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Meet the Staff

meet the staff



Dental Hygienist

April provides routine cleanings for our patients, as well as non-surgical care for their gums to prevent periodontal disease. Patients trust her to make their cleaning appointments comfortable and relaxed, and to help them maintain healthy gums. She is also our coordinator for National Children's Dental Health Month every February, as well as the Give Kids A Smile program. April is great with kids and she loves seeing them visit our practice as they grow up. It's a busy job, but April likes staying active both at work and elsewhere. She enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking. She also applies herself to arts and crafts like beadwork and pottery. April spends a lot of time with her significant other, Rick, their dog, Suki (Stackhouse), and Kitters the cat.



Dental Hygienist

Misty provides routine cleanings for our patients, as well as non-surgical care for their gums to prevent periodontal disease. She loves one-on-one patient care and creating partnerships with her patients to improve and maintain their oral and overall health. Originally from Reading, PA, Misty spent 4 years in the Marines, stationed most of the time in Okinawa, Japan. While serving, she met and married her husband and had two daughters. After leaving the Marines, Misty became a Certified Medical Assistant and worked in the medical field for 11 years. She and her family re-located to Cleveland, OH where Misty eventually decided to make a career change and attended and graduated from Lorain County Community College's Dental Hygiene program. Misty and her family love the outdoors and wanted to live in a smaller, family oriented community, so moving to Lake Placid in 2014 was a great opportunity. Misty loves spending time with her family and their Boston Terrier dog, Bentley. She enjoys going to the gym and walking around Mirror Lake.



Dental Hygienist

Peggy has found working as a hygienist since 1988 very fulfilling. She enjoys meeting people and getting to know them over the time she provides care. Helping them achieve their goals for their smiles and healthy mouths gives her a lot of satisfaction. She strives to provide painless, relaxing dental appointments for all ages.

Peggy moved to Lake Placid in 1995 in order to be close to the High Peaks where she hikes year round. Her special love is climbing the High Peaks on snowshoes! She is active as a Director on the Board of the Adirondack Mt. Club, past Director of the ADK 46ers, lean-to and trail adopter for over 10 years, and has had hiking stories published in magazines. She was featured in the NY Times and in the book, Women with Altitude, for her winter hiking. She is a world traveler, having hiked in New Zealand, Antarctica, Everest Base Camp region in Nepal, 3 times to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Africa as well as hiking in US and Canadian National Parks. The Grand Canyon is one of her favorite places.

When not working or traveling, Peggy manages a rental apartment, sings in the choir at St. Eustace Church, enjoys skiing, loves to camp, and cares for her gardens.



Dental Hygienist

Delores provides routine cleanings for our patients as well as non-surgical care for their gums to prevent periodontal disease. During her career, she has worked with dental organizations and liaison boards as a member advocate, but tells us she still prefers working in clinical practice above all. Providing service to patients is where it's at! She enjoys our family practice and our community. In her spare time she has completed the program for Parent Advocacy in Special Education with Parent to Parent of New York State. She also likes to study American Indian History and Culture. Above all, she loves spending "quality time" with her grand kids by making Grandma's place a fun place to visit for Adirondack outdoor activities, special treats and sleepovers.



Office Manager

Brandy has invested the time to get both her New York State license and National Accreditation as a Certified Dental Assistant. She uses this knowledge to help teach our team and to educate our patients. She loves to learn, and working alongside Dr. Balestrini for almost 5 years as a dental assistant has given her numerous opportunities to expand her knowledge of treatments and techniques. She also loves getting to know our patients and learning all about their lives outside of the office. Brandy now continues to expand her knowledge to include running day-to-day operations, training new staff and helping patients with both their scheduling and financial needs. Brandy has two beautiful children, Ethan and Kayelee, and she and her boyfriend, Cory have a very spoiled, old man of a cat named Sparty and a handsome little Beta named Titan. In her free time, she enjoys reading and crocheting, binge watching Gilmore Girls (again) and getting outside to hike, ski, or swim, as well as taking the kids on bike rides or to the park.



Scheduling Coordinator

Leslie helps our patients set their appointments and reminds them of their next visit. She also aids patients with their check-in forms. Her sociable personality shines as she greets everyone with a smile and has friendly chats with our patients while they wait. Leslie loves spending time with her son, Hayden, especially at his sporting events. She also loves relaxing in front of the TV for her favorite shows.



Financial Coordinator

Perla is originally from New York City.  She fell in love with the Adirondacks 8 years ago and has made it her home. She holds a B.S. in Health Policy and applies her years of experience working in health insurance and benefits administration by assisting patients with understanding and utilizing their dental insurance benefits. In her time off, Perla enjoys creating beautiful memories with her family, friends and her four legged lovely, Sadie Girl! She is an outdoor enthusiast including rock climbing and star gazing. Perla has a passion for animals and is an advocate for various causes, working toward a better tomorrow!




Dental Assistant

Sarah has found a great home here at Lake Placid Family Dental. She loves to see the work done at our practice make a positive impact on our patients’ lives. She enjoys getting to know our patients and finding out what they’re doing in their own lives. So far, she’s heard a lot of interesting stories! Being with her family is Sarah’s favorite thing while outside of work. She has a young son, Emmett, and they spend lots of time walking around the lake, eating ice cream, going to the beach, and cross country skiing and sledding in the winter.



Dental Assistant

As the newest member of the LPFD team, Molly is enjoying working with and learning from our energetic staff!  She loves helping our patients and making them smile.  A native of Lake Placid, Molly loves to be outside enjoying the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, hiking with her dog, Tito and is an aspiring 46er!



Dental Assistant

Linda is a returning Dental Assistant with many years of experience helping the doctor at Lake Placid Family Dental. She is one of 8 children! She enjoys swimming, gardening, dinners with her family and vacations in the South. Summer is her favorite season! Linda has a great husband, two daughters, a two beautiful grandchildren.  She is excitedly anticipating the weddings of both of her daughters in the Summer of 2017!

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