Our Team

The Advanced Dental Care & Aesthetics Team:

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Advanced Dental Care & Aesthetics Doctors:

Steven B. Walters, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Dr. Steven Walters graduated from North Olmsted High School in 1980 and received his undergraduate degree  from DePauw University with academic honors in 1984.  He then entered the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan and graduated in the top tier of his class in 1988.  From Michigan, Dr. Steve was accepted into a postgraduate hospital residency training program at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland.  After completion of this advanced training, Dr. Steve joined his father in practice in North Olmsted.  In 1993, Dr. Steve received a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (F.A.G.D.), a designation achieved by less than 5% of U.S. dentists.

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Years in dentistry: 24
Favorite thing about dentistry: We can make an incredibly profound impact on a person’s life by giving them back their confidence to smile, enjoy the foods they like, and live a pain-free and healthy life.
Family: Same as Dr. Barjesh’s :)
Favorite App: The Wall Street Journal – I can read the paper whenever I want on my iPhone! Weather.com is second – my family thinks I was a meterologist in my last life because I am full of all sorts of weather predictions (which are usually pretty accurate).
Education and hobbies: North Olmsted High School, 1980
DePauw University, B.A., 1984
The University of Michigan, D.D.S., 1988
MetroHealth Medical Center, Dental Residency, 1989
Fave restaurant: Sanctuary in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Great food and service and an even better view from the side of Camelback Mountain
Fave book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I’m a WWII history buff and this is an almost unbelievable true story from that time.
Fave movie: Toy Story – I’ve seen it probably 100 times with my kids, nieces, and nephews and it still makes me laugh (especially when Dinosaur says “now I have guilt”).
Fave sports team: All the Cleveland teams – I’m a lifelong suffering Cleveland sports team fan who has, lived through it all; The Fumble, The Shot, Red Right 88, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” etc. And, Univ of Michigan, who has the best fight song and helmets in college sports!
Fave music: Classic rock, light jazz, and anything my kids don’t listen to.
Fave things: Traveling anywhere different from home, riding my road bike in the Metroparks when there’s no cars and it’s really still and quiet, volunteering with my son to feed Cleveland’s homeless with the St. Ignatius Labre group on Sunday evenings and seeing him “get it”. Coming from work, where almost nobody wants to see me (even though most people are good pretenders), to my home where everyone is glad I’m there!

Barjesh K. Bath-Walters, D.D.S.

Dr. Barjesh Bath-Walters graduated with Highest Honors from Warren Area High School in Pennsylvania in 1982, and attended Penn State and Chatham College.  She entered Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry where she received both her undergraduate degree in 1986, and doctorate in 1990, graduating in the top tier of her dental school class.  Following graduation, she also was accepted into the Metro Health Medical Center hospital residency program.  Upon completion of this advanced training, Dr. Barjesh joined Dr. Steve in private practice (and marriage!) in 1991.

The doctors have been honored to be selected among Northern Ohio Live’s  “Best Dentists” and having been given the distinction of being selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, as America’s Top Dentists in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry.   Drs. Steve and Barjesh have published numerous articles on dental health in newspapers and periodicals. The doctors have also given many presentations to dentists, community groups, and health care providers on the advancements in dentistry.  Additionally, both the doctors provide expert testimony for the legal profession in dental related cases.  Recently, Dr. Steve was featured in several West Side newspapers and on Channel 3 for his role in training local paramedics on handling dental trauma.

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Years in dentistry: 22
Favorite thing about dentistry: Helping patients avoid dental problems by education and preventive care; allowing patients to have the best possible experience by utilizing the best materials and technologies; helping patients to overcome their dental fears and anxieties due to previous negative experiences by building a trusting relationship with them.
Family: Married to Steve for 21 years, my daughter is going to be a freshman at the University of Michigan, and my son is going to be a junior at St. Ignatius High School
Favorite social media site: Facebook ~ it\’s a great way to keep in touch with my widespread extended family!
Favorite App: My daughter turned me on to “8 Tracks”… it\’s a great commercial free music app!
Education and hobbies: Undergraduate degree from Penn State & Chatham College & Doctorate from Case; Residency @ Metro Hospital; hobbies: attending all my son\’s sporting events, and my daughter\’s dance activities
Fave restaurant: Johnny\’s on Fulton & anywhere with great sushi
Fave book: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (fiction) and “The 10 Habits of Highly Effective People” (nonfiction)
Fave movie: Forrest Gump ~ most clever movie ever.
Fave sports team: Whichever team my son\’s playing for :)
Fave music: Everything but rap
Fave things: Traveling and exploring new cities/ countries/ places with my family

Neetha Zwick, D.D.S.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Neetha Zwick has joined the practice of Drs. Barjesh & Steve Walters. Dr. Zwick graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a bachelors in History and a minor in the Natural Sciences, and in 2012, she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. This summer, she completed advanced training in general dentistry at the St. Vincent Charity/ St. Luke’s hospital year long residency program. Dr. Zwick and her husband, Peter, live in downtown Cleveland. Not only does she bring her strong skills as a dentist to our practice, but her warm, gentle, and compassionate nature. We’re excited to have her with us, and look forward to you meeting her. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Years in dentistry: 3
Favorite thing about dentistry: Educating patients and helping them to better understand how important their mouth is to the health of the rest of their body; striving to provide the best dental care for each and every patient using the best materials and technologies available; seeing my patients smile or making them laugh especially if they were anxious or in pain prior to their appointment.
Family: Married to Peter for 1 year
Favorite social media site: Facebook is wonderful for keeping updated with family and friends. I love Pinterest because it has great recipe ideas!
Favorite App: USWeekly app is great for up to date juicy celebrity gossip!
Education and hobbies: Undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland & Doctorate from University of Maryland School of Dentistry; Residency at Saint Vincent Charity and Saint Luke’s Hospital
Hobbies: reading, SCUBA diving, and traveling (I’ve been to Bali, Kenya, Peru, India and Spain to name a few!)
Fave restaurant: Johnny’s on West 6th and Priya Restaurant in Parma
Fave book: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
Fave movie: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Fave sports team: Baltimore Orioles… I was in a commercial for the team when I was in dental school!
Fave music: Everything but country
Fave things: Traveling and spending time with my family

Advanced Dental Care & Aesthetics Team:

April Kiser

Clinic Administrator (Office Manager)

Years in dentistry: 8 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Seeing our fearful patients overcome their anxiety and be able to take care of their dental needs
Family: My husband Chuck, daughter Ashley(28), and son Andrew (21)
Favorite Social Media site: Just discovered pintrest, and loving it!
Education and hobbies: St. Cloud State University; Gardening/ bike riding
Favorite Restaurant: So many… but right now, I’m hooked on Taco Tontos!
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings series
Favorite Movie: Avatar in 3D
Favorite sports team: University of Michigan ~ Go Blue!
Favorite music: All genres of music make me happy
Favorite things: I love to travel and explore new places. Spending time w/ my 4 year old grandson Jordan ~ he has me wrapped around his little finger! Reading a great book

Lindsay Gommel

Treatment Coordinator / Sedation Coordinator

Years in dentistry: 7 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Helping people get beautiful smiles to last a lifetime!
Family: My boyfriend of 3 ½ years, Steven and puppy Baylee
Favorite Social Media site: Instagram
Favorite App: I heart radio
Education and hobbies: Medina High School
Favorite Restaurant: Timber Lodge (formerly Steve’s Dakota Grill) in Brunswick… AMAZING carrot cake and the food is always fantastic
Favorite book: “And Then He Kissed Me” by Patti Berg – I love romance novels and it made me laugh
Favorite Movie: “Wedding Crashers” makes me laugh every time I see it.
Favorite sports team: Cleveland Browns- my mom is a crazy Brown’s fan
Favorite music: Country
Favorite things: I love Cedar Point – I’m a season pass holder and love roller coasters and the water park; attending country concerts @ Blossom; playing with my puppy Baylee; traveling and seeing new places, especially places with clear, blue water; reading a book under a tree on a sunny warm day.

Katie T.

EDFA

Years in dentistry: 11 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: I love working with kids, and I love to see the “before” and “afters” of the dentistry we provide
Family: My husband, Mike and dog, Tootsie
Favorite Social Media site: Instagram
Favorite App: Candy Crush and Target
Education and hobbies: Westlake high School, Tri-C (dental assisting), CWRU (EFDA) spending time with my husband, family, and friends
Favorite Restaurant: anything Mexican because I love margaritas
Favorite book: I love historical books and magazines
Favorite Movie: “Love Actually” because it’s a holiday movie and my husband and I watch it every Christmas
Favorite sports team: Cleveland Browns and the Indians
Favorite music: all of it
Favorite things: I have a large family, and I love spending time with my nieces and nephews. I collect candles.

