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.

Kaleigh - Office Manager

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/rsz_kaleigh_headshot_cropped.jpgKaleigh has been in the dental field for 10 years. She is passionate about ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of care and the best experience at each visit. Before her role as an office manager and team leader, she graduated from Monroe Community College and received her dental assistant certification in 2011. She seeks to continually improve her skills and knowledge by attending dental conferences and practice management courses. Kaleigh also started a local study group specifically for dental office managers to enhance their careers and have access to superior continuing education on a local platform. Outside of the office, Kaleigh loves entertaining, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family, friends and fur-baby Simba.




Doreen - Treatment 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.





Laura - Dental Assistant

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Laura-Dental-Practice-Coordinator.jpgLaura enjoys interacting with patients and making sure their visit is as pleasant as possible. Laura has been working with Kinderhook Dental Arts since 2009. She has enjoyed getting to know our amazing patients and loves designing crowns with the Cerec machine.  In her free time she loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoying the great outdoors.







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 heathand teaching them preventative measures. 








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.






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. 






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 husband Greg and 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.





Jessica - Dental Hygienist

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/Jess Headshot Cropped.jpgJessica is a graduate of the class of 2000 from the Hudson Valley Dental Hygiene program. She has practiced in a clinical setting since her graduation and completed her certification to administer local anesthesia in 2013. Jessica has attended many dental conferences in Florida and Las Vegas and completed Mercer practice management training. Outside of her dental life, Jessica is co-owner of an athletic training business coaching runners and triathletes. In her spare time Jessica competes in marathons and triathlons of all distances including Ironman. When she’s not working, you can find Jessica cheering on the sidelines for her son who plays basketball and football.