Meet the Team
Our practice team at Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is what makes our office stand out. Every team member is a key part of our practice, and their unifying goal is to make every patient feel like the top priority.
Crystal – Practice Liaison
As the practice liaison, Crystal’s job is vital to our doctors and our patients. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining a seamless line of communication with referring practices, facilitating practice growth, and coordinating implant procedures.
Originally from Maryland, Crystal now lives in Alexandria, VA. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, is a CDA/Certified Anesthesia Assistant, and a CPR/BLS Instructor. Crystal says she “just happened” upon the dental field, but loves dentistry, the doctors and the team she works with every day. “I love cultivating relationships and introducing new referrals to our philosophy!”
In her spare time she enjoys weekends at the beach, playing tennis, running 5ks, and brunching with friends.
Dhanisha – Registered Dental Hygienist
As an RDH, Dhanisha’s tasks at the practice are many. She tirelessly sets up, tears down, and cleans exam and treatment rooms, restocks hygienic supplies, reviews and notates charts, schedules hygiene appointments, updates doctors on patient health, updates patients on treatment plans, and sees patients for maintenance appointments.
Originally from Havre De Grace, MD, Dhanisha now lives in Washington, D.C. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Dental Hygiene, and says the best part of her job is getting to know the patients, their families, and their hobbies. “Being in the dental profession gives me the chance to combine two things I love – art and science!”
Dhanisha remembers thinking as a child that dental visits were too long, uncomfortable, and boring. “I’m motivated to make sure our patients never feel that way,” she says. “Everyone on our team is dedicated to ensuring each patient is at ease and comfortable!”
Diana – Registered Dental Hygienist
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Diana assists the doctors with routine periodontal maintenance, safeguarding patients’ gums and helping fight gingivitis and periodontal disease. She says that ending up in the dental field was a surprise even to herself, but that she loves the challenges it brings.
Originally from Alexandria, VA, Diana now lives in Chantilly, VA. She is a Licensed Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Howard University, and has been working in the dental industry since 2009. “The best part of my job is the nice patients, and getting to work with my favorite people!”
Diana says most people have the misconception that going to the dentist automatically means an unpleasant experience. “When I was a girl, going to the dentist meant getting a tooth pulled,” she remembers. “People need to know that the dentist’s office can be a nice place!”
Fredy – Dental Assistant
Fredy utilizes state-of-the-art technology to assist the doctors in providing excellent dental care to each patient. “With the technology we have today, we can ensure great oral health and Hollywood smiles!”
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Fredy grew up in Northern Virginia where he returned after going to school in Florida for a few years. Growing up with parents who were both dentists, he spent time working in several practices before deciding to turn his experience into a career. “They always told me to take care of my teeth! Now I get to apply my love of technology and teaching to patient education.”
When not explaining dental technology to patients or assisting the doctors, Fredy can be found anywhere soccer can be played. He coaches his brother’s soccer team and dreams of exploring different regions of Colombia.
Karen – Dental Assistant
As a dental assistant with 31 years working in the dental field, Karen is responsible for assisting the doctors with surgical procedures and ensuring that the day’s appointments flow smoothly by coordinating patients, hygienists, and doctors.
Originally from Jamaica in the West Indies, Karen moved to the US when she was 14 and has lived most of her adult life in Silver Spring, MD. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She says she originally started in the profession because a job presented itself.
When she’s not making sure the workday runs smoothly, Karen can be found spending time with her college age son, whom she refers to as her biggest achievement. She enjoys watching documentaries and would like to someday visit the Holy Land and travel through Africa with her sister and niece.
Kim – Registered Dental Hygienist
As a Registered Dental Hygienist who fondly remembers the “goodie box” at the end of childhood dental visits, Kim handles all aspects of patients’ dental visits – from documenting procedures and updating medical charts to performing periodontal debridement, fluoride treatments, and exposes x-rays. She also educates patients, recommends appropriate dental care and products, and provide dietary counseling.
A native-born Marylander, Kim is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Dentistry with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science; she is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She says she wanted to help people medically and relate to patients in a gentle environment. “Dentistry was an amazing fit – I love knowing we are providing patients with such high-quality care!”
When she’s not maintaining patients’ oral health, Kim spends time volunteering with Hope for Tomorrow, an organization that holds health fairs and free dental clinics. Her idea of a perfect weekend is a leisurely homemade breakfast before heading out for a hike in Gunpowder State Park with her dog and husband.
Kimberly – Receptionist & Insurance Coordinator
As one of our valued receptionists, Kimberly assists the patient’s with their appointments and helps the patient in any way she can which includes submitting their insurance claims. With over thirty years of experience in the industry she’s handled almost every conceivable dental emergency that could arise.
A Northern Virginia native, Kimberly currently resides in Fairfax, VA. Kimberly was introduced to dentistry was when she volunteered for her childhood dentist starting in high school. She assisted the dentist chair side as well as assisting with front desk duties. Kimberly continued her education at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University and has achieved her Radiology Certification. She stays current with countless hours spent in dental study clubs, continuing education courses, and lectures.
When she’s not making patients feel at home, Kimberly is spending time with her husband, Richard, and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, antiquing, and spending time with family and lifelong friends here and in Ashville, North Carolina.
Laleh – Treatment Coordinator
Laleh achieved her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Marymount University and then entered the Medical College of VA. Her endless passion for dentistry and excellent bonding with patients creates the most positive experience for each patient every day. Laleh’s experience of working with some of the most fascinating dentists in the DC and Virginia area for the past 17 years makes her a unique professional in educating patients; helping patients understand treatment options and acting as a liaison between each patient and the dentist.
