Our Dental Team

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Dr. Jared Lawson

General Dentist - Urbana, Maryland

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Dr. Jared Lawson graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in Morgantown, WV and received his undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. During his time at WVU, Dr. Lawson participated in volunteer outreach programs providing dental care for underserved populations and traveled to Guatemala where he gave fluoride treatments to children in rural villages. He also won his class research competition and presented his project at the American Dental Association conference in San Antonio. Dr. Lawson previously practiced dentistry in Columbia, MD, but relocated to the Frederick area for its rich history, culture, scenery, and community.

Dr. Lawson is a member of the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry. He is dedicated to continuing education and staying current on the newest developments in the field of dentistry. Dr. Lawson most enjoys his interactions with his patients, where he strives to form personal connections and make visits as comfortable as possible. Outside of the office, Dr. Lawson enjoys backpacking, motorcycling, collecting vinyl records, and playing guitar. He has two older sisters and seven nieces/nephews in his hometown of Teays Valley, WV.

Dr. EJ Stringer, DMD

General Dentist in Urbana, MD

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Dr. EJ Stringer, DMD

Dr. Stringer finished her undergraduate work at Penn State University, where she not only made dean’s lists each semester but also received numerous awards, given to the top student of the class. While attending Penn State she was invited to join the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. She received her D.M.D. (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) from the University Of Pittsburgh’s School Of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with an outstanding academic record. She attended Pitt with an academic scholarship, awarded only to a highly select group of students, showing outstanding academic achievement. Dr. Stringer has focused training in sedation dentistry, oral surgery, and AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentists in Frederick MarylandDentistry). She has participated in “Give Kids a Smile Day” since 2007. She is also a member in good standing with the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, and Frederick County Dental Society and HDA.

Our Dental Staff Group Photo

On a personal note, she and her husband, Stewart, live in The Villages of Urbana, with Bopeboe and Veete, their golden retriever and Labrador retriever. Dr. Stringer enjoys hiking, gardening, fishing, playing the piano, skiing, traveling and playing fetch with her dogs.

Dr. EJ’s is a sponsor of The United Way, SPCA, UNICEF, Goodwill and NPR.


Dr. Pratik Patel, DDS FRCD

Endodontist in Urbana, MD - Root Canal Specialist

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Dr. Pratik Patel, DDS FRCD - Endodontist in Urbana, MD

Dr. Pratik Patel, a native of Virginia, attended Bishop Ireton High School. He graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. Dr. Patel received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from SUNY at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine and completed his General Practice Residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After working as a Gener al Dentist, Dr. Patel decided to pursue further training and specialize in Endodontics. He received his Certificate in Endodontics from Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Pratik PatelDr. Patel

Dr. Patel is a Specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada [FRCD(C)], and has Specialist Registration with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.  Dr. Patel has performed pro bono work abroad in third world countries, such as in India and Guatemala.  He enjoys traveling, sports, and outdoor activities.  His favorite teams to watch are the Nationals, Capitals, and Redskins!

Dr. Brian Chang

Oral Surgeon in Urbana, MD

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Dr. Brian Chang - Dentist Urbana, MD - PearlFection Dentistry

Dr. Brian Chang is a native to the Washington Metropolitan area, growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He then earned his undergraduate degree at University of Virginia in Biology and Economics.

Dr. Chang earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania through the Health Professional Scholarship Program from the U.S. Army. He decided to pursue additional training and completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. He spent the following four years as the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Fort Polk, Louisiana, treating our soldiers and other service members.

Dr. Chang decided to come back to the Frederick, Maryland area with the surgical knowledge and expertise gained from his training in the army.

He is active in variety of professional associations and has been published in professional journals. 

Dr. Chang is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


Dr. Jennifer Smith

Orthodontist in Urbana, MD

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Dr. Steven Tigani

Orthodontist in Urbana, MD

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Dr. Tigani - Dentist Urbana, MD - PearlFection Dentistry

Dr. Tigani is committed to providing his patients with the best possible orthodontic care in the Washington area. He has worked in orthodontics for over fifteen years and believes in treating each and every patient with the individual care and attention they deserve. Dr. Tigani is passionate about his profession and enjoys combining the art and science of orthodontics. He provides his patients with the latest technology and advances in orthodontics while maintaining a personal and caring relationship with every adult, teen or child. Dr. Tigani believes every patient should have a healthy, happy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Dr. Tigani received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in 1988 where he majored in Psychology and minored in Biology. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School in 1992, after which, he worked with his father, brother, sister and brother-in-law as a general dentist while pursuing his orthodontic degree. Dr. Tigani then completed a two year orthodontic residency program at Columbia University in 1995.

