Meet the Team


We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Office Manager

I oversee all the administrative duties in our office, creating, establishing, and managing internal office procedures and protocols to ensure office efficiency. I began my career in 2014 as a receptionist in a general dental practice and, through training and experience, advanced to office management. Now at Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry since 2016, I’ve loved making sure our patients and parents feel comfortable and welcome during their visits. Dr. Laura and our staff are very attentive and compassionate; we’re here to help and want to make sure everyone is happy and smiling. We want patients to look forward to coming to see us.

When I go home in the evening, I enjoy spending time with my husband Billy and our son Eliott. In the summer, we like to go out on the boat and have cookouts with family and friends. In the winter, we enjoy snowshoeing and ice fishing, as well as other winter activities. Family is the most important thing to me!


Registered Dental Hygienist

I love making sure our patients are smiling throughout their visits. It’s truly a joy to ease their fears and help them learn that coming to see us is a fun experience! Their smiles and hugs at the end of a cleaning make my day. I help keep smiles healthy and sparkling and love doing so. A lot of my time with a patient is spent teaching them and their parents about good home oral hygiene. I also teach about healthy eating and establishing habits for a lifetime of great smiles!

I was born and raised in Watertown. Now my life is shared with my boyfriend Nick and our dog, Tucker. Tucker loves playing and keeping me entertained. I enjoy going four-wheeling and love reading a good book.


Front Desk Receptionist

I joined Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry in 2017, where, from the front desk, I make and confirm appointments and answer our phones. I’ve found a lot of joy working in pediatric dentistry—seeing the kids leave their appointments with smiles of their faces is the best! We are such a happy, friendly office where everyone gets along. We all end the day with smiles!

Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my family, and traveling.



Insurance and Billing Coordinator

I began my career in dentistry in 2003 when I began working for an insurance company called United Concordia. From there, I went to work in several dental offices until I came to work for Dr. Ybarra! She and Dr. Hafidh are so very passionate about the work they do, and how they really make a difference in the lives of so many children. I am responsible for all aspects of insurance and the financial responsibility for the patients, and hope to make finances a little easier and a lot less scary for the parents.

I’m married and have three children and two grandchildren. We love the area—small towns are the best place to live!


Dental Assistant and Front Desk

I joined Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 and brought several years of experience with me. I’ve been fortunate to have learned so much from Dr. Ybarra and Dr. Hafidh and am grateful to work alongside both of them to ensure that every child has a beautiful smile. Our greatest goal here is to help children love coming to the dentist.

I was born and raised in Clayton, NY, and love every minute of it. I enjoy spending my free time being on the river with my friends and family.


Clinical Lead

I began my career in general dentistry in 2008 and in 2016, decided to transition into pediatrics with Dr. Ybarra and her new team! I make sure things run smoothly with the clinical team, order supplies, and assist Dr. Ybarra with patient care. I love that I get to spend so much time with all the adorable children in our office and hear about all their exciting adventures!

I grew up here in the North Country graduating from General Brown High School. My senior year I met my now husband Michael with whom I have our beautiful, energetic son Grant! Most of our weekends are spent at Motocross races in the summer, and in the winter, we enjoy snow activities such as skiing and snowmobiling.