Meet Our Periodontal Team - Alexandria & Falls Church, VA

Meet Our Team

Dental Hygienists

Lisa

Lisa

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa is a 2006 NVCC Dental Hygiene Program graduate, with an anesthesia certification from Old Dominion University. Lisa also earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University, which she credits for helping her understand the patient as a whole rather than just their dentition. She is fluent in Spanish, enjoys going to the beach, and she is happily married with three beautiful daughters.

Parisa

Parisa

Registered Dental Hygienist

Parisa’s early childhood experiences with preventative oral health care ultimately helped save her teeth. It then became an objective for her to help provide access to interdisciplinary care as a liaison between hygiene, dental and medical care. She found her vocation while volunteering for the VCU Jamaica Dental Mission Project and Virginia Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy in various parts of southwestern VA and MD. Parisa completed her B.S. in Biology and minors in business and chemistry from VCU in 2010 and B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Parisa is obsessed with cooking, baking and learning about other cultures' foods and languages. She tries to balance these passions with playing tennis and pickleball, and although petite, she is quite adept at weightlifting. In fact, Parisa is a Virginia State Powerlifting Deadlift record holder.

Administrative Team Members

Munazza

Munazza (MJ)

Northern Virginia Periodontics Practice Administrator

Munazza, better known as MJ, has lived in the Northern Virginia area for most of her life. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology in 2008, and she has been working in the dental field since 2003. MJ started her employment with Dr. Gouldin in 2004, and since has mastered all administrative and clinical duties. MJ was Dr. Gouldin’s lead surgical assistant for over 5 years, and currently is the Senior Practice Administrator of Northern Virginia Periodontics. MJ enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, Noor and Sara. In her spare time, she loves cooking, crafting and traveling.

Christina

Christina

Office Manager (Falls Church) & Implant Treatment Coordinator

Christina joined the Northern Virginia Periodontics Team in September of 2020, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the dental industry. She previously worked in a variety of other areas of dentistry including Orthodontics, Endodontics and CAD/CAM. Christina has taken the lead as the Implant Coordinator at Northern Virginia Periodontics, and as such, she is the point of our NVP Implant Concierge Team. (The NVP Implant Concierge Team ensures the absolute highest level of customer service available in all things related to coordinating our patients' and referring doctors' dental implant experience.) Additionally, Christina is a warm and caring person who is highly skilled at periodontal and dental implant associated treatment plan presentation, and she is masterful in helping patients understand and move forward with their necessary oral health plan. When Christina is not in the office, you can find her traveling, reading, or engaging in volunteer work.

Jennie

Office Manager (Alexandria) & Treatment Coordinator

Northern Virginia Periodontics was blessed when they purchased the practice of Dr. Mark Gordon in 2020 to inherit a remarkable and genuinely kind new team member, Jennie. Jennie was born in Fort Collins, CO, to a military family, and she has lived in 8 states before officially settling in Alexandria, VA. As a child, Jennie always enjoyed the healthcare field and her educational background illustrates this. She attended Bayside High School’s Health Sciences Academy, obtained a B.S. in Biology from Radford University, and finally she became a Certified Dental Assistant at Northern Virginia Community College. When not at work, Jennie is either reading a mixture of autobiographies or thrillers, learning new recipes, biking the Mt. Vernon trail, or tending to her plants. Above all, Jennie enjoys spending quality time with her family and her two parrots, Sunny and Kiwi. "Fun Facts" about Jennie include: her and her husband are high school sweethearts; her favorite number is 13 because it doesn't get enough love; and she loves playing board and card games.

Maritza

Maritza

Insurance & Treatment Coordinator

Maritza is a Marine Corps Veteran from California who only recently decided to become a resident of Virginia. She is new to the Dental field but has years of Administrative experience that is primarily gained through a more hands on approach. She's excited for this Journey with the NVP Team and looks forward to the personal growth it will bring. Maritza enjoys watching sports, primarily Football and cheers proudly for the New Orleans Saints. When she's not working, she enjoys reading or writing by the water, traveling with friends, and spending quality time with her Loved Ones.

Kylee

Kylee

Marketing Coordinator

After working in the software field, Kylee chose to jump industries and joined the Northern Virginia Periodontics Team in January 2021. This was an easy decision for Kylee because she is no stranger to the field of periodontics and dental implantology -- she has successfully walked through the dental implant process herself! As a result, it was clear that she was a perfect fit to be the Northern Virginia Periodontics Marketing Director: real life experience plus an amazingly ebullient nature! Inspired by the life enhancing benefits that implant dentistry provided her, Kylee combines first-hand knowledge with her exceptional marketing skills to broadcast the NVP rallying cry that dentistry can truly improve the quality of your life. In her spare time, Kylee enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kanjana

Kanjana (KJ)

Correspondence Coordinator

KJ quietly merged into the Northern Virginia Periodontics Team in September 2019 as Dr. Gouldin's personal assistant and scribe. Her efficiency, intelligence and delightful personality was recognized immediately by all members of the NVP Team, and she has evolved into our Communications Coordinator, handling all digital communication between of our doctors/hygienists and our referring offices throughout the DMV area. KJ embodies and demonstrates daily a core virtue that all of us at NVP strive to achieve, and that is to do ordinary things extraordinarily well. In KJ's leisure time, she is currently enjoying the process of remodeling her new home which she shares with her family.

