Meet the Team at Finger Lakes Dental at Canandaigua

Dr. Cate Telehany, dentist at Finger Lakes Dental

Dr. Cate Telehany

DDS

Dr. Cate strives to deliver high-quality comprehensive dental care within the progressive and positive work environment at Finger Lakes Dental Center.

Dr. Frank Sapere, dentist at Finger Lakes Dental

Dr. Frank Sapere

DDS

Dr. Sapere is a native of Rochester, NY. He graduated from University at Buffalo and completed his general residency with a focus on oral surgery. He currently serves patients at Finger Lakes Dental at Canandaigua.

Dr. Kami Sobey, dentist at Finger Lakes Dental

Dr. Kami Sobey

DDS

Dr. Kami is a Canandaigua native, who completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University at Buffalo and now serves patients at Finger Lakes Dental in Canandaigua, Palmyra, and Victor, NY.

Dr. Ali Ghorbani Gazar, dentist at Finger Lakes Dental

Dr. Ali Ghorbani Gazar

DDS

Dr. Ali Ghorbani Gazar received his DDS from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He then moved to Rochester for post-doctoral training and completed a two-year general practice residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he gained extensive training in various aspects of general dentistry.

Dr. Jason Tanoory, dentist at Finger Lakes Dental

Dr. Jason Tanoory

DMD, FAGD

Dr. Tanoory, or Jason as he prefers to be addressed by his patients and staff, moved to Canandaigua in 2001. After associateships in Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY and Penn Yan, NY, he opened Finger Lakes Dental Care in 2002.

Dr. Andrew Bracci, oral surgeon at Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Dr. Andrew Bracci

DMD

Dr. Andrew Bracci is our oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Finger Lakes Dental Canandaigua who strives to provide superior patient care and change how people feel about visiting the dentist.

Dr. Sari Manap, pediatric dentist at Finger Lakes Dental in Canandaigua, New York

Dr. Sari Manap

Dr. Sari is our pediatric dentist at Finger Lakes Dental at Canandaigua. Her goal is to make dental visits and treatments as enjoyable as possible, eliminating the fear of dental care.

Megan Conley

Front Desk Lead

Megan has been with Finger Lakes Dental Care since 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in Health Science and received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the New York Chiropractic College. Megan oversees the day-to-day operations at the front desk. Outside of work, Megan enjoys cooking, music, hiking, and spending time with her fiancé, Adam and doggie, Evie.

Laurie Rowe, employee of Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Laurie Rowe

Registered Dental Hygienist Lead

Laurie came to our office in 2014 after working in the dental hygiene field since 2009. She obtained two degrees from Monroe Community College; an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and an advanced associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She was then certified in anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. She was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Healthcare Award. Outside of the office, Laurie enjoys spending time gardening, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Kara Badger

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kara started with Finger Lakes Dental Care as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2017. Kara has been a dental hygienist since 1991. She and her husband, Tim, are both from Canandaigua. They have two sons, Merrick and Sully. Kara loves helping patients achieve their dental health goals. When not in the office she enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling in her vintage camper.

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Jamie Collins

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jamie joined the Finger Lakes family in 2021. Jamie has been working in the dental field since 2009, returning to college to earn her advanced associate's degree in Dental Hygiene, graduating in 2019. She lives in Canandaigua with her husband and two girls, Katrina and Lily. Jamie loves helping patients achieve their personal hygiene best.

Her passions include reading her Bible, pretending to be a home chef, as well as traveling with her little family. Bible, pretending to be a home chef, as well as traveling with her little family.

Selena Calder, employee of Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Selena Vershay

Registered Dental Hygienist

Selena joined our hygiene team in January 2020. She graduated from Monroe Community College in 2016 as the youngest dental hygienist in New York State for that graduating class. She received her license to administer local and nitrous oxide anesthesia in fall 2016. Her gentle personality will automatically make you feel at ease during your dental cleaning! Outside of work, you will most likely find Selena reading, doing yoga or spending time with her two golden retrievers.

