Meet the Dream Team

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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.

Aimee Tejada, Clinical Dental Assistant

Aimee, one of our outstanding clinical assistants, has spent years in clinical dentistry. She has a very strong background in restorative and surgical dental procedures. Aimee’s bright and wonderful personality blends beautifully with so many of our patients who are often very fearful and apprehensive. You will see her smiling all day long, with a glow in her eyes, as she gives us all something to brighten our days. Outside of work, Aimee’s energy is spent in the garden, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and with her son and husband who share the same name! Her tremendous attention to detail and organization—paired with her warmth and compassion—prove her to be an invaluable part of our BSD team!

Digna Pozo Araujo, Practice Manager

Digna is the navigating and guiding force at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry. As our practice manager, her poise and passion for helping others allows her to best coordinate each patient’s care with the utmost dignity and respect for their needs, their budget, and their life. When not helping patients through their dental transformation, she is busy raising her son and the vegetables in her garden with her husband! Crafting and constantly broadening her intellectual horizon through reading and other educational opportunities fills the remainder of her days. Digna is a wonderful smiling face and warm soul that brightens all of our lives!

Team Meeting at Bethesda Salt Cave


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.