DR. BARBARA BELL, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Barbara Bell was born and raised in New York State and was the daughter of two OB/GYN physicians. After working in their offices for many years, she came to know the patients, their families and of course their newborns. Her creative and artistic nature drew her to dentistry. In 1973, Dr. Bell started at Georgetown University School of Dentistry as the youngest female to be accepted at the dental school at that time. Dr. Bell completed her general practice residency at Cornell Universities’ North Shore Hospital where she developed her skills in full mouth reconstruction, implant restoration, cosmetic and general dentistry. Additionally, she studied hospital dentistry and oral surgery under the tutelage of the top Cornell oral surgeons and general dentists. Dr. Bell practiced for six years in Nevada and spent time practicing in the public health service. She returned to the East Coast in 1985, where she became a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and continued to practice for thirty-five years in Frederick. Dr. Bell continues to stay on top of the latest technological developments in dentistry, which is reflected in the design and techniques used in her new office.
Dr. Bell loves animals and enjoys gardening, home design, and spending as much time with her two grandchildren as possible.
DR. KATIE BELL, DDS
Dr. Katie Bell originally graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in economics. She started working with her mother, Dr. Barbara Bell, at the practice’s infancy in 2010, as her dental assistant and business manager. While working alongside her mother she found her love for dentistry and decided to attend dental school at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD). She graduated at the top of her class as Summa Cum Laude and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society. While at UMSOD, Dr. Bell clerked in the Special Care and Geriatric clinic where she developed her skills in working with medically compromised and anxious patients. Dr. Bell is excited to once again be working alongside her mother, now as her dental associate, and is looking forward to seeing the patients she helped treat for years prior to attending UMSOD.
Dr. Bell has two children, Hanna and William, who keep her busy when not in the office. She’s also an avid athlete, enjoying all sports, and stays active participating in CrossFit.
DR. SUSAN (SHUYAN) ROFE, DDS
Dr. Susan (Shuyan) Rofe grew up in China where she graduated from dental school. After moving to the USA she first obtained a master degree in computer science, and she later went back to dental school at NYU where she graduated in the top percentile with her DDS degree. After dental school Dr. Rofe went on for advanced general residency training at University of Michigan Hospital where she worked with cancer patients as well as other complex medical patients. After residency training she worked both in a public health clinic as well as private practice. Dr. Rofe moved to the state of Maryland in 2017, to be closer to her parents. In addition Dr. Rofe (Captain Rofe) is a commissioned dental officer for the Michigan National Guard reserve.
Dr. Rofe is well loved by both her colleagues and her patients for her kindness, gentleness and compassion towards people. Dr. Rofe is a passionate learner; she has attended over 160 hours of continuing education classes in the past two years alone!
In her spare time Dr. Rofe enjoys spending time with her family, serving in the Army, reading, photography, running and traveling.
CAROLYN KING, RDH, BS, OFFICE MANAGER
Carolyn has been with the office since 2010. She initially worked as one of Dr. Bell’s dental hygienists, however in 2015, she became office manager. You may occasionally see her in one of the operatories, but for the majority of the time she will be one of the friendly faces that greets you when you come for a visit. Carolyn was born and raised in Illinois. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights and has been practicing dental hygiene since the mid – 1980′s. After obtaining her hygiene degree, Carolyn went on to get her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. She has directed choirs and taught private lessons in piano and voice.
Carolyn has been married for over thirty years to Rex, a retired Army officer. Because of his military career, they’ve had the opportunity to live all over the U.S. as well as in Seoul, Korea and Mannheim, Germany!
Carolyn is the mother of two adult children and two dogs, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and logic puzzles.
ASHLEY LANCASTER, PATIENT COORDINATOR AND INSURANCE SPECIALIST
Ashley was born in Frederick, Maryland but was raised in Colorado Springs, CO. The most common question she receives is why she would ever leave Colorado: the only reasonable answer is to be close to her family. She graduated at Rampart High School where she won first place in hip-hop dance state championships. She no longer has moves like Jagger unfortunately….
Ashley joined our fantastic front desk team as the insurance specialist. Her preferred pastime is either watching her favorite hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche, get a win or enjoying her not-so-secret obsession of crime documentaries. In her eyes, however, nothing beats being snuggled up to her two favorite fluffy pups Roori and Koda.
ALISON SIGNOR, REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Alison was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and raised in Brunswick, Maryland. She graduated from Brunswick High School in 2008, and went on to attend Frederick Community College for her Associates Degree in General Studies. After graduating from FCC in 2011, Alison attended Allegany College of Maryland, where she obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in May 2013.
In her spare time, Alison loves to travel to different National Parks around the country, go to Camden Yards to cheer on the Baltimore Orioles, and spend time with her family and fur babies.
MONICA DIBELLA, REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Monica grew up in Frederick, MD, and ventured to the University of Pittsburgh for her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. She started working for Dr. Bell in 2012, but took a break in 2018 after she became pregnant with triplets. Now that her triplets are toddlers, she has joined us back at the office part-time.
Monica enjoys spending time at home with family, going to wineries with friends, and going on weekend getaways with her husband.
LAUREN DUNKIN, REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Lauren grew up in Edgemont, Maryland. She moved to Hawaii for a short time when she was 19, but ultimately ended up returning to Maryland (a decision she sometimes questions in the middle of January) to be near her grandparents. She graduated from the Hagerstown Community College dental hygiene program in May 2020, where she learned from an amazing faculty of dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. She loves learning from those on the dental team, as well as getting to know every patient she meets.
When not at the office, she loves seed collecting, growing her own food, cooking (and eating…a lot) camping, traveling to new places, going on trail rides, and just about anything she can do outside.
LIZ PHILLIPS, CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Liz was born in Connecticut and raised in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley. She graduated from Bennett College in New York and received her dental assisting training at the Fanning School of Allied Health Science in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has been a certified dental assistant since the early 1980’s. Besides assisting, Liz works the front desk and processes insurance claims.
Liz has been married for over thirty-six years to her husband Geoff. During his twenty-three year Army career they had the opportunity to travel and live in Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas, and Maryland. Liz enjoys gardening, interior decorating, and spoiling her Doberman Pinscher named Miles.
NICOLE ARMSTRONG, CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Nicole was born, raised, and currently resides in Hagerstown, Maryland. She graduated in May 2016, from Hagerstown Community College receiving her certificate for dental assisting. Nicole has been with our office for over four years, and we are thrilled with her organizational skills and her attention to detail.
Outside of the office, you will find Nicole running around with her nine-year old daughter, spending time with her family, and keeping up with every football game. Don’t forget to ask her about last night’s sport’s scores or tease her if her favorite team loses!
DONNA ALEXANDER, CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Donna was a former resident of New York City but has lived in Maryland most of her life. She graduated from Hagerstown Community College with her certification as a Registered Dental Assistant with expanded functions. She also earned her certification as a Dental Radiology Technician at Frederick Community College and has more than fifteen years’ experience working as a dental technician.
Away from the office, you will find Donna behind her canvas creating one of her masterpieces. She is an artist specializing in pallet knife oil paintings and photography. In her spare time, she enjoys being an assistant salsa dancing instructor, gardening, hiking new trails, traveling, camping, and other exciting outdoor adventures. Donna also leads the guest services department for her church and performs charitable work in the community.