About Us

Dental Design Studio


We have carefully selected our team to create the friendly and professional atmosphere we believe you deserve. From the moment you contact our office, we make it our mission to provide the highest level of compassion, respect, and patient care. At Dental Design Studio, it is our priority to accommodate all of our patient’s needs. From managing time restraints to financing your dental treatment, or by alleviating your dental anxiety, we are here for you every step of your dental journey.


Meet the Team


Practice Manager, CDA

Allison is a native of Dutchess County; she grew up in Poughkeepsie and now resides in Hopewell Junction with her husband, Mark, and 2 children, Kyleigh and Connor. After a few years in corporate America, Allison came to find her passion in the world of dentistry. Allison took the leap into dentistry in 1997 applying her corporate experience to the business needs of the front office and expanding her proficiency in the clinical area to master the complete workings of a successful dental practice. She became a Board Certified Dental Assistant in 2003 and is an active member of the ADAA and AADOM. She is currently pursuing her fellowship in Dental Assisting.


Patient Coordinator

Christin grew up in Hyde Park, New York. She and her husband Mike continue to reside there and have 2 children Nick and Jake. Christin’s journey in the dental field began in 1994 after Dr. Whalen graduated dental school and was practicing with his father in Hyde Park. She worked in the front office for three years then took hiatus from dental to start her family in 1997. Christin was grateful to have worked from home as a legal assistant for 12 years and prioritized being a parent. Christin is very proud of her two sons and the young men they have become, Nick is now 25 years old, and Jake is 22. She re-entered the dental field in 2009, took a short break, and has now been back for 3 years.

Seeing the many changes throughout the years and how technology has grown, it’s nice to be in an office that utilizes the latest in technology, she says. The results seen and the smiles on patient’s faces are extremely rewarding to me. I really do love my job and enjoy being back! Seeing patients still coming into the office to see Dr. Whalen from the Hyde Park era really warms my heart. Meeting and greeting current patients, as well as new patients on a daily basis and putting them at ease… makes it a great day!


Dental Hygienist

A native of Rhode Island, Debbie has been practicing Dental Hygiene for over fifty years and has been a part of Dr. Whalen’s team for the last twenty-seven. With an interest in all things dental, Debbie especially enjoys being one-on-one time, providing quality dental care, and chatting with her great patients! Debbie is a member of the ADHA (American Dental Hygienists’ Association) and an ACE Fellow (Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics). When not at the office, Debbie enjoys traveling, pilates, and promoting Japanese Embroidery.


Dental Hygienist

Nicole began her dental career in 2006 as a dental assistant for a specialty office. Having no prior experience, she fell in love with dentistry and throughout the years, was cross-trained in all aspects of the dental setting. Being empathetic by nature and wanting to further her education, she went back to school. In 2019 she was accepted into SUNY Orange’s highly accredited dental hygiene program. After graduating with honors in 2021, we were thrilled to welcome Nicole to our team!


Dental Hygienist

Carrie has been a lifelong resident of the Poughkeepsie area. She began her dental career in 1983 as a dental assistant. In 1996 Carrie graduated from Orange County Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program. Carrie returned to school in 2014 where she attended Hudson Valley Community College and received her certification in Anesthesia. She has a passion for providing excellent oral health care and making a difference in her patients’ overall health.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring local restaurants and music, and anything outdoors.


Certified Dental Assistant

Zandra grew up in Poughkeepsie and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 2007. In 2010 she moved to Staten Island and furthered her education. Zandra graduated in 2014 as valedictorian from Saint Paul’s School of Nursing where she received her associates in Occupational Studies. After moving back to Poughkeepsie, Zandra joined Dr. Whalen in June of 2016. Zandra believes hard work and her passion for helping people made her successful in becoming a board-certified dental assistant in May of 2019.

Zandra is highly knowledgeable with implants and is Dental Design Studio’s implant coordinator. On Zandra’s day off she likes seeing friends/family and practicing archery.


Dental Assistant

Jessica is native to Poughkeepsie and still resides there. She is a 1999 graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School. Her career in dental started after school hours in her junior and senior years. She left dental and worked for IBM for several years but her passion for dental brought her back. Jessica started at Dental Design Studio in October of 2018 and is the head coordinator of all orthodontic Clear Aligner cases.

In her free time, she enjoys getting together with family, and friends and being outside in the nice weather.

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