Meet Our Team
Dr. Hyun Choi
I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing team that sees our young patients the way we see our own nephews and nieces. Being a father of two young children, I have been in the shoes of a parent anxiously waiting to see a doctor, and cautiously hoping that the provider is sympathetic to my fearful children. Safari Smiles delivers that compassionate and personal care through our daily efforts and focus on our vision as a practice; to ensure that every child walks away with a fun experience in a setting that can otherwise be frightening. Influenced by my own personal and professional experiences, I feel empowered when I find opportunities to help assuage the fears of emotionally vulnerable children. I’ve seen first-hand the qualities of providers that can break or nurture the child sitting in the dental chair, and find the greatest sense of purpose when I see parents trust me with those they love and cherish the most. Informed by my specialty training, years practicing as a pediatric dentist, and my own childhood experiences, I am excited to bring my expertise as well as my most compassionate, engaged, and attentive self to your child’s care.
Catrina Davis, Office Manager
Hello, my name is Catrina, and I am the Office Manager at Safari Smiles. I grew up all over the
map. I have been in this community for 17+ years. I have two amazing boys. We enjoy anything
that requires laughter.
I previously worked at Arnot Health as a Clerical Medical Office Assistant for 5 years prior to
working for Safari Smiles. I have been working here for 12+ years, and this is HOME.
I LOVE what I do! I personally love to help others become the best version of themselves. It is a
great feeling to work in a place that I can call family. We really are the best team in town. Safari
Smiles strives for excellence and aspires to make each patient the TOP priority, and it is evident
when you first walk into the office throughout the whole visit and even while exiting the
building. I love working with and for Safari Smiles because we all live up to the values that are
Stacy Copp, Assistant Office Manager/Treatment Coordinator
Hello, my name is Stacy. I am the Assistant Office Manager/Treatment Coordinator here at
Safari Smiles. I have 4 children that were raised here. I have worked with children for as long as
I can remember. I previously taught at a private school, I also previously worked with the
mentally and physically challenged youth in the surrounding areas.
Marcia Baker, Lead Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Marcia and I am a Dental Hygienist at Safari Smiles. I grew up right over the border in Pennsylvania about 20 minutes from Corning. I received my degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008. I always looked forward to my own dental appointments growing up. I knew that I wanted to go into the dental field because of the Dental Hygienist and Dentist that I went to , they were funny and caring and always made sure I left with a smiles on my face. I started working at Safari Smiles in 2008! I love my job and my patients! I enjoy developing a good rapport with my patients, I believe that is what makes it very important in being successful. Just like my own Dental Hygienist, I aim for every child to have a positive dental experience. Being able to ease a child's fear or have a parent tell me that their child is excited to come back is a great feeling!
Becca LaGrange, Dental Hygienist
Hello, my name is Becca L. and I am a Dental Hygienist. I grew up in Hornby, New York. I graduated from Broome Community College in 2010. I started working as a Dental Hygienist right out of school in Painted Post. I love working with children as a dental hygienist because I love kids and want to make their experience at the dentist fun and memorable and want them to enjoy coming to the dentist.
Katie Hargrave, Hygienist
Hi, my name is Katie, and I am a dental hygienist at Safari Smiles.
I graduated from Penn College with a degree in Dental hygiene in 2011. I moved to the Corning area right after college
and have been here ever since! I have worked with a wide range of patients in my career, but these kids are something special! There are many things I love about the dental profession, but the most rewarding part of my job is helping scared and anxious patients leave with a positive, memorable experience. Nothing is more rewarding than watching a patient leave with a smile on their face! I work very hard to make sure all of my patients are comfortable, and their concerns/fears are addressed and understood.
Alisa Main, Hygienist
Biography In Progress
Cynthia Wheeler, Hygiene Coordinator
My name is Cindy Wheeler and I am the Hygiene Coordinator at Safari Smiles. You will primarily see me assisting the Hygienists with documenting the patient's teeth numbers, taking the x-ray pictures, helping with the sealants (super shields), and making sure the Hygienists rooms are completely cleaned and disinfected for the next arriving patient.
