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.
Dr. Whitaker, a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, considers herself a true Maryland woman. She first received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She then went on to receive her Doctorates of Dental Surgery from the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry in Baltimore.
Sharon is our Practice Administrator, and oversees all our locations, operations and staff. She has been with Cieplak Dental Excellence 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 for several years, and was awarded AADOM’s Practice Administrator of Distinction in 2018. She went on to achieve Mastership status (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. Sharon has been married for over 25 years, and is the mother of three wonderful sons and a proud grandmother of three. She lives in La Plata and loves spending time with family. In her spare time, she volunteers with Special Olympics Maryland, her local volunteer rescue squad and a local cat and kitten rescue group.
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!
Kelly brings 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, rod-building, 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.