Meet Newtown PA Dentist Office Staff

Melissa – Office Manager

Before joining our team, Melissa had 17 years of experience in dentistry. Because she loves making people happy, she is a perfect fit for her job, taking care of our patients’ needs. She earned her Dental Radiology License in New Jersey, and she knows how to make our practice run smoothly.

Melissa has one son, Sean, who is her pride and joy, and she also has two cats. She is certified in Reiki Level II. In her spare time, you’ll find her reading, gardening, running, or hiking. Don’t be surprised to hear her talking in different accents around the office!

Debbie G – Assistant Office Manager

Debbie graduated from Delaware Dental School for Dental Assisting in 1991 with a 4.0 average. She started working with the Dentists of Newtown the same year and is proficient in all aspects of General Dentistry as well as all specialties.

Debbie started her career with The Dentists of Newtown as the Clinical Supervisor and is currently Assistant Manager to our multi group practice, working closely with our amazing staff. Debbie enjoys bird watching and is amazed at all of the wonders of nature and how all animals intertwine. She particularly loves wildcats, the Bengal tiger being the most amazing to her.

Ann Marie Lalinski – Bookkeeper

Ann Marie, an integral member of our Dentists of Newtown family, has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years. While you may not see Ann Marie front and center in our office on your visits to our practice, Ann Marie is behind the scenes keeping our practice on track and current ‎in the bookkeeping department.

In her spare time, Ann Marie enjoys her beach home, spending time with her grandchildren and exploring genealogy‎.

Katie – Treatment Coordinator

Katie has been with the practice for 20 years. She is a treatment coordinator for our front desk staff and is also a dental assistant. She lives in Holland with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Lena – Treatment Coordinator

Lena has over 10 years of experience in dentistry and enjoys working with our patients to help them understand and get the most out of their insurance benefits. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the team here at Brookwood Dental Associates, because in her words, “We have a great team of doctors and hygienists as well as awesome management and a newly remodeled, state-of-the-art dental office!” At home, Lena likes to stay busy with her husband and son.

Keyna Crawford, RDH

Keyna has more than 30 years of experience in dental hygiene; she graduated from Temple University in 1975. She continues to participate in continuing education courses, conferences, and seminars on a regular basis to stay current with the most recent advances and developments in the dental field. She also stays informed through publications and peer discussion, and she renews her certification in CPR every two years. Keyna is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Pickering Manor Auxiliary, and she is on the board of directors of the Newtown Historic Association. For each patient at The Dentists of Newtown, she strives to deliver quality oral care and educate our patients in optimum oral health.

Keyna and her husband, Casey, have been married for 37 years. They have two sons, Kevin (29) and Kyle (26). One of Keyna’s favorite hobbies is quilting.

Karin Halikman, RDH

As a longtime resident of Newtown, Karin has been in the dental profession since 1993, when she first began as a trained dental assistant with the same core group of dentists here at The Dentists of Newtown. Wanting to further her career, she pursued a degree in dental hygiene. Karin graduated with an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1998.

Since graduating, she has felt privileged to continue her employment as a dental hygienist with our group of dentists and colleagues to this day. Karin is always active in furthering her knowledge of her profession by regularly attending and participating in continuing education classes. She finds it important to be in touch with current dental trends and updates.

Karin’s approach as a dental hygienist is to be gentle but thorough. She realizes that the dental chair is no one’s favorite place to be, yet it is so important to our overall health. She strives to provide compassion and detailed explanations of what needs to be done in order to make the patient feel they are most comfortable. Karin always works to educate our patients in proper home care and habits to help them achieve better oral health. She feels any tidbit of information can possibly be a motivator to help our patients when they leave the office.

Karin has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 17 years. They are parents to three wonderful children, Noelle, Charles, and James, who keep them busy yet beyond happy on a daily basis! When Karin is not at a baseball field, basketball court, or track/cross country course for her children’s activities, she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, music, the beach, and traveling with her family.

Carrie Ward, RDH

Carrie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State in 2003. She then attended dental hygiene school at the Community College of Philadelphia, graduating in 2006. Carrie works to provide quality dental care to all of our patients and to educate them on proper oral hygiene and other aspects of their dental needs. Her highest priority is that every patient have an experience that is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. To stay abreast of the latest advances and research in dentistry, Carrie takes at least 20 credits of continuing education every two years, in addition to renewing her certification in CPR every two years.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys reading, physical fitness, dancing, and traveling.

Donna – Clinical Staff Supervisor

Donna Schumann attended Prodent Dental Careers and has been a Dental Assistant for over 25 years. Donna specializes in assisting in Oral Surgery and Periodontics. She lives in Perkasie with her husband and 2 daughters. She loves to bake, read and spend time with her family enjoying the outdoors.

Colleen – Dental Assistant

Colleen has lived in Bucks County for 25 years and has been a Dental Assistant since 2006. Colleen enjoys working with the specialists here in our office. Her main priority is to make patients feel comfortable and at ease during their visit. Colleen has two beautiful daughters and a supportive husband. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, reading, and spending time with her children outdoors on the quad. Colleen is madly in love with her “BULLDOG” Cash.

Becky – Dental Assistant

Becky has been working in the dental field for over twenty years. Trained in all aspects of dentistry from general dentistry, and periodontics to oral surgery. She works at both locations Sycamore to Durham rd. In her free time, she loves spending time with her children. Enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, and discovering new restaurants.

Tara – Dental Assistant

Tara resides in Bucks County and has been with the practice for 20 years. She has grown with the practice as a treatment coordinator and recently went back to school and graduated from Bucks County Technical School in 2014 as a dental assistant. Her passion is making patients feel comfortable during their dental treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful children. Tara spends her summers at the beach and enjoys running, reading, and plans to further her education in dentistry.