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Meet Our Worcester Dental Staff

Yanira Santos – Office Manager

Yanira was born in Puerto Rico. She graduated from the American University of Puerto Rico in 2007 and is bilingual.  She proudly served our country in the Air Force for two years. In 2011, she attended and graduated with her certification in Dental Assisting from Everest Institute. Her initial role in our practice was Clinical Supervisor. However, it didn’t take long for upper management to see her potential. Her work ethic and commitment to the office and our patients excelled. In 2015, she was promoted to Office Manager. Yanira embraced her new position and continuously refines her management skills through workshops and seminars. She has collectively earned the trust and respect from our patients, her peers, and upper management. She utilizes her problem solving finesse to deliver superior patient service. Yanira enjoys traveling, meeting new people and her two dogs. Her compassion (and trips home to Puerto Rico) is how her dogs Precious and Lucky, once abandoned, came into her life as rescues. On her visits home, you'll find her buying pounds of dog food to help feed the areas homeless dogs. Her trips home potentially mean her returning with even more dogs.

Pat Burgner – Patient Coordinator

Pat is our dedicated Front Office Reception and Patient Coordinator. Her smiling face will be the first to greet and welcome you to our office. Pat brings many years of dental experience to our practice including clinical experience as a Dental Assistant and administrative practicality. Her acquired skills encompassing clinical, financial and insurance allow her to thoroughly review our patient’s needs, clarify concerns and schedule appointments accordingly. Her warm and pleasant personality makes your visits delightful. Pat originated from the Worcester area and lived briefly in the Berkshires with her husband Glenn where they raised their two daughters. Fortunately for our office, she recently moved back to the Worcester area; joining our family in 2015. In her spare moments, she enjoys gardening, cooking, long walks with her dog Charlie and spending time with her husband and two adult daughters. Sitting around the backyard fire pit and relaxing with family is her idea of a perfect evening.

Anne Drewniak – Hygienist

AnneMarie has been practicing Dental Hygiene since 1999 and has utilized her skills in both general and periodontal settings. She earned her R.D.H. degrees from C.C.R.I. and Mount Ida College as well as her license in local anesthesia. She continues to enhance and refine her skills by partaking in advanced classes and seminars. Her strong commitment and conviction in dental health is evident in her care and compassion of our patients as well as how she educates and informs them. It was her strong work ethic and periodontal experience that compelled our office to retain her for our patients. AnnMarie is a career long member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association as well as an active member of her local community. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters as well as her family and friends. Hiking, gardening and hosting backyard gatherings is how she spends her weekends if not rocking out with her band.

Marissa Figueroa– Hygienist

Marissa is a Massachusetts native with a degree in communications as well as a degree in dental hygiene. She started her dental career in 2003 as a dental assistant; it wasn't long before she knew she wanted to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. In 2014 Marissa graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College with honors. While in college she served as the secretary of the student American Dental Hygiene Association, and later became an active member. Marissa has also been to Honduras to aid in helping the underprivileged get the dental care they need. She is compassionate about oral health and always puts her patients’ needs first. Marissa has a gentle touch and always has a way of easing her patients’ fears. In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband. They enjoy being outside, four wheeling, and spending time at the beach.

George Barjolo – Dental Assistant

George has been a Dental Assistant since January of 2015. Graduating with honors, he earned his certification in Dental Assisting, Infection Control and Radiology from the Porter and Chester Institute. He displays passion and conviction for his career on a daily basis and his attention to detail is indisputable. George welcomes his peers and patients alike with his contagious smile and a sincere concern for how you are doing. His fun, friendly and positive attitude soothes all our patients including those with dental anxiety. George spends his time outside the office adoring his three beautiful children doing kid stuff. He is also passionate about his faith and spends a great deal of time celebrating at the Greater Outreach Ministry Church.

Katherine Gutierrez – Dental Assistant

Originally from Puerto Rico, Katherine made the journey first to Florida then Massachusetts where she has resided for several years. She acquired her certification in dental assisting after graduating with honors from Porter and Chester Institute in January 2017. Katherine is bilingual which helps tremendously with our Spanish speaking patients in order to assist them in the understanding of their treatment options. She is career oriented and driven with a passion for the overall health and well-being of our patients. After greeting our patients, Katherine quickly puts them at easy with her bubbly, sweet personality and shows genuine interest in their daily lives. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.