Meet The Team

Athena Blitz, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Athena has your dental care as her first priority.  She rejoined the practice 5 years ago after previously working here in the late 1990's.  She is a graduate of Broome Community College's School of Dental Hygiene and also attended SUNY College at Oneonta.  Athena enjoys practicing dental hygiene as she loves interacting with people and teaching others about dentistry and dental hygiene.

She happily commutes from her home on S. Mountain in Binghamton where she lives with her husband and four little dogs.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and entertaining friends and family.

Annastasia Valmas-Mann, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Ana is a graduate from SUNY Broome in Binghamton, N.Y. with an AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene and is certified in Anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide administration.  She is  very thorough and conscientious about her work.  If you have any questions or oral care problems, she would be happy to discuss what preventive options are available that would work best for you.

An Oneonta resident, she lives with her husband Nathan and three children.  Outside of the office, she enjoys practicing interior design, sharing great meals with friends and family, running, and gardening.

Danielle Mattice

Dental Assistant

Danielle has been with the practice for many years and patients are relieved when they see her familiar, smiling face.  She has completed her coursework through Elmira OCM BOCES for Dental Assisting.  She has trained well, and has mastered many duties in the office.

Hope Trong, C.D.A.

Certified Dental Assistant

With a previous 10 years experience at a dental office in her hometown of Cooperstown, Hope joined our team in the fall of 2010. She has since obtained her certification by completing the CDAMP offered through the GST BOCES in Elmira, NY making her able to perform expanded duties within the office. Hope wears many hats here and is very knowledgeable and versatile. Always open to learning more and willing to help where needed. You can anticipate that she will greet you with a smile and do her best to make you feel welcome and comfortable while you're here.

When not in the office she enjoys quiet time at home practicing meditation and yoga, reading, cooking, hiking, spending time with her family and two Great Danes, Ike and Toby..

Lynne Shepardson


Lynne is the senior receptionist with the practice.   There's probably nothing she can't answer for you.  She joined the practice in 1997 and has gained extensive knowledge of dental procedures, as well as insurance and billing guidelines.  Lynne is a graduate of SUNY College of Oneonta with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History.

When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, sewing, and running her own crafting business. 


Stephanie Reed, R.D.H.

Stephanie discovered her interest in oral health as a chairside dental assistant.  There she found her dedication to patient care and knew she wanted to become a dental hygienist.  She attended college at SUNY Oneonta and graduated from SUNY Broome Community College of Dental Hygiene.  Stephanie lives in Schenevus with her husband and two young children.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts and taking nature walks with her family.