Meet the Talented Members of Our Dental Care Team

the team at Smiles for Life

“I was treated like they knew me forever, like family. I would and I have told others to go here.” Charles Redifer Jr.

Administrative Team

Becky McIntyre - Office Manager and Registered Dental Hygienist

As Dr. McIntyre’s wife, Becky has been around dentistry ever since they got married. However, after their youngest son started elementary school, she returned to college and earned her dental hygiene degree from VA Western Community College in 1997. She loves dentistry because it gives her the opportunity to help our patients improve their life and become healthier and happier. Becky’s first love is her amazing husband and six wonderful children, their spouses, and of course the 19 BEST grandchildren. She loves spending time with the family and spends most of her vacation time traveling around the country to see all of them. In her spare time, she enjoys flower gardening, reading, and working with the teenagers at her church.

 

Tara Kenney – Assistant Office Manager

Tara was born and raised here in the Valley. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing things outdoors such as hiking, kayaking, and camping.

Tara says that she loves our office because it is always filled with fun and laughter and because we want to give our patients a warm experience at each visit. She is so thankful to be part of a team that cares and wants the best for their patients.

Robin Campbell - Financial Manager

Robin Campbell was born in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She grew up on a horse farm in Mt Solon and graduated from Fort Defiance High School. Robin just celebrated her 30th Anniversary with her husband, Eric, and they have two children Zeph and Julia along with two Scottish Terriers, Duncan and Cadden and two cats, Sweet Thing and Zinger. Robin enjoys history, reading, Jeeping, and running, as she plans to run her 5th Half Marathon in the Spring. 

Robin has a background in retail management, and has been in the dentistry field for over 8 years. Robin is always excited to meet new people and to build caring relationships. 

Jody Cook - Treatment Coordinator

Jody CookJody was born and raised here in Bridgewater.  She graduated from Turner Ashby High School and Massanutten Technical Center in 1990.  She has always been involved with dentistry in some way since graduating.  She has worked in General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Endodontics. She has three children that she is very proud of and encourages them to be the best they can be.

Nicole Ware - Treatment Coordinator

Nicole is from the Bridgewater area. She was in the dental field for years before taking a break to stay home with her two children. Now she is working front office to help you schedule your treatment with Dr. Whiting and Dr. Luschin.

In her free time she loves attending her sons basketball and baseball games. She enjoys camping with her family, attending church, and spending time with friends. 

Viviana Sasia - Receptionist

Viviana is originally from Uruguay. She has been living in the US for 20 years. She graduated from Spotswood High School in 2011. Viviana has worked as a receptionist for 5 years in the law and criminal field, before coming to Smiles for Life. Viviana loves gardening and has a forest in her house. She loves spending time with her husband, her 3 year old and her 2 dogs. Her favorite holiday is Halloween. Viviana loves thrift shopping. She always finds the best, coolest things.

Viviana loves working at Smiles for Life because everyone who works here is amazing. Everyone here is welcoming and willing to help each other. The patients are all friendly. Viviana loves making friends with our patients and with her team members.

Tonia Simmons - Medical Billing Manager

Originally from Tennessee, Tonia has spent the majority of her life in the Valley. She is the oldest of three children. And is close with her siblings who all live locally as well. The family enjoys getting together at the family camp whenever possible. 

She has been married to Todd Simmons for 34 years. They have three amazing children and five grandchildren who are the loves of her life. Now that she and Todd are empty nesters, they enjoy their four-legged babies, Gunner, a rescue golden retriever, and Bella a yappy little Chorkie. They go to their cabin in the woods every opportunity they can, where they enjoy nature, relaxing and at times entertaining.

Tonia has spent the majority of her working years in the medical field. Working in ophthalmology, Family Practice, Multi-speciality and hospital revenue cycle. She has enjoyed each position, learning, growing her knowledge and working with amazing teams. 

Tonia joined Smiles for Life in November of 2020 as the medical billing manager. She strives to be an example of an excellent team player and enjoys working with people who have great work ethics, caring hearts and work with integrity as well. 

Haley Conley - Marketing

Haley was born in Chicago, IL. Her parents were both in the Navy and her mother was transferred to Maryland, which is where Haley mainly grew up. She went to college at Bridgewater College and graduated with an English degree. She has worked in Marketing at other jobs but never for dental.

She loves the team because of how uplifting we are and how patient focused we are. She is currently engaged and getting married in October of 2022. She has a rescue dog named Duke who makes her world turn. She loves going to the lake, playing with her dog, and shopping. She also enjoys spending time with her family going camping and eating blue crabs!

Demi Morris - New Patient Coordinator

Demi is from Rockingham County. She went to Spotswood High School and then Massanutten Technical Center for criminal justice and cosmetology. She worked in a psychiatric hospital for children and then left when she had her baby. She worked at another dental office before coming here but chose S4L due to the positive energy. She also loves that we go above and beyond for our patients.

She likes to take her baby girl Kehlani shopping, spending time with her, and cuddling her. She has two dogs, a Rottweiler named Jumanji (nicknamed Juju) and a Shih Tzu named Brody. They are both about 4 years old. She loves to play ball with them and she said that Brody is a major mama's boy. 

Clinical Team

Shana Wilson - Clinical Manager

Shana graduated from Broadway in 2011 and Blue Ridge in 2013. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters and a baby boy. She loves to run and is always doing things outside with family and friends.

She has always been interested in teeth and why they’re so important to keep clean. She loves being able to help people and bring up their esteem and confidence with a new smile.

