What separates us from other dental offices is that we have a tight-knit team that's efficient, organized and passionate. We work together to offer the highest quality dental care while building a relationship to better understand your needs. Our goal is to provide you with the personalized service you need and deserve. Every one of our members is handpicked and is at the top of their field.
Meet our team members below!
Dr. Sharmin Meraj (DDS)
Dr. Sharmin Meraj joined Patuxent Dental in 2013 and began her dental career in 1998. After receiving her B.S. in Biology from Lafayette College, she worked as a research assistant at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She was accepted to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, in New York, where she received her DDS degree in 1998. She completed her General Practice Residency (GPR) at Staten Island University Hospital before practicing for four years in private practice in Manhattan. During this time she completed a maxi course in dental implants and has placed over 100 implants over the past ten years. She relocated to Maryland and has practiced in Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties since 2003. Her dental interests include cosmetic and implant dentistry. She hopes to make every patient's dental experience gentle and effortless.
Dr. Sidhu grew up in Montgomery County, MD. After finishing high school, he left Maryland for California, where he became interested in dentistry and worked as a dental assistant while getting his Bachelor’s degree. He returned to Maryland and worked in research at the National Institute of Health. However, the deep interest in dentistry pressed him to pursue dental school. After graduation, he completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, which allowed him to gain valuable experience in treating patients with varied health issues and to expand his surgical skills. He continues to enhance his dental knowledge by pursuing continuing education courses and attending local dental society meetings.
Dr. Sidhu takes pride in being a transparent practitioner and welcomes patient input when formulating treatment plans. He appreciates that dentistry cannot be practiced with a broad brush and seeks to tailor treatment to each patient’s needs.
In his free time, Dr. Sidhu enjoys going for bike rides, hiking, watching live music, and taking road trips with his wife. He enjoys immersing himself into different cultures. His favorite destination thus far has been Japan.
University of California at Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology
Doctor of Dental Surgery
General Practice Residency
University of Rochester - Eastman Institute of Oral Health
American Dental Association
Maryland State Dental Association
Southern Maryland Dental Society
Tammy Slaughter (Dental Assistant)
Tammy was born in Prince George's County and has been living in St. Mary's for 37 years. She went to Chopticon high school and has been Dental Assisting since 1991. She has been with Dr. Khanna since 2006. She enjoys fishing and they call her the dancing queen here at work. She has 3 children and also is a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.
Tammi Auman (Office Manager)
Sarah Tucker (Registered Dental Hygienist)
My name is Sarah Tucker and I am a Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2004 and have made Patuxent Dental my work home. I worked as a Dental Assistant before that from 2001 to 2004. I love helping my patients achieve optimal oral health, while building a relationship with each and every one of them. I have a wonderful family. My husband Tim and I have been blessed with two beautiful children, Faith and Nickolas, who keep us running, but we would not have it any other way.
Kari Gordon (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Kari joined Patuxent Dental in September of 2012 when she and her family moved to Maryland after her husband Keith retired from 20 years of serving as a helicopter pilot in the US Navy. She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1994 when she graduated with Honors from Pensacola Junior College. She also holds her Bachelor’s degree in Social work from the University of Iowa where she graduated in 1990. Kari was born and raised in Dubuque Iowa. She has lived in Pensacola, FL; Corpus Christi, TX; San Diego, CA; Kailua, HI; Newport, RI and currently resides in Huntingtown, MD.
She has been a Hygienist in many specialty practices including Periodontics, Pedodontics and General dentistry. She is licensed to administer local anesthesia and keeps up with the most current dental research and technology through her continuing education. She is extremely dedicated to the oral health of her patients and strives to make each of their visits pleasant, comfortable and efficient while educating them on how to best maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Katie Kerrigan (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Katie Kerrigan grew up in Charles County and graduated from McDonough High School. After graduation, she went on to attend Allegany College of Maryland’s Dental Hygiene program. In 1998, she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree. What she loves most about working at Patuxent Dental is the ability to provide her patients with the most innovative care in both a friendly and caring environment. Katie is currently a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is training for her second-degree black belt. When she is not training in martial arts, you can find Katie spending time with her husband and two boys.
Brittany Corrigan (Dental Assistant)
Hi, my name is Brittany and I've been at Patuxent Dental since May of 2016. I graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I got married in October, and we just got our first puppy! I love dancing and playing video games. I can't wait to meet you!
Amy Acree (Patient Care Coordinator)
Amy started her dental career in 2000 as a Registered Dental Assistant after graduating from Palomar Community College's dental assisting program. She worked as a chair side assistant for 10 years, adding an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) license in 2006 after graduating from Harcum College's EFDA program. In 2010 Amy took her knowledge and experience from the back office and became a Treatment Coordinator in the front office. Amy joined the Patuxent Dental team in August 2015 when she moved from California to Maryland.
Rachel Wirz (Patient Care Coordinator)
Rachel and her husband are recent transplants from Los Angeles to Southern Maryland. Rachel is a former Public Relations Professional in the energy and entertainment industries turned Patient Care Coordinator and joined Patuxent Dental in April 2016. She and her husband Christopher are the proud parents to their new daughter Olivia and their dog Banksy and will take any opportunity to show off pictures. They are enjoying Southern Maryland living and are looking forward to taking advantage of all the beautiful water in the summer.
Michele Southworth (Patient Care Coordinator)
Hello, My name is Michele Southworth. I am a new addition to Patuxent Dental as a treatment coordinator. This is my second career, I was a hair dresser for many years and transitioned to the dental field 6 years ago. I guess my love of people has kept me where I can help them, especially to feel their best. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Cherese Manning (Hygiene Assistant)
Cherese Villalta has been with us since 2015. She is our hygiene assistant. She graduated from the dental assisting class at CSM in 2013. She was previously a hairdresser. She also teaches Zumba during the week. She wants to further her career to be a midwife or nurse practitioner. She loves to dance, spend time with family and go to church. She was married this year and has two children.
Roxanne Batacan (Dental Assistant)
Rachelle Katigbak (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Rachelle earned her bachelors degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, but has lived in Southern Maryland for 11 years. In her spare time she enjoys being with family and friends, exploring new towns, trying new foods, and thrifting. The most rewarding part of her job is helping patients obtain optimal oral health and overcome their dental anxiety.
Kristen Piniewski (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Kristen is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. She was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. She discovered a love of the dental field young. She received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2010. After graduating with honors, Kristen moved to Southern Maryland where she has been practicing dentistry since.
Kristen joined Patuxent Dental in 2014. She loves meeting new patients and making sure they have a pleasant experience. She is very passionate about her work and very efficient which ensures her patients leave happy and with a good understanding of their dental needs.
Kristen is very active in the community. She is regularly participating in raising money for charities and volunteering with Patuxent Dental. Kristen is happily married to her husband Richie and they plan to hopefully expand their family soon. Her interests outside of work include spending time with family, music, being outdoors, sports, and reading.
Jacquelyn Ellis (Dental Assistant)
Hello my name is Jackie, and I am a dental assistant. I have been in the Dental field for 13 years now. I'm very excited to join Patuxent Dental and to gain more knowledge to assist anyway that I can. My family moved to Calvert County in the late 1980's. I like spending time with my daughter, listening to music, the outdoors, and love the long summer nights great for camping ! I look forward to meeting you!
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