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 Mierzwa graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2004, and she completed her General Practice Residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital at Los Angeles in 2005. During her time at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, she received the Resident of the Year award.
Dr. Alexis had always dreamt of opening her own practice and creating an atmosphere of comfort and elite care for her patients. In 2015, her dream came true, and she opened Cedar Creek Dental. Over the years, she has attended many continuing education courses and has received countless hours of training regarding implants, full-mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry. She loves being a leader of the practice and the fun culture that is present here. Dr. Alexis is genuine, honest and patient, offering understanding to her patients and building relationships with them.
Dr. Alexis has a significant other named Paul, who also owns his own business, NoVA Environmental Solutions, and is always willing to help us out around the office. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her two horses, Big Country and Cash, and spending time with her four fur babies, two Mastiffs named Manny and George, a Great Dane Mix named Remy, and a French Bulldog named Marshall who you may be lucky enough to meet when you come to see us!
Pratima Chandler, DDS
Dr. Pratima Sharma Chandler was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. While in India, she graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2012 and worked as a dentist for two years before moving to the U.S. in 2014. Dr. Chandler received her Master of Business Administration from Drexel University in Pennsylvania, which was followed by her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York. Dr. Chandler also has experience in the health care sector through working with Sanofi, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Dr. Chandler joined our practice in March 2022. She loves that Cedar Creek Dental offers the newest technologies, patient-centered care and top-notch service, as well as a great team of hardworking and honest people. Dr. Chandler contributes to our practice’s success by constantly striving for perfection with a humble heart and an open mind. She says, “Dreams don’t come true by chance. They are only soft foundations that we support with the strength of our character.”
Dr. Chandler loves spending time with her family, which includes a loving husband, darling daughter and two lazy Bulldogs. She also enjoys binge-watching historical, spiritual, inspirational or health-based documentaries.
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 is not working, she always finds herself on the go! She loves to travel, enjoy outdoor activities, cheer on the West Virginia Mountaineers and the list goes on! Most importantly, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her friends, family and two fur babies, Finn and Murphie. Kaitlyn became a new mom to a very sweet baby boy, Brixton, in 2021! Come on in and experience Kaitlyn’s exceptionally thorough and gentle skills and her extensive knowledge, and let her personally tailor a dental hygiene plan for you!
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.
Emily – Dental Hygienist
Emily joined our team in November 2021 after graduating magna cum laude from West Virginia University with her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2020. She loves working with the team at Cedar Creek Dental — everyone always tries to help one another! — and with the cutting-edge dental technology and fun music we have at the office. She always brings a positive energy and goes above and beyond for her patients!
Emily has one sister and one brother who both live in Winchester. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting, bowling, taking care of her plants, hanging out with her Pitbull and Bulldog, and baking pies!
Chelsea – Lead 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.
Autumn – Dental Assistant
Autumn completed her dental assisting program at Lord Fairfax Community College, graduating in June 2020 and joining our team soon after. She is a very team-oriented addition to Cedar Creek Dental and is always helping her team members.
When she has free time, Autumn enjoys hiking with her Basset Hound, Mabel, watching movies, gardening and going to the beach.
Bryana – Dental Assistant
Bryana graduated from John Handley High School in 2020 and completed dental assistant school in 2021. She joined our team in November 2021. Bryana loves the teamwork that is present at our practice, with everyone offering a helping hand. Bryana is always willing to listen and learn, taking in what everyone knows and ways to understand everything.
She would like to thank her mom and her sisters for believing in her to finish school and achieve all her other accomplishments. When not at the office, Bryana enjoys singing, hanging with friends and playing with puppies. She is so glad to be part of such a great team and cannot wait to learn so much under such great doctors and team members!
Kelcie – Dental Assistant
Kelcie has been a part of Cedar Creek Dental since September 2021, and she loves being a part of such a hardworking and fun team. Kelcie is a loving mother of her daughter, Taytum, and enjoys playing softball in her free time.
Rachel – Dental Assistant
Rachel graduated from Shenandoah University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, joining our team later the same year. Her favorite part of being a part of our practice is how well our team works together and how much we care about our patients. She always tries to help where needed. In her spare time, she likes to go fishing.
Sarah – Practice 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.
Cassidy – Patient Coordinator
Cassidy enjoys the uplifting environment of Cedar Creek Dental and is always here when needed. Her immediate family consists of her daughter, Chelsea, her partner, Austin, and their dog, Tucker. She likes riding horses and spending time with her family when she has it.
Hannah – Patient Coordinator
Hannah received a Bachelor of Science in exercise science in 2016 and a Master of Science in exercise physiology in 2021. She is currently working on her doctorate in human health and performance. Hannah is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®.
Hannah joined our team in November 2021. She is empathetic with our patients, and she loves the fun, hardworking and caring nature of our practice. Hannah has a dog, Teddy, and in her free time, she is a competitive powerlifter and an Appalachian Trail section hiker.
Marian – Treatment Coordinator
Marian has been in the dental field since she was 18 and eventually transitioned to front office work, joining our team in May 2021. She loves working with our skilled and knowledgeable dentists and friendly team, and she can be found helping patients understand their treatment plans and finding creative ways to maximize their benefits and the financial aspects of their care.
Marian lives in Berkeley Springs with her partner, Joe, and her dog, Stan. They have two daughters, Brittney and Amanda, and two granddaughters, Paislee and Bella. When she has the time, she loves crafting, baking and spending time with her family.