Meet Our Staff!


Dr. Amit Khanna

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..

Dr. SharminMeraj

Dr. SharminMeraj 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.
Dr. Randeep Sidhu

Dr. Randeep Sidhu

Dr. Sidhu grew up in Montgomery County, MD. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree at University of California at Santa Barbara, he returned to Maryland to do research at the National Institute of Health...
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Dr. Abubakr Shafi

Dr. Abubakr Shafi is a practicing full time general dentist at Patuxent Dental. After receiving his undergrad degree at UMBC in Maryland, he completed his dental education at Howard University in DC. He went on to complete general practice residency at Saint Francis Hospital....
Tammi Auman

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 10 years. I started working in the dental field 20 years ago as a chairside assistant...

Bryana Hinson-Nelson

Office Manager Assistant
Hi! My name is Bryana. I was born and raised in St. Mary’s county. I graduated as a part of Chopticon’s 50th graduating class and its Academy of Finance program in 2015. I’ve always known that I wanted to ..
Rachelle Dyson

Rachelle Dyson

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello! My name is Rachelle and I’m a dental hygienist here at Patuxent Dental. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Since childhood, I’ve always wanted...

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...

Samantha McFadden

Registered Dental Hygienist 
Samantha Is a new here at Patuxent Dental.

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...

Mande Jones

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Mande Jones. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and couldnt't be happier to be a part of the team at Patuxent Dental. I started working in the dental field as a chairside dental...

Kaitlyn Swaim

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Swaim and I am a dental hygienist here at Patuxent Dental. I was born and raised in St. Mary's County and absolutely love it here!...

Sarah Tucker

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Sarah Tucker. I graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2004 as a Dental Hygienist and have been practicing here in St. Mary’s County since! I have a wonderful husband...
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Amber McElroy

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Amber McElroy. I am a dental hygienist and I am so excited to be part of the amazing team here at Patuxent Dental. I am passionate about my career and ...

Crystal Walker

Dental Assistant Team Leader
Hi, I’m Crystal one of the Dental Assistants here at Patuxent Dental. I’ve been a dental assistant for five years now and absolutely love seeing my patients smile! I am a born and raised...

Alyssa Guertin

Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Alyssa and I have been a dental assistant since 2016. I love working hard, being involved in patient care, and making sure that the patient has a great experience! I live in St. Mary’s with my fiancé and dog...

Jackie Thompson

Dental Assistant
Hi my name is Jackie I am a Dental Assistant. I have been a dental assistant for about 2 years. I graduated in the Dental Assisting program...

Sara Wilhelmi

Dental Assistant
Hi there! My name is Sara Wilhelmi and I’ve been working at Patuxent Dental since April 2019. While being a baker and working in the kitchen has been fun, I’m eager to pursue a more fulfilling career...

Emily Young

Hygiene Assistant/Sterilization Tech
I am a Hygiene Assistant at Patuxent Dental. I grew up in Southern Charles County, and graduated from La Plata High School in 2016. I currently live in Leonardtown with my husband and our dog Paisley.

Shelby Wood

Sterile Tech
Hi! My name is Shelby Patuxent dental has been the best dental practice i have ever been a part of! Both staff and patients are great!

Jackie Ellis

Dental Assistant
Hello my name is Jackie , 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...

Tammy Barbour

Director of Laboratory Services
Hi! My name is Tammy Barbour, and I have been a dental assistant for 26 years. I have been working with Dr. Khanna since 2006. I am a mother and grandmother, and in my spare time...

Shannon Crawford

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...

Amy Acree

Finance 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...

Michele Southworth

Patient Care Coordinator
Michele joined Patuxent Dental in 2016 and is a Patient Care Coordinator and the Front Desk Team Lead. Michele previously spent many years as a hair dresser and transitioned into the dental field...
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Michele Altman

Patient Care Coordinator
Michele is new here at Patuxent Dental.

Ashley Knott

Patient Care Coordinator
Hello! My name is Ashley and I am a patient care coordinator here at Patuxent Dental. I started my dental career in 2009 when I landed an internship with a local ...

Callie Franzen

Patient Care Coordinator
Hello,I’m a Midwest girl who fell in love with the east coast. I have been in the dental field for 2 years now, starting out as a dental assistant and now working up front with the amazing staff...
Lisa Elsbree

Lisa Elsbree

Patient Care Coordinator
Hey there! My name is Lisa, and I started working at Patuxent Dental in November of 2017. I graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Office Administration...