Meet The Staff

Hygiene Team

Meagan, Dental Hygienist

My name is Meagan and I have been working in the dental field since 2001 starting as a Sterilization Technician and Dental Assistant. I then became a Certified Dental Assistant with Radiology Certification. I worked for general dentists and a Periodontist who inspired me to go into Dental Hygiene. I have been a Hygienist since 2006 after graduating from Tunxis Community College and UCONN (clinical) where I was the recipient of the Proctor and Gamble Outstanding Student Clinician in Public Health award. I have been with South Windsor Smiles since 2020 and truly love working as a Dental Hygienist. I enjoy meeting and educating the patients in the practice and helping them achieve their best health and smile!

Courtney, Dental Hygienist

My name is Courtney and I graduated from Tunxis Community College and did my clinical at UConn health center for dental hygiene.  I have been a hygienist for more than 10 years. I enjoy working as a hygienist especially when I’m able to help people back to good Health. As for my work philosophy I believe the hygienist is part of a team that works in conjunction with the dentist and the patient in order to help develop healthy habits… I always tell my patients “the more work you do at home the less work you will need to get done at the dental office.. Family is the most important thing to me. When I’m not at work I enjoy playing with my kids. My family my favorite sports team is Manchester City. (Soccer Team ) and the New England Patriots. My favorite quote: It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice

Jewels,Dental Hygienist

I’m Jewels, one of the hygienists here.   I started in dentistry in 1985 as an assistant and did that until I graduated from Forsyth School for Dental Hygiene in 1992.  Along the way I also received certifications for nutrition, gerontology, dental anesthesia and most recently became an EMT in 2018.  I spend a lot of my free time doing volunteer work as an EMT, with CTMOM and my local library.    I also enjoy “glamping” (camping but with an RV) and I have two rescue dogs that come with my husband and I on our travels.

Assistant Team

Zion, Dental Assitant

Hi I’m Zion and my role here at South Windsor Smiles is a dental assistant. I chose this occupation is because I love working with people, being able to help people and make them feel better about themselves. Right now along with working I’m in school to further my career working with people. When I am not working in the office I like to spend time with my daughter, do art such as pottery, read, I do lashes as a lash tech.

Nikki, Dental Assistant

My name is Nikki I started my dental journey in 2009 when I became a certified dental assistant, from there I have had many hats in dental. I joined South Windsor Smiles in 2014 when I became a patient coordinator and I am currently an instrument tech but you may see me time to time assisting Dr. Norige. Here at South Windsor Smiles we treat you like family. We want to make sure every time you visit us your dental experience is comfortable and enjoyable. In my free time I enjoy spending it with my son Sean and partner Mitchell. We enjoy anything outdoors and try to take as many family trips as possible

Karen, Dental Assistant

My name is Karen and I am one of the Dental Assistants in our office.  I am a graduate of Porter and Chester and I started working at South Windsor Smiles in February 2013.
I reside in Broad Brook with my husband Jerry.  I have one son, three daughters and fourteen grandchildren.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling in our motorhome, cooking, gardening, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.  I look forward to meeting you and helping you feel comfortable during your dental visit.

Admin Team

Heather, Office Manager

Hi I’m Heather and I have been working with Dr. Norige at South Windsor Smiles since 2008 and am our office manager/team leader. I’d love to help you navigate your insurance coverage, schedule your next treatment, and help you have your best smile! When I’m not in the office, I love to spend time with my husband and fur baby Haley the Weimeraner. I also like to cook, work out, and spend time with friend. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit!

Yeniely, Scheduling Coordinator

Hi, my name is Yeniely but everyone calls me Nelly.  I was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico; a small town next to San Juan. I have been in Connecticut now for 16 years and out of those years I’ve been in the dental field for 4 years as a scheduling coordinator. I appreciate the opportunity it gives me to meet and communicate with a variety of wonderful people everyday. There is always a joy to see them satisfied after their visit to the office. Outside of work, I enjoy taking some time for myself to paint. I would describe myself as a homebody, but am lucky to share that lifestyle with my loving partner and both our dogs.