Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm

650 Main Street Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253 - 9582

Hygienist Profiles

Catherine Deecher is a graduate from Springfield Technical Community College. She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2001. Continuing Ed Courses and being active in her community are most important to her. 
Kelly Pope graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in 1997 and later returned in 2006 to earn her license to administer local anesthesia. Kelly has been with Amherst Dental Group since 1998. Kelly is an avid runner, loves to read and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 
In 2008 Cristina obtained her Associates of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Springfield Technical Community College and as been part of the Amherst Dental family ever since. She is also certified to administer local anesthetic. As a native of Amherst and a graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Cristina greatly enjoys serving the community that she called home for many years. She endeavors to provide a soothing dental environment for her patients and is best known for her gentle touch and commitment to patient education. As a part-time hygienist, Cristina is available to see patients on Mondays and Wednesdays. On days off, Cristina is dedicated to a volunteer Bible educational service and can also be found caring for the home she shares with her husband, Jonathan, in Holyoke. 
Debbie Olson earned her degree in Dental Hygiene at Springfield Technical Community College and has been practicing since 1995. As a long-term associate at Amherst Dental, she has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of different patient needs. 

Debbie believes in providing the highest quality of compassionate care in a comfortable setting. With her dedicated patient education coupled with her dialogue, long-lasting partnerships in your oral health are formed. 
Joanne Cleary graduated from Forsyth Dental Hygiene School in 1993. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990. She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2010 and enjoys working with a team of professionals who have a high standard of care and who view patients as family. Outside of work Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and volunteering with Girl Scout and 4-H groups. 
Karen grew up here in Amherst, where her father practiced dentistry on Pray St. After attending hygiene school she moved to Florida and lived there for 27 years. Karen has a developed background in both practicing dental hygiene, as well as consulting for dental hygienists. She has been a wonderful asset to our team since 2009, filling in when our full-time hygienists are out. Karen has 2 children; her daughter is a critical care nurse in Tampa and her son is attending college in Florida.
Doreen Beard is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, from the Dental Hygiene program, class of 1981. She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2005. Doreen has practiced dental hygiene in a variety of settings from general practice, to public health in Utah and Alaska. 

Doreen resides here in beautiful Amherst with her husband, Garry, and their two daughters. In her free time she is a very active "crew" mom; enjoys walking, hiking and traveling with her family to the Cape and Florida.  
One of the newest members at Amherst Dental, Elena Almonte earned her A.S. degree from Springfield Technical Community College in May 2012. Elena was President of her class and graduated with honors. Elena plans on continuing her education to receive her M.S. in dental hygiene from Bridgeport University. 

While continuing to practice dental hygiene at Amherst Dental Group, she hopes to become an educator of future hygienists. In her spare time, she enjoys time spent with her son watching and playing all types of sports, and particularly enjoys playing basketball.  
Stephanie Gibson graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with a degree in science in dental hygiene. she enjoys playing and coaching soccer in her spare time, as well as spending time with her friends and family.