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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 20 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. My son has now graduated from high school and my daughter is a Sophomore. We love to explore outside during the summer months. We are all very involved with the Liverpool High School Marching Band Program and always look forward to the crisp nights at the field in the Fall Season! My family is made up of extreme animal lovers. We currently share our home with our cat, Penny and our dog, Molly.

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

Gerianne, Front Office Administrator
Gerianne, Front Office Administrator

The first 8 years of my dental career were spent as a Registered Dental Assistant. I then decided to further my education and became a Registered Dental Hygienist. I happily practiced Dental Hygiene for almost 30 years when an accident sidelined my career. I have taken that opportunity to relocate from Southern California to Liverpool so that I can live near my son and grandson. I have been fortunate to have found a wonderful front desk position, at Today’s Dentistry, that allows me to use my vast dental knowledge and experience to continue to work with patients. I’m here to take care of all your appointment and insurance needs. I will gladly answer any questions you might have. You will often see me walking around Onondaga Lake usually trailing a darling little boy on his bicycle. I’ve have been enjoying exploring my new town, settling into a completely different lifestyle, and spending precious time with my family.​

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.

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.

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.