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Aleta Covey

Registered Dental Hygienist

Aleta joined our team in September 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from The College at Brockport in 2015, then went on to Dental Hygiene School at Monroe Community College. Aleta began practicing dental hygiene in 2016 and is certified in Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide administration. She has enthusiasm for her profession that is unwavering. She is committed to her patients, gentle and kind. Outside of work Aleta enjoys baking, spending time with her family and her dog Ellie.

Renee Fitzpatrick

Registered Dental Hygienist

Renee joined our hygiene team in January of 2016. She has been a dental hygienist for 24 years, living in the Buffalo and Rochester area. Renee enjoys helping and educating patients with her expertise in dental health and loves being part of a great dental team here at Finger Lakes Dental Care. Outside of work she is very busy with her three children; Josh, Julia and Brady. If Renee were able to find some spare time, she would spend it playing golf and tennis, then relaxing on the boat with her husband, Paul.

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Heather Dixon

Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather joined Finger Lakes Dental Care in May 2021. She graduated from the Monroe Community College Dental Hygiene program in 2017 and began practicing full time in general dentistry. Her love for the profession and her patients is beyond measure. She is very excited to be a part of the FLDC team!

In her free time, Heather enjoys reading, being outdoors with her two Pomeranians, and spending time with friends and family.

Jennifer Gensheimer

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer has found her way back home to Finger Lakes Dental Care! She worked as a sub hygienist for us in 2012. She left to pursue a full-time position and maintained that position until she returned to us in November 2019. Jennifer recently expanded her certifications in anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration.

Jennifer is happily married to Richard. They have two small children, Addison and Austin. The kids keep her pretty busy, but in her free time she enjoys reading. Her favorite author is Maya Angelou. One of her favorite quotes from her is, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Shannon Cali

Registered Dental Assistant Lead

Shannon has been with Finger Lakes Dental Care since December of 2016. Shannon comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the dental field. She is certified in CPR and is a Registered Dental Assistant. She is also a member of the American Dental Assistant Association and American Association of Dental Office Managers. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her rescued dog, Opie. She also enjoys music, gardening and the outdoors.

Beth Alongi

Registered Dental Assistant

Beth joined Finger Lakes Dental Care in February of 2020. She began working in all aspects of dentistry in 2013. She is a NYS Certified Dental Assistant, a member of the Dental Assisting National Board and is CPR certified. Beth also holds another certification in NYS as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been practicing since 2004, and still works on some client’s when she’s not busy at the dental office! She received her associate’s degree in Science from Monroe Community College.

Beth is a big fan of all sports. She enjoys listening to music, cooking, nature, and spending time with family and friends. Beth and her husband, Dan, live in the country. They keep busy doing projects and updating their home and, most of all, they love spending time outdoors with their charcoal Labrador retrievers, Rowan and Angus.

Aubrey Angora

Dental Assistant

Aubrey started at Finger Lakes Dental Care in August of 2020 as a dental assistant. She comes to us with eight years of customer service experience and two years of medical experience. She is CPR certified, and hopes to attend school in the future to assist. Aubrey grew up in Canisteo, NY and graduated high school in 2013. She then attended Finger Lakes Community College to play soccer and graduated with her liberal arts degree. In her free-time Aubrey runs her own photography business. Shooting weddings and portrait sessions is her passion. She also loves to spend time at home with her husband and 4-year old German shepherd, Mookie, as well as time outdoors riding four wheelers and hanging out with family and close friends.

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Savhanna Buccholz

Dental Assistant

Savhanna is new to the dental field, joining Finger Lakes Dental Care in March 2020. She graduated from SUNY Brockport as a sociology major, psychology minor. She is beyond excited to begin her career in the dental field, with her number one goal being to provide each and every patient with the highest quality dental experience. Following her mothers footsteps who has been apart of our team for 19 years.

In her spare time, Savhanna enjoys spending time with family and friends and going on walks with her Great Dane, Lulu.