Felicia

Clinical Dental Assistant

Years in dentistry: 14
Favorite thing about dentistry: being able to see the transformation from high fear to feeling comfortable for patients and knowing the role I played in this
Favorite App: Angry Birds
Education and hobbies: Listening to and reading poetry
Favorite restaurant: Bennihana\’s
Favorite book: “Too Late to say Goodbye” by Ann Rule
Favorite movie: horror movies!
Favorite sports team: The Cavs
Favorite music: R & B and Jazz
Favorite things: I love to travel, love wine and cheese tastings, I really enjoy the arts from poetry to art galleries; I love the Science Center.

Kathleen

Dental Hygienist

Years in dentistry: 20+ years
Favorite thing about dentistry: the positive impact you can have on patients that can be life changing!
Favorite Social Media site: FB
Favorite App: Jefit-workout-fitness gym log… android app
Education and hobbies: dental hygiene license from Ohio State Dental Board, Certified to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. Yoga and working out
Favorite restaurant: Club Isabella: my husband and I went there when we first dated.
Favorite book: “The good earth” by Pearl Buck… I read in in hs English class and it always stuck with me.
Favorite sports team: Cleveland Indians: my grandfather loved them. He was all about baseball and how it taught us to be good sports in any game.
Favorite music: Adele, Beyonce, Sade
Favorite things: my husband’s Harley Davidson, “Sweet Glide”…. it means summer is here!

Kate A.

EFDA

Years in dentistry: 5
Favorite thing about dentistry: Giving patients a reason to smile again
Favorite App: My Starbucks app!
Education and hobbies: I love to read and study Theology
Favorite book: My ESU journaling Bible
Favorite movie: Batman Trilogy
Favorite music: I love it all!
Favorite things: I love roadtrips; love my church and serving there; love to study with a nice cup of coffee in my hand; love to learn and grow as a result.

Keesha

Front Desk Team Leader

Years in dentistry: 8 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: I love everything about dentistry but especially getting to know the patients we have the pleasure to serve.
Education and hobbies: Cleveland State University (CSU). My hobbies include: amateur karaoke, trips to the zoo with my two-year-old, and restoring antique furniture.
Favorite Restaurant: Lola on East 4th Street.
Favorite book: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Favorite Movie: “He’s Just Not That Into You”
Favorite sports team: Cleveland Cavaliers!
Favorite music: I love all of it, but especially Adele and Hosier.
Favorite things: Spending time with my family, surprising my little one with trips to go bowling or swimming, and coffee!

Kim

Dental Hygienist

Years in dentistry: 23
Favorite thing about dentistry: being able to help people achieve a beautiful, healthy smile through education and professional cleanings.
Education and hobbies: licensed registered dental hygienist by the Ohio State Dental Board. Certified to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide.
Favorite restaurants: Italian
Favorite book: all of them!
Favorite movies: comedies
Favorite sports team: I’ll support Cleveland teams, but usually if there’s a game on, I’ll be at the mall!
Favorite music: pop and country because they’re upbeat and fun
Favorite things: spending time with family and friends. I enjoy cooking and vacations ~ my favorite places are Arizona and Hawaii!

KC

Dental Assistant

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Dawn

Hygiene Coordinator

Years in dentistry: 5 ½ years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Interacting with patients and helping to keep them healthy.
Family: Parents and sister.
Favorite Social Media site: Not involved with social media.
Favorite App: iHeartRadio
Education and hobbies: Some college and working out.
Favorite Restaurant: Mitchell’s (if that counts as a restaurant!) If not, The Market.
Favorite book: I don’t really have one favorite book.
Favorite Movie: Not one specific movie comes to mind.. I prefer comedies.
Favorite sports team: Cleveland Indians.
Favorite music: Anything upbeat.
Favorite things: Getting together with family and friends.

Raquel

Clinical Dental Assistant

Years in dentistry: 14 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Making people happy when you get their teeth pain free.
Education & Hobbies: Kaimuki High School (Hawaii); Basketball, working out, hiking, swimming, travel, eating.
Favorite Restaurant: Anywhere they serve good sushi.
Favorite Book: 50 Shades of Grey…lol
Favorite Movie: Notebook; Fight Club
Favorite Sports Team: I don’t have any particular team, more so players–Basketball player-Kivin Love, Lebron James, Steph Curry
Favorite type of music: R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul…anything that moves me.
Favorite things: Shoes, sports gear.

