Meet Our Team - Salem, MA

Meet our dedicated team

Registered Dental Hygienists

Our Registered Dental Hygienists help Paradise Dental patients in their preventative dental care routines. They perform prophylaxis (cleanings), oral cancer screenings, nutritional counseling and periodontal (gum) care under the direction of our dentists. Every RDH is credentialed by the state board of dental examiners and has either a B.S. or A.A.S in dental hygiene.
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Katie
Registered Dental Hygienist
Katie grew up in a small town of Westminster in central northern MA and now resides in Lynn. Katie is married and in early 2023 welcomed a baby boy Henry to the family. Katie has been a hygienist for over 10 years and loves every minute of it. She received her dental hygienist certification in West Barnstable at Cape Cod Community College having grown up loving her dentist and hygienist she wanted to create other positive outlooks and love for dentistry. She loves getting to know our patients and being able to help them improve their oral hygiene habits. You maybe be surprised to know, Katie has been curling (like In the Olympics). When she isn’t curling you can find her spending time with her family, reading, going to the beach, traveling and hiking as far as Macchu Picchu.
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Marla
Registered Dental Hygienist
Marla lives in Swampscott, MA with her husband and twins (one boy and one girl), her dog and her cat. She has been a Dental Hygienist since 1992 when she graduated from Northeastern University and Forsyth College of Dental Hygiene. Prior to that, Marla earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Salem State College. She has been working in Dentistry for 26 years with a focus on Periodontal therapies. Marla became interested in Dentistry because her father is a General Dentist. She had the pleasure and good fortune to be able to practice with him for many years prior to his retirement. The most gratifying way Marla helps her patients is helping them make the connection between their overall health and their oral health. Marla also really loves travel, planning the next adventure and getting off the beaten path.
Michelle
Michelle
Registered Dental Hygienist
Michelle comes to us with over 34 Years of Hygiene experience and loves caring for her patients. She started her career after attending the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Michelle is passionate about providing the best possible care to ensure life-long optimal oral health to her patients. She is currently a resident of Swampscott, MA but originally from Chicago, IL. If Michelle is not at work, you can bet she is keeping busy snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, knitting, crocheting, baking or traveling.
Sam
Sam
Registered Dental Hygienist
Samantha grew up in Maywood, NJ where she is the youngest of 3 children, and now resides in Salem. Sam has a BA in psychology and social science. Sam always knew she wants to help people but knew she couldn’t be as effective as she wanted to be doing case management so she got a AAS in dental hygiene and has been in the dental field for 5 years. Her favorite part of the job is having patients come back and see positive changed in their oral health. Sam loves personal style/fashion and tattoos.

Dental Assistants

Our Dental Assistants work very closely with each dentist in providing chairside restorative therapy to our patients. They help our dentists work efficiently as well as make the treatment area a comfortable place for our patients.
Ashley
Ashley
Dental Assistant
Ashley is a long-term resident of Salem, MA and is married with 5 kids! Ashley has been in the dental field for 10 years and states that her lack of experience pushed her to learn more(culturally it wasn’t normal to go to the dentist unless there was tooth pain). Her favorite part of dentistry is doing everything I can do to help the patient feel comfortable, easing their mind in the chair and helping them turn bad experiences into great ones. On her free time she enjoys spending time with family and enjoying seasonal activities with the kids.
Martha
Martha
Dental Assistant
Martha grew up in Chelsea and now lives in Lynn with her boyfriend of 6 years, daughter and son. Martha has been with us since March 2023 and is currently a student and will be applying to dental hygiene program in Feb 2024. She loves helping others and her favorite part of her job is helping the doctors to provide care to patients and make them comfortable so then they will come back to see us. She loves being able to give patients the confidence in their smiles! Martha enjoys going out to eat, movies, shopping, spending time with family/friends and especially loves being a mom.
Tiana
Tiana
Dental Assistant
Starting in a position at the front desk, Tiana took an interest in the clinical side of dentistry and wanted to be more involved with patients and their care. After becoming a Dental Assistant she fell in love with the creativity and rewarding aspects of the job. Recently, she has been inspired by Dr. Rigopoulos and Drs. Hamelburg to apply to Dental school, and she intends to pursue that path. Tiana is passionate about becoming the best version of herself and enjoys reading informational books, watching documentaries and crime shows.
Bri
Brianna
Dental Assistant
Brianna or Bri is from Salem, MA where she grew up with her parents and sister. She now resides in Danvers. Bri is a graduate of Essex Tech Program of Dental Assisting. She loves being able to help others and she is happiest seeing patients achieve the Smile they desire and deserve. In her free time, you can find Brianna doing arts and craft or enjoying anything Disney!
Madge
Madge
Dental Assistant
Madyorie Ayala comes to us from Bayamon Puerto Rico although she has lived in Salem for years. She became interested in dentistry in high School when she joined the Dental Assistance program and graduated with a Dental Assistance Certification. Madge has done volunteer work in dental offices and did an internship at Tufts while in the Dental Assistance program. She loves helping patients feel comfortable and educating them on the importance of regular maintenance. Something you may be surprised to know Madge enjoys riding dirt bikes and her favorite hobby is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in which she holds a two stripe white belt.

