DR. ALEXIS MIERZWA, DDS
Dr. Alexis grew up in Getzville, NY (a suburb of Buffalo). She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Niagara University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Alexis then moved to Los Angeles, CA where she did a General Practice Residency at MLK Hospital where she was awarded Resident of the Year. She then returned to Buffalo where she practiced for 4 years before moving to Winchester in 2009. Owning her own practice has always been a dream of hers, so she opened Cedar Creek Dental after practicing in Winchester for 6 years as an associate.
Dr. Alexis believes in providing the best care available for her patients. This is why she takes approximately 100 hours of Continuing Education every year, which greatly exceeds state requirements. Dr. Alexis also sees the importance of giving back to the community and volunteers at the Winchester Free Medical Clinic on a regular basis. She is also a member of Sacred Heart Church of Winchester.
Outside of the office, Dr. Alexis is an avid horsewoman. She competes regularly in hunter/jumper competitions. She also is very fond of her two rescue dogs, Remy (Great Dane Mix) and George Washington (Fila Mastiff). “My favorite thing to do when I am not in the office is be at the barn or just hang out with the dogs outside. Being with the animals is so grounding.”
DR. Hassan Farooq
Dr. Farooq recently completed the International Dentist Program at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California. Prior to completing this program, Dr. Farooq practiced dentistry in his home country of Pakistan. Dr. Farooq is skilled at providing a wide range of dental services, consistent with the services already offered in our practice. He is so excited to join our outstanding team and get to know our patients.
“I feel blessed to be a dentist because that gives me the power to not only relieve my patients from pain, but to also recreate the nature by giving them the smile they love. I love the part where my patients come to see me as a friend.”
When Dr. Farooq is not doing dentistry he enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He loves to experience new places and try the cuisine.
Along with her friendly, magnetic personality, Karen also brings with her over 28 years of experience in the dental field. Her superior ability to communicate and understand patient’s concerns and treatment goals is second to none. Karen strives to provide the most exceptional service to help our patients achieve their desired outcomes.
Karen and her husband Darrel reside in Winchester and enjoy spending time with their large family which includes children, grandchildren, and of course, dogs! They look forward to annual family beach excursions and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens.
Sarah is originally from York, Pennsylvania where she lived for 17 years. She moved to Winchester, VA in 2010 and graduated from Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA while staying active in extracurricular activity. In addition to directly assisting Dr. Alexis with patient care, Sarah is also responsible for sterilizing the instruments, taking x-rays, and a variety of other tasks.
Sarah has had a lifelong interest in the dental field and loves volunteering at the free medical clinic with Dr. Alexis. Sarah loves and genuinely cares about helping each and every patient. Her positive attitude and beautiful smile will truly brighten anyone’s day!
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Romney, West Virginia. She began her dental career as an assistant, and immediately knew that a career in dentistry was her calling. She moved to Winchester in 2012 to attend dental hygiene school through Virginia Western, and has never looked back. She is well versed in all aspects of patient care, and is always willing to help out anywhere in the office! Her favorite part of the job is building genuine relationships with each and every patient!
When Kaitlyn isn't working she always finds herself on the go! She loves to travel, enjoys outdoor activities, cheering on the Mountaineers, and the list goes on! She also is qualified to teach CrossFit! Most importantly, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her yellow lab, Annie! Come on in and experience Kaitlyn’s exceptionally thorough and gentle skills, her extensive knowledge, and let her personally tailor a dental hygiene plan for you!
Vicki has been in dentistry for the last 14 years, and in that time has mastered just about every position in the office. This girl got game! Whether she is assisting chairside, or coordinating the staff and schedule, Vicki brings good vibes and energy to the team.
Born in Fairfield, CA Vicki moved to Virginia as a child as graduated Sherando High School in 1998. She currently resides in Augusta, WV with her fiance Jonathon, along with horses, and an assortment of other 4 legged friends. Vicki is very passionate about raising awareness about animal neglect, and is active in local rescue organizations. She also enjoys gardening.
Anxiety Reduction Specialist (Therapy Dog)
George Washington was rescued from Middleburg Humane by Dr. Alexis almost 6 years ago. He and his litter mates were part of a breeder raid, and were living in deplorable conditions. George used to be very timid and unsure of the world around him, especially new people (mainly men), and loud noises. George learned from Dr. Alexis’ other rescue dog, Remy, how to actually be a dog, and he went through over 3 years of training and received his certification from Berkeley K-9 School for All Dogs. As George’s confidence grew, he blossomed into a very sweet and loyal creature. Her newest dog, Manny, who is also a rescue, looks up to George as a big brother and mentor. George’s calm demeanor makes him ideal as a supportive therapy dog. George is available to sit chairside with anxious teen and adult patients to help them with their dental experience. When George is not at work, he enjoys playing outside with his brother and sister, chasing bunnies, and most of all, sleeping on his couch.