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Meet the Team

Libby, front desk managerLibby Peiser

Libby has worked at East Side Periodontics, LTD, for over thirty years, and is currently the bookkeeper and front desk manager.

She was born and brought up in Portland, Maine, and left that great state to attend Tufts University in Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelors of Arts Degree. She then continued her education at Boston University, obtaining a Masters of Education degree, with a specialty in speech and language pathology. Upon graduation, she worked in Providence Public Schools, maintained a private practice from her home, and helped very young children, as well as stroke victims with their speech and language development.

When she started her family, she began working here in her husband’s office full time, where she learned that everything that went wrong was her fault! For Libby, a sense of humor and flexibility are key traits for achieving success in life. Outside of work, she loves to exercise, travel, read, and spend quality time with her family. She and Dr. Peiser have three wonderful children. She is proud to be a member of the staff at East Side Perio, because she knows that in our office, achieving quality care and patient satisfaction are the primary goals.

Beth, dental insurance coordinatorBeth Kreshak

Beth Kreshak is a member of the front desk staff, and Insurance Coordinator for the practice. Beth graduated in 1980 from St. Xavier Academy, and worked for Traveler’s Insurance for seven years prior to coming to work for Dr. Peiser. She has worked for Dr. Peiser for twenty four years.

Beth is married with two children. Her daughter is an Airman for the Air National Guard. Her son recently graduated from Bishop-Hendricken, and will be attending University of Maine in the fall. In her free time, Beth likes to work out and go to the movies.

 

 

Joanna, front deskJoanna Toler

Joanna Toler has been a member of the front desk staff for five years. In addition, she is the floral decorator of the front of the office building.

Joanna was brought up in Bristol, CT, and is the youngest of nine close siblings. She graduated from the University of Hartford as a business major, and has held a variety of jobs in administration since then, including Advo Systems in Hartford, CT, Steam Ship Company in NYC, and Barrington College. She also has a talent in floral design, and has been employed by several floral shops over the years. She has had previous experience in the dental setting, working as a receptionist for two general dentists.

Joanna has two sons and a beautiful granddaughter. In her spare time, she LOVES to shop with her granddaughter and her friends. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful family in CT, gardening, reading, and dog-sitting for her granddog, Max, while her youngest son is serving in Iraq.

Hygienists:

Lisa, dental hygienistLisa Proffitt, RDH, BS

Lisa is a dental hygienist, and has been a member of our practice for fifteen years. With Dr. Peiser’s encouragement, she established the oral pathology protocol for our office and introduced local anesthesia certification for our hygienists to administer to patients. She is also interested in generalized health conditions and their dental implications.

Lisa graduated from the University of RI with a BS degree in dental hygiene. She attended Bristol Community College for training in the delivery of local anesthesia, and has been certified to administer local anesthesia since 2006.  Lisa is CPR certified.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys her three dogs (one of which is a certified therapy dog), and her husband. She loves boating, swimming, and summertime drinking.

 

Kathleen, dental hygienistKathleen Bergevin, RDH, BS

Kathleen is a dental hygienist and has been a member of our practice since March 2005. Kathleen previously worked with the RI Department of Health’s Oral Heath division on the Senior Smiles project.

Kathleen was raised in Keene, NH, though she now lives in Hingham, MA. Kathleen graduated from the University of RI in 2005 with a BS in dental hygiene.  She later attended Bristol Community College for training in the delivery of local anesthesia, and has been certified to administer local anesthesia since 2006. She is also CPR certified.

Kathleen is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Adult Education at the University of Rhode Island, as she hopes to one day become involved with undergraduate hygiene education, as well as continuing education for dental professionals. She has a special interest in patients with dental anxiety, and is currently working on her thesis on that topic.

In her free time, Kathleen enjoys cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her boyfriend.

Assistants:

Sherry,  dental assistantSherry Miracle

Sherry has been a dental/surgical assistant for Dr. Peiser since 1987. She was certified in dental radiography by Boston University and completed dental assisting certification programs in RI and CA.  She is the OSHA Compliance and Safety Coordinator for our practice and is also CPR certified. Sherry works closely with Dr. Peiser to educate patients about their dental needs during consultations, and facilitates communication between our office and referring offices. She has assisted Dr. Peiser in all surgeries over the years, but now is our Implant Coordinator and assists chair side in surgical implant placement and sinus grafting procedures. Sherry also enjoys accompanying Dr. Peiser and staff members in a commitment to continuing education in our field. With Dr. Peiser as her inspiration, she has found that providing our patients with quality, individualized, and genuine care has been incredibly fulfilling.

Sherry has been married since 2003 and loves spending time with her husband and three beautiful dogs. They enjoy camping with their dogs and traveling when they are able to part with them briefly. Sherry has an ongoing love of theatre and film, and always appreciates a truly good acting performance!

Merissa, dental assistantMerissa Marsland

Merissa has been a dental assistant at East Side Periodontics for five years. She is now planning to return to school to earn her degree in dental hygiene.

Merissa attended the University of RI for two years, and then completed her degree at Rhode Island College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Arts and Sciences. She received her certification in Dental Radiography from the Massachusetts Dental Society. Merissa is CPR certified.

During Merissa’s free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

 

 

Linda, receptionistLinda Brown

Linda Brown has been at East Side Perio for thirteen years. Dr. Peiser calls her the office “mother”. She mothers everyone whether they like it or not. Linda was receptionist full time for ten years, and since retirement, she covers the office on vacation time and days off.

Linda is a native Rhode Islander and has been married to Jeff for 42 years. Jeff is a shell fisherman, who often provides the office with special treats. They have two beautiful children, and four outstanding grandchildren!! Linda lived in different areas over her married years, and has had varied and interesting employment experiences. She spent much time at WPRO radio station where she was called the “traffic director”, which involved scheduling of commercial time for the 24 hour, seven days per week, radio station. She then entered the dental field, where she worked as front office manager, and also was chief officer of collections for Smith Holden Dental Supplies.

Linda tells Dr. Peiser she will not be leaving the office until he does, which, hopefully, will not be for many years.

Happily Accepting New Patients

From consultation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care, Dr. Peiser and the team at East Side Periodontics provide the specialized dentistry you need. Contact us to schedule your consultation or second opinion visit. Our Providence, Rhode Island periodontal practice is convenient to many surrounding communities, including Pawtucket, Cranston, Barrington, Fall River, Dartmouth, and South Attleboro, Massachusetts.

324 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 USA
Dr. Steven Peiser Dds (401) 272-7119 (401) 273-2896