Meet the Dream Team

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Rocky Hackett, Office Manager

Rocket Hackett, pronounced similar to the famous New York City dance group the Rockettes, displays an immediate sense of calm and confidence in our special practice. The depth of Rocky’s grace and wonderful presence can’t be summed up in such a short introduction. We are certain that you will immediately sense her incomparable warmth as she welcomes you with her soft voice and glowing smile.

She will often be the one you speak with first when reaching out to us as a new patient, or become accustomed to being welcomed by upon your returning trips to Bethesda Sedation Dentistry. She touches many aspects of our wonderful dental practice, although her true talents shine when she is running the business management side of BSD. When not at the practice, she may often be found out and about the Montgomery County area with one or both of her kids (Madison and Malik) or with her many friends. She spends little time at home, as she is always bopping around the town!

Genna Gerand, Clinical Assistant

Genna grew up in the self-professed great state of New Jersey. Her passion for all things Jersey, and dedication to the dental sciences have made her an instant welcome addition to Bethesda Sedation Dentistry. Her background is in business management and applied health sciences.

Genna’s calming demeanor and gentle presence lend themselves quite well in our passionate dental practice! When she isn’t brightening the day for her patients, she can be found with her puppy Ava and her husband Dan. Her interest in cooking and baking routinely keeps us all well fed!

Don’t fault her for being a New York Giants fan! If you’re from the D.C. metro area, you’ll know that being a Giants fan is usually something kept quiet!

Kate Megonnell, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathryn Megonnell, or Kate as she is known around here and by her patients, has been providing exceptional dental hygiene care for her patients for over fifteen years. Her gentle, caring demeanor and soothing, warm presence make her a natural fit for our practice. Kate’s superior clinical skills and background in clinical and academic research as an advisor to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health and Welfare allow her to deliver evidence based clinical care with an excellent academic and didactic foundation.

Kate’s outstanding energy and the positive, encouraging relationships she builds, grows and maintains with her patients, are overwhelming attributes that lead to superior outcomes for her patients. Her strong clinical presence is bolstered by the awards and accolades she continues to accumulate in the dental hygiene profession. She was a previous first place recipient for the National Table Clinic for Dental Hygiene Research and Presentation Skills demonstrating the link between Oral and Systemic Disease. Her receipt of the Clark J. Hollister Award for Outstanding Ability in Dental Hygiene Education.

Yessica Mendoza, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

As an integral part of our highly skilled clinical team, Yessica Mendoza is a bright and warm, highly energetic chair side assistant at BSD. When not helping to create beautiful smiles and wonderful dental experiences for her patients, Yessica enjoys spending time with her younger sister, her family and friends. As you could easily discern from watching her actively move around the office, some of her other passions include working out, Salsa dancing and hiking through the many parks and trails that the area has to offer. Her bubbly and effervescent personality are wonderful additions to an already outstanding team!

Dora Vasquez, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

I moved to the United States from Bolivia over 20 years ago. I went to college in Rexburg, Idaho and majored in interior design. One summer I took a job at a dental office and to my surprise, found that I became very interested in dentistry and decided to change my career path.

I began as a chair side assistant while undertaking the training necessary to become a full Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. After passing the Board I worked at Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Dental Unit until joining the great team at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry. I am certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and a qualified orthodontic assistant.

I have a teenage son whom I adore and love spending time with friends and family.

Team Meeting at Bethesda Salt Cave

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Contact Bethesda Sedation Dentistry

Bethesda Sedation Dentistry offers a wide range dental services spanning from general care and cosmetic dentistry to root canal therapy and bone grafting. To learn more about our dream team, or to schedule an appointment at our practice, please contact us online or via phone today.