Our Team

Lawrence Michnick, DDS

Following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps, Dr. Lawrence Michnick graduated with honors (Omicron Kappa Upsilon) in 1993 from the NYU School of Dentistry. After dental school, he completed an intensive year-long residency program with concentrations in implants, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery at Nassau County Medical Center. The residency program also included education in treating the anxious or nervous patient. This includes taking patients who perhaps had an unhappy dental experience in the past and creating an environment leading toward more comfortable experiences.

Dr. Michnick relocated to Ocean City more than 20 years ago. As an active member of the community, he has held all offices of the Ocean City/Berlin Rotary Club and is a past president of Temple Bat Yam. Professionally, he is a member of the American Dental Association and the Eastern Shore Dental Society. Dr. Michnick has also attended several courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies with emphasis on advanced functional aesthetics and neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Michnick enjoys spending his time off with his wife, Deanne, and their two children, exploring all this area has to offer.

Christopher Takacs, DMD

Dr. Christopher Takacs joined Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry during the summer of 2006. A Wilmington, Delaware, native, Dr. Takacs studied mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in 1998. He then went on to the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry to earn his DMD. Dr. Takacs has taken an interest in implant and restorative dentistry and has concentrated his continuing education in those areas. Since coming to Maryland, he has joined the Maryland State Dental Association, the Eastern Shore Dental Society, and continues his American Dental Association® membership.

Locally, he is an active member in the Ocean City Lions Club and enjoys spending time with his three children, Taylor, Lewis and Arden. Other hobbies include golfing, fishing and oil painting.

Kristen Mazzei, DMD

Dr. Kristen Mazzei attended Penn State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in English. She then went to Temple University’s School of Dentistry to earn her DMD, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Mazzei was drawn to general dentistry, as it permits continuity of care and the development of a life-long partnership with patients to maintain their oral health.

Dr. Mazzei grew up in Western Maryland. She spent 8 years in Pennsylvania to pursue her education. After school, she decided to leave Philadelphia and move to the Eastern Shore to be closer to her boyfriend. She loves everything the area has to offer, especially the small-town feel and endless outdoor activities. In her spare time, Dr. Mazzei enjoys running, kayaking and cooking. She looks forward to growing with the team at Atlantic Dental and getting established at the shore.

Meet Our Team

We value the hard work and dedication that our team brings to the office here at Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Our team is dedicated to crafting an environment for our patients that feels warm and inviting so you can have an enjoyable experience. To learn more about our dental practice in Ocean City, Maryland, please feel free to contact our team today at 410-213-7575 and set up a visit with our dentists!


Before pursuing a career in dental hygiene, Katie worked as an orthodontic assistant for three years at Tilghman Orthodontics.  She then attended the dental hygiene program at Harcum College where she graduated with honors, earning her license as a registered dental hygienist.  Katie was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland.  She continues to live local with her fiancé and two miniature dachshunds, Stanley and Eliott.  Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and tackling home improvement projects.


Dental Hygienist

Judy began her career in dentistry some 25 years ago. She graduated cum laude from the Medical College of VA with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is a current member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Eastern Shore Dental Hygiene Association. Over the years, Judy has had the opportunity to practice in a variety of settings ranging from public health pediatrics, to Main Line Philadelphia periodontics, to a unique practice in Grand Cayman with views of the crystal blue ocean.

Landing in Ocean City in 1994, she quickly came to love the intimate small-town feeling of O.C. She has two grown sons and reading & workouts fill any spare time. She loves working at Atlantic Dental because the dentists provide state-of-the-art equipment for their patients and more.


Dental Hygienist

Terry was born and raised on the Eastern Shore. She is a University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene graduate, and is currently an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. In addition, Terry currently is an active member with the Maryland Dental Hygienist Association. She holds licenses to practice in Delaware and Maryland, and has worked with Atlantic Dental for 30 years.

Terry has two grown daughters and now a grandbaby. In her free time she enjoys the beach, boating, golfing, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Pat joined Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in May 2005. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to this area in 1990. Pat graduated from the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT with an Associate Degree in Science. She is licensed to practice Dental Hygiene in NJ, NY, and MD, and she has over 35 years of clinical experience working in both private practice and public health settings. She has been married to her husband, Ron, for over 30 years and they have two grown children. Pat enjoys family time, reading, classic car shows, and helping her patients maintain a healthy smile.


