Our Staff

Brandi Kowalchyn
Brandi KowalchynInsurance Coordinator
Brandi is our insurance coordinator. She brings a wealth of experience to our office with over thirty years in the dental field. She brings unique expertise in insurance resolution and payment of claims, and keeps track of our invoicing for our office to run smoothly. Her primary goal is ensuring that insurance claims are properly processed so that our patients can keep their focus on dental care.

Brandi handles any patient questions or concerns regarding insurance claims. She always goes the extra mile to make sure that every patient fully understands their insurance benefits so that their coverage is maximized. She is never too busy to help out and find the answer to any question. She has a knack for quickly resolving any insurance issues.

Anna Barton
Anna BartonRegistered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Anna holds the Number #2 license issued by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). Anna studied and worked together with Dr. Samuel Furman, former President of the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, where she was taught the true meaning of “Excellence in Dentistry.”

She has over 40 years of experience as a registered dental assistant, and is passionate about dentistry. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her colleagues and patients in our office, she is an advocate for all dental assistants to join the ranks of licensed RDAs.

Stephanie Ferraro
Stephanie FerraroRegistered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Stephanie joined our team with a dedication and commitment to the dental health and well-being of every patient. She holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene bringing a compassionate chairside manner and a desire to educate patients in maintaining a healthy mouth for life by providing excellent personalized care.

When Stephanie is not treating patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends while having a great joy for the outdoors.

Nina Rosario
Nina RosarioRegistered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Nina is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with more than eighteen years in the dental field. She began her career as a Dental Assistant and worked her way through school to reach her goal of becoming a Dental Hygienist. She has worked in Pediatric, Periodontal, and General dental practices. Nina is kind, gentle and works hard to provide optimum care for our patients.

Outside the office she enjoys being a Jersey Shore girl! She loves the beach, biking, and spending time with her active little boys.

Christine Clevenger
Christine ClevengerRegistered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Christine, a favorite among our patients, greets everyone with her big smile as she escorts them into their dental treatment room. She brings to Melinda Wagner Dental more than 10 years experience including radiography, making impressions and temporary teeth, and packing cord. Christina assists our dentists with setting up and preparing for advanced dental procedures as well as assisting in certain procedures. She is also responsible for maintaining our inventory control. Christine loves her fur-baby Chihuahua named Lilly.
Gina Maida
Gina MaidaDental Assistant (DA)
Originally from Tinton Fall’s office, Gina has been working as a dental assistant for several years. She met Dr. Wagner at age 19 when she trained with Dr. Furman (Dr. Wagner’s former mentor) in Tinton Falls.

She is back full- time with us after raising 2 sons. She just completed her exam to become an x-ray technician. You will know you are talking to Gina when you see her big broad smile and her overwhelming kindness.

MatthewFront Desk Coordinator
Matthew was raised in Little Silver and studied music theory and composition at the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School. From there he obtained his Bachelors degree in Music from the Mannes Conservatory of Music in NYC, 2018. By the end of 2020 Matt received his Masters in Music Performance, with honors, from California State.

He is presently coordinating our dental office with the staff playing their parts in perfect harmony. The discipline he developed while studying music has led him to interpret our dental software quickly. His ability to work well with others has also enhanced his work ethic here.

In the evenings you can hear Matt playing either clarinet or saxophone with local bands. He also teaches in the evenings and weekends at the Monmouth Conservatory of Music and has his own private teaching studio.

Cassandra Santiago
Cassandra SantiagoFront Desk Manager
Cassandra was raised in Florida in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. She brings that Southern charm to our office. She greets all patients with kindness and a smile and makes everyone feel at home here. Cassandra has over 12 years of work experience in the Dental Field. She has managed offices larger than ours and we are grateful to have her warm personality and years dental experience. Her expertise has patients understanding the process of scheduling and insurance claims.

Cassandra loves shopping, family time, our Atlantic City Casinos and most of all her hound doggie Copper. Our winters have become her favorite time of year. Growing up in Florida makes her appreciate our snow, and each year she hopes for a white Christmas.