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Cristina Galindo

Dental Hygienist

Cristina was destined for the dental field, with a rich and long family history in the profession. She has been working as a dental hygienist since 2015. Cristina draws on her family experience and skills to help guide her, which also makes for interesting family get togethers. She graduated from Howard University with a certificate in dental hygiene. One of her biggest passions is to educate her patients on the importance of the oral-systemic link. A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth! Aside from dentistry, her interests include yoga and meditation, as a clear, focused mind is essential in all aspects of life. She is also a big animal lover and dedicates her spare time to fostering dogs for a local DC rescue organization.

Elmira Kudryakova

Treatment Coordinator

Elmira has several years experience in dentistry, and her favorite thing about being in this field is having the opportunity to meet new people while providing them with the very best dental care. She is very passionate when interacting with patients and she is honored to be a part of such an amazing team. She likes to encourage excellence and a love for people. She loves living in Washignton, DC, including the diversity and the vibe of the city. She is originally from Penza, Russia, but also considers Richmond, VA her hometown. She has a bachelor’s degree in French Studies, an associate’s in science, and received her dental assistant certification at Reynolds College. She enjoys traveling, photography, and playing the piano in her spare time.

Tigist Desalegn

Dental Assistant

Tigi has over ten years in the dental field. She worked for over seven years as a dental hygienist in Germany, and since moving to the United States, she has worked as a dental assistant. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to Germany when she was 15. She went to college in Germany to become a dental hygienist…she loved being a hygienist, working with and taking care of patients, and meeting people. Her fondest memory is seeing patients happy with her work. She had a great opportunity to move to the US, and has been very glad to make the move here, and to experience the great opportunities and lifestyle here. For hobbies, she loves traveling, reading, going out with friends, and horse riding. She speaks three languages -- Amharic, German, and she is working on her English.

Miranda Posten

Hygiene Coordinator

Miranda brings a long history of passion and commitment in the arts and education to coordinate the hygiene schedule and enhance the patient experience at Aesthetic & Family Dentistry. Miranda grew up in rural southern Maryland, where she began her relationship and love for dance. She attended Arizona State University where she continued to build on her dance growth and knowledge. Miranda still currently teaches dance classes every week. Miranda was recently graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in education, with a focus on English language learners. Her passion is helping people reach their fullest potential, which is why she spends the majority of her time volunteering. She has worked for countless nonprofit organizations, using her knowledge as an educator to teach Spanish speaking children and their families to speak English and learn the skills necessary to be successful in the U.S. She enjoys working with young girls to raise awareness and teach self-defense. Miranda hopes to one day serve in the Peace Corps.

Makena Rakouska

Dental Concierge

Makena has always had a passion for the dental field and is in the process of applying to dental school. She is taking this year off prior to dental school to learn the dynamics of working in our dental office, while supporting both the back and front offices to give each patient an excellent clinical experience. She is a strong advocate for maintaining a healthy life style, which is directly linked to oral health. Improving upon the health of patients continues to motivate Makena in her pursuits in the healthcare industry. She is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and overall wellness, spending her free time running and being outdoors. Makena recently moved to the DC area from Lexington, Virginia, where she graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in Neuroscience. Makena’s home is in far-away Pacific Grove, California (and she was born in Hawaii!). Makena hopes to one day move back and pursue her career as a dentist closer to home.

Sweety Sebastian

Billing & Insurance Coordinator

Sweety calls Maryland home, even though she spent the first half of her life on the other side of the globe in beautiful and exotic India. She was recently graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, completing a B.A. in Psychology. She has a huge appreciation for art and culture, and is passionate about DIY projects, crafts, and enjoys passing the time painting. She also loves learning about other cultures and travel. Her other passions include cooking, hiking, and dancing. Speaks two languages fluently – English and Malayalam. She also has a background in accounting as well as social work. She previously worked as an accounting assistant, and later as an employment specialist for individuals with disabilities in Baltimore city working to counter the stigma against those with disabilities.