Meet The Associates/Staff

The Dental Hygienists


Alessandra Kucic RDH
When I was a senior in high school I started a job after school  at a local dental office as an assistant. I continued to work there throughout my four years of college. I loved it so much and became so attached to my patients and their      families that I knew I had to pursue a career in the dental field . I attended New York University to obtain my dental hygiene degree and graduated in 2009. Being a hygienist has been the most rewarding career for me. To help people obtain beautiful smiles and to educate them on their oral and general health has given me such pleasure.  It is my greatest accomplishment to watch patients who at first fear coming to the dentist  love coming back after they see how kind and gentle our office is.


Katherine Rodriguez RDH

I was born and raised in Ecuador. I was always interested in the dental field because some of my family members have fear and dental anxiety. I graduated from New York City College of Technology and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in June 2018. I’m currently a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. My passion is to provide high quality of care, patient education and improve their oral health conditions. It is a pleasure to be part of this great team and work together to achieve each patient’s individual needs at their comfort. It is very rewarding having patients come back to our office because of our excellent and unique service provided. During my time off, I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my husband and family. Don’t forget that you are never fully dressed without a smile. 

The Dental Assistants

Suzanne Parris

I am from Barbados, but grew up in Brooklyn, NY and have lived there for many years. I attended Clara Barton High School for Health Care Professionals. This is where my interest in dentistry first began. I enjoy working in this field because it is wonderful working with people all day. It is also interesting because of the unique situations I have seen with all the different cases I have worked with. I try to comfort my patients in accordance with their needs. I try to work and be relaxed so that my patients will also be relaxed and feel comfortable while they are in the office.

Christina Silva

Born and raised in Astoria, I became a Dental Assistant after graduating from Long Island City High School. I have been a Dental Assistant for five years. I like working in dentistry because I really enjoy working with patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible during their time at the dentist. This passion has led me to continue my education in the dental field. I am studying to become a dental hygienist at Hostos so that I can offer even more to my patients in the future. 

Gladys Perez

I graduated from high school and attended The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants in Queens, NY in 2005. For 14 years now, I have enjoyed working in dentistry and it’s different specialties. I enjoy being an assistant because it gives me the opportunity to learn, help and interact with patients, especially when they are anxious, had a past traumatic experience or they have a long procedure to be done. I feel great satisfaction working together with the doctors and our whole team in making our patients feel comfortable and happy!

Administrative Staff

Diana Rivera

I am originally from Colombia, but I grew up in Queens. I have worked at Professional Dental Associates now for 8 years. I enjoy working with Dr. Arraval and Dr. Rupnarain because they create an environment that is both professional and friendly. When patients call or arrive at the office, it is my ultimate goal and responsibility to welcome them and make them feel comfortable and satisfied. Before each patient’s appointment, I call them to give them a personal reminder. I work hard around each patient’s schedule to find a convenient time for them to come into the office. I feel that coming to an office where patients can feel like the staff personally knows them and cares about them really makes a difference in their experience of coming to the dentist. I look forward to speaking with you, answering any questions you have, and scheduling your appointment when it is most convenient. 🙂

Beatriz Henao

I was born and raised in Woodside, Queens, but very proud to come from a Colombian family. I have been part of the Professional Dental Associates team for 13 years now. I am the Treatment Plan Coordinator, Financial Adviser and Insurance Specialist. I inform patients of their plan, benefits and coverage and make sure they fully understand the key components, including co-payments, deductibles and maximums. As the financial adviser, my goal is to make sure patients understand any recommended treatment, and plan completion of the treatment through payment plans that meet each patient’s individual needs. I look forward to seeing you in our wonderful, state of the art office and I am always available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Anabel Lara

I was born in Venezuela, am fluent in spanish, and joined the Professional Dental Associates team in July 2014. As a receptionist my duties include answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, verifying insurance eligibilty/benefits and assisting patients with their next three, four or six month oral health care appointment. I enjoy helping patients and will make sure you have a rewarding experience every time you visit our practice, not only with me but with everyone on our team.