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. Amit Khanna (DMD)
Dr. Amit Khanna was born in Wilmington, DE and takes pride in helping patients achieve their ideal smiles. After attending one of the few Ivy League dental schools in the nation, he keeps up with the latest dental techniques and procedures through monthly Continuing Education classes. He is involved in the community, he volunteers with Mission of Mercy, does food drives for the local food band in Southern Maryland, and does drives for the Pregnancy CareNet in Southern Maryland.
Dr. Khanna won the 2016 Beacon Award through the St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Khanna was written up in a national dental magazine Dental Economics.
Georgetown University (B.S.)
University of Pennsylvania (D.M.D.)
Monthly Continuing Education Courses
Dr. Khanna married his wife in 2003 and they currently live in St. Mary’s County with their cocker spaniel, Ruby, and puggle, Minnie. They have two daughters who are the joy of their lives. In his spare time, Dr. Khanna enjoys scuba diving, watching the Washington Redskins, and playing video games.
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)
Hi! My name is Tammi Auman. I am the Office Manager at Patuxent Dental. I have worked for Patuxent Dental for 9 years. I started working in the dental field 20 years ago as a chairside assistant. I grew up in Charles County and I currently reside in St. Mary’s County with my husband, two sons, and dog. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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.
Mande Jones (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Hi! My name is Mande Jones. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and couldnt't be happier to become a part of the team at Patuxent Dental. I started working in the dental field as a chairside dental assistant during my senior year of Highschool. I continued school at Baltimore City Community College, graduating and earning an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2004. My goal is to always provide patients with quality care and comfort. In my spare time I enjoy painting/drawing, music, documentaries, hiking, travelling and spending time with family and friends. If I haven't met you yet I look forward to seeing you in the office soon! #teethmatter
Megan McKenzie (Hygiene Assistant)
Hi! My name is Megan and I am the newest addition to Patuxent Dental. I am the hygiene assistant I try to keep everything running smoothly for your visit. I have been in the dental field for about 2 years and couldn't be happier. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, being a homebody and hanging with my fur family.
Brittany Corrigan (Office Manager 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 (Billing Manager)
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.
Shannon Crawford (Patient Care Coordinator)
Shannon is one of our Patient Care Coordinators. She started her career in the dental field in 2012 as a Hygiene Assistant and then became a Patient Care Coordinator. She joined our team in 2014. She grew up in Calvert County and now resides in St. Mary’s County with her husband and 2 daughters. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
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!
Roxanne Caldwell (Dental Assistant)
Hi, my name is Roxie! I was born in the Philippines, and moved to the USA in 2005. I got my first dental assisting job in San Diego, California in 2008, and I’ve loved being a dental assistant since then! I started working here at Patuxent Dental in February 2016. I got married in November of 2015 and just had a beautiful baby boy. I can’t wait to meet you!
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!
Lisa Elsbree (Patient Care Coordinator)
Hey there! My name is Lisa, and I am one of the newest members of the Patuxent Dental family! I graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Office Administration. Originally from Powhatan, Virginia, I moved to Maryland in May 2017 after marrying the love of my life, Josh. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my hubby, Netflix, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."
See ya at the front desk!
Amanda Reese (Patient Care Coordinator)
My name is Amanda Reese. I am 23 years old and just starting my career in the dental field! I am the newest addition to Patuxent dental as the sterilization tech. I am currently taking a dental assisting class which I will be completing very soon then the goal is to hopefully become Patuxent’s newest dental assistant! I chose dental because I enjoy helping people and making them feel good about themselves. I am very excited to begin my career and see what the future holds for me at Dr. Khanna’s amazing office!!
Kali Popielski (Sterilization Tech)
Hi my name is Kali, and I am one of the new additions to the Patuxent Dental family. Before starting here, I was in the cleaning business, and decided it was time for a career change. I'm very happy to be working in this field. I was born in Charleston, SC, and with my dad being in the military, my parents, brother and I moved to Maryland in 2001. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, (anything outdoors), snowboarding, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my boyfriend.
Hannah Woell (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Hi! My name is Hannah and I am so excited to be apart of Patuxent Dental's team. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist who strives to educate my patients and provide them with the best care possible, making sure they are comfortable and satisfied. In my spare time I enjoy being active, whether it be hiking, working out or taking my dog for a run. I also enjoy spending time with family & friends and exploring new places. I look forward to meeting you & putting a smile on your face!
Jackie Thompson (Dental Assistant)
Hi my name is Jackie and I am a Dental Assistant. I have been a dental assistant for about 2 years. I graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Dr. James A Forrest Career and Technology Center. I enjoy coming to work everyday and helping improve patient smiles in a comfortable environment. During my spare time, I like to sit by the pool with family and friends ,clean and modify my truck for upcoming local truck shows, and spend time with my fur baby.
Kim Moreland (Registered Dental Hygienist)
Hi! My name is Kim and I'm a Registered Dental Hygienist with the Patuxent Dental team! I pride myself in making my patients educated, comfortable, and happy while they are in our office. I graduated from High Point University in 2012, and went on to Horry Georgetown Tech where I graduated with my dental hygiene degree in 2017. In my spare time I love spending time with my two dogs, and three horses. I love doing anything outdoors and staying active & busy in my spare time! I look forward to seeing you as my patient and making your smile something you can be proud of!
Crystal Walker (Dental Assistant)
Hi I’m Crystal, one of the dental assistants here at Patuxent Dental! I have been an assistant for five years now. I love spending time with my family. I have a busy three year old little boy who keeps me on my toes. My significant other and I plan on expanding our family very soon! I am currently attending college and I plan to become a Dental Hygienist one day!
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