Meet Our Team
Dr. John Powers, DMD
Dr. Powers has been practicing dentistry for more than 40 years. After graduating from
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his dental degree in 1980. After a general practice dental residency, Dr. Powers began practicing in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1981. He was Chairman of the Dental Department of a Washington, D.C. Area Trauma
Hospital for more than a decade. There he was involved in training dental residents that graduated from dental schools across the United States.
Currently, he is a member of the Deans’s Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Powers is an active member of the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health, Oral Cancer Foundation, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Society, Southern Maryland Dental Society and BiCounty dental study club. He was also voted as a “Best Dentist” by Washingtonian Magazine.
Patients love Dr. Powers’ empathetic and compassionate dental care. In addition, they appreciate his desire to expand and advance his dental expertise. He frequently attends courses on Oral-Systemic Health, Laser Dentistry, Smile Design, Invisalign, Ultimate Occlusion and Oral Cancer detection and prevention. Thus, he’s able to empower his patients with an array of treatment options.
Dr. Powers and his wife truly enjoyed raising their two children who are both dentists. Michael is an orthodontist and Linda is in a residency to become an orthodontist. He has many varied hobbies, including tennis, bicycling, digital photography, computers, and a good book. He has also received his third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Barbara has been a practicing dental hygienist for 36 years. She started her career in dentistry as a certified dental assistant and after several years decided to further her education and attended Allegany Community College where she earned her dental hygiene degree.
Barbara and Dr. Powers have been working together over 26 years. She prides herself with providing quality individualized oral health care to each of her patients, all with a gentle touch. Currently, Barbara works two Fridays a month and when needed to provide support for others in the practice.
Barbara has been married to her husband for 32 years. She loves playing tennis, yoga, and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, grand puppy, and two other sons.
Registered Dental Assistant
Debbie, a registered dental assistant, has been working with Dr. Powers for 13 years of her 23-year dental career. She has a great wealth of dental information to draw on. Debbie is a true caregiver, in every sense of the word. Being very patient-oriented, she ensures that all of our patients are comfortable and given the best care available. She takes great pride in what she does. Debbie is a native Marylander. She is married with four grown children. Debbie enjoys camping, gardening, riding motorcycles and caring for others. Above all, she loves her eight grandchildren, including a set of twins.
Kai is the newest addition to our practice. She joined us in July 2020 and is the niece of one of our former assistants, Marlene. She loves to assist in any way possible around the office, and is currently training under Dr. Powers’ dental assistant, Deb, to be a dental assistant as well. Soon Kai will be a Certified Dental Assistant! She is excited to fill in for Deb when needed, to enhance our dental team/ office further. She is very task-oriented, and can multitask duties around the office to ensure everyone’s needs are met for a more productive and enjoyable day!
Kai has two sweet kitties at home, Koda and Chanel. Outside the office, Kai loves to drive for leisure and try new foods. In her spare time Kai enjoys spending time with loved ones, learning new things, and discovering new places to eat.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Suzanne joined Dr. Powers’ team in 2018. She began working in the dental field as a business administrator while attending UMBC. She then continued her dental education at HCC and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene where she was recognized with the Gold Scaler Award. Suzanne has experience working in the fields of general, pediatric, and periodontal dentistry. As a Dental Hygienist, her goal is to provide the best-individualized care for her patients and make each and every appointment as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. She works with her patients to prevent disease and promote dental health to enhance and maintain overall health. She prides herself on being a lifelong learner and staying up on the latest information.
During her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, working out, cooking, and reading.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Martha began her career in dentistry as a certified dental assistant, and continued to assist
while studying Psychology at UMBC. She decided to further her dental education at Fortis
College, where she earned her degree in Dental Hygiene. Martha graduated from hygiene
school with honors and received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award. As a dental hygienist,
Martha hopes to enhance each patient’s dental experience by providing quality individualized
care. She believes in the importance of building a relationship based on trust, honesty, dignity,
and compassion with each patient.
Martha strives to educate patients in maintaining optimal oral
health and providing patients with the knowledge necessary to prevent oral disease.
During her spare time, Martha loves spending time with her family. She enjoys playing guitar,
cooking, traveling, volunteering, and spending time in nature.
Bio coming soon!