Our Team

Megan Izutani Registered Dental Hygienist

Megan Izutani
Registered Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist for Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, Megan Izutani has worked in the dental field since 2005. She began her career as a dental assistant and worked her way up to the position of dental hygienist, giving her the opportunity to interact with and treat patients in a more hands-on way.

Megan wholly embraces Family & Cosmetic Dental Care’s goal to educate patients about the importance of their oral health, and takes her roles as patient educator and dental professional seriously. With each patient interaction, Megan discusses or demonstrates ways to naturally keep teeth and gums healthy. “I absolutely love what I do. It is my passion to educate and help every patient live the best and most healthy life they can. Your mouth must be healthy for your body to be healthy,” Megan says.

This Johns Creek dental office is, in fact, all about education. “You will walk out of our office with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision,” says Megan, whether you’re considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, restorative dentistry treatments, or adult orthodontics. You will also experience the family-like atmosphere that Family & Cosmetic Dental Carestrives to create, and Megan is proud to be part of such a supportive environment. “There is a family connection between employees and patients alike. This is an office that cares about you and we treat everyone as family,” she says.

Megan earned her associate degree from Georgia Perimeter College. She currently resides in Cumming, Georgia, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Megan can be found sharing ways for families to improve their health with natural products and essential oils.

Jackie Bascino Registered Dental Hygienist

Jackie Bascino
Registered Dental Hygienist

“We have your best interests at heart,” says Jackie Bascino, registered dental hygienist for Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek. This positive attitude about oral health should make any patient feel at ease when they visit our practice for a teeth cleaning and are under Jackie’s meticulous care.

Dental hygienists play a critical role in a dental office. “I help patients understand the condition of their mouth, maintain the health of their mouth, and evaluate all aspects of their mouth,” Jackie says. Years of experience have fine-tuned Jackie’s skills and she can spot periodontal disease, gum recession, and problem teeth as accurately as any dentist.

“We strive to help everyone and to make every patient feel comfortable and relaxed,” says Jackie. Even non-invasive procedures like a general teeth cleaning and dental exam, can create stress for the most anxious dental patients. But when someone like Jackie is nearby to provide comfort, distraction, and information, patients realize that they’re in the right place.

Jackie praises the fine skills of her employers, Drs. Patel and Smith,saying, “They go to great depths to help patients understand the condition of their mouth. They are friendly and understanding of all situations.” Even if you think your teeth are beyond repair, or that your Johns Creek dentist has never seen a case like yours, think again. You’re unique, but your dental repairs are not – and Jackie and her colleagues are prepared to help every patient achieve the smile of their dreams.

Jackie earned bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Augusta University where she was a Hinman scholar and member of Sigma Phi Alpha, the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. She currently lives in Lawrenceville and enjoys traveling, music, and family time.

Rachel Zitzelsberger Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachel Zitzelsberger
Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachel has been a registered dental hygienist at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care since 2018. She cleans patients’ teeth and gums and educates them on their oral health, offering advice about everything from proper flossing techniques to the best type of toothpaste to use.

“I love helping patients in any way possible, whether that means easing their nerves, helping them achieve a beautiful smile, or making them feel healthy again,” Rachel says. So many people avoid visiting the dentist because they are ashamed of the state of their oral health. “We strive to make each patient feel important and and understood and never let them feel embarrassed about their mouths,” Rachel says.

Keeping teeth healthy contributes to a healthy body, and Rachel proudly conveys this information to her patients while keeping the atmosphere light, fun, and relaxing. She has wisdom to share while also embracing opportunities to expand her skill set. “I enjoy working with Dr. Patel and Dr. Smith because I am always learning from them. They go to great lengths to make each patient understand the condition of their mouth and how we can help them.”

Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Augusta University where she was a member of the Alpha Eta Allied Health Honor Society and a recipient of the Emilie T. Fisher Scholarship. Her education exposed her to many types of dentistry and prepared her to work with patients of all age ranges and needs. She lives in Lawrenceville and enjoys spending time with friends and family at the movies, church, and concerts.

Kristen Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Going to the dentist is a challenge for some patients, but dental assistant Kristen makes it her responsibility to ensure that every patient feels welcome and comfortable at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care. Working along side Drs. Patel and Smith, Kristen dutifully carries out tasks such as prepping the treatment area, sterilizing instruments, and having each instrument at the ready for the dentists during procedures.

Kristen considers a positive relationship between dental assistant and patient to be essential. The person who helps a patient get through the treatment or procedure which they are undergoing will be the strongest memory the patient has of their time at the dentist. “I really enjoy interacting with our patients, and I love when they leave our office happy and with a healthier mouth,” Kristen says.