Brooke portrait

Brooke

Treatment Coordinator

Brooke began her career in the dental field in 2017 after graduating with a degree in Business from Faulkner University. She has worked in both Periodontics and Orthodontics. Brooke moved here from Alabama in 2020 and is enjoying all there is to do in the area. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, painting, and going to the park with her son. Her favorite part about the periodontal field is building relationships with the patients and learning about all the surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Melissa

Melissa

Treatment Coordinator

Melissa began her career in dentistry in 2018. After a few years as a dental and oral surgery assistant, she decided to expand her knowledge in the treatment coordination aspect of the dental field, as well as Periodontics. As a newer resident of Northern Virginia, Melissa is still enjoying getting to know the area. She enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, loves the beach, and trying out new places to eat. Melissa is passionate about the dental field and sharing knowledge with others.

Emily

Treatment Coordinator

Emily grew up in rural, central Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State where I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology. The convenience store "Sheetz" originated in her hometown of Altoona, PA, and she worked there for 11 years while in high school, college, and beyond. In her past life, she also worked for the USPS delivering mail. Emily entered the world of dentistry by working as a patient coordinator in an orthodontics office and she quickly became obsessed with teeth! In her free time, her favorite things to do are hiking/camping (okay, maybe glamping), testing new recipes, baking pastries, and spending time with her friends and family.

Periodontal Surgical Assistants

Carmen

Carmen

Registered Dental Assistant

Carmen is a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant who has been in the dental field since 2000 – she is fluent in Spanish. Given her many years of experience in dentistry, Carmen appreciates that our periodontists are conscientious about providing the highest quality periodontal and dental implant treatment, and she is proud to be part of the practice! Carmen and her husband, Giovanni, have 2 children. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, going to the beach, and attending her children’s sporting activities. She also loves to travel anywhere her friends and family want to go.

richard biosheadshot drgouldin

Richard "Richie"

Registered Dental Assistant

Richard got his start working with animals throughout college. He graduated from Radford with a bachelor's degree in biology and then went on to complete a dental assistant program as well! Richard recently joined our team as a dental assistant this past summer and since then has proven to be invaluable. Richard enjoys going on walks with his dog and snowboarding. His favorite thing about working in dental is helping people bring confidence back to their smiles.

Team Member - Jasmin

Jasmin

Registered Dental Assistant

Jasmin joined the NVP team as a Registered Dental Assistant! She finds joy in helping people and seeing them smile after a dental transformation is the reason why she chose this career path. As a youngster, she underwent a lot of dental work as she did not take care of her teeth. Her goal is to educate others in her community about dental health and show them how to care for and maintain a healthy smile. In her spare time, she likes to take the time to be around family and friends. She also loves to work out! One fun fact about her is that she has two Shih Tzus named Zoey and Charlie.

Northern Virginia Periodontics staff member Falls Church, VA

Vinita

Financial and Insurance Coordinator

Vinita is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. In 2012, she earned her degree from Strayer University in Business Management with a focus in Human Resource Management and graduated cum laude. Her friendly, open style is a wonderful welcome to our many new patients. With over 15 years of experience in the dental field, Vinita is highly resourceful in coordinating financial reimbursement and she can answer most questions regarding insurance and financing of procedures in the complex dental insurance world. Her goal is to ensure that every patient question is answered regarding dental insurance and financing of treatment, and that each patient find a method of financing that fits their budget, so that they may pursue the periodontal and implant treatment they require. Vinita is an active member of her church, participating in many community outreach programs and performing every Sunday as a soloist in the choir. In her free time, Vinita enjoys swimming, singing, and traveling with her family.

Registered Dental Assistants

Joshua portrait

Joshua

Registered Dental Assistant

Joshua joined the NVP team as a Registered Dental Assistant! He was born and raised here in the DMV. Growing up Joshua was absolutely terrified of the dentist but now ironically enough he hopes to pursue a career in dentistry. His favorite part about working here is being able to expand his clinical knowledge each and every day with the guidance of Dr. Gouldin, Dr. Carlos, and Dr. Gohel. In his free time Joshua enjoys working out, cooking, thrifting, watching football, and spending time with friends and family. Joshua believes that life is about perspective and if you change the way you view things, maybe... just maybe... those things wouldn't be so bad after all.

The Northern Virginia Periodontics team during a dental procedure

Contact our team today!