As she appreciates patients and dentistry, she has volunteered in various places such as Haiti and The Dominican Republic. Her strong belief in continual education keeps her updated in what’s new in dentistry periodically. She is most excited to be a part of this team as she enjoys watching beautiful healthy results for each patient after another.
Laleh is a martial artist, a biker and a runner. She loves playing sports especially Ultimate Frisbee. She recommends some weight lifting and yoga in everyone’s workout routine. Traveling and music are a must, and her two sons are the most amazing part of her life.
Lori – Dental Assistant
For Lori, a typical day at the office means setting up and braking down exam and operating rooms, assisting the doctors with surgery, and providing support to patients throughout their visit. She also helps ensure the practice stays compliant with OSHA, CDC, and ADA guidelines.
Lori was born in Napa Valley, raised in San Diego, CA, and now lives in Alexandria, VA. She decided to go into the dental profession after working part time for a dentist from the age of 15 during the school year and summers. She grew to love changing peoples smiles.
Lori remembers being a kid at the dentist and being given candy – yes, candy! – as a reward for good behavior. She says if she could change one thing about the dental industry, it would be the assumption of patients who are afraid of the dentist. “It doesn’t have to be that way, if the patient / doctor relationship is built on trust!”
Marina – Registred Dental Hygienist
Marina earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University. She enjoys exploring different countries, going on scuba diving trips with her husband and a teenage daughter and, when the mood strikes, writes poetry in Russian and English.
As a hygienist, Marina is always looking for different ways to increase her knowledge base and share it with her patients. And since a mouth is an entry point to the rest of the body, many of the problems can be treated and, possibly, eliminated through a proper assessment.
You can always expect to receive great care when you are in Marina’s chair.
Mary – Treatment Coordinator
As treatment coordinator, Mary is responsible for patient and treatment management, communications with referring doctors/offices, overseeing finances, bookkeeping, OSHA/HIPAA compliance, office administration, and insurance claim filing.
Born overseas, Mary grew up in Berwyn Heights and now lives in Bethesda, MD. She spent two years in college for Dental Assisting (during which time she worked in an orthodontic office), followed by a year in a general practice, 8 years in an endodontic practice, and 30 years in periodontics. She holds a Dental Assistant Radiology Certificate in Maryland, and a Dental Assisting Certificate in D.C.
When she’s not completing her duties with professional diligence, Mary enjoys spending time with friends – either in the mountains, hiking through nature or hot air ballooning; or antiquing through nearby towns. She dreams of travelling the world with her sisters and nieces.
Phi – Dental Assistant
Phi is responsible for many tasks on a daily basis, including sterilizing instruments and setting up trays, preparing patients, assisting the doctors during dental procedures, recording data in patient records, and assisting in dental emergencies.
When she’s not helping patients on their journey to a beautiful smile, Phi can be found out doors hiking or at the beach, or indoors playing billiards or bowling. She hopes someday to travel around the world and volunteer in third world countries to help the less fortunate.
Rachel – Registered Dental Hygienist / Hygiene Continuing Education Coordinator
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Rachel works with patients to provide optimal care through periodontal maintenance therapy, oral cancer screenings, radiograph evaluations, and education and explanation of implants and laser therapy treatment options. As the practice’s hygiene continuing education coordinator, she also oversees patient education for better periodontal care.
With over 10 years of experience in the dental field, her passion for the profession not only deals with patient care and education, but also within the hygiene community. As the practices patient education coordinator, quarterly continuing education lectures are held to bring awareness to new products, procedures, and techniques to elevate patient care.
Originally from Florida, Rachel now resides in Alexandria, VA where she enjoys time outdoors and with family.
Rebekah – Treatment Coordinator
For treatment coordinator Rebekah, each day brings welcome challenges. She composes and presents treatment plans, coordinates with general practitioners for patient treatment, assists patients with scheduling arrangements, financing, understanding of insurance benefits and helps at the front desk as needed.
As a Northern Virginia native, Rebekah grew up around the dental industry. At the early age of 16, she got her start working in general dentistry helping with front office duties and later was trained to assist chairside. After 9 years, Rebekah made the transition from general dentistry to Periodontal & Implant dentistry in 2004. Rebekah’s diverse experience and understanding of both the clinical and front desk aspects of the office allow her to educate and guide patients through their entire treatment process. “I find the role of treatment coordinator to be extremely rewarding. I enjoy having the opportunity to build relationships with patients from all walks of life and play a part in making a difference in their smiles through education and guidance.”
When she’s not coordinating patient treatment and presenting treatment plans, Rebekah is spending time with her husband, daughter and the family Doberman. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and hiking through the mountains.
Sara – Personal Assistant
As Dr. Zalewsky’s personal assistant, Sara says her job description is simple – keep the doctor’s stress levels down so he can focus on providing exceptional patient care. When at the front desk Sara assists patients throughout the day any way she can, including scheduling, answering phone calls, and answering any questions the patients may have. She also works as a link between the office and referring doctors by sending reports regarding patient care.
Sara grew up in Stillwater, OK, and currently lives in Alexandria, VA. She earned Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Oklahoma State University. While her background is not in dentistry Sara has enjoyed working with the team at Precision Periodontics and learning about a new field. “I’m one of those people who loved the dentist as a child, even when I had to have teeth pulled or braces adjusted.”
When she’s not keeping an eye on Dr. Zalewsky’s schedule and coordinating his day, Sara enjoys trying new foods, places, and experiences. She has a huge bucket list including diving the Great Barrier Reef and traveling overseas.