Our fun, energetic and professional dental team make our practice a great place to be! Our dentists and team take the time to get to know you and your needs so we can provide the best possible care. Call Cedar Creek Dental today at 540-486-5111 and learn more about dental care in Winchester, Virginia.
Alexis Mierzwa, DDS
Dr. Alexis grew up in Getzville, New York (a suburb of Buffalo). She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Niagara University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Alexis then moved to Los Angeles, California, where she did a general practice residency at MLK Hospital, where she was awarded Resident of the Year. She then returned to Buffalo where she practiced for four years before moving to Winchester in 2009. Dr. Alexis wanted to create an elite patient experience, so she opened Cedar Creek Dental after practicing in Winchester for six years as an associate. “The team we have here at Cedar Creek Dental is truly an elite group of individuals who put their entire heart and soul into your dental care and health. They continue to impress me every single day with their passion, and there is no way I would be the doctor I am today without them by my side.”
Dr. Alexis believes in providing the best care available for her patients. This is why she takes approximately 100 hours of continuing education every year, which greatly exceeds state requirements. Dr. Alexis also sees the importance of giving back to the community and volunteers at the Winchester Free Medical Clinic on a regular basis. She is also a member of Sacred Heart Church of Winchester. Dr. Alexis enjoys creating a happy, supportive environment for both her employees and her patients.
Outside of the office, Dr. Alexis is an avid horsewoman. She competes regularly in hunter/jumper competitions. She also is very fond of her three rescue dogs, Remy (Great Dane Mix), Manny (Fila Mastiff) and George Washington (Fila Mastiff). “My favorite thing to do when I am not in the office is be at the barn or just hang out with the dogs outside. Being with the animals is so grounding.”
Hassan Farooq, DDS
Dr. Farooq recently completed the international dentist program at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California. Prior to completing this program, Dr. Farooq practiced dentistry in his home country of Pakistan. He joined our team in 2017. Dr. Farooq is skilled at providing a wide range of dental services, consistent with the services already offered in our practice. He enjoys working with a wonderful team to help people change their dental experience and their lives. He gives his heart and soul to provide to our wonderful patients who deserve nothing less than excellent dental care.
“I feel blessed to be a dentist because that gives me the power to not only relieve my patients from pain, but to also recreate the nature by giving them the smile they love. I love the part where my patients come to see me as a friend.”
When Dr. Farooq is not doing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He loves to experience new places and try the cuisine.
Erica – Clinical Manager
Homegrown, Erica grew up in Winchester and graduated from James Wood High School with an Advanced Diploma. She also has an Associates of Applied Science in Health Professions from LFCC. Erica joined our team in 2016 and has found a true passion for dentistry. This girl works so hard every day to learn and quickly master new aspects of the dental practice. Erica is always smiling and laughing which really helps our patients feel at home and at ease. If you are lucky enough to have interacted with her, you are guaranteed to be happier and have a more positive day!
Must be something in the water around here, Erica too loves to spend time outside and hiking. She loves spending time with her family, and is the proud fur mama of Sadie, an Australian cattle dog, and Riot, a kitten. Erica also truly enjoys coming to work every day, and hitting the gym afterwards.
Kaitlyn – Dental Hygienist and Clinical Co-Manager
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Romney, West Virginia. She began her dental career as an assistant, and immediately knew that a career in dentistry was her calling. She moved to Winchester in 2012 to attend dental hygiene school through Virginia Western, and has never looked back. She joined our team in February 2016. She is well versed in all aspects of patient care, and is always willing to help out anywhere in the office! She is a great team player, always putting our team and patients first. Her favorite part of the job is building genuine relationships with each and every patient!
When Kaitlyn isn’t working, she always finds herself on the go! She loves to travel, enjoys outdoor activities, cheering on the Mountaineers and the list goes on! Most importantly, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and black German Shepherd mix, Finn! Come on in and experience Kaitlyn’s exceptionally thorough and gentle skills, her extensive knowledge, and let her personally tailor a dental hygiene plan for you!
Alexis – Dental Assistant
Alexis joined our practice in July 2018. She works hard each day to ensure patients get quality care with a positive attitude and atmosphere. She enjoys the relationships she develops with patients and helping make a difference in their lives by making them more comfortable during treatment and improving their self-esteem with their new smiles. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her dog.
Bianca – Dental Assistant
Bianca started working with us in October 2019. She attended Carrington College for her degree in dental assisting. Bianca gives her all and strives each day to make patients’ comfort and satisfaction her priority. She loves that the practice feels like a second family, especially since she is in a new state where she does not know many people yet.
Her spouse is currently in the force, which is why she is here in Virginia. When she is not working, she enjoys history, spending time with people she loves and exploring. If you know of any places worth going, feel free to let her know next time you are in our office!
Chelsea – Dental Assistant
Chelsea joined us in February 2019. She attended Lord Fairfax Community College and graduated in 2017 with an associate degree in health science, a certificate in general studies and a certificate in health science specialization. She plans to continue her education in the dental field by going to college in the fall of 2020 for dental hygiene. She has also considered becoming a dentist herself after seeing the love and time Dr. Alexis and Dr. Farooq put into caring for the patients and the office.
Chelsea’s favorite part of our practice is the atmosphere. She likes that everyone in the office wants to help you achieve your perfect smile and will teach you what you need to know to maintain it. Chelsea contributes to our team by upholding the high standard of excellence that we provide. Your comfort and care are our top priority!
Chelsea married her husband Matthew in 2016, and they have two children together, a boy and a girl. She enjoys taking day trips with her family and watching movies and TV shows.
