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Atlantic Dentistry!

Jamie Kendzulak - Dental Assistant

Jamie Kendzulak

Dental Assistant

I am a Certified Dental Assistant with 17 years of experience. I worked for a Periodontist for 7 years and have spent the rest of my career in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. I enjoy my position with Atlantic Dentistry as I am constantly challenged in the day to day situation that dentistry presents. I am originally from central New Jersey, but relocated to the Outer Banks in 2007. Away from the practice, I enjoy
traveling and spending time with my four children and husband.

Joanna Swain - Dental Assistant

Joanna Swain

Dental Assistant

Originally from Long Acre, a small town just outside of Plymouth NC, I moved to Manteo, NC around the end of May last year. I reside there with two of my favorite men, my fianc√© and my little dog, Grady. I enjoy walks and bike rides through Manteo, boating, fishing, and gardening. I spend most of my time with family and friends while constantly finding time to accomplish the odds and ends of remodeling our home. Not to mention the new task of planning a wedding!

After starting a job in September 2010 working for an Orthodontics office in Washington NC, I quickly realized how Dentistry became my career. I have enjoyed every aspect of Dentistry in the past three years and have been blessed with the continued education I receive every day. Coming to Atlantic Dentistry with most of my Dental experience in Orthodontics helped me appreciate the excellent Dentists I work with and what great work they do, not only restoring teeth but in the cosmetics of a smile. After joining the staff of Atlantic Dentistry on April 1, 2013, I finally feel at home.

Nina Kniffen - Dental Assistant

Nina Kniffen

Dental Assistant

I just recently moved to the Outer Banks and joined this fantastic team at Atlantic Dentistry. I love helping patients transform their lives and making a difference.

Originally from Germany I have spent the past 10 years in Northern Virginia. There I started working as a dental assistant 5 years ago. Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling and being outdoors.

Linda Mizelle - Hygienist

Linda Mizelle


A native of eastern North Carolina who grew up in Virginia I graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree; concentration in Dental Hygiene. Shortly after college I applied for a work visa that took me to Switzerland. I lived, worked, traveled, and skied in Europe for one year. Shortly after I returned I moved to the Outer Banks in 1985 and have worked for Atlantic Dentistry for the last four years. I am married to Rick Mizelle a CPA and Managing Partner with Johnson, Burgess, Mizelle, Straub. We have one daughter, Nevin, who is a rising Junior at Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, majoring in graphic design. Residing at home are 2 dogs .... Ziggy, a Bostan Terrier, and Lily Chanel, the diva Chihuahua. I still love to snow ski when I can. I am passionate about women's health, nutrition, and exercise. Oh yes .... and loves to dance!

Melanie Buen - Hygienist

Melanie Buen


I grew up in Northern Va and lived in Corolla every summer since 1986 at my parent's beach house. I started dentistry in 1996, as an assistant in Pediatric Dentistry in Mclean, VA. I then went to dental hygiene school and graduated from Northern Va community college in 2003, winning the Golden scalar award for best overall dental hygienist. I moved to the OBX permanently in 2003 upon graduation.

I have had the pleasure of working for Atlantic Dentistry since we opened in 2005. I now reside in Kill Devil Hills with my husband Shaun and 2 sons, Christian 19 and Fletcher 5 as well as our golden retriever, Kalani. In my free time I love going to the beach with my family. My love for helping others is why I pride myself as a hygienist. "Making people feel comfortable and overcome their fear of the dentist is my greatest joy!"

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