Meet the Team
Catherine Coates - Dental Assistant
I began as a dental assistant 14 years ago. I joined the Perna Dental Team in Jan. 2015.
I am a dental assistant and currently working to be both DANB and CDAMP certified.
I grew up in Windsor and currently live in Conlkin. I have been happily married to Sean since 2009 We have 2 wonderful children, Spencer and Freya.
My interests are hunting, fishing, swimming, being outdoors, crocheting and being around friends and family.
Morgan Bender - Dental Assistant
Education: I graduated from Elk Lake High School. Elmira Institute for Medical Assisting. Now enrolled in a DANB/CDAMP dental assisting program.
I have been an assistant for 5 years. I have recently started at Perna Dental in January of 2019.
I enjoy time with family and friends. I love to travel and be adventurous.
Daniele Klepfer, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist
Education: I graduated from Binghamton High School. Received my associate’s degree at Duchess Community College in Dental Lab Technology. Then attended Broome Community College in 1991 and received an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene.
I worked 5 years as a Dental Lab Technician. I have been part of the Perna Dental Team since 2002.
Interests: Family, friends, and flip flops on the beach! PiYo exercise. I enjoy all my patients at Perna Dental.
Julia Valle, RDH - Registered Dental Hygienist
I am originally from the Binghamton area but went to Dental hygiene school in Tucson, Arizona. I graduated from the hygiene program in 2005. I worked there for a few years in a periodontal office and a pediatric office.
I moved back to Binghamton to be with family. Shortly after moving back I met my wonderful husband Kenny and we were married in 2009. That same year I started working at Perna Dental.
My Husband and I like salsa dancing, karaoke, and hanging out with our family. We also enjoy spending a lot of time with our congregation.
Michele Farthing, CDA - Office Manager/Certified Dental Assitant
Education: I graduated from Binghamton High School, attended Broome Community College. I am a DANB licensed and CDAMP certified Dental Assistant.
I have over 24 years as a Dental Assistant. 20 of those years are with the Perna Dental Team. I have been the Office Manager for over 9 years.
As the Office Manager I oversee all patient care, staff, and office policies. I enjoy my staff and patients.
I live in Johnson City with my 2 children. I stay busy with all their sports and activities. I also enjoy being at our summer cottage and traveling.
Colleen Babicek - Patient Care Coordinator
I graduated from BOCES as a licensed practical nurse and worked as a geriatric nurse for twenty years. Then I attended Ridley Lowell Business institute and received a degree as a medical administrative assistant. I started my career over 15 years ago with my Perna Dental Family.
I live with my husband in Vestal and we’ve been blessed with three children and their spouses, many grandchildren and now great grandbabies. When I have free time, I enjoy family, reading, gardening, baking, Christian music, and traveling.
Laura Beavers - Patient Care Coordinator
I have been in the dentistry field for over 25 years, and with the Perna Dental family 6 years.
I grew up in Harpursville where I’ve raised my 2 daughters. I’m happily enjoying life with my kids and close friends.
Melissa Bronson - Bookkeeper
I have been in the accounting field for over 30 years and with Perna Dental for four years.
I live in the town of Conklin with my husband of 20 years and our two sons. I keep busy attending all sporting and musical activities they are involved in. In my spare time I enjoy camping, reading and walking, but most of all, spending with my family.