Dr.Tigani is a native Washingtonian who is involved at both the professional and community levels. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the District of Columbia Dental Society and a fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) and the American College of Dentists (ACD). The ICD is an honorary international organization that recognizes dentists for outstanding and meritorious service to the profession of dentistry and to the community. The ACD's members exemplify excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society. He is a past President of the District of Columbia Dental Society, a component of the ADA that helps in the further advancement of the dental profession while being an advocate for the community and dentistry as a whole. Dr. Tigani is the past Chairman for the D.C. Dental Society's "Give Kids a Smile Program," an annual event providing oral health care to low income families in the Washington, DC area. He currently represents the District of Columbia Dental Society as a delegate to the American Dental Association and also serves on the ADA Council on Membership.

Dr.Tigani has been involved with his community civic associations, coaches soccer and basketball for the past 20 years, and serves on numerous boards and councils. He is currently a delegate to the American Dental Association. He has been married for 27 years and has four children whom attend various colleges and graduate schools.

Dr. Amadeus Lopez, DDS

General Dentist in Urbana, MD

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Dr. Lopez is a native New Yorker where he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Lopez received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he held numerous leadership positions including Community Service Chair for both his dental class and the Hispanic Dental Association.  He was also selected to the Special Patient and Geriatric Clerkship, obtaining advanced training in treating medically compromised and geriatric patients.  

 Following dental school, Dr. Lopez completed a General Practice Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, gaining extensive training in implant restorations, oral surgery, rotary endodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Lopez is active in various dental organizations and keeps up to date with the latest dental techniques and technology through continuing education courses.  He is passionate about forming long lasting relationships with all of his patients and understands that each and every patient deserves a dentist that is respectful, gentle, and truly cares about their dental health and well being.  When he is not working hard at keeping his patients smiling, he enjoys traveling, live music, long distance running, and rooting for his favorite NY sports teams.

Dr. Melanie Smith

General Dentist in Urbana, MD

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Dr. Melanie Smith graduated summa cum laude from McDaniel College with an undergraduate degree in Biology. She received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland where she participated in several volunteer outreach programs, both local and abroad. Dr. Smith continued her dental training by completing a general practice residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York. She is committed to participating in continuing education courses to stay knowledgeable of the ever-changing field of dentistry. One of her favorite aspects of dentistry is getting to know her patients and working with them to form personalized plans to help them achieve their dental health goals. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys traveling, hiking, working out, art, cheering for the Ravens, and spending time with her family and friends.

Meet Our Team

Lauren - Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren graduated from the Allegany College of Maryland Dental Hygiene program in 2010.  She has been practicing dental hygiene for 4 years and her experiences vary from that of private practice to the public health arena. From a professional prospective, Lauren likes to take on challenging hygiene cases, like deep scaling and root planing, tackling stained teeth and making patients feel like their teeth are the cleanest they have ever been.  In her free time she enjoys fishing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.


Christina - Certified Dental Assistant

Christina is a dental assistant with 14 years of experience. She is certified in both X-ray and Expanded Functions. She loves interacting with patients and enjoys what she does. Christina likes spending time with her husband, 2 children, and her Boston Terrier. In her free time she enjoys cooking, camping, and going to the beach.


Sunni Gabriel - Certifed Dental Assistant


Alicia - Dental Hygienist

Alicia is a dental hygiene graduate from Hagerstown Community College class of 2016.  She was born and raised in Maryland and prior to dental hygiene school she worked as a orthodontic assistant for three years. Alicia enjoys interacting with patients and personalizing the patient’s treatment with a goal of arriving at the best outcome as possible.  For fun Alicia enjoys gardening, cooking, and spend time with her family.


Danielle - Dental Hygienist

Danielle is a native of Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA and received a B.S. in Marketing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Danielle fell in love with dentistry by volunteering at an American Red Cross dental clinic and therefore pursued a career as a dental hygienist. She strives to make each patient’s appointment a positive experience, while focusing on oral and overall health. In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, being outside, cooking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

Shabby - Dental Hygienist

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Jessica - Dental Assistant

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Kim - Office Manager

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Katherine - Dental Assistant

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