Kasey

Clinical Dental Assistant

Years in dentistry: 4 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Seeing the looks on people’s faces when you restore their smile.
Education & Hobbies: Cuyanoaw Valley Career Center
Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
Favorite Book: Entertainment Magazines
Favorite Movie: Step Brothers
Favorite Sports Team: Cavaliers
Favorite type of music: Everything but country the most
Favorite things: Spending time with family.

Rebekah

Hygienist

Number of years in dentistry: 5 years as a hygienist, but I was a dental assistant a few years prior.
Favorite thing about dentistry: Help people feel confident about their smiles!
Education & Hobbies: Dental Hygiene Degree from Cuyahoga Community College, graduated 2011.
Favorite restaurant: I like all restaurants! But my favorite is just a simple diner for breakfast on a Sunday morning with the family!
Favorite book: So many! Favorite author is Stephen King, but I will read anything & everything!
Favorite movie: Again, so many! I love comedies like “Step Brothers,” tear jerkers like “Beaches,” & old Alfred Hitchcock movies.
Favorite sports team: I am a Cleveland area native so I love all of our teams! Go Cavs, Go Tribe, & Go Browns!
Favorite type of music: Mostly classic rock.
Favorite things: Gardening, reading, spending time with my family. And I drink too much coffee!

Deena

Dental Assistant

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Chris

Dental Assistant

Years in dentistry: 3 years
Favorite thing about dentistry: Doing oral surgery- it’s cool!
Family: I have a sister and a stepbrother and a dog
Favorite social media: Snapchat
Education and hobbies: Parma Sr. High, Normandy Dental Technologies, soccer
Favorite Restaurant: Yours truly
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Movie:
Small Soldiers, Cinderella Man
Favorite sports team: Giants, Indians, Penguins, Cavs, Golden State, Barcelona (soccer)
Favorite music: Country, rap, alternative
Favorite things: Chocolate, pizza, puppies, shoes

Diamel

Dental Assistant

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Cynthia

Patient Coordinator

Years in dentistry: 2016 is my first year in dentistry
Favorite thing about dentistry: So far I’d have to say my favorite thing is being educated and able to educate others about how important it is to their health to maintain their dental care
Education and hobbies: I really don’t have any specific hobbies these days. I spend a lot of time with loved ones.
Favorite Restaurant: I’m a food lover and my father is a chef. If I had to pick, I’d go with Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Favorite book:
The Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read all 13, 3 times ?
Favorite Movie:
Similar to food, I love movies. I’m currently loving “Inside Out” and “The Matrix” which I was just recently shown
Favorite sports team: Hands down, The Cleveland Indians
Favorite music: Pretty much anything except country and some heavy metal
Favorite things: I love animals and own a 9-year-old cat named Bullseye. She is my fur child and is so spoiled, I sometimes regret it! I also have a yellow-bellied slider turtle! His name is Mr. Pickles! I’m a big family person so I love to be with those I love!

Meghan

Insurance Coordinator

Number of years in dentistry: 9 years, since 2008
Favorite thing about dentistry: Getting to know our patients and making sure they are comfortable and feel at home. Being at the dentist can be a scary thing but when a patient can leave with a smile on their face and knowing they are improving their health and smile it is a good feeling.
Education & Hobbies: Graduated from Berea High School in 2010. Graduated from Polaris Career Center in 2010 with a Dental Assistant degree. Graduated from Tri-C with an Associates in Applied Science. Graduated from Cleveland State with Bachelors in Chemistry.
Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory
Favorite book: This may sound weird but my all-time favorite book is Roots. I have loved it since middle school.
Favorite movie: Grownups or any Adam Sandler movie
Favorite sports team: Browns, Indians and Green Bay Packers (only because I have a crush on Aaron Rodgers).
Favorite type of music: Older country music
Favorite things: Spending time with my son and my boyfriend. I love being at work. My hobbies include horseback riding, line dancing, and drawing.

Ashley

Patient Coordinator

Years in dentistry: I am new to dentistry, but I’m looking forward to learning all I can!
Family: I’m an only child but I am very close with my family. I consider my younger cousins to be just like my brothers and sisters.
Favorite social media: I love Snapchat and Facebook
Education and hobbies: I like to spend time with my friends and family. I am very competitive so I enjoy anything that I can add a little friendly competition to.
Favorite Restaurant: I love Mexican and any seafood
Favorite Movie:
Harry Potter series!
Favorite sports team: Not a huge sports fan but I support all Cleveland teams.
Favorite music: Anything country
Favorite things: My cats Benson and Jackson