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Our Dental Team

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication in the Syracuse area. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.

Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.

We love what we do, and it shows on our faces—it seems we’re always smiling around here. You’ll find our staff is friendly and up-beat–and we’ll do our best to make your visit comfortable, and even fun! And all the while we’ll be providing you with the highest quality dental care in the Syracuse area. Don’t be surprised if it’s the best time you’ve had in a dental office.

Karen, Office Manager
Karen, Office Manager

As Office Manager at Today’s Dentistry, I oversee all aspects of our dental practice. And though I wear many hats on a daily basis, my main focus is making sure that our patients are comfortable and receive the best care possible. After your initial visit with Dr Pateras, I am always available to assist you with all of your financial needs and questions. This may include setting up financial arrangements that will work within your budget. It is my goal to have you leave our office with a complete understanding of how we are going to give you your most beautiful, healthy smile. I truly look forward to meeting you!

I began my career in dentistry more than 25 years ago as a dental assistant. Dentistry was not a path that I had planned but it has turned into a career that I love so much. I enjoy my job and I hope that shows when we are working together.

When I’m not at the office, you will usually find me doing something with my 2 children. We love to explore outside, when the Central NY weather permits, at all of our beautiful local parks and trails.  My family is made up of extreme animal lovers. We currently share our home with our cat, George and our dog, Zola.

Please feel free to call or email me any time with any questions or concerns. I am always here to help!

Tara, Scheduling Coordinator
Tara, Scheduling Coordinator

I was raised in Syracuse and my career did not begin in the dental field but in the restaurant industry. For the past 11 years I have owned and cooked in my own restaurants. While I love feeding people, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and was lucky enough to join the team at Today’s Dentistry. There are daily opportunities to learn about dentistry that keep my job fun and engaging. As scheduling coordinator I’m here to make your appointments as convenient and smooth as possible. I truly enjoy creating an efficient, organized, and friendly experience for every patient!

When I’m not at the office you can find me with my husband Shaun and our two dogs. We love to travel and experience new cultures and cuisines.  I love baking (and eating) pastries, archery, videogames and skiing.

Megan, Registered Dental Hygienist
Megan, RDH, Btech

I am one of the registered dental hygienists at Today’s Dentistry. In total, I have been working with smiles since 2007! I obtained my Dental Hygiene degree from SUNY Broome in Binghamton, NY and during that time I also worked for a general dentist as a dental assistant. I was raised in Norwood, NY and I currently live in Liverpool with my two energetic children!

I spent the first part of my hygiene career in a dental clinic that focused on providing dental care to low income families. Since then, I’ve been with Dr. Pateras and I cannot say enough about him or his dental office. I am very thankful for my job and I find it very rewarding to see what our team can accomplish together. I pride myself on creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all of my patients and I am committed to helping my patients understand and improve their dental and overall health.

When I am not at work, I am focused on my family. We are always on the go, my kids stay very busy with sports including ice hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. We love spending time outside and love to be by the water. You will often find us looking for adventure whether it be hiking, fishing, or just checking out new places.

Kamryn, Registered Dental Hygienist
Kamryn, Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Rochester’s Monroe Community College in 2021 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. During my time at MCC, I obtained my license to be a registered hygienist and I also was a residential assistant at the college dorms. I grew up in Central Square, NY and now live in Liverpool with my two best friends, who also just so happen to be my sisters.

I have learned very quickly how important it is to have a strong, supportive team in order to be able to provide to the public in the safest and most efficient way. Every one of the team members in this office has helped me become the hygienist that I aspire to be day by day, as they are always guiding me to be better than the day before. 

Outside of work I enjoy listening to books or stories while taking a walk or driving.   I spend a lot of time with my parents and sisters. Whether it be getting groceries together, taking the dogs for walks, or simply sitting on the couch I always seem to have a family member nearby. I feel as though I have just begun my journey, but I couldn’t be more thankful for where I am today and where I believe I will be headed tomorrow.  

Amanda, Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda, Registered Dental Hygienist

I am one of the registered dental hygienists at Today’s Dentistry. I never imagined working in the dental field until about eleven years ago when I was presented with an opportunity to become a dental assistant. As my passion for helping people feel comfortable during their dental appointments grew, I decided to further my career and apply for dental hygiene school. I obtained my Dental Hygiene Degree from SUNY Canton, while continuing to work as a dental assistant in the Syracuse area.

Throughout my dental hygiene career, I have always strived to make a relaxing and comfortable environment for my patients to help improve their dental health. I feel that the wonderful team we have here accomplishes this goal extremely well and I am very thankful to be a part of it.
When I am not at work, I am with my family. My husband and I enjoy being outside with our daughter and our two dogs. We are over the moon excited that our family is expanding this February and cannot wait to meet our newest member!
Jenn, Dental Assistant
Jenn, Dental Assistant

I have worked in the dental field for 10 years. I started out doing administrative duties for dental offices including Today’s Dentistry. While working for Dr. Pateras I was presented with an opportunity to expand my dental knowledge and learn the clinical side of things as a dental assistant. Over the course of time I have developed a true passion for dentistry that has encouraged me to start on a journey to becoming a dentist. Everyday at Today’s Dentistry I am committed to helping our patients receive gentle and honest care in a positive and comfortable environment. Dr. Pateras has a great team and I am proud to be a part of it.

When I am not at work I am with my daughter, Khyla and busy preparing for dental school. During the winters we enjoy sledding and watching movies, but in the summer time you will find us outdoors. We like going to parks and being by the water.

Kristina, Certified Dental Assistant
Kristina, Certified Dental Assistant

I obtained my certification for dental assisting back in 2015 and I joined Dr. Pateras’ dental team as his assistant in 2016. I have been loving it ever since! My main goal as his assistant is to give each patient a positive and comfortable experience. As a team, we all stay up to date with the newest guidelines and best practices because keeping our patients safe is our top priority and I am very grateful to be a part of that.

When I am not at work I am usually hanging out with friends, family or with my border collie, Katie. We love being outside, traveling or just hanging out at home watching movies.