Meet the Staff

  • Kayla Updike
    Office Manager/Expanded Function Dental Assistant

    Kayla received her diploma in Dental Assisting from the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center in May 2015 and has since received her license in Expanded Function Dental Assisting. She has been with Betar Dental since November 2015, in addition to providing great EFDA care, she is also utilizing her administrative skills at our front desk. Kayla is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs. She is also certified in CPR. Kayla lives in Altoona, and she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.

  • Kaylie McMullen
    Front Office/Surgical Assistant

    Kaylie graduated in 2016 from Mount Aloyisus College with an Associate degree in Surgical Technology.  She joined Betar Dental's staff in May of 2016.  Kaylie's surgical skills are utilized during dental surgeries, but you can also see her in the front office where she is happy to greet you with a smile. Kaylie is certified in CPR. Kaylie lives in Altoona and enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Rachael Emenhiser
    Surgical Coordinator

    Rachael is a 2006 graduate of Tyrone Area High School. She joined Betar Dental in April 2017, where she utilizes her administrative skills in our front office as the Surgical Coordinator. With her 3 years of experience as a medical receptionist, she will make your visit to our office a pleasurable experience. Rachael lives in Altoona, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Mandy Ferguson
    Accounts Receivable Clerk

    Mandy graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2004 with a degree in accounting and business management. She joined our team in June 2020. Mandy has 15 years of accounting and administrative experience. She will use her extended years of experience to ensure that your billing statements are accurate and precise. Mandy enjoys puzzles, strategy games, reading and spending time with her two sons. 

  • Nandi Meade
    Dental Hygienist

    Nandi is a 2017 graduate from West Virginia University where she received a B.S. in dental hygiene. She joined our team in August 2017. Nandi loves to educate her patients about the importance of their oral health. She utilizes her skills to ensure our patients receive the best dental care possible. She holds a local anesthesia licenses along with being CPR certified. Nandi was born and raised in Altoona and enjoys reading, working out, and shopping in her free time. She hopes to one day work as a international dental hygienist and to travel to countries in need. 

  • Jessica Schnably
    Dental Hygienist

    Jessica is a 2011 graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, where she received her Associate Degree in Applied Science. She joined Betar Dental & Associates in April of 2019. Jessica strives to give her patients optimal oral care and ongoing dental education. She is CPR certified. Jessica enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places.

  • Derek Delozier
    Dental Hygienist

    Derek is a 2019 graduate from Allegany College of Maryland. He joined our team in May 2020. Derek will provide a comfortable experience with his calm demeanor. He holds a local anesthesia license along with being CPR certified. Derek enjoys hockey, disc golf, anything outside, and spending time with his friends.

  • Kasandra Vazquez
    Dental Assistant

    Kasandra received her diploma in Dental Assisting from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus in May 2010. She has been with Betar Dental since April 2018. Kasandra is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs and certified in CPR. She was born & raised in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent English & Spanish. Our office has a diverse patient base, and Kasandra's bilingual abilities make a pleasurable experience for everyone. She enjoys going on road trips with her husband, cooking Puerto Rican food, and painting her nails.

  • Adrienne Walters
    Expanded Function Dental Assistant

    Adrienne is a 2014 graduate from Bradford School of Pittsburgh where she received her Associate Degree for Expanded Function Dental Assisting. She has been with Betar Dental since November 2018. Adrienne utilizes her EFDA skills to provide all our patients with an unforgettable experience. She is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs, also certified in CPR. Adrienne was born in Altoona but raised in Blue Knob area for 12 years. She enjoys traveling to new places, spoiling her dog and baking desserts.

  • Octavia Alston
    Dental Assistant

    Octavia is a 2018 graduate from YTI Career Institute, where she received her dental assisting diploma. She is certified in CPR. Octavia will make your dental appointment rememberable with her contagious smile and laugh. She was born in New Jersey, but has spent most of her life in Altoona. Octavia enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling to new places and cooking. She is inspired to one day become a dental hygienist. 

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