Dental Office in Ithaca, NY

Get to Know Your Ithaca Dental Team & Dentist in Ithaca NY

The staff of our Ithaca family dental practice has been hand-picked in order to provide all of our patients with the utmost level of treatment and service. They are dedicated to making sure every visit to our office is the best you ever had, and that you always leave satisfied and more educated about your own oral health.

 

Read more about the friendly, superior staff of this Ithaca New York dentist, below:

 

  • Heidi: Patient Care Coordinator
  • Melissa Raggi, RDH: Registered Dental Hygienist
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Melissa Raggi, RDH
Melissa was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. She graduated with high honors from dental assisting school. She worked as a dental assistant, at Case Western Reserve University Dental School. She worked one-on-one with the dental students and enjoyed working in a educational setting. During her time at Case Western, Melissa knew she wanted to continue her education in the dental field. Once she and her soon to be husband Tony moved to Massachusetts, Melissa attended Middlesex Community College to fulfill her prerequisites for her dental hygiene degree. She then applied and was accepted to Mount Wachusett Community College for her dental hygiene degree. She graduated with honors and began working in a private practice in Groton Massachusetts until they moved to New York. Melissa really enjoys working in the dental field because she can relate to nervous/anxious patients. From 2 to 102 she enjoys treating all ages of patients. In her spare time, Melissa loves to try out new recipes and cook for her family and friends. She loves to take walks at the Taughannock State Park with her dog Tucker, attend yoga classes, and try out new restaurants. She enjoys seeing all kinds of movies and enjoys going to many different sporting events. She is avid about continuing her education to better serve her patients, takes many dental education courses and enjoys putting patients at ease in the dental chair.
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Heidi, Patient Care Coordinator
Heidi grew up in Southern New Jersey, but has called Ithaca home since 2010. She was a television and radio professional for 10 years before some changes in her life made her realize that she wanted to help people in her work. After searching for a couple of years, she found it in the dental field, as the mouth is the gateway to the body and directly related to its health. She likes to welcome patients and make them feel comfortable when they come into the office--whether it's for a simple cleaning or a more involved procedure--and likes to answer any questions that they may have. She tries to put herself in their shoes to be able to understand and help them better. Heidi is a Reiki practitioner and volunteers with Enlighten Reiki Clinic in Homer and Ithaca. She volunteers for the Tompkins County SPCA as a kitten foster parent, much to the chagrin of her two cats, Earl and Noodle. She also runs the monthly group Ithaca Tarot Salon, where people meet to share and discuss their knowledge of Tarot. When not working or volunteering, Heidi has an interest in knitting, sewing and clothing history, belly dancing, yoga, study of her spiritual practice and meditation. She believes that everything she does may appear to be mutually exclusive, but they are completely intertwined and that's how she approaches life.

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