Frederick, MD Pediatric & Family Dentists

The Best Dentists & Staff in Frederick, Maryland

All our professionals at PearlFection Dentistry Frederick Maryland - Dr EJ Stringer DMD & Dr Joseph Mullen DDS's practice maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry. 

PearlFection Dentistry - Frederick Maryland Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Endodontists and Staff

Meet Our Dentists, Oral Surgeons & Endodontists 


Dr. Lawson Frederick, MD Dentist

Dr. Jared Lawson

Dentist in Frederick, MD

PearlFection Dentistry

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.

Dentist in Frederick Maryland - Dr. EJ Stringer, DMD

Dr. EJ Stringer, DMD

Pediatric Dentist in Frederick, MD

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.  

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, travelling 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 (C)

Frederick, MD Endodontist

Endodontist in Frederick, Maryland - Dr. Pratik Patel

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 Patel of PearlFection Dentistry on a Mission Trip  Dr. Patel Endodontist in Frederick, MD

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 Dentist in Frederick, MD

Dr. Brian Chang

Dentist in Frederick, 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.

Oral Surgeon in Frederick, Maryland at PearlFection


Dr. Amadeus Lopez, DDS

Dentist in Frederick, MD

PearlFection Dentistry

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

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 Dental Hygenists, Dental Assistants & Staff

Melissa - Front DeskMelissa - Front Desk

Cindy - Registered Dental Hygienist

Cindy Martin RDH  - Frederick, MD Registered Dental HygienistCindy has been with the practice for 2 years. She is a graduate of Allegheny Community College and has practiced dental hygiene for 37 years, predominately in the Frederick area. She and her husband live in Berkeley Springs, WV and enjoy biking, tubing and renovating houses.

Jessica - Registered Dental HygienistJessica - Registered Dental Hygienist


Alicia - Registered Dental Hygienist

Alicia - Registered 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.  

Tammy - Certified Dental Assistant

Tammy - Certified Dental Assistant. in Frederick MarylandTammy has worked for Dr. Mullen since 1989. She is a Registered Dental Assistant certified in Dental Radiology and Expanded Functions. She is a native of Frederick and now lives with her husband and Miniature Schnauzer Max. She has two sons and three grandsons. Spending time with her family is her joy. She loves volunteering with various activities at church, walking, gardening and soaking up the sun on the beach. She enjoys talking with the practice's patients and learning about their families and their travels. Tammy says, "My focus is on Smiles and creating a friendly and professional atmosphere for our patients' dental experience."


Susan - Dental Assistant

Susan Fisher - Dental Assistant in Frederick Maryland

Susan has worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Mullen for 14 years. Her father is a retired DDS and sparked her interest in the dental field at a young age.  Susan finds it especially enjoyable getting to know the patients and helping them feel comfortable and relaxed through their dental experience.  She loves the outdoors, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.  Susan has a husband of 30 years, six kids and five grandkids.


Michelle - Dental AssistantMichelle - Dental Assistant

Michelle is a dental assistant with her oral radiography certification. She has a desire to learn the latest advancement in dental care and helping people love their smile. Michelle enjoys being outdoors and loves the summer time as well as spending time with her family, friends and most importantly her son Logan.

Ashley Hise - Dental AssistantAshley Hise - Dental Assistant

My name is Ashley! I am a Entry-Level Dental Assistant with my Radiology license. I graduated from DATS in December of 2014. I plan on furthering my education and becoming a Certified Dental Assistant. I am very excited and dedicated to help my patients feel confident with their smiles and give them the best dental experience possible. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family including my dog, Cocoa and my cat, Scampers. I also love to go hiking, fishing and being outdoors with my boyfriend.

Carole - Dental Hygienist

Carol Smith - Dental Hygienist in Frederick Maryland

Carole has practiced dental hygiene since 1977.  Carole moved to Frederick in Jan 1989.  She and her husband Roger have 2 children, Alex 16 and Addie 13. They are an active family and enjoy many sports and outdoor activities.

Raychene - Dental Hygienist

Raychene - Dental Hygienist

Raychene has practiced Dental Hygiene for over 30 years with a long term emphasis in periodontal treatment. Raychene moved to Frederick 10 years ago and has been with Dr. Mullen from the beginning. The Dental Hygiene Association has always been a part of her career, having served on a local, state and national level. She enjoys spending family time with her husband, two sons and daughter-in-law. In her free time she loves to swim for health and recreation.


Erica - Registered Dental Hygienist

Erica - Registered Dental Hygienist

Erica joined PearlFection Dentistry in December 2013. Although she looks very young, she came to us with several years of excellent experience in General Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She graduated from Allegany College of Maryland and obtained her Registered Dental Hygienist license in May 2012. Erica is one of those rare people who knew as a child what she wanted to do when she grew up.  She wanted to be a Dental Hygiene and she pursued her calling.  Erica is passionate about staying up to date on the latest technologies that help her provide the best dental care in Frederick Maryland. When she's not working her dream job she enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, arts and crafts and spending time with her family. She and her husband Eric are excited to be welcoming their first child into the world September 2014.  If you haven’t met Erica yet, we encourage you to.  She is a mild mannered, extremely competent, and thorough hygienist.  We are lucky to have her on our team.


Lauren - Registered Dental Hygienist

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.


Karla - Insurance Coordinator

Karla - Insurance Coordinator

Karla is PearlFection Dentistry’s Insurance Coordinator and a critical part of our front team.  We know how important it is to have patient’s finances accurate and that often starts with accurate insurance information.  That’s Karla’s job and she takes it seriously.    In addition to being responsible for insurance processing, she also helps with scheduling, treatment planning, billing and most other functions in the front.  Karla has a great personality and attitude and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.   Those attitude attributes and skills were perfected with 11 years in customer service at a previous job.  She understands what it takes to keep patients and customers happy.  Originally from El Salvador, Karla has been in the United States for 14 years. She has two beautiful girls named Scarlett and Brianna.  Scarlett is 5 years old and Bri is 20 months. In her free time Karla love to go to the gym, and to cook.  Karla says, “I love to spend time with my family and to be outdoors.”   Karla is fluent in both English and Spanish and helped put together our Spanish website.


Kim - Scheduling CoordinatorKim - Scheduling Coordinator

Kim is our Scheduling Coordinator. She has worked in the medical field for the last 6 years, working with geriatric and critical care patients. She is a Boonsboro High School graduate and received certifications from Hagerstown Community College. Kim loves working with people and offering a helping hand when needed. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, and playing sports. Kim resides in Keedysville, MD with her boyfriend, son and three dogs.

Mel Bonilla

I grew up in a military family, living around the world. I've lived in Frederick for 3 years now. The best part of my job is that I get to see confident smiles. I love making people smile! I have patience and keep a positive attitude with everyone. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my kids.