Meet Our Staff
Gina Dunn – Front Desk & Scheduling Coordinator
Gina Dunn is from Clarksville, Virginia and has been living in Richmond since 1986. Gina attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She enjoys being outdoors, walking, gardening, the beach, and playing with her grandchildren. Gina is a Front Desk & Scheduling Coordinator and has been with South River Dentistry since 1987.
Lisa Papeo – Front Desk & Scheduling Coordinator
Lisa Papeo is from New York. She is an avid baker, loves a great book, and enjoys scrapbooking. She loves spending time with family and friends and watching her three children grow. Lisa is a Front Desk & Scheduling Coordinator and has been with South River Dentistry since 2012.
Elizabeth Anderson – Front Desk and Scheduling Coordinator
Elizabeth grew up in Midlothian, Virginia and graduated from Manchester High School. She is a Chesterfield County CASA volunteer. She enjoys reading, camping, playing with her two dogs and listening to her son play guitar with his band. Elizabeth has been with South River Dentistry since November 2016.
Laurel McGuigan – Insurance Coordinator
Laurel McGuigan was born in Petersburg and raised in Hopewell, Virginia. She graduated from L.C. Bird High School. Laurel holds an Associate’s Degree from Richard Bland College and has earned concentrated education credits in medical/dental insurance. She enjoys baking, traveling and reading. Laurel is our Insurance Coordinator and has been with South River Dentistry since March 2011.
Wendy Alabastro – Registered Dental Hygienist
Wendy Alabastro is from Northern Virginia and received her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist from MCV/Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys running and exploring Richmond’s restaurants, concerts, art festivals, and history. She also volunteers at local venues such as Riverrock and Sports Backers. She is CPR certified and has her certification in local anesthesia. Wendy is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been with South River Dentistry since August 2013.
Barbara Noel – Registered Dental Hygienist
Barbara Noel is from Covington, Virginia. Barb went to Less-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. She became a Registered Dental Hygienist at Virginia Western and received her Anesthesia Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys snow skiing, the beach, gardening, traveling with friends, and shopping. Barb is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been with South River Dentistry since 1991.
Alicia Jackson – Sedation Certified Dental Assistant
Alicia Jackson is from Louisa County, Virginia. She began working in the dental field during her junior year in high school and has been employed in dentistry ever since. Alicia enjoys playing Candy Crush, spending time with her family, and watching TV with her hubby. Alicia is a Sedation Certified Dental Assistant and has been with South River Dentistry since October 2015.
Kari Sims – Sedation Certified Dental Assistant
Kari Sims was born in California and grew up as a military kid living in many places. Kari moved from Nebraska to Richmond in 2001. Dentistry is something Kari is very passionate about and she has been employed in the industry for 21 years. She loves helping patients overcome their dental fears. In her free time, she enjoys camping and the outdoors. Kari is a Sedation Certified Dental Assistant and has been with South River Dentistry since 2004.
Christina Mercer – Sedation Certified Dental Assistant
Christina is from Chesterfield, Virginia. She began working in the dental field after she graduated from high school 17 years ago. Christina enjoys her dog, Sincy, traveling and hanging out with friends. Christina is a sedation certified dental assistant and has been with South River Dentistry since June 2017.
Sherry Ellis – Dental Assistant
Sherry was born and raised in Dinwiddie, VA. Sherry attended Virginia Medical Institute in Hopewell and has been in the dental field since graduation in 1989. She is knowledgeable with a friendly chair-side manner that helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable at their visit. Outside of the office, Sherry enjoys baseball, basketball, playing softball on a co-ed team & spending time with her 2 daughters and family.
Courtney Tomney – Hygiene Assistant
Courtney is from Hopewell, VA and currently resides in Prince George, and has been a dental assistant since 2014. Courtney enjoys spending quality time with her 2 year old son, her family, and being outdoors. She has been with South River Dentistry since July 2019.