Here are comments from our team about our team:
“When I joined the office in 1983, I knew that staff turnover was infrequent and that open positions in the office were rare. To me, that was an indicator of happy coworkers who were proud of what they did and with whom they did it. It is as true today as it was 25 years ago.”
“We are a great group of very different people, who have known each other a long time, who come together each day to provide, excellent, efficient, comfortable dental care to our patients.” – Beth S.
“You could not put together a group of more dedicated individuals . . . We are dedicated to our practice, and to each other. We are not only here to have a “job”. We are here by choosing. This office searched many years to find a suitable person to take over the helm. We all could not be happier that person is Dr. Knott. We see in him the vision and the desire to approach our patients as we do: ethically, patiently, honestly, respectfully, and compassionately. We all see a vibrant future here and are very excited to be part of it.” — Jayne and the team
Candace T. Piscopo (over 25 years of service)
Registered Dental Hygienist
People and prevention-oriented health care always appealed to Candace, so dentistry seemed a natural career direction for her. Candace has practiced with us since 1989. Her knowledge in areas of periodontal and preventative dentistry, restorative procedures, and cosmetic dentistry is multi-layered. Like all of our staff, Candace is dedicated to continuing education. Thus, she takes a suite of courses yearly to keep her up to date, so she can provide optimal patient care and education. Make sure you tap her as a resource if you have questions!
Candace is also a talented horsewoman. She rides dressage, organizes horse related events for the Central Vermont Dressage Association, Inc., and trains horses. Currently, she has amateur status for dressage competition, which she maintains by attending many clinics, training seminars, and competitions. Candace is just as dedicated to education outside of the office as in.
Jennifer’s genuine interest in people is evident as soon as you speak with her. She knows what it means to listen and seek understanding with other people. Jennifer brings her calm and reassuring nature to every interaction.
Jennifer moved to Vermont as a young child from Colorado 18 years ago. Raised in New England, she naturally gravitated to a love of the outdoors. Snowboarding, hiking, and swimming are just some of the things Jennifer enjoys doing in her spare time. Jennifer has gone backpacking in the western states multiple times. Jennifer also likes to spend her time volunteering at Lucy McKenzie Humane Society. Jennifer loves all animals and likes her time spent playing with the cats and walking the dogs. Jennifer’s dream is to open her own animal shelter and rehabilitation center.
Jayne Hull (over 10 years of service)
Jayne is the friendly voice you hear on the phone ready to listen and help in any way she can. She has a wealth of administrative skills, but her strength lies in understanding the needs of each patient. Her strong organizational skills, can-do positive attitude, and ability to roll with change, have fondly earned her the office nickname of “Julie the Cruise Director.” Since 2001, Jayne has enjoyed the challenges of our busy office because of the consistent, rewarding opportunities to meet the needs of our patients and her co-workers.
Jayne, born and raised in the area, has a deep understanding of all that is Vermont. Outside the office you will find her kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, or on long hikes accompanied by family, friends, and any dog willing to come along.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Casey Black has been a licensed dental hygienist since 2005. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Vermont Technical College. Casey is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, a chair member and Membership Director of the Vermont Dental Hygienists Association. Casey volunteers at the Rutland Free Clinic because it is important to her to give back to her community.
She is passionate, kind, energetic, and understanding. You will find that Casey takes the time to listen to her patients and collaborate with them to create routines that best suit their individual dental wellness.
In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and practicing yoga. She also cherishes the time she gets to spend with her family, friends, and dog Jett.
Kristin Schiessl-Alf (Over 25 years of service)
Registered Dental Hygienist
Kristin graduated with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene and has over 20 years of clinical experience. Committed to staying on the leading edge of dental hygiene, she has taken a wealth of continuing education courses and uses what she has learned to provide our patients with stellar care and up-to-date information. Because Kristin grew-up in the hospitality industry, she developed the capacity to understand all kinds of people and respond to their needs. She is a compassionate listener who has an ability to motivate and teach her patients to care for their oral health. Kristin loves to spend her free time with her family: swimming, hiking, walking their dog, golfing, skiing and traveling. Because she believes strongly in being a part of her community, she is an active volunteer in various local organizations.
Suzanne Fisk (over 10 years of service)
Suzanne’s calm, gentle, approachable demeanor welcomes our patients into a relaxed setting where they are confident Suzanne will care for their needs. Suzanne joined our team over twelve years ago because she wanted a meaningful job working with a great group of people. Like all of our staff, Suzanne enjoys the technical aspects of her work; thus, she updates her knowledge annually at the Yankee Dental Conference in Boston.
Suzanne grew up in New England and enjoys the traditional outdoor sports that our landscape has to offer. When she has time for fun, you will find her gardening, mountain biking and hiking.
Emily has a relaxed, low-key personality that puts patients at ease. She is focused on understanding patients’ needs and strives to provide them with confidence and comfort. She’s a happy person who loves to engage in conversation. Emily became interested in dentistry and oral health as a young child, and is excited to to share her passion with her colleagues and patients. She enjoys the technical aspects of her job and is committed to continuing her education in and out of the office.
Emily has a busy life outside of the office raising her son. Together, they enjoy visiting farms, museums, and adventuring the wilderness. She is a member of the family readiness group, and is always looking for ways to help out in her community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being active, and playing games.
Rachel Hochman is a coach and practice management consultant for dental practices. One of these practices belongs to her husband, Dr. Mark Knott. In his office, she planned the interior design and created and manages an art gallery, show-casing local artists. The gallery is a win-win-win, patients get to see and buy local art, the staff is surrounded by beautiful installations, and the local artists get a lot of visibility from people who might not otherwise visit a gallery.
Prior to her dental team coaching career, she owned a tutoring business for eleven years. As the “Wise Guide,” Rachel tutored students in geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics, and writing. She also mentored students through the college choice and application process.Rachel started her tutoring business after serving as an academic advisor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Oregon State University and as director of the career counseling and internship program at Sterling College.
Rachel holds degrees in Biology and Ecology from Bucknell University, University of California, Davis, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her undergraduate and masters degrees she researched wetland plant ecology and the relationships between rare plant populations, hydrology, and soil chemistry in central PA; fire suppression in the Sierra Nevada; effects of hydrological changes on anadromous fish growth; salinity effects on rice growth; and Southern floodplain forest growth and regeneration in response to dam-altered hydrology. Rachel’s passions are raising lamb, eggs and vegetables for her family and friends, walking her adorable Jack Russell Terriers, cycling, skiing, and generally enjoying the marvelous quality of life that Vermont has to offer.
Beth Sullivan (Retired)
Registered Dental Hygienist
Beth’s mission is to help patients learn how to have healthy mouths and teeth that will last a lifetime. Her calm, low-key personality provides a relaxing atmosphere in which our patients receive meticulous treatment and valuable advice. Beth has practiced with us since 1982, just a few years after receiving her Associates Degree in Science and Dental Hygiene from the University of Vermont.
Gardening is Beth’s passion. She grows beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables and likes to share her Dahlia tubers with the other gardeners in the office. Beth’s affinity for the fine detail work of Dental Hygiene extends to her crafts: refinishing furniture and chair caning.