You’ll learn to love our team from the very first time you call in to schedule an appointment. They’ll be the friendly voice on the phone, the smile that greets you at the door, and the helpful hand that will guide you through your visits. With them, no ask is too small, and they’ll make sure no question goes unanswered. Read on below to learn more about our fantastic team!
Laurie has happily been with our practice since 2011. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in dental hygiene in 1985. Laurie loves that what might seem like a monotonous job of cleaning teeth is actually always changing. Through evolving technologies and the highs and lows of her patients, every day is very different. Laurie enjoys getting to experience her patients’ lives with them and that even long-time patients still have the ability to surprise her. At home, Laurie loves spending time with her three boys, three girls (two are furry), and her husband Pete cheering on their favorite college teams. As a family, they try to spend as much time together as possible, which is getting more difficult as everyone grows up!
Malinda has been working in the dental field since 1980 and joined us in 2011, first as a chairside assistant and later as Office Manager. With her background in assisting, Malinda likes that she is able to help patients feel more confident in the treatment being recommended. In this way, she feels able to share her caring personality with patients, who throughout the years, have become her friends. In her free time, Malinda likes to entertain, be active in her church, and relax by the pool with her husband Bill, her children, and grandchildren.
Sophie joined our practice in 2011 with no previous experience in dentistry! As our business manager, Sophie is the unseen machine who keeps the wheels turning and eats, breathes, and sleeps Conklin & Ward Dental Group. She loves that her job has both technical and creative elements. In her free time, she likes to sleep with software manuals. Sophie, her husband Danny, their little girl, and their big dog live in Severna Park.
Susan has been with our practice since 2012. She received her dental assisting certification through the Maryland State Dental Association in Columbia and has worked in oral surgery and general dentistry since 2006. With her background in oral surgery, Susan enjoys assisting with periodontal surgery, extractions, and implant cases. A perfectionist at heart, Susan also likes performing the careful lab work that ensures that your crown has the perfect fit! In her free time, Susan likes cooking (she is also a great baker), going to amusement/water parks, and spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren.