Meet Our Team


Katherine is our registered dental hygienist. She provides the very best plan for maintaining your teeth and oral health for the rest of your life.


Katherine has over 10 years of experience in the dental field. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Salem State University in 2011. She continued her studies at Middlesex Community College receiving her associates in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Her goal is to address her patients needs, educate them in improving their oral health care, provide the best treatment option available and make sure they are at ease. She enjoys attending local and out of state conferences to stay current on her continuing education. She is dedicated to her patients overall health as well as their dental health.

Katherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and being outdoors.

KATE, RDH and Dental Assistant

Kate is a Certified Dental Assistant and now also our most recent Hygienist. She has been working with our patients since 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Providence College in 2012 and has been working in the dental field ever since.

Kate enjoys helping our patients ease their comfort in the dental chair and strives to better their overall experience here at The Classic Smile. She is our main surgical assistant and works with Dr. Gonzalez for all gum procedures, implants and extractions. She is also in charge of our whitening services and has provided in office training for our staff. Be sure to ask her what we can do to help your smile at your next visit!

Kate was born and raised in Woburn, Massachusetts. She volunteers actively within the community and likes to keep up to date with continuing education at local courses and conventions. She is currently pursuing her dental experience further working towards a career in dental hygiene. In her spare time, Kate loves staying active taking spinning classes and spending time with friends, family and her cat Tipsy.


Administration Staff

Our front desk staff — Susan, and Lee — are the first smiling faces you will meet at The Classic Smile. They are highly trained individuals ready to help you with all your financial and insurance needs, and will work with you and your schedule to make your experience at The Classic Smile simple, relaxing, and stress-free. Our front desk staff is prepared to answer any and all of your questions!

Susan, Scheduling Coordinator, Financial and Treatment Plan Coordinator


Susan has welcomed patients at the front desk of The Classic Smile since 2006. She will most likely be the first voice you hear or the first face you will see when you enter our practice. Susan’s knowledge of finances and dental procedures has served as a great resource for many of our patients. If she does not know the answer to your questions, she will route your call to someone who does.

As the scheduling coordinator, Susan helps coordinate all activities at The Classic Smile in order to provide patients with the highest quality of dental care. In addition, Susan is committed to continuous learning and personal growth as it relates to the field of high-tech dentistry.

A lifelong Melrose resident, Susan stays actively involved in her community by donating time to various local charity groups. Susan is a proud volunteer for the Jimmy Fund foundation and has walkied in many Jimmy Fund marathons, volunteers at Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowls, and has participated in many more charity events to help fight cancer. Susan’s enthusiasm and commitment to local charities has been an inspiration to the office.

Liliete, Hygiene Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator 

Liliete has been in the dental industry since 2013, where she has acquired customer services skills, knowledge of dental procedures and insurances breakdowns. She started in our office as the Hygiene Coordinator in 2016, and has now developed and found love for marketing, transitioning to be our new Marketing Coordinator. Liliete is also fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and Caverdian Creole.

Liliete stays actively involved in her community by volunteering time to a Youth Group and a Christian Women’s Group.

Jannell, Hygiene Coordinator

Jannell has always been passionate about the dental field, she began working at the age of 14 for her own dentist as a dental assistant. However, she realized her true passion as a patient coordinator.

Jannell is bilingual in Spanish. Her focus is to call patients, schedule hygiene visits, review treatment plans and inquiry insurance for patient benefits. Being a part of the administrative staff is very exciting for her. 

Jannell’s family is her greatest love, especially her five beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. Traveling is one of her favorite things to do whenever her schedule allows.


Dental Assistants

The dental assistants at The Classic Smile are here to make you comfortable when you visit our office, and to give hands-on support to your dentist. This highly trained and smiling team works side by side with Dr. Short, Dr. Schnell, Dr. Gonzalez, and Dr. Sharifi to ensure your time in the dental chair will be as brief and enjoyable as possible.

Izzy, CDA, Clinical Supervisor, Chairside Assistant

Izzy is a certified dental assistant and 2014 graduate from the Northern Essex Dental Assisting program in Lawrence, MA. She has been working full time at The Classic Smile since May 2014.

Izzy takes pride in giving patients the best possible comfort and care, as well as helping them achieve their dental goals. Her favorite aspects about dental assisting are working in the lab making retainers, diagnostic models, and in office crowns with the Cerec machine. Most importantly, she values seeing the reaction of her patients when they have transitioned into a greater, healthier smile.

As an original resident of the North shore, Izzy has learned to love working in the busy city of Medford, MA where she has made many friends here. She enjoys being anywhere close enough to the beach and the city at the same time. Some of her hobbies include spending time with her family, going to the gym, and being outdoors. Izzy is also a huge animal lover for all animals, but especially her kitten, Nike, and her dog, Coco.

COLLEEN, CDA, Chairside

Colleen is a Certified Dental Assistant at The Classic Smile and has been working with us since 2018. She went to school at Lincoln Tech for assisting in 2015 and has been working in the dental field ever since. 

Colleen enjoys helping our patients ease their comfort in the dental chair to assure the best experience possible. She is our main surgical assistant and works with Dr. Gonzalez for all implants, extractions and gum procedures. Colleen is also trained for sedation appointments, taking CT scans, Invisalign visits and currently getting more familiarized with the CEREC. 

Colleen was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts. She likes to keep up to date with continuing education at local courses and conventions. In her spare time, Colleen loves staying active. She enjoys running, taking spin classes, going to the gym as well as spending time with friends and family.  



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  • “The environment of the office is tranquil, unlike many other dentist offices and you feel right at home. I would recommend The Classic Smile to anyone and everyone!”~ Brittany W.

  • “Hands down the best dental experience I've ever had. For someone with very sensitive teeth, the hygienists always make sure to take extra care, and the result is a great experience with dental professionals I can trust.”~ Lukas L.

  • “Everyone is so kind and professional. The Classic Smile sets the bar for superior customer service!”~ M. Rodrigues

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