Our Dental Hygienists conduct initial patient screenings, clean teeth (e.g. remove plaque) and advise patients on oral health and preventive care. They are the first line of defense for oral health. They help our dentists plan treatments for teeth or gum diseases and respond to dental emergencies. Our Dental Hygienists are reliable and strive to build trust with patients of all ages. They have deep knowledge of relevant health and safety rules and a good eye for oral diseases and anomalies. They each have over 18 years of experience.
Terri earned an Associate’s Degree in Science from Dean College before working on a second Associates in Dental Hygiene from Cape Cod Community college in 1994. She was also a dental assistant for 5 years prior to starting her practice as a registered dental hygienist. Terri furthered her education to include licensure to administer local anesthetic, certification in soft tissue laser therapy and years of continuing education. Her dental experience includes endodontic, periodontal and general dentistry. She has been welcoming patients into her relaxing, sun filled room with a close-up view of a bird feeder since 1997. Terri loves to educate patients on how to maintain their oral health in an upbeat and positive manner. She also has an acute eye and works as a team with our dentists to ensure that patients have the best treatment plan possible.
Terri is a Cape Cod native who lives in Falmouth with her husband and two dogs. She has a passion for the visual arts and has been drawing since she could hold a crayon in her hand. Terri’s current passion is making/selling pottery and soy candles from her home studio, Frost Bottom Studio. Her other interests include spending time with her family, gardening, hiking, visiting Vermont and bird watching with her husband.
Melissa earned her liberal arts degree from Massasoit Community College in 1989. She furthered her education at Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene obtaining her Associates degree in 1992, and at Northeastern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in the spring of 1993. Melissa is a dedicated hygienist who has continued to hone her skills with certifications and licensure in the administration of local anesthetic, soft tissue laser therapy and various other continuing education courses. Melissa has been a practicing dental hygienist for 30 years and part of the dedicated staff at Dr. Murphy’s office for 2 years. The most rewarding part of Melissa’s career is helping patients that struggle with poor dental health achieve optimal health through the education they receive while in her chair.
Melissa lives in historic Middleboro, MA with her husband and two children. She has a daughter, who is pursuing a career in firefighting and a son who recently graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with their dogs, cooking (but not baking!), and loves to dance and listen to live music. Melissa enjoys the Cape, and the Beach is her favorite place to be.
Heather joined our team in March of 2023 as a licensed Esthetician. She is a 2019 graduate from Spatech Institute in Plymouth. Previous to esthetics she owned and operated a home store on Martha’s Vineyard for 18 years after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in design architecture. She loves people and the relationships that form with trust and time.
Over the past few years of working as an esthetician she has worked at an European style spa on Martha’s Vineyard as well as an Advanced skincare spa in Mashpee. She has extensive training in many holistic and advanced skincare practices and products. Heather has fulfilled the Microneedling certification course and uses her skin resurfacing technique best with our OPUS Plasma Radiofrequency device. Improving skin tone, texture, wrinkles, fine lines, scars and stretch marks all of which are skin conditions that she can consult and prepare for a personalized treatment plan that best suits you. Heather has been trained as a laser technician; she specializes in the art of transforming skin concerns into glowing confidence. With cutting edge laser technology at her fingertips with the Excel V+ and Enlighten laser tattoo removal, she can offer a wide range of personalized solutions for all skin types. Rosacea, veins, age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and more. Harnessing the power of light she can guide you on a journey to healthier looking skin. Book your consultation now and embrace a future where Heather’s excellent service and kindness will leave you feeling inspired to take the best care of your skin. Her certification in Dermaplaning exfoliation can be offered as an extension to any of the treatments performed at this practice.
Dental Assistant & Treatment Plan Coordinator
Kristin earned her Dental Assisting Certification from Southeastern Technical Institute in 1997. She has continued investing in her career through various certifications such as First Aid & CPR, Phlebotomy and Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP). She has been part of the Pocasset office, and our team for 20 years! Having had a childhood fear of dentistry herself, Kristin prides herself on easing a patient’s anxiety and making them feel relaxed and comfortable in the chair. Kristin’s knowledge of advanced dental procedures has made her an excellent Treatment Plan Coordinator. Working hand and hand with Dr. Murphy, Kristin communicates with patients regarding the necessity of treatments, and is able to address objections and explain the value of the results and procedures that a patient receives. Kristin feels it is important to possess strong communication skills in order to obtain a patient’s trust and understanding regarding treatments and financials. She enjoys working with the Pocasset doctors and staff and is thrilled that patient’s trust her with their care. Kristin enjoys boating, fishing, and especially caring for her flock of hens. She lives in Monument Beach with her husband and dog, ‘Sueshe’.