyed getting to know our patients and their families. I currently reside in Wernersville with my husband and two children, who keep me laughing on a daily basis. My husband and I love the outdoors and take advantage of every opportunity to pack up our car and go camping or head to the beach. Our family has a small place in Dagsboro, DE where we spend as much time as we possibly can.
Pam - Financial Coordinator
Pam graduated from Lancaster County Career & Technology Center’s Dental Assisting program in 2014 and serves as our office Financial Coordinator. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is having the opportunity to establish personal relationships with patients while guiding them through their treatment process, helping them achieve their dental goals. In her free time, Pam enjoys hiking, watching documentaries, spending time with family and friends, and visiting her second home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Unless, however, it’s football season, then you will find her cheering on her favorite Nittany Lions in Happy Valley! WE ARE…PENN STATE!