Continually learning on the job, Kristen finds the fun in working with Drs. Patel and Smith. “They continue to teach me new things every day. At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, we are friendly, fun, and care about patients’ needs,” she says.

Kristen is a graduate of the Gwinnett Dental Career Academy. She currently resides in Johns Creek and loves to hang out with her son, family, and friends.

Jessica Schlienz Dental Assistant

Jessica Schlienz
Dental Assistant

Jessica Schlienz began her job as a dental assistant with Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in 2018. She assists Dr. Patel and Dr. Smith in all types of dental procedures, working by their side during general dentistry procedures, dental restorations, and cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Jessica embraces the exposure to ongoing learning opportunities made possible by a practice that offers comprehensive dental care. She takes pride in her responsibilities and is honored to get to know each patient and help them achieve a healthy smile. “We all love our patients and dedicate ourselves to providing a comfortable experience,” Jessica says.

Family & Cosmetic Dental Care is known for the professional but lighthearted atmosphere that Drs. Patel and Smith strive to maintain. “We love to have fun,” she adds, and that is the kind of mood that relaxes patients and makes every dental appointment more enjoyable.

Jessica earned her dental assisting certification from Ross Medical Education Center as is CPR certified. She resides in Suwanee and likes to hike, go to the lake, and travel on weekends.

Jamie Cox Scheduler

Jamie Cox

An integral part of Family & Cosmetic Dental Care since 2017, Jamie Cox is the friendly voice patients hear when scheduling appointments over the phone and the kind face patients see at the front desk.

Jamie helps maintain Family & Cosmetic Dental Care as the reliable Johns Creek dental office that it is, patiently engaging with patients so they feel comfortable and well cared for at every visit. “Our purpose is to help people live long, happy, healthy lives,” Jamie says.

Teeth are a serious business, but so is finding opportunities for lighthearted moments. The dental patients at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care come to love about the practice exactly what Jamie loves about her workplace – the family environment and plenty the laughter. “I truly love working with such a vibrant and fun group of people. My coworkers and our patients really make each day an adventure,” Jamie says.

Jamie’s dual degree in early childhood and special education and her work as a gymnastics coach helped build the foundation for her excellent communication skills and her firm belief in the importance of being a team player. Jamie lives in Buford where she enjoys painting in her free time.

Elizabeth Douglas Junior Office Manager

Elizabeth Douglas
Junior Office Manager

As the junior office manager, Elizabeth Douglas handles the ongoing needs of Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, while also creating treatment plans and consulting with patients. Elizabeth’s experience in customer service prepared her for one of the most important aspects of her position: interacting with clients throughout their time in our dental office. From greeting patients to carrying on casual conversations, Elizabeth is one of the first and last people Family & Cosmetic Dental Care dental patients see. And she knows how important that role is.

“I love seeing patients every day and being able to help them and make a difference in their lives,” Elizabeth says. “It is a great feeling when a patient is out of pain and happy with their experience.” What helps Johns Creek dental patients find comfort with their new and repaired smiles are the dental professionals around them. “We truly love what we do. We are here to help you have healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life,” Elizabeth says.

Elizabeth herself benefits from her position, finding great happiness in the working environment that Dr. Patel and Dr. Smith have created. While the goal is always to help patients to achieve complete oral health, this Johns Creek dental office is also a fun place to be.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on sports nutrition, and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science, both from Georgia South University. She resides in Buford, Georgia, where you can find her cooking, baking, crafting, or gardening.

Natalia Rendon Junior Office Manager

Natalia Rendon
Junior Office Manager

Natalia Rendon is Family & Cosmetic Dental Care’s reliable junior office manager. Part of the practice since 2017, first as a scheduler and then a treatment coordinator, Natalia now manages her many responsibilities as junior office manager with detailed care, supporting and guiding her coworkers, training team members, managing the schedule, and ensuring that every patient feels comfortable.

“I love that I get to help patients alongside an amazing group of people,” Natalia says. “Dr. Patel and Dr. Smith love what they do and create a fun atmosphere for patients and team members.”

It is Natalia’s privilege to help patients feel comfortable about the dental work ahead, whether they are having a routine cleaning, oral surgery, or cosmetic dentistry procedure. She interacts with patients daily, creating and presenting treatment plans and answering any questions they have about their dental care or account.

“We truly care about each and every patient and do our very best to make every person feel comfortable,” Natalia says. “We make sure every person understands what is going on and how we can help. We are focused on helping patients get healthy and feel confident about their teeth and smile.”

A student at Georgia State University working toward a bachelor’s degree in finance, Natalia lives in Buford where she makes it a priority to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching movies.

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