Business Team

Our front business office staff helps patients schedule appointments, arrange treatment and coordinate coverage through their insurance carrier. When you call or visit our office, you’ll be greeted by one of these ladies’ smiling faces.
Natasha
Natasha
Treatment Coordinator
Natasha is our Treatment Coordinator and comes to us with a bachelor’s in human services from SNHU. She previously worked in the medical field and came to us for a career change; She has been in the dental field now for 5 years. She grew up in Salem and currently resides in Peabody with her daughter. Natasha loves getting patients to schedule treatment to get them one step closer to their goal and her favorite part of the job is working closely with patients to help them pursue a mutual goal of their oral health and seeing them smile with amazing results. Natasha enjoys sports, cooking, baking, working out, hiking, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.
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Kelly
Director of Marketing
Kelly comes to us with 20+ years of Corporate Business experience. She is responsible for all Marketing programs, Events, Brand building and new business development. She says, “Although I am new to the dental world, I was immediately drawn to Paradise Dental Associates once I met Drs. Hamelburg and understood their passion toward their patients and goals for the business. I love that one of our main objectives outside of exceptional patient care is to engage with the community and give back. Seeing a patient wowed by the level of care and added detail we give is what drives me.” Kelly enjoys spending her free time watching her sons at sporting events, and is a designer by heart and hobby. She resides in Marblehead with Her Husband, Brent and sons, Brigham and Brooks.
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Jessica
Lead Accounts Manager
Jessica grew up in Danvers where she is the youngest of three girls and now lives in Salem with her husband and her Instagram famous dog Maniche! Jessica works tirelessly to ensure our patients receive all of their insurance benefits they deserve, she is also an expert at making your investment in your dental care as painless as your treatment. She says “Helping patients be able to afford the dental care they need” is the most satisfying aspect of her job. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family/friends and her yearly trips to the Graciosa, Azores where her family is from.
emely front desk executive assistant
Emily
Executive Assistant
Emily works as the Executive Assistant for Drs. Stephen and Helyne Hamelburg. After attending school at the Art Institute of Atlanta, she became interested in the field of dentistry after seeing how getting dental work done can improve a person’s entire life. Her favorite part of the job is seeing patients walking out of our office happy about their smile! Something most people don’t know about Emily? She is a huge Harry Potter fan and loves to attend Comic Con, one of the benefits of growing up in Salem!
Tanya
Tanya
Patient Coordinator
Tanya is a life resident of Peabody and is one of three siblings. Although she is new to the Dental field, as a licensed esthetician, Tanya understands the importance of patient care and brings that to her role as patient coordinator every day. Interacting, making connections and providing a high level of patient care is Tanya’s specialty. If you ever need help understanding your insurance, she will happily explain your benefits in full and how to make the most of them. Some of Tanya’s hobbies include kickboxing, reading true crime and ghost story podcasts.
Raquel
Raquel
Patient Coordinator
Raquel is from Salem, however her family is originally from the Dominican Republic. She graduated Salem Academy Charter School, and attended classes at SSU and North Shore Community College. As a key player in our patient coordinator team, she is highly skilled at making sure you are comfortable upon arriving and leaving our office. Raquel loves getting to know all of our patients. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her Husband and Son. You just may catch her taking walks, at the movies or enjoying her favorite snack, pistachios.
Colleen
Colleen
Front Desk Concierge
Colleen is a lifelong resident of Marblehead and is married with two sons. Colleen comes to us with a bachelor’s in communications, concentrating in public relations, and a minor in Spanish from SSU. Colleen is in her first year of dentistry and fell in love with the whole Paradise Dental experience and it sparked her interest in dentistry and was fascinated with how beautiful the office was, the attentiveness of the staff and the quality of care provided by the doctors. Her favorite part of the job is working with the best dental staff on the planet and providing the highest quality of customer service to every single patient that walks through the doors. On her free time Colleen enjoys hiking with her family, whether it be a mountain or a local nature preserve, there is nothing like the great outdoors!

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