This practice has been proudly serving the College Park and University Park area for 46 years. Dr John Lippert started the practice at its inception and has recently passed the torch to Dr Gunita Singh. Dr Lippert’s practice has recently taken on the name of iSmile Family Dentistry. All of the wonderful and highly-skilled staff of Mary Ann Hopkins, Laurie Goodfriend, and Noelia Crider are staying on in the practice.
Dr. Gunita Singh believes in taking a whole person approach to dental care. She believes in making sure she improves the quality of life for her patients, whether it’s relieving their pain, restoring their smile, or keeping their teeth healthy. Getting to know her patients on a personal level is important to Dr. Singh in order to understand their needs and encourage open communication. She is very excited about working with the patients and keeping the fun and patient centered environment so she can continue delivering the highest level of care.
Dr. Singh received her Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University in 2005 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland in 2009. She then went on to do her one-year (hospital based) General Practice Residency in 2010 at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. That program offered the chance to learn a wide range of procedures from endodontics (root canals), extractions, cosmetics and prosthetic dentistry. Dr. Singh strives to stay up to date on techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry through continuing education.
She says, “Bringing a smile to my patients is the most rewarding thing about being a dentist.” Dr. Singh has been working with both adult and pediatric patients, delivering high quality care to families in Bethesda and Gaithersburg.
Dr. Singh grew up in Ontario, Canada and now resides in Bethesda, Maryland. She likes to do a variety of exciting things when not practicing such as travelling and outdoor activities in the summer, skiing in the winter, and even volunteering for local South Asian organizations. Dr. Singh is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Maryland State Dental Association.
Mary Ann Hopkins has enjoyed working in dentistry for over 32 years. She is the welcoming smile that greets you and is always available to assist you with all your scheduling and insurance needs. Mary Ann had the pleasure of working for Dr John Lippert since 1984 and is excited to bring her love of dentistry and her dedication to serving patients to the practice of Dr. Singh.
Mary Ann graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 1983 and is married to her high school sweetheart after reuniting 13 years ago. Mary Ann is the mother of two beautiful children and a grandmother to her two wonderful granddaughters. She has a soft spot for the Caribbean island of Anguilla and is most at home snorkeling or relaxing on the beach.
Laurie Goodfriend is a native of the Washington, DC metro area and grew up in Silver Spring, MD. She graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School in Dental Hygiene with a Bachelors of Science. Laurie received the Proctor & Gamble award in Preventive Oral Health. She has been working in the dentistry field since the age of 15 when she was assisting her father, an Endodontist. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and maintains her license through continuing education courses. She worked for Dr John Lippert’s practice for 20 years and resides locally in University Park.
Laurie has one daughter and loves cheering and watching her swim competitively. In her spare time she loves to run and work on her garden.
Noelia Crider has been our Dental Assistant for 26 years, working alongside Dr John Lippert, and has enjoyed providing excellent care to our patients. She is looking forward to being an integral team member of iSmile Family Dentistry with Dr Gunita Singh. She grew up in Guatemala City and graduated from Universidad de San Carlo (Saint Charles University). Noelia has been living in the Washington DC area for over 32 years. She is licensed by the State of Maryland as an active Dental Radiation Technologist.
Noelia is happily married and has two wonderful children. She is happiest when serving others; whether it be at work, at her LDS church, or her family. In her free time, she enjoys long walks, home gardening, cooking fine meals, and volunteering to help others in the community.