Dr. Cieplak graduated as a top honors student from the University of Maryland Dental School–class of 1983. He also concurrently trained at Johns Hopkins and Mercy Hospitals for sedation dentistry. While in dental school, he received the Anesthesiology Award for outstanding work in dental anesthesiology.
Sharon is our Practice Administrator, and oversees all our locations, operations and staff. She has been with us for over 10 years, and is responsible for making sure our patients receive the highest level of customer service. She achieved Fellowship status through American Association of Dental Office Management (FAADOM) in 2017 – a professional distinction recognizing her skills and leadership in the industry as the best of the best. Sharon was nominated for AADOM’s Practice Administrator of the Year, and was awarded AADOM’s Practice Administrator of Distinction in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she became a Certified Dental Specialist in OSHA (CDSO) and went on to achieve Mastership status with AADOM (MAADOM) in 2020. The Mastership achievement recognizes outstanding professional and educational achievements in dental practice administration and is awarded only to those who have completed rigorous requirements set forth by AADOM. In September 2021, Sharon will once again walk the graduation stage to have Diplomate status with AADOM (DAADOM) bestowed. DAADOM designation is considered the ultimate achievement in becoming the top in dental office management. Sharon has been married for over 30 years, and is the mother of three sons and a proud grandmother of three. She lives in Southern Maryland and loves spending time with family. In her spare time, she is an officer with her local volunteer rescue squad and volunteers with Special Olympics Maryland.
Kandyce is our Practice Supervisor. She joined Cieplak Dental Excellence in January 2013, and has more than 10 years of experience in general dentistry. Kandyce joined our team as a dental assistant, and in January 2017 she was promoted to our Clinical Supervisor. After three years overseeing our clinical area, she was promoted to Practice Supervisor – overseeing both the clinical and business areas. Kandyce enjoys interacting with not only our staff, but with our patients as well. She takes pride in building relationships. Our patients love her and often ask for her just to say hello! Outside of the office, she loves to spend time with family, participate in charity events and read.
Betsy is one of our two wonderful Registered Dental Hygienists. With over 30 years of experience, her patients love her kind, patient, gentle ways. She enjoys helping her patients understand the importance of good oral health. Betsy has been with Cieplak Dental Excellence since January 2014. She graduated from Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio and eventually moved to Charles County. She married her husband, Bob, over 30 years ago. She is the proud mother of three beautiful grown daughters and has two gorgeous grandchildren. Her hobbies include skiing, reading, sewing and crafting, bike riding and swimming.
Nikki B. is our Patient Care Coordinator and has been a member of our team since January 2017. Nikki came to us from a pediatric dental office and has a true understanding of dental anxieties. With over nine years of experience in the dental field, she works very hard to ensure high quality dental care for our patients. She is here to help you understand every aspect of your care, from knowing your insurance benefits to understanding your dental treatment. Her main goal is to help you make the decisions which are in your best interest. Nikki is a single mother of two daughters with whom she loves spending time! She is also a photographer and spends her free time taking beautiful pics!
Nikki D. has been a dental assistant since 2014, and obtained her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification in 2016. She finds working as a dental assistant to be very rewarding, and really enjoys seeing people’s smiles transform. She has been a lifelong Southern Maryland resident and spends most of her free time with her children. During the summer, you can usually find her on the river!
Kathy is our Scheduling Specialist. She comes to us with experience in the orthodontic field. She is very much a people-person with a sincere empathy for patients with dental anxiety. Kathy has lived in Southern Maryland with her husband for the past 20 years raising three amazing children. She enjoys spending her time with her immediate and extended family, which includes her two grandbabies. Other hobbies are kayaking and most recently becoming a crazy chicken lady with her small flock.
Pauline has been a dental assistant since 1997 and has over 24 years of experience. She loves changing patients’ lives through dentistry, and enjoys bringing happiness with her extensive dental knowledge. Our patients appreciate her warm manner, gentle touch and infectious laugh. Pauline lives in the Southern Maryland area and loves to spend time with her family making memories.
Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the dental field, bringing with her extensive skills as an oral surgery assistant, dental implant coordinator and tons of OSHA knowledge! Kelly is married and lives in Calvert County with her family. She loves cooking, building custom fishing rods, boating, fishing and anything outdoors with her family and friends.
Dr. Cieplak is one of only 3,000 dentists worldwide to achieve Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry.