Dr. Kendra Zappia grew up locally in Mechanicville and graduated from Mechanicville High School. She received her B.S. in Biology, cum laude, while serving as class president for four years at Siena College. Dr. Zappia attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received her D.D.S. degree, cum laude.
Dr. Fryer also grew up in Mechanicville and attended Siena College where she earned a degree in Biology, cum laude. She followed in her sister’s footsteps and attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received her D.D.S. Degree, cum laude.
Dr. Kendra Zappia grew up locally in Mechanicville and graduated from Mechanicville High School. She received her B.S. in Biology, cum laude, while serving as class president for four years at Siena College. Dr. Zappia attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received her D.D.S. degree, cum laude. While in dental school, Dr. Zappia was awarded the Academy Of Dentistry For Persons With Disabilities Award and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award for her involvement in establishing the Buffalo chapter of Special Olympics Special Smiles volunteer group. Upon graduating from dental school, Dr. Zappia completed a residency program in Advanced Education of General Dentistry through Lutheran Medical Center.
Dr. Zappia started as an associate with the private practice of Esmay and Karol in 2006 and formed Kendra J. Zappia DDS LLC in 2009, where she continues to proudly treat the patients of Dr. Kampf and Dr. Karol. Dr. Zappia also served as an adjunct instructor in Hudson Valley Community College’s dental hygiene department where she taught dental materials, radiology, tooth morphology, and clinical application. She currently serves on the HVCC Dental Hygiene Advisory Board.
Dr. Zappia is an active member of the Third District Dental Society, having served as the Chair of the New Dentist Committee; the New York State Dental Association, having served as the Chairperson for the New Dentist Committee of New York State; and the American Dental Association, where she served as the New York State representative to the ADA New Dentist Committee. Dr. Zappia is currently the President-Elect of the Third District and also serves as the Third District Membership and Communications Chairperson and is a member of the Third District Continuing Education Committee. Dr. Zappia also represents the Third District as a delegate for NYSDA House of Delegates. She currently serves on NYSDA's Council for Membership and Communications.
Dr. Zappia was awarded the William B. Smith Award from the Third District Dental Society in 2014 for continued involvement in organized dentistry, continued education and displaying the highest of ethical standards. In 2020 she received the Feldman Hunn Medal of Merit in recognition of her exceptional leadership and munificent dedication to the perfection of the art and science of dentistry. Dr. Zappia was recently inducted as a fellow into the Pierre Fauchard Academy to recognize her leadership in the dental profession and community as well a fellow of the International College of Dentists. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer-review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service, and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
Dr. Zappia was also the Radiology Co-Chair for New York State's Mission of Mercy held at Hudson Valley Community College, which provided free dental treatment to those in need. Dr. Zappia is involved with the Arthritis Foundation and serves on the NENY Local Leadership Board and has run several marathons and half-marathons for charities. She and her husband, Graig, live in the Capital Region with their three children.
Dr. Zappia is honored to work with her sister, Dr. Fryer and their wonderful team to provide an excellent and comfortable dental experience for their amazing patients.
Dr. Fryer also grew up in Mechanicville and attended Siena College where she earned a degree in Biology, cum laude. She followed in her sister’s footsteps and attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and received her D.D.S. Degree, cum laude. Dr. Fryer completed a General Practice Residency at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Dr. Fryer is a member of the NYSDA New Dentist Committee, Third District Dental Society, New York State Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. She currently serves as the Third District New Dentist Chairperson and is a member of the NYSDA New Dentist Committee.
Dr. Fryer is honored to practice with her sister, Dr. Zappia, and their team. She is also an adjunct instructor in Hudson Valley Community College’s dental hygiene department where she teaches radiology and clinical application. Dr. Fryer resides locally with her husband, Bret, and two young children. She enjoys rooting for the Buffalo Bills, running in races, and spending time with her family.
Clarissa grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with an AAS degree from Hudson Valley Community College Department of Dental Hygiene as a registered dental hygienist. She has been treating patients in this location since September 2005. Clarissa enjoys working one on one with patients, providing education, encouragement, and therapeutic preventive dental care. Patient centered care and meeting each patient’s dental health needs are her priority. Clarissa resides locally with her husband and four children.
Tatiana grew up in Albany, New York and graduated with an AAS degree from Hudson Valley Community College Department of Dental Hygiene as a registered dental hygienist. She enjoys empowering her patients with knowledge about their oral hygiene- especially those who suffer from dental anxiety. Her hygienist growing up helped with her oral hygiene journey to decrease, and further eliminate her fear of “coming to the dentist”. Tatiana enjoys working side by side with her patients to help them have a positive view of dentistry and to cultivate a patient centered care plan to obtain an optimal oral hygiene routine. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures, most importantly food!
Tina has been a dental assistant for over 20 years and is New York State certified. Tina assisted Dr. Karol many years ago where she met and assisted Dr. Zappia. Her favorite thing about dentistry is talking with her patients, getting to know them, and putting them at ease. Tina likes to snowmobile, garden, decorate, and spend time with her kids and grand kids. Since Tina has joined us, she has learned more than she ever wanted to know about the Buffalo Bills.
Audrey has been in the dental field for over fourteen years. She has worked different roles in that time from front office to assisting chairside and has gained a strong knowledge of all aspects of dentistry along the way. She is dedicated to ensuring our patient's needs are well taken care of and is happy to answers any questions they may have. She is always happy to help with anything that comes her way and takes pride in helping our patients feel as comfortable as possible. In her spare time, Audrey loves cooking, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Nicole started working for our practice in July 2020, which was a new career path for her . She came to us from Capital Care Internal Medicine where she worked for 13 years, providing transitional care to patients. Nicole quickly excelled in the dental field and enjoys interacting and helping patients, whether she is scheduling and confirming appointments to listening if patients have any concerns that need to be addressed. She is incredibly happy to have made this change and states that our patients are amazing. Nicole has a degree in Travel and Tourism, for which she was a Travel Agent for many years prior to switching in to the health care field. Outside of the office Nicole enjoys traveling all over the world with her family: cruising, touring, or visiting many places in the United States. She also loves to read and will always find time to spend with friends.