Mariah Chisom

Registered Dental Hygienist

Mariah has been with Finger Lakes Dental Care since June of 2019. She is a Certified Dental Assistant with over 5 years of experience. She is CPR certified and is currently attending the Monroe Community College Dental Hygiene Program, on track to graduate in May of 2021.

When Mariah isn’t working or going to school, she is busy adventuring and hiking with her dog, Kaipo.

Caremella Haak, employee of Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Carmella Haak

Registered Dental Assistant

Carmella, is a Registered Dental Assistant and recently joined Finger Lakes Dental Care. She has more than 30 years of experience in the dental field with extensive knowledge and experience with dental implants. Carmella has over 1,000+ hours of continuing education in implantology, oral surgery and sedation dentistry. She has her phlebotomy and DANB certification as well as ACLS/ BLS certifications. She truly enjoys caring for and making patients feel comfortable in the dental office.

When Carmella is not working, she enjoys time with her family, especially her new grandson, Ben, and helping her husband with renovating their farmhouse. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening and watching movies.

Kalie Haight, employee of Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Kalie Haight

Registered Dental Assistant

Kalie has been a certified and licensed Dental Assistant since 2011. She grew up in Fredonia, NY and graduated high school in 2010. She was the only freshman that year to get into the MCC Dental Assisting Program. Her love for dentistry came from when she was young and fell off her bike and smashed her face. Kalie needed stitches above her eye and ended up filling in all her front teeth and a root canal and crown… Needless to say, she spent a lot of time in the dental chair!

Kalie likes to volunteer. She has volunteered her time cooking at the Ronald McDonald house in the hospital for the families there, and has volunteered for Big Brother Big Sisters of America for many years. Kalie has raised money for cancer and even cuts her hair off every few years to donate.

Kalie loves to do a lot of outdoor stuff like hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, camping and ice skating. She also loves riding on roller coasters! Kalie likes going to the theater and seeing different shows and musicals. She used to participate in them at school when she was a kid. Kalie recently decided that she would like to climb all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks by the time she’s 30. (She already has one under her belt!)

Teri Howard employee of Finger Lakes Dental in New York

Teri Howard

Registered Dental Assistant

Teri brought her 30+ years of experience to Finger Lakes Dental Care when she joined the team in 2017. Teri has been trained in many aspects of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, sedation dentistry, and orthodontics. She continues to take many hours of continuing education and is CPR certified. When she isn’t working, Teri enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their blended family of seven children and grand babies! Teri and Jeff also enjoy working out, hiking, walking their two dogs, and spending time in their Florida home.

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Alyssa Ardnt

Dental Assistant

Alyssa received her associates degree in science at Finger Lakes Community College. After that, she attended BOCES for dental assisting and passed her DANB exam to become a certified dental assistant. She joined Finger Lakes Dental Carte’s assisting team in August 2021 and has experience working in general and pediatric dentistry.

Marissa Mahoney, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Marissa Mahoney

Dental Assistant

New to the dental field, Marissa joined the team in March of 2021 as a dental assistant. She was part of the first ever dental assisting school through Finger Lakes Dental Care. She comes to us with a background in restaurant management and 10 years of front-of-house restaurant experience as an assistant dining manager of an upscale independent senior living facility. Marissa and her husband share two fur babies named, Lexi and Luna. In their spare time, they like doing any outdoor activities, or just having a good time with family and friends. She is enjoying every aspect of her new dental career, and the teamwork that comes with working at Finger Lakes Dental Care. She is looking forward to learning everything she can and furthering her career as a dental assistant.

Carlos Rivera, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Carlos Rivera

Registered Dental Assistant

Carlos comes to Finger Lakes Dental Care with 6 years of experience in the dental field. He currently has his certificate as a Dental Assistant and aspires to be a Hygienist or Dentist. Carlos loves helping others have a healthy smile and feel comfortable. His greatest satisfaction is to see his patients happy with their smiles. Carlos lives in Geneva with his fiancé Jessy (who is also a Dental Assistant), her 3 children Zion, Zyaa and Dylan and 2 kittens Smokey and Garfunkel. In his free time, Carlos loves to watch basketball and sing. He also enjoys family movie night with his stepkids.

