Our Team

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Best-dentist-columbia-county-ny.jpgAt Kinderhook Family Dental, every member of our staff is friendly, professional and experienced. We are committed to providing each of our patients with personalized care and exceptional service. We strive to maximize the one-on-one time with each patient and to completely answer any questions they have about their treatment. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for every patient.

Our Kinderhook Family Dental Professionals are dedicated to providing quality advanced care to our family of patients. We strive to provide comprehensive dental examinations, a complete selection of cosmetic services, and the best possible restoration oral health in the Hudson Valley Region. Make an appointment today or stop in to meet our friendly staff.


Shelley - Practice Administrator

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/rsz_shelley-renee-dental-speaker.jpgShelley grew up in the northern Maine woods where she was introduced to the life of dentistry at the age of 17. She quickly fell in love with life in a dental office and has never left. Shelley is a recent graduate of The Consulting U, a highly respected Masters training program for dental practice management consultants. With a new venture in speaking and consulting, she finds herself traveling throughout New England working with Dental practices to bring the best care to their patients. Shelley is a member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants, Speaking Consulting Network, Directory of Dental Speakers, and American Association of Dental Office Managers. She is a program advisor for Care Credit and is certified by Bent Ericksen as an HR employment compliance consultant. Locally, she started a networking group for dental practice office managers. With her blossoming new career, her hours in the office are limited, but know that she is close by, working behind the scenes to insure an awesome experience for all of the patients at Kinderhook Dental Arts.

In her down time you can find her trying to get her NYC man in the woods for a hike or out on the water in a kayak! She also enjoys spending quality time with her two sons and frisky cat.


 Doreen - Financial Coordinator

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/doreen-dentist-columbia-county-ny.jpgDoreen is devoted to attending to our patients needs, making sure each experience is as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. She is always ready to go over finance options available to ensure patients receive the care and treatment they need to achieve a healthy, happy smile. Doreen is the lucky one who handles all of the medical coding and billing for oral appliances for patients with sleep apnea. When she is not working, she spends her free time at home with her husband, 2 children and golden retriever. She is inspired by home designers, decorators and loves dreaming up new projects to do around her home, often before the last project is completely finished! The part she loves the most is being able to shop for things, both old and new for her newest projects.






Elle - Treatment Coordinator

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Elle - Cropped.jpgElle recently moved to New York from Pennsylvania where she gained her dental knowledge after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources. She enjoys meeting all of our wonderful patients and helping them through each step of their care. Elle enjoys spending time exploring her new home with her boyfriend, Josh, and their pup, Duke.






Lauren - Dental Hygienist 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/rsz_laurenl_photo.jpgLauren is a Registered Dental Hygienist who is passionate about the dental field. She is a graduate of SUNY Orange as the president of the student American Dental Hygienist's Association. She also received the 2017 President of Excellence Award. Lauren enjoys educating patients on their oral health and teaching them preventative measures. 









Kathy - Dental Hygienist

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Kathy is a registered Dental Hygienist with over 30 years of experience. She graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in Biology and furthered her education at Hudson Valley Community College, graduating with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is certified in the administration of nitrous oxide and local anesthesia. She remains current in continuing education to provide optimal care and comfort to her patients. When not in the dental office, Kathy enjoys running and attending classes at the local gym. She resides in Valatie with her daughter Sara.



Krissy - Dental Hygienist

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/rsz_krissy.jpgKrissy has been a Registered Dental Hygienist practicing in Columbia County over the past 25 years. She graduated from Ichabod Crane Central High School in 1987. She then attended Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program and earned an associate’s degree in the Health Sciences in 1992. She certified and licensed to administer nitrous oxide and local anesthesia and always stays current in continuing education courses. She passionate about providing my patients with quality care while establishing a comfortable, trusting relationship. While not providing care to her patients, she finds joy in spending time on the baseball fields and basketball courts watching her son Connor doing what he loves. Krissy is passionate about physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.



Denise - Dental Assistant

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Denise-best-dentist-kinderhook-ny.jpgDenise enjoys assisting patients through dental procedures and the positive changes it has on their confidence and lives. Denise enjoys watching the Food Network Channel to learn new recipes from her favorite chefs Rachel Ray and Giada She is thankful for her supportive family who is always willing to sample her latest ethnic creation and join her for a leisurely walk or game of tennis.







Meghan - Dental Assistant

 Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Meghan.jpgMeghan was born and raised locally in Ghent. After graduating from Chatham High, she moved to Vancouver, Canada. Where she attended college and fell in love with the diverse culture that the city has to offer. Upon graduation, she moved back to New York and worked in the Aesthetics industry for 10 years, working with several classifications of devices. She is looking forward to learning the dental industry and applying her knowledge. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their two dogs, Oliver and Olivia.





Katie- Dental Assistant & Patient Coodinator

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/rsz_katie.jpgKaitlyn is one of our dental assistants and part time patient coordinator. She enjoys greeting patients, whether it’s their first time visiting the practice or if they have been coming for years. “I just want every patient to be able to hear the smile in my voice when they call or walk out the door and say that they had a great experience when they visit”. Kaitlyn also loves contributing to patient comfort and assisting Dr. Starkman during dental procedures on the days she is an assistant. In her spare time, she loves to catch up with her favorite TV shows and play video games.