MEET OUR TEAM 

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Les R. Prasad, DDS 

Dr. Les Prasad was educated in India before pursuing graduate dental training at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston for four years. Dr. Prasad has since completed postgraduate training in cosmetic dentistry….

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 Shanthi M. Cariappa, DDS 

Dr. Shanthi Cariappa was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She completed her under-graduate degree at Adelphi University in New York. Dr. Cariappa then went on to complete her doctorate of dental surgery from The Ohio State University graduating at the top of her class. While in dental school, Dr. Cariappa focused heavily on Cosmetic Dentistry…

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Concierge 

Laura has been working in the dental field for over three years. She comes from a business and financial background and has over 15 years of customer service experience. She enjoys making all our patients feel welcomed by always greeting with her bright smile and even enjoying a cup of coffee in our beautiful reception room to relax them before their appointment. Laura has been a patient of Dr. Les Prasad for over 6 years and has had to undergo many dental procedures herself. She openly discusses her own treatment with patients to ease their mind and let them know what they might experience from a patients point of view. Her expertise in finances allows her to find our patients a way to afford their healthy dream smile while fitting comfortably in their family budget.

In her spare time Laura loves cooking and making jewelry. She also enjoys going to the beach, and traveling with her husband.


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Dental Hygienist 

Karla is a native of Rhode Island and has been working the Drs. Prasad and Cariappa for over 10 years. As a graduate of the University of RI Dental Hygiene Program and CCRI in Dental Assisting, Karla has dental experience ranging from chairside assisting to clinical hygiene patient care.

She instills how important it is to care about her patients along with the goal of maintaining that relationship using the latest techniques in dentistry to preserve a smile for a life time. She is a current member and past president of the Rhode Island Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is a recipient of the Hygienist of the Year award and received the Community Outreach award for the state of RI. She strives to be involved in many local and statewide volunteer programs like the Mission of Mercy and has been incited to participate in career expos as the representative for the profession of dental hygiene.

Outside of the office, Karla enjoys working out, sharing stories about her two dogs and cat, as well as seeing the United States in her RV with her family.


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Dental Hygienist 

Heather joined our practice in 2013. She grew up Cranston, Rhode Island and worked at Zaccagnini’s Bakery for 13 years. While working there she also completed the dental assisting program from CCRI in Lincoln. She went on to work at an Orthodontic office as a dental assistant for two years. She then enrolled in the dental hygiene program and graduated with both her hygiene and local anesthesia license. Heather is a wonderful addition to our team offering early morning and late evening appointments as well as some Saturday s. She also volunteers her time every year for the Mission of Mercy.

While away from work she makes time for her three dachshunds. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.


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Dental Assistant 

Kristen is the newest member of our team joining us in January 2015. She has over 6 years of dental assisting experience. Her vast knowledge of dentistry allows her to explain to patients the procedures they will need to have a healthy smile. She helps to ensure that every patient has a pleasant experience from the second they enter the office till the second they leave. She has taken many continuing education courses and loves to be able to be working in a state of the art dental facility with equipment that is of the newest technology. Some of her expertises include cosmetic veneers and teeth whitening.

While away from the office Kristen enjoys spending quality time and traveling with her two children. She also enjoys eating out with friends and family. She also has one dog that she loves to take for long walks.

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