Kim Shapley, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Kim Shapley

Registered Dental Assistant

Kim began dental assisting in 2011 and received her CDA a few years later in Michigan. After moving to NY, Kim joined the Finger Lakes Dental Care team in October, 2020. When Kim is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. Kim loves being outdoors especially in the warmer months, where she can relax by the water kayaking, fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling, walking her dog, Asia and she is always up for an adventure and making new memories!

Keila Sisson, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Kayla Sisson

Registered Dental Assistant

Kayla Sisson is a Licensed Dental Assistant with our practice. She has been in the dental field since she was 16. Kayla grew up in Ecuador and has been exposed to dental knowledge all of her life. Her mother is an Orthodontist and has had her own practice for many years. Kayla spent many days helping her mother in the office. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Guayaquil, achieving her title as DDS. Kayla practiced as a dentist alongside her mother for some years before moving to the United States with her husband, Aaron. Upon arriving, Kayla immediately got to work and soon became a Licensed Dental Assistant in the state of New York. In addition, she is BLS and ACLS certified. She has a passion for all things dental, so she will never stop aspiring for great things.

When Kayla is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Boston Terrier, Baxter. They love the outdoors and like to take long walks, paddle-board and snowboard. She also takes time out of her weekends to volunteer in the community. Next time you are at the office, make sure you say hello!

Patricia Loiacono, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Patricia Loiacono

Treatment Coordinator

Tricia is a 2018 graduate of SUNY Oswego and earned her bachelor’s degree in Wellness Management. Tricia is very passionate about the maintenance of health and well-being, and is fascinated how oral health plays a key role in our overall health.

When Tricia is not at work, she spends her weekends waitressing at a local restaurant. She enjoys spending her free time traveling, cooking, and being with her friends and family.

Michelle Jones

Treatment Coordinator

Michelle joined Finger Lakes Dental in Aug 2021. She is one of our Treatment Coordinators at the front desk. Michelle has 34 years experience in the dental field. Went to Durham college in Canada graduating as a level 2 dental assistant. Assisting for 16 years then moved into treatment planning for 18 years.

When not at work she likes spending time with her family and her German Shepard . She spends a lot of time at the gym with her husband doing fitness training. Currently working on opening her Etsy boutique to sell all of her unique art designs.

Lia Shaw, employee of Finger Lakes Dental

Lia Shaw

Sterilization Technician

Lia comes to our office with 12 years of customer service experience in a variety of fields. Lia attended Keuka College for B.S. in ASL/English interpreting. Lia loves to help others and started at Finger Lakes Dental Care at the front desk as our greeting coordinator. In 2020, Lia transitioned into our sterilization technician where she is committed to teamwork and OSHA and CDC guidelines.

Outside of work, Lia enjoys painting, cooking, sewing, and carpentry with her boyfriend, Sam.

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Dayana Cruz-Echemenia

Registered Dental Assistant

Dayana has been working with Finger Lakes Dental Care since January 2021. She has been in the dental field for 14 years. Dayana graduated from the University of Medical Science of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba, receiving her Doctorate in Dentistry. She practiced as a general dentist in Cuba and Venezuela before moving to the USA. Soon after arriving, she got to work studying for the National Dental Boards so she can practice dentistry in America. She’s enthusiastic about her job and loves to make people smile.

Outside of work, Dayana enjoys spending time with her fiance, son, and her cats, Simba, Stella, and Rocco. She loves to cook, travel, and experience new things.

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Barbara Cowren

Office Manager

Barbara joined our practice with over six years in the dental field and over 30 years of customer service experience. Barb is a graduate of Finger Lakes Community College with a degree in accounting. Born and raised in Canandaigua, Barb and her husband, Jeff, spent 11 years in Atlanta, GA before returning to the area with their daughter, Mikayla, and son, Austin.