Meet Our Team

Dental Assistants

Maureen Sergio

Dental Assistant Team Leader

Maureen (Moe) has been with Putnam Dental for 35 years! Throughout the years, Moe has witnessed the many changes and the incredible growth the practice has gone through including dental procedures and technology.

Married to her husband Mark for 33 years, the couple have two daughters Brianna and Savannah, 2 rescue dogs Charlie and Jax, and a cat named Baxter. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in the senior choir and is also a member of the Bell Choir at her church. She also loves gardening, cooking and reading.

According to Moe, “I love interacting with all the patients and team members, and making a difference in people’s lives. Surgery is my favorite when it comes to assisting with Dr. Ern.” Moe feels blessed to belong to such an amazing office for so many years.

Michelle Burns

Dental Assistant

Michelle’s forte is putting nervous patients at ease. As a dental assistant, Michelle is also trained and certified in both first aid and CPR. According to Michelle, “helping patients find their smile is the best part of my job.”

Michelle has 15 year old twins and a beagle named ‘Scout’. In her spare time, she enjoys writing inspirational quotes under the pen name ‘anonymous’, hiking and reading. Michelle truly enjoys working at Putnam Dental and would like patients to know that the entire team at Putnam Dental strives to give the best care possible and always has the patients’ best interests at heart.

Patricia Cardea

Dental Assistant

Patricia has been with Putnam Dental for 4 ½ years. She grew up in Buenos Aires where she worked as a Dental Laboratory Technician. She attended Westchester Community College, where she studied English as a Second Language as well as Pace University.

Patricia and her husband Louis have two children, daughter Nadia (6 ½ years old) and son Louis Jr. (4 years old). Patricia enjoys spending time reading to and dancing with her kids. The entire family enjoys going to concerts and spending quality time together. Patricia enjoys arts and crafts as well as listening to music.

According to Patricia, “I love working with our patients. In addition, conducting lab work enables me to be a true asset to Putnam Dental and allows me to pursue what I love to do.”

Linda Silleck-Peter

Dental Assistant

Linda has worked in the dental field for over 42 years, and has been with Putnam Dental for 25 years! She specializes in orthodontics but is highly educated in all aspects of dentistry.
According to Linda, “making my patients feel special and becoming our “extended” family is the best part of my job. They call me ‘the Mayor’ of our office because I know everyone.”

In her free time, Linda enjoys gardening and watching her flowers grow is her passion. She also travels across the United States with her drag racing family. Linda is the “crazy superstar” aunt to 7 nieces and nephews, and also to 3 cats, 3 dogs and a guinea pig named “Murray”.

Caitlin Williams

Dental Assistant

Caitlin has been with Putnam Dental Associates for 5 years. She is a certified Dental Assistant and also has an education in fashion and photography.

Caitlin has 2 rescue dogs (Mason and Max) and 7 chickens! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, cooking and will soon be taking up rock climbing. According to Caitlin, “the best part of my job is working with my amazing co-workers.”

Dawn Zindler

Hygienist/Dental Assistant

Dawn has been with Putnam Dental Associates for over 21 years. She has a degree in Business, as well as a Cosmetology license.

Dawn and her husband Eric have three sons, Eric (16), Zach (14) and Ryan (11) and a yellow lab named Rosie. She plays soccer every week and in her spare time brings her 3 sons to hockey and soccer events.

According to Dawn, “I love getting to know my patients and helping them with their dental needs. I love getting to work with such a great team of people.”

Jennifer Moura

Dental Assistant

Jen has been with Putnam Dental for approximately 7 years. A highly skilled and trained Dental Assistant, Jen has become a personal favorite to many of our patients.

Jen is married, has 1 child in college and lives with her 2 small dogs (a Chihuahua and a Jack Russel mix). Jen has a solid reputation for her amazing culinary skills, and is considered an expert at cooking flan. She is also involved in a variety of philanthropic causes, especially anything to do with animals.

Katelyn Saglibene

Dental Assistant


Francine Capalbo

Hygiene Team Leader

Fran has worked with Putnam Dental Associates for over 40 years! She is certified in Dental Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration. In addition, Fran has a certification in a Low Glycemic Weight Management Program and is considered an industry expert in health and wellness. Fran is passionate about overall health and has introduced Nutrametrix in many healthcare professional offices, including Putnam Dental Associates.

Fran and her husband Tom have a son named Tommy, and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and considers the gym her “second home”.

Changing the health of her patients is Fran’s passion and Fran has been pivotal in ensuring that Putnam Dental is always at the forefront of technology.

Melanie M

Hygiene Assistant

A certified dental assistant, Melanie has been with Putnam Dental for just over 3 months. Since that time, she has become an invaluable part of the Putnam Dental team and a vital asset to our patients’ care.

Melanie has 2 dachshunds and in her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, and going into Manhattan. According to Melanie, “I love that Putnam Dental is a family unit that works together to better our community. The best part of my job is to see patients who fear the dentist leave their appointments no longer fearful.”

Toni Viau


Anna Hristova


Jackie Hernandez


Chelsea Godfrey


Front Desk

Val Melendez

Front Desk

Val has been with Putnam Dental for 4 years. Cross trained as a front desk specialist and hygiene assistant, Val is an integral part of the practice.

Val recently had a son and enjoys cooking, shopping and spending time with her family. According to Val, “I absolutely love being fortunate enough to work at such a great place with such amazing people.”

Lisa D’Onofrio

Front Desk

Lisa has been with Putnam Dental for 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and truly enjoys her role as it enables her to work directly with people and engage with patients.

Lisa has been married for 24 years and has 3 children and a dog. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and reading.


Maryann O’Kelly

Director of Operations

Maryann has been with Putnam Dental for 19 years, and most of our patients not only know her, but love her. A passionate ambassador for Putnam Dental, Maryann is widely considered the ‘heart and soul’ of the practice.

Maryann has a very impressive skill-set and has become highly trained in organizational management and leadership with the Scheduling Institute including New Patient Mastery, Cash Flow, Kolbe, Streamline and Efficiency, Dentrix and the very prestigious 5X.

Married to her “soulmate” Brian, the couple have two kids, Lauren and Brian as well as a dog named Tito. In her spare time, Maryann enjoys cooking, reading, serving the community, baking, exercise, and is very involved with her church. Maryann is also very involved in community service such as volunteering at a local soup kitchen, annual mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Dentistry From The Heart, Relay For Life and many others.

According to Maryann, “I truly love my job. We have the BEST patients whom we consider our extended family. I feel honored to be a part of such a wonderful place and making great smiles happen for our patients.”

Sandy Lundy

Director of Marketing and Strategic Events

Sandy has been with Putnam Dental for approximately one year, and has been a patient since she moved back to New York in 2015. Sandy has an MBA in both Marketing and International Business from the Lubin School of Business, and a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware.

Her background is in corporate strategic sourcing, sponsorships/events, and business development. She worked for several Fortune 100 organizations and had her own consulting business for several years when she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Outside of Putnam Dental Associates, Sandy launched a website dedicated to promoting live music events in the Hudson Valley and beyond ( The site has garnered global attention and is expected to expand to other local markets in the very near future.

Sandy has 3 boys: Ryan (age 14), Griffin (age 12), and Shane (age 11). According to Sandy, “the best part of my job is being able to communicate to the community the amazing things that Putnam Dental does and what it stands for. Putnam Dental is a very special place, and I can attest that the absolute priority of every single employee is our patients and their overall well-being. There is so much that people need to know, and I feel very honored to be able to do this.”

Nicole Leventhal

Team Lead- Finance