Rane Peppard – Registered Dental Hygienist
Recipient of the Lynne Garris Shelton volunteerism award, Rane graduated Cum Laude from Northern VA Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She also holds a B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin. Rane relishes her profession as a hygienist, in part, because Dr. Kling has the latest and best equipment, tools and techniques, and because of her interaction with patients. “I love working for Dr. Kling and the rest of our team. Dr. Kling’s commitment to a higher standard of dentistry is unmatched by any other dentist I have worked with,” observes Rane. “The staff is dedicated to providing the best care and everyone is excited about the dentistry we deliver under Dr. Kling’s direction and expertise. We really do care about our patients and have the opportunity to give quality time and workmanship to each individual who walks through our doors. It is a pleasure to be able to practice this way.”
Rane enjoys being a mom to her three kids and their rescue dog. She also enjoys the many aspects of working alongside her husband in their electrical contracting company. In her free time, she fancies traveling, cooking, volunteering and reading.
Paula Mitchell – Treatment Coordinator
Paula is a graduate of NOVA Community College and has advanced training from L.D. Pankey Institute and L.S.U. School of Dentistry. Her skill in dentistry is strengthened by over 35 years of experience with over 20 of those years spent here in our Virginia practice. Paula guides and assists patients through the comprehensive care process and coordinates treatments with specialists. Says Paula, “I love the relationships we build with our patients and seeing the results of our care and the work we do together. Dr. Kling’s attention to detail and the quality of the patients we see makes this practice an amazing and pleasurable place to work.”
In her free time, Paula enjoys gardening, cooking, visiting Virginia wineries and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.
Sarah Merkle – Business Coordinator
Sarah received her Dental Assisting Certification from Indian River Community College. After eight years of being Dr. Kling’s clinical assistant, Sarah recently transitioned to her new role as Business Coordinator. Sarah manages business operations, to include billing and assisting with our marketing operations.
Sarah enjoys the occasional opportunity to work in the office with patients, as well. After many years of working side-by-side with Dr. Kling, the pair remains a natural fit. Sarah has a love for dentistry that shows in her care for patients. “Part of my job is to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable while we work toward creating a healthy and beautiful smile for them,” declares Sarah. “As well, I am proud to work with the rest of our team. The caring nature of everyone in this office makes this practice unique. We all have the same goal of making the patient experience phenomenal.”
Happily married, Sarah enjoys motherhood and spending time with her young family.
Tasha Butler – Clinical Assistant
Tasha is a graduate of ACT College in Rosslyn Va. where she studied Dental Assisting. Because of her strong passion for dentistry, she expanded her dental knowledge and obtained her CDA, EFDA and COA. With over 17 years of experience Tasha has had the opportunity to work in a variety of dental specialties, all of which she has enjoyed.
Tasha explains “My dental career has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Working with our wonderful patients, being a source of comfort and making them smile has brought me great joy. I can only say that this is by far the best dental office I’ve ever worked with. Everyone is so loving, compassionate and ready to help. A true team.”
Outside of work Tasha loves spending time with her husband, cooking and regularly attending Christian meetings with her family.
Cheryl Lawrence – Patient Care Coordinator
A Texas native, Cheryl found her way to the DC area by way of San Francisco and Portland Oregon. Through that journey she discovered her love of dentistry and the great outdoors. Cheryl graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Social Work. Subsequently, she acquired her Dental Assistance Certification in 2010 from Concorde Career College.
Her duties include welcoming new patients, helping patients with scheduling and facilitating correspondence between Dr. Kling and other professionals. Cheryl says, “Dr. Kling is an exceptional cosmetic dentist and it is a privilege to be a part of his team. Everyone takes great care to make all of our patients feel at home.”
In her free time, Cheryl enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and cooking with her fiancé. She is exceptionally proud of her two boys and her dog Ollie the Havanese.