Danielle

DANIELLE JOHNSON: OFFICE MANAGER

Danielle came to Arsmiles as an extern once she completed the dental assisting program at Akron Institute in 2001 to gain more experience. Upon completing her externship, because of her wonderful attitude, and warm and caring personality, we hired Danielle as a team member, and she’s been an integral part of our daily operation since then. Danielle is a great asset and an incredible team player as a dual-trained dental assistant and business office administrator with a deep understanding of different disciplines of dentistry. She has been through many hours of clinical and technological training to assist the team in more advanced procedures. Danielle is very experienced in managing the business office and knows all of our patients very well. She’s the first person that greets the patients over the phone or at the office and is in charge of the smooth and efficient operation of the practice. Danielle goes out of her way to assist patients with scheduling an appointment, insurance, billing questions, or any other concerns they might have. Dannielle has a great sense of humor that breaks the ice, puts everyone at ease, and makes patients feel at home. Danielle is married and has a daughter in middle school. She enjoys reading books and loves baking, and above all, she is a problem-solver by nature! She can fix anything and everything around the house or at the office or figure out solutions to resolve any problem.

Linda

LINDA CUMMINGS: CERTIFIED ASSISTANT

Linda came to Arsmiles to complete her externship in the dental assisting program as a junior at Central Hower high school, which offered a vocational dental assisting program in 2002. We hired Linda shortly after, and today she is a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced certified dental assistant at Arsmiles. She is dedicated to treating patients with compassion and the individualized care they deserve. Her calming, positive chair-side manner makes patients feel comfortable despite the type of dental issues they may be facing. Linda is a great team player and is always inspired and eager to learn the latest in dentistry to advance her skills and to better serve our patients. She has been through many hours of continued dental education in different areas of dentistry, including orthodontics, implant surgeries, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and is also highly trained in utilizing the cutting-edge CEREC (CAD/CAM) and CBCT technologies. 

In her spare time, she enjoys roller skating and spending time with her sweet daughter Kaleah.

Linda Cummings - Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, OH

Jenina Molina - Dental Hygienist

JENINA MOLINA: DENTAL HYGIENIST

Jenina joined Arsmiles Dental in January 2021. She graduated in 2017 from Southwestern College at the top of her class and received degrees in Dental Hygiene and Liberal Arts. Her lifelong commitment to learning propelled her to continue her academic career at the University of Akron to pursue a degree in Public Health Administration. She is a dedicated registered dental hygienist passionate about providing gentle and thorough individualized care for her patients. She is excellent at communicating and educating patients on how to improve their oral health. Jenina implements the highest standard of care by maintaining current with dentistry’s ever-evolving technological advances and clinical developments. Patient and compassionate, her main goal is to provide painless preventive care by accommodating her patients’ specific needs and expectations while in the dental chair. She incorporates a holistic approach to improving oral health as it relates to the body as a whole. Jenina was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Akron at the end of 2020 with her husband and Belgian Malinois, Cashew. As a child, she frequently moved with her parents and two sisters to various cities within California and outside of the country, including São Paulo, Brazil. Being fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and having had exposure to various cultures, she can connect with a diverse patient demographic. A humanist at heart, family is her number one priority and she treats those around her as such. She loves exploring the local state parks, practicing yoga regularly, and reading classical novels. Her lifelong goals are playing the piano, learning new languages, and traveling to new countries.

Marissa Joseph - Dental Hygienist

MARISSA JOSEPH: DENTAL HYGIENIST

Marissa joined Arsmiles in 2023. She graduated from Stark State College in Dental Hygiene in 2019, and completed her Dental Marketing Bachelor’s degree in 2021 from The Ohio State University. She is dedicated to promoting optimal oral health in her patients through education, and commitment to continuous learning in the dental field. Marissa believes that she is a continual student of education and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her patients. She also is very devoted to providing comfortable patient care with training in local anesthesia and use of gentle dental hygiene techniques. In addition, Marissa values a great team and strives to be a reliable team member in return. She has lived in Northeast Ohio her whole life and loves providing thorough dental care to the people around her. Marissa enjoys living on the Lake with her fiancé Craig and their Corgi dog, Jax. She enjoys practicing the art of hyperrealism with graphite drawing and oil based painting. Marissa enjoys the outdoors and relaxing in nature when she is not at the dental office, including fishing and gardening in her spare time.

Gretchen Carter: Dental Hygienist

Gretchen Carter: Dental Hygienist

A 2003 graduate from Stark Stage College, Gretchen started her first job at Arsmiles right out of school and was our first hygienist till 2007. It’s a pleasure to have her back on the team again! Gretchen has enjoyed practicing dental hygiene for the past 20 years. She is committed to making her patients feel welcome and comfortable during their dental appointments. Her happy and humble spirit makes patients feel comfortable and welcome, and her giggle and laughter while cleaning their teeth created a cheerful and friendly experience for everyone. She is passionate about her work and very patient and doesn’t shy away from a challenge. She welcomes patients who are afraid of the dentist or those who haven’t had a cleaning in many years with open arms. She takes pride in educating her patients while she is doing a thorough cleaning, making it an easy and comfortable experience. Gretchen loves to learn and is committed to staying up with the latest technology to offer her patients the highest quality of care.

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys cheering on her three kids at their sporting events and hiking with her golden retriever. She loves any outdoor activities, working out, and weekend trips with her kids.

Kaleigh Palcko, Dental Hygienist

Kaleigh Palcko: Dental hygienist

Kaleigh was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. For her passion of helping people she chose to become a dental hygienist. Kaleigh started and completed the dental hygiene program at Stark State college and graduated in 2015.

After marrying her husband they moved to Wadsworth in 2015 and have lived there with their three children since then. Aside from being a great hygienist Kaleigh is a people’s person who is very easy to talk to. Her warm personality and friendly demeanor make people feel relaxed and comfortable with her from the get go. Helping her patients and educating them about holistic approach to oral health and how to manage harm and by addressing the root cause of the problems have become a passion for Kaleigh, as well as getting to know her patients on a personal level and working with them to improve their smiles! In her spare time she loves spending time with her family camping, being outdoors and checking out local wineries.

Dreshawna Franklin - Dental Assistant

Dreshawna Franklin: Dental Assistant

Dreshawna began her dental assisting program in high school in 2016 and successfully completed it in 2018, where vocational programs were offered to young high school students. She was drawn into dentistry after watching her close relatives fear and anxiety sitting in the dental chair and decided she could be making a difference!

Her calm and soothing personality make both children and adults experience a pleasant and positive one. Dreshawna is a fast learner and is interested in learning and growing in dental assisting profession. In addition she is a great team player by making herself available anywhere needed to best care for her patients. Her drive for excellence and her warm and pleasant personality makes her a great complement at Arsmiles. Dreshawna is a young mother and enjoys taking her son to different attractions. Her favorite indoor/outdoor activities are bowling and swimming, she was even in a bowling league as a child.

Bridget Gilt

Bridget Gilt: Business Office Administrator

Bridget graduated in 2011 from Vocational School with a certificate in Business Administration. She pursued many years in customer service, office administration, advertisement and marketing in different settings and enjoyed helping people, learned and gained a lot of experience. She loved learning, growing and becoming a part of a successful business that provided her a career path. She saw an opening at Arsmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in the business office in 2022 and applied for it. She was offered the job and Dr. Chegini brought her aboard, highlighting her skills for the practice. She quickly took an interest in learning the dental terminologies and operational procedures and has become a great team player. She wants her patients to receive the same wonderful experience she had with her braces and leave smiling bigger and more confidently than before. What a better career path than to give back the same positive feeling she had received.

As a younger mom, Bridget has an 8 year old daughter who she has grown in many ways with. She met a wonderful man who became her fiance a year ago. With her family she enjoys traveling and getting out in nature. She always enjoyed arts and crafts, creating macrame art which she gives away to friends as gifts on occasions. Her other hobbies are baking treats and spending game nights with the family. Her compassion and eye for dental care can bring a light to our patients to celebrate them and their confidence with their new refreshed smiles.

Ashley Sharier: Business office Administrator

Ashley Sharier: Business office Administrator

Meet Ashley who embarks on her dental receptionist journey in 2020. With a passion for customer service honed over many years, Ashley has flourished in her role, embracing the fascinating world of dentistry with eagerness and dedication. When not ensuring the patients feel free and cared for, she is a culinary enthusiast, finding joy in the art of cooking.

The great outdoors calls her out, too, as she loves to explore nature’s beauty on hikes with loved ones. A football fan at heart, she cherishes game days with quality time with her three adorable kitties. Whether at the office or at home, Ashley’s warmth and zest for life shine through in everything she does.