Cathy Batten - Registered Dental Hygienist

Cathy has been a dental hygienist at Smiles for life for 21 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1999 from West Liberty University. There she was awarded the Comprehensive Patient Care Award. Cathy has been married to her husband, Scott, for 28 years and they have an 18 year old daughter, Erin, who is attending EMU. Cathy enjoys hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, working out to stay in shape, and exploring nature. Her rescue cats Dante and Artemis bring a lot of adventure to her life. 

Cathy says that she loves that we continue to strive for excellence and that we are always learning. She values relationships with her patients. By teaching her patients good oral hygiene, she can not only enhance their smile, but influence their overall health.

Morgan Propst - Registered Dental Hygienist

Morgan is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. She earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from VA Western Community College in 2020. 

Morgan was born and raised in the Valley and currently resides in Harrisonburg with her significant other, Matt, and their sons Ashton 9 and Grayson 3. They will also be welcoming another baby boy in December 2021. Morgan enjoys spending time with her family and spends most of her time outdoors hiking. She also enjoys vacationing at the beach every summer. 

Though new to the dental field, Morgan is excited to make this a life long career. She loves educating her patients on ways to improve their dental and overall health, and helping them achieve beautiful smiles. 

Monica Mathusek - Registered Dental Hygienist

Monica graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in April 2010. She thoroughly enjoys working with people to become their healthiest through caring for their oral health. 

Monica and her husband Scott have been married for several amazing and adventurous years. They have three energetic boys that love brushing their teeth!

Monica and her family enjoy playing wiffle ball, hiking, biking, and having silly dance-offs at home (just family). They also own a small family business so they can teach their boys the value of working hard. 

Megan Long - Dental Hygienist 

Megan ended up in the valley area for work. She received a degree in dental hygiene from Virginia western community college in 2019. In her free time, Megan likes relaxing with her puppy, researching, or exercising! She is passionate about educating,  motivating, encouraging, and building relationships with her patients. She also likes exploring/discovering local treasures

Beth Heiston - Dental Assistant

Beth is from Elkton and went to Spotswood. After that, she attended Blue Ridge Community College. She spent 10 years working in restaurants before taking our ATS class. As a child, she spent a lot of time pretending to be a dentist, and her mom was her number one patient! She is now a mother to a beautiful and sweet 6 year old girl. In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter and doing any activity involving the outdoors.

Antonia Paz - Dental Assistant

Antonia graduated from the dental assisting program at Massanutten Technical Center in 2018, following graduation she was offered a position in a pediatric office. Although she loved educating the younger minds about oral health, Antonia was ready to widen her own horizons. That's when she landed a spot at Smiles for Life. Antonia appreciates and values how much dedication Dr. Whiting, Dr. McIntyre, and Dr. Luschin put into their patients to make sure they succeed the extra mile. Antonia feels privileged that she is allowed to be on the same journey. 

Recently Antonia and her significant other moved into the peaceful town of Singers Glen. Along with transitioning into new home owners, Antonia enjoys spending time with family and friends. Also Antonia loves to travel and in-between these activities, she always finds time to spectate the local demolition derbies. 

Antonia is currently enrolled at LFCC to become a Dental Hygienist; she is excited for the future and is so grateful that she has the opportunity to continue to flourish at Smiles for Life. 

Faith Lam - Dental Assistant

Faith is from Elkton, VA and graduated from East Rockingham High School. She has 3 children and a wonderful husband that she loves spending time with in her free time!

Faith had no dental experience until she took the Smiles for Life Assist to Succeed class and got offered a position after graduation. She has been with us since April 2018 and loves what she does here. She really enjoys being a part of implant surgeries and being a part of patients' treatment from start to finish. 

Ashten Pitsenbarger-Dental Assistant

She was born in Rockingham Co and has lived here her entire life.She went to Massanutten Technical Center where she got her Dental Assistant certification. Prior to joining the team she was a patient here and knew everyone was friendly/compassionate about their job. This plus S4L being a shorter commute made her want to join the team. She has now been here for 4 years and loves it. She has 2 cats that she considers her children (Jaxx and Luna). She enjoys taking them on walks since they have leashes. She likes to spend time with friends and travel. She loves going to Pittsburg because of the sports and she loves to travel west to places like Washington State because the scenery and waterfalls are amazing. 

Hailey Shrader - Dental Assistant

Hailey was born and raised in Dayton, VA. She began working here in January of 2022. She joined the team through the ATS program and she is planning to go to hygiene school in the future. Hailey graduated from Turner Ashby High School in 2019 and then went to Blue Ridge Community College to take the prerequisites for Dental Hygiene School.

Hailey has a Golden Retriever named Stella who is SPOILED, probably more than she spoils herself. They are connected by the hip and wherever Hailey goes, Stella goes. They go on beach vacations together, many baseball games, and hikes together. Hailey has a boyfriend, Nick, and they have been dating for 4 years. He attends Bridgewater College and is a pitcher for their baseball team. He also pitches for the RCBL in the summer. She does not have much free time due to also being a manager at Smiley's Ice Cream in Bridgewater. But when she does find the occasional free time she likes to read, go to the gym, hang out with her friends, and travel.

Elaine Carr - Care Nurse

Elaine is one of the assistants here at Smiles for Life. She was homeschooled, then attended the Assist to Succeed Dental Assisting Program. She enjoys her career because “I get to meet and help lots of amazing people. Smiles for Life is a great place to work… my teammates are awesome!”

She recently became a mom and is loving raising her daughter, Addie with her husband. When she is not at work, she can be found hanging out with her little family and taking care of her many house plants!

Dentists at Smiles for Life Dental Care

Smiles for Life Dental Care

The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
  • Compassionate Finance™
  • CareCredit®
  • LendingClub®
  • Smile Rewards 

To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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