Growing up in Troy, PA during my elementary school years, I eventually moved to NY and finished my schooling in Horseheads. After graduating high school, I went to the SCT Boces Tech center for the Dental Assisting Program.
For over 20 years now, I have been in the dental field as an Assistant in General Dentistry, and also an Orthodontic Assistant, and now I am in the most perfect position for me!! I love what I do here at Safari Smiles, and my work family is completely amazing!! They are so genuine and compassionate for one another, and with each of our patients. I look forward to coming to work knowing that I get to help my work family and am able to help put a smile on your child's face! I reside in the Horseheads area with my 3 beautiful boys, and wonderful husband 🙂
Tracy Haines, Dental Assistant
Biography In progress
Keisha Stringfield, Dental Assistant
Biography In Progress
Lauren Vasco, Dental Assistant
Hi, my name is Lauren, and I am a dental assistant at Safari Smiles. I have a passion for Art and create pet portraits for pet-loving parents. I enjoy selling my art at vendor events and finding new and adventurous hiking trails to explore. I believe that attention to detail is key to not only creating beautiful art, but it is also crucial in creating beautiful smiles. To be a part of making a difference in others' smiles is truly gratifying and a work of art. My professional background has been in general dentistry for the past 5 years. However, being at Safari Smiles and working with pediatric patients, my heart knows this is where I belong and where I want to excel in my dentistry career. What sets Safari Smiles apart is the exceptional bond between our team members who share a common goal of delivering outstanding experiences to our valued patients. I take pride in being a part of this dedicated team, where everyone works together to ensure every visit is nothing short of fantastic.
Christian Guajardo, Dental Assistant
Biography In Progress
Michelle Huffman, Billing Manager
Hi, my name is Michelle Huffman. I grew up in Watkins Glen, NY & now live right here in Corning where my husband & I raised our daughter. After high school I knew I wanted a career that would impact & help people but didn’t know exactly what that would be. I’ve worked in hospitality, & skilled nursing. I’ve been in the dental field for the past 11 years starting in oral surgery, then general dentistry, and now pediatric dentistry. When I came to Safari Smiles, I knew this is it, I instantly felt at home. The team here is my family.
Faith Kollhoff, Front Desk Assistant
Hi, my name is Faith, and I am one of the Front Desk Assistants. You’d see me making phone calls, checking patients in and out, and making sure a good movie is on.
I grew up in a small town called Lindley, NY with my two older sisters and my two younger brothers. We moved to the area when I was in the fourth grade and have been here since. After graduating high school, I was still trying to find my purpose in a career until I found my love for the front desk. Not only is it rewarding to meet every patient and their family, but being able to make a patient happy and get them to enjoy the dentist is the best feeling. All my life I grew up around younger kids and nothing was better than to make them laugh and see them smile. Every day I come in with the intention to make sure the patient has a good experience and leaves with a smile on their face.
After years of being in the workforce I don’t think I could have found better co-workers and a better work environment. We strive to be compassionate, caring, and hard working when it comes to our patients. I’m beyond thankful to work with a team who makes every day a great day, but also makes sure we are together as a family. Safari Smiles to me is the best dentist office and I wish I could have come here as a kid.
Yvonne Brown, Front Desk Assistant
Hey there! I'm Yvonne, a receptionist at Safari Smiles. I am a dog mom from PA. I love spending my time hiking and immersing myself in the great outdoors. I Have worked in the healthcare industry for the past ten years and recently discovered a newfound passion for dentistry. It's been an exciting journey for me, and I'm eagerly looking forward to furthering my professional growth in this field. My favorite part of my job is being the friendly and reassuring voice that greets patients and their families as soon as they step into our office. It's incredibly rewarding to witness their transformation from being nervous or scared to leaving with a big smile on their faces. Making a positive impact on their experience is truly gratifying.
Being part of this amazing team at Safari Smiles is an absolute privilege. The dedication and commitment we have in providing our patients with the very best experience is truly inspiring. I'm forever grateful to be part of a group of professionals who share the same goal of delivering exceptional care to our patients and making a difference in their lives.