Meet Our Dental Team

Cariodontal Sets the Standard for Preventive Dentistry and Integrative Medicine

Our dental team is dedicated to providing each patient with comprehensive, high-quality, personalized dental care, while using cutting edge technology and testing, and maintaining a “natural holistic wellness approach” in everything we do. We are committed to improving the overall general health of each patient by deploying the Cariodontal philosophy where prevention begins with effective education and integrating patient, physician and dentist communications.


Jonathan Richter DDS, FAGD - Holistic Periodontist and Prosthodontist

Jonathan Richter DDS, FAGD is a skilled dual trained holistic Periodontist (gum disease specialist), Prosthodontist (an expert in restoring teeth) and an expert in Implant Dentistry. He is one of only a few in the tri-state area. As both an integrative Periodontist and Prosthodontist, Dr. Richter believes in a total preventative wellness approach to a healthy mouth and body that includes prevention, integrative dental wellness and maintenance. Unlike most practitioners, Dr. Richter believes that all measures should be taken to save the natural tooth and has the ability to save most teeth that others would extract. As an integrative practitioner, he uses a holistic "natural" approach to Periodontics, General, Cosmetic, Restorative and Implant Dentistry. His knowledge of the systemic medical and dental inter-relationships allows him to devise treatment plans for each individual patient that improve overall well being.


Samantha Lynch DDS - General Dentist

Dr. Samantha Lynch is passionate about providing honest, high-quality care with an emphasis on clinical excellence. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of her patients by improving their oral health, which in turn, improves their overall well-being. With experience in biology and psychology, Dr. Lynch is able to successfully treat all patients, especially those with dental fear and phobia. Together with her patients, Dr. Lynch helps them overcome their anxiety and receive the dental care they need to live a long, healthy life. Enjoying her role as a mentor and educator, Dr. Lynch looks forward to teaching her patients about the importance of a healthy mouth and a healthy body in order to prevent disease and caries to develop. Her focus on preventive, not reactive, care instills in her patients the integrity they’ve come to expect at our office.

Maria Chiantella, LPN - Patient Care Coordinator - Surgical and Dental Assistant

Maria attended Queens Hospital Center School of Nursing and has 40 years of patient care experience in nursing and dentistry. She truly cares about her patients and has an excellent empathic energy that helps patients feel nurtured, comfortable and at ease so that they can enjoy their visit.

In addition to being an LPN, she is certified in CPR/BLS, Infection Control and Zoom Tooth Whitening. Maria works as a liaison between patients and their physicians obtaining medical information and pertinent lab values needed for dental care. She also brings her nursing experience chair-side as a surgical and dental assistant.

During her free time, she spoils her four grandchildren and enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.

Linda Golden, RDH - Periodontal Therapist

Linda brings 20 years of dental hygiene experience to Cariodontal. She delivers quality dental care to patients and is responsible for evaluating their oral health, educating them about proper oral hygiene, and designs an appropriate daily maintenance home care routine for each patient. Her role is crucial in developing effective treatment plans to facilitate and/or maintain optimal oral and overall health.

As an experienced clinician, Linda is responsible for performing professional tooth cleaning, scraping hardened plaque (tarter), removing calculus deposits, taking digital x-rays and investigating components that relate to the bone. A majority of her time is spent treating patients with periodontal issues. This includes periodontal charting, perio scaling and root planning, delivering placement of antibiotics locally as needed, and following up with the patient as their treatment continues. Her goal is to outline a treatment plan that will help her patients accomplish their health goals while encouraging them to complete their treatment plan so that they stay on track, and continue with regular maintenance and cleanings so that they can live life with the best oral health. Linda is certified in CPR, Infection Control, and Local Anesthesia.

In her downtime, she continues her on-going education to ensure she is delivering quality dental care to her patients and she enjoys spending time with her four beautiful grandchildren, gardening, sewing, antiquing and crafts.


Lisa Lander RDH -  Dental Hygienist

As a graduate of SUNY Farmindale, Lisa brings over 30 years experience in periodontal care to the patients at Cariodontal. Lisa prides herself on the ability to relate to patients in a warm friendly manner, especially the apprehensive patient. With a cheerful demeanor and a focus on prevention, she takes the time to examine and explain each individualized treatment plan.

Lisa keeps up to date with all the newest trends in dentistry by taking the latest continuing education courses.


Jeannie Guzman RDH -  Dental Hygienist

Jeannie’s career in dentistry spans 17 years, and we’ve been happy to have her as a part of our team since 2009. She can be found cleaning our patients’ teeth and perfecting their smile. But her duties don’t just stop with cleaning and polishing teeth; she educates patients in the control and prevention of oral diseases. For Jeannie, having helped so many people achieve the smile they’ve always wanted gives her great satisfaction. Jeannie, who is of Dominican descent, loves playing with her two dogs and camping in her spare time.


Stefani Divack RDH -  Dental Hygienist

Stefani has been a great asset to our team since joining our office in 2012. Her friendly demeanor enables her to make patients feel at ease during their visits.  Teaching our patients how to care for their smiles in between visits is her passion. Her biggest satisfaction is when patients leave our office beaming from ear to ear. Before attending NYU - School of Dental Hygiene, Stefani earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and worked in hospital administration.

Besaida Ramos - Dental Assistant

Besaida is a kind and talented dental assistant who truly cares about her patients. She has been a cross-trained dental assistant and receptionist for over 10 years. Prior to dentistry, she worked in the health field as an emergency medical technician. As a valuable dental team member. she assists and prepares for dental procedures with a welcoming smile.

With her expanded skills as a receptionist, Besaida efficiently handles scheduling patients, maintaining patient’s records, communicating with patients, and communicating with dental specialists. She enjoys working with patients and finds it rewarding when helping them achieve a beautiful healthy smile while assisting them to reach their personal health goals. She maintains a CPR certification.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Casi Zias - Front Desk Receptionist

Casi is the heart of our dental team.  She is more than happy to assist and answer any questions regarding dental insurance, payments and treatment plans. Her goal is to ensure that your visit to our office is as stress-free as possible.As well as managing the front desk, Casi continues to further her skills in dentistry by helping out the team in the back, whenever possible.

During her downtime, Casi enjoys spending time with her son and family.