Gabby – Dental Assistant
Gabby was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but has lived most of her adult life here in Winchester. After Gabby moved to Virginia, she graduated from the Blue Ridge Community College Veterinary Tech program. She then actually worked in the dental field as an assistant for six years before pursuing veterinary medicine, mostly emergency and trauma care. Gabby joined the team at Cedar Creek Dental in June 2016. Her calm demeanor and caring ways help our patients feel at ease while in our care. Gabby has three four-legged fur babies: Kevin and Bam, who are chihuahuas, and Ivy, a black lab mix. Gabby enjoys hiking, long dog walks, camping and gardening. She loves anything and everything outdoors!
Hanna – Dental Assistant
Hanna joined our team in December 2019. Her passion is to help our patients feel comfortable in a usually uncomfortable situation and to be a positive part of our patients’ day. She loves working with our team, and she is so proud to be a part of it! Hanna has a younger sister and brother, and she is a dog mom to her Pitbull, Creed. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking and long road trips.
Courtney – Dental Hygienist
Courtney grew up in Augusta, West Virginia. She graduated from Hampshire High as vice president of her class. Courtney then continued her education and graduated from Allegany College of Maryland for dental hygiene as historian of the Student American Dental Hygienist’s Association. She joined our team in 2018. Aside from her professional successes, she has a daughter, Taiah. She enjoys many hobbies like traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Courtney’s favorite aspect of being a hygienist is developing lifelong relationships with her patients and providing them the best care possible. She loves our team and what we represent and works hard each day to provide patients with proper oral hygiene care. Her dream is to volunteer for a dental mission trip and travel abroad to aid people in need of her expertise.
Rachel – Dental Hygienist
Rachel is originally from Oregon, Ohio, from a small suburb of Toledo, but has called Front Royal home since 2011. She achieved her dental hygiene degree from Virginia Western Community College in 2014, joined Cedar Creek Dental in July 2017 and has truly increased the quality of our practice and the patient experience we provide. Once you experience Rachel’s super chill, candid personality, you will immediately feel at ease in her hands. She also has recently taken on the role of our office’s HIPAA Privacy Officer (or more affectionately known as the “HIPAA Police”), a role she is very proud of and takes very seriously. Rachel has excelled at making sure that our team is at all times respecting your personal information and keeping it protected.
Rachel is the proud (well, most of the time), mother of human children Mia and Sam, military spouse Michael of 13 years, and pet parent to three dogs, a cat and a tank full of fish. “I love to meet new people, and it gives me great joy to help our patients regain or maintain a healthy smile.” Rachel plans to continue her education in health care management. She also enjoys cheering for the Washington Nationals, spending time on the river, camping and going to the beach.
Jess – Patient Coordinator
Jess started working with our team in July 2019. She graduated from Frederick Community College in 2016 with an associate degree in digital media. She then went on to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design and media art.
She moved to West Virginia in July 2019 with her fiancé, Brandon, and their seven-year-old shih tzu, Lola. She is excited to keep learning and get to know everyone! When she is not working, she loves hiking, kayaking, running 5Ks, eating Mexican food and going to car shows with Brandon.
Rikki – Insurance Coordinator
Rikki joined our team in May 2016. She answers all insurance questions and helps our team be as knowledgeable as possible. Her favorite part of working at our practice is watching it grow every day. She enjoys that every day is different and that she is constantly being challenged and gaining knowledge daily. When she is not working, Rikki loves being outside, camping, going to concerts, traveling as much as possible and enjoying life with friends and her parents.
Sarah – Marketing Manager
Sarah is originally from York, Pennsylvania, where she lived for 17 years. She moved to Winchester, Virginia, in 2010 and graduated from Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA while staying active in extracurricular activity. Sarah previously worked with Dr. Alexis at a previous practice, and with only two years of experience in the dental field, took a leap of faith and joined Dr. Alexis in starting Cedar Creek Dental in 2015. She proved to be more than capable, taking on all sorts of new tasks and mastering them with her amazing work ethic, sky’s the limit attitude, and the best smile under the sun. Sarah has fully transitioned into the marketing world from dentistry and is working toward her bachelor’s in marketing and business management.
Sarah enjoys working with our team. We all care about each other and push each other to achieve both work and personal goals. We are not just an office that works together: we are a family. Sarah serves our patients by finding new ways to make their experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. She is always researching new marketing tactics and attending events to promote the growth of our practice.
Vicki – Practice Guru
Vicki has been in dentistry for the last 15 years, and in that time has mastered just about every position in the office. This girl got game! Whether she is assisting chairside or coordinating the team and schedule, Vicki brings good vibes and energy to the team.
Born in Fairfield, California, Vicki moved to Virginia as a child and graduated from Sherando High School in 1998. She currently resides in Augusta, West Virginia, with her fiancé, Jonathon, son, Andrew, horses, and an assortment of other four-legged friends. Vicki is very passionate about raising awareness about animal neglect and is active in local rescue organizations. She also enjoys gardening.
George Washington – Anxiety Reduction Specialist and Therapy Dog
George Washington was rescued from Middleburg Humane by Dr. Alexis almost six years ago. He and his litter mates were part of a breeder raid and were living in deplorable conditions. George used to be very timid and unsure of the world around him, especially of new people (mainly men) and loud noises.
George learned from Dr. Alexis’ other rescue dog, Remy, how to actually be a dog, and he went through over three years of training and received his certification from Berkeley K-9 School for All Dogs. As George’s confidence grew, he blossomed into a very sweet and loyal creature. Her newest dog, Manny, who is also a rescue, looks up to George as a big brother and mentor. George’s calm demeanor makes him ideal as a supportive therapy dog. George is available to sit chairside with anxious teen and adult patients to help them with their dental experience. When George is not at work, he enjoys playing outside with his brother and sister, chasing bunnies and most of all, sleeping on his couch.