Our team

Meet our pediatric dentistry team!

Compassionate pediatric dentist and staff 

Pediatric Dentistry in Germantown, MD

Dr. Irma Echandy, D.D.S

Dr. Irma Echandy graduated from New York University School of Dentistry in 1996. Dr. Echandy brings an extensive background having served as a Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Navy, having hands on experience as a general dentist for 5 years. At that time, she was selected for Pediatric post doctorate specialty training at the University of Puerto Rico as a Reserve Officer for two more years from where she graduated in 2003. She brings not only a broad spectrum of dental experience, but a combination of both ‘gentle touch’ and a fun personality that eases both children and parents alike. Dr. Echandy currently lives with her family in Bethesda. 

Germantown Pediatric Dental Center

Candy Poole
Financial, OR Insurance coordinator

Candy was born and raised in Frederick County, Maryland, and has worked in the dental field for over 16 years. She is passionate about pediatric dentistry and enjoys working with children. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she loves gardening, camping, fishing, and hiking.

Pediatric Dentistry in Germantown, MD

Samantha Ladeira
Dental Hygienist

Samantha, our dental hygienist, was raised in Prince George’s county and attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where she received her bachelors. Following that, she attended dental hygiene school and has been in the dental field for nearly a decade. She is passionate about teaching the importance of dental hygiene to children and young adults. Having Brazilian and Italian roots, Samantha enjoys cooking and enjoying time with her husband, family and animals. 

Pediatric Dentist in Germantown, MD

Alicia Valdes
Financial, OR  and Insurance coordinator

Alicia has more than ten years of experience working in the field of Insurance, OR, and Financial. She is the mother of two children (also office patients). She likes to read good novels, go shopping, traveling the world, and raise her two young boys with her husband. Her duty at Germantownbigsmiles® is to ensure that all patients and their families feel at ease by focusing on having a great smile.

Pediatric Dentistry in Germantown, MD

Carla Del Carpio
Front Office

Carla was born and raised in Peru. She is a Graphic Designer and before coming to North America, she worked many years on the field as a newspaper editor. With experience in customer service, she joined our practice as a receptionist and enjoys working with kids in a wonderful atmosphere. She loves being part of a staff that has the highest standards and qualifications. When not at work, Carla enjoys cooking,  hiking, painting, and spending time with her son and daughter.

Pediatric dentistry in Germantown, MD

Luz Walters

Luz is currently part of the awesome front office staff at Germantownbigsmiles®. Born and raised in Panama where she also received her bachelors. She is a wife and mother of two beautiful kids. She has been in the customer service and administrative field for over 7 years. Luz enjoys doing CrossFit, dancing, and spending quality time with her family.

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