Dental Hygienist

Erica is a recent addition to Atlantic Dental and the Eastern Shore. She began her career as a dental assistant in Harford County MD before attending the Community College of Baltimore County for Dental Hygiene. She moved to the shore last year to continue hygiene and is thrilled to work with such a great team at Atlantic Dental.

Erica is falling in love with the Eastern Shore and spends as much time out on the water as she can. She loves sharing her new home with friends, family and her dog Charlie.


Dental Hygienist

Jennifer comes to us with 16 years of experience at a periodontal office. She is excited for her new career at Atlantic Dental. Jennifer is from a small town in Texas. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the US Air Force as a dental assistant. She traveled overseas to Germany for 2 years. Once completing her service, she attended Allegany College in Cumberland MD and graduated with honors in Dental Hygiene.

Jennifer met her husband while stationed in Germany. They have been married for over 21 years and have 3 children. Their oldest son is carrying on the family tradition and currently serving in the USAF. Jennifer and her family are leaders in their church, 3C. They lead a bible study in their home weekly. They also enjoy trips to the beach, spending time with family and traveling to anywhere warm.


Dental Assistant

Mother to a happy, smart daughter. Dental assisting since 2006. Enjoys the variety this career has to offer.

I value my supportive co-workers and appreciate all of their guidance!


Dental Assistant

Trina was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the small town of Onancock. She has been a dental assistant since 1996. Trina also has experience in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She really enjoyed both fields because they were very different and each provided a unique challenge.

She has found her home at Atlantic Dental and enjoys working with the doctors. She likes that the Atlantic Dental team has fun at work and takes great care of their patients. She has had the opportunity to continue her education by taking classes at the Las Vegas Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Dental Assistant

Stacy has been with Atlantic Dental since 2011. She is from Berlin, MD and she graduated from Wor-Wic Community College. As a dental assistant, Stacy’s favorite part of her job is taking care of patients. She really appreciates the family atmosphere of Atlantic Dental.

In her free time, she enjoys golfing, working with stained glass, and spending time with family and friends.


Dental Assistant

Karen’s background is one of patient care. Always pleasant, attentive and optimistic!


Dental Assistant

Cherrelle has joined our team coming from a hospital environment. Her new career choice is working for her. Always pleasant and caring, we are glad she is taking care of our patients.



I have been a Dental Assistant for about a year and a half.  I love doing what I do; making someone smile is worth it all!  I recently moved here from Centreville/Chestertown, MD to leave at the beach.  I cannot wait to see what Ocean City and Atlantic Dental have in store for me!  P.S. I also am a part-time bowler in a league with my boyfriend.


Dental Hygienist

I absolutely love dentistry! I graduated from Alleghany College of MD’s Dental Hygiene program in 2007. I’m a local girl from Snow Hill, MD; I’ve lived on the Eastern Shore my entire life. I currently live in Pittsville, MD, with my husband, Steve. We have a son, Adam, and a daughter, Abigail, that keeps us on our toes. Our family enjoys going to the OSV on Assateague, camping, laughing, and making memories!


New Patient Coordinator

Jessica is from Red Lion Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Wor-Wic Community College as a certified dental assistant. Currently, she is the new patient coordinator for Atlantic Dental. She loves working with new patients and creating the foundation for an excellent patient experience.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys exploring the Eastern Shore.



Amanda is a native of the Eastern Shore.  She is a trained dental assistant but currently works with the front desk team.  Her assisting skills help her to answer a variety of dental questions that patients may have.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.



I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Atlantic Dental Team!  I have more than 20 years of administrative experience and look forward to continuing my passion of caring for the needs of those in our community.  I am blessed to have my daughter, Niyah.  We love our incredible network of friends, being members of OCBC, and all that Ocean City has to offer.


Business Administrator

Tiffany comes to us from the field of Chiropractic medicine with extensive experience in billing and patient care. Along with Chiropractic medicine, she also has worked in family medicine. Her goal is to take care of every patient with professionalism and empathy so to insure their experience here in this office is a great one! She is currently working on obtaining her Associates Degree in Business Management, so that she can better serve her coworkers, the doctors, and the patients. She is happily married with two children. They live a simple life in the country while enjoying fishing, crabbing and riding bikes.

Real people.

Real success stories.