Julia Gomes - Administrative Assistant
Julia Gomes graduated from MVRHS in the spring of 2020, with a Cosmetology license from
Minuteman High School’s Cosmetology program. While she enjoys being a hairdresser at
Panache Salon in West Tisbury, Julia enthusiastically joined the MVE team in the spring of 2021
as a receptionist and front desk employee. Julia loves the island community and volunteers her
time giving back, especially to the Brazilian community. On her free time, Julia enjoys watching
the Menemsha Sunset with her friends, family, and goldendoodle named Nina.
Ralph Saint-Val - Intern
Ralph Saint-Val is a senior pre-dental student at Oakwood University, an HBCU located in Huntsville
Alabama. His whole college career has been geared towards patient care as he worked as a certified
nursing assistant for three and a half years. He recently started working as a dental lab technician in
order to strengthen and broaden his knowledge about the field of dentistry. He believes that oral health
is a necessary investment in one’s overall wellbeing and confidence. He loves to serve his community by
volunteering at his local animal shelter where he cares for the dogs there by doing overnight stays with
them. In his downtime, Ralph loves to do outdoor activities from hiking to fishing. He also loves playing
sports including basketball, soccer, and football.
Lysken Norvell - Consultant
Lysken spent the last 13 years in management and veterinary medicine as an RVT, specializing in dentistry. She chose to leave the veterinary field and concentrate on human health. She firmly believes education in oral health and preventive maintenance is key to overall health and, when treatment is necessary, enjoys offering the most modern effective options.
She is deeply committed to patient care and enjoys problem solving to create a more communicative, coordinated, workplace; to the benefit of the establishment and clients alike. In her free time she enjoys, exercise, reading to her daughter, cooking, and outdoor activities. She also enjoys watching or attending college football games with her husband.
Melanie Perez - Certified Dental Assistant
Melanie graduated from the New Hampshire Technical Institute, Dental Assisting program, where she graduated, on the Dean's List. She also received her Expanded Function Certification. She was inducted to the Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society for her academic achievements. Melanie is certified by DANB the Dental assisting National Board and is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association MA chapter.
Melanie has over 13 years of Dental Assisting experience and has worked in 3 other offices prior to joining our dental team in 2018. She has a background in pediatric, periodontal/oral surgery, general and endodontic dentistry as well as public health dentistry. She enjoys assisting Dr. Gear in the specialty of endodontics because of its challenging and varietal nature. Her chairside demeanor helps patients relax in all aspects of care, beginning with their first visit. She enjoys spending time with our patients and helping them through any dental anxieties they may have. Melanie actively continues her education in the dental field to expand her skills.
Melanie is a native New Englander and has lived on Island for over 10 years. She takes satisfaction in her volunteer work, sharing positivity. She relishes spending her days off with her husband and three sons boating and fishing. One of her passions is cooking and entertaining for her family and friends. She loves spending time at the family's beach, up island listening to the waves and reading a good book.
Lynn Gear - Bookkeeper
Bio coming soon