Dr. Rebeca Zechmann
After moving to Daniel Island, I wanted to practice close to my home. I opened River Landing Dentistry with the goal in mind to build a team committed to each other and our patients. Through that commitment we can provide our highest quality dentistry to the community.
I offer comprehensive dental services, including family, cosmetic, and advanced services. Furthermore, I have special interests in temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly known as TMJ or TMD), occlusion – based dentistry, dental sleep medicine, and implantology. This means that I have a special passion for the way our teeth come together and how that affects our muscles, joints and teeth as a system. I also focus on treating sleep breathing disorders with dental appliances, and I hold the Qualified Dentist Designation from the AADSM. I feel that dental sleep medicine and treating TMD go hand-in-hand, and knowledge of one allows for better treatment of the other. I also have a passion for implantology and surgery. I place and restore implants using the latest technology including, 3D-imaging, oral scanners, 3-D printing and PRP/PRF. If you see me either as general dentistry patient or a referral, it is my goal to make you feel like you have been heard and to feel that we are a team moving towards a common goal of a healthy dentition.
I was raised in North Carolina, and I graduated high school from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. I received my B.A. in Biology and Spanish and my M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University. I received my D.D.S. from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore. After attending Maryland, I completed a General Practice Residency at the Baltimore VA Hospital. While at the University of Maryland, I spent many volunteer hours with the Hispanic Dental Association and other organizations, receiving the Dean’s Award for Community Service. I also volunteered with Somos Amigos Medical Missions in the Dominican Republic. I am the recipient of the ADA Foundation’s minority dental student scholarship and the dental school’s prestigious Katherine Toomey Award given to one student for dedication to the school and the profession. While in dental school, I was a member of the GPD Prosthodontic Honor Society, the Gorgas Odontological Honor Society, and graduated with membership in the prestigious national dental honor society OKU. Following residency, I worked in Maryland in private practice until moving to Daniel Island.
I met my husband, Mike, while at Johns Hopkins University, playing tennis. We have three children: Kate, Madeline, and Michael. When I do get free time, I enjoy Latin dancing, tennis, cooking, gardening, playing 4-person card games and practicing up on my Spanish. Most importantly, I love spending time with my family.
Dr. Ellen Paulisick
I am long-time friend and colleague of Dr. Zechmann. Together, we graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore and completed a general practice residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. I spent eight years in private practice in Maryland before relocating to Charleston.
I am a passionate leader in my community and in service to others. While in dental school, I served as the national student representative for the American Association of Women Dentists. I am the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for community service, and I ran health-based education programs for homeless women and children in Baltimore. I am the recipient of the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award and the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics. I was nationally recognized as a featured student in the ADEA – Official Guide to Dental Schools. A life-long learner, I was awarded my Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry—an honor bestowed on less than 6% of general dentists for accruing over 500 hours of continuing education. I have been active in both Pankey and Spear study clubs.
I believe that all patients should be treated comprehensively and have focused my skill set on providing an array of additional advanced treatment options including Invisalign clear aligner therapy, oral conscious sedation, Botox cosmetic and therapeutic treatments, and dental implants. I have studied advance Invisalign treatment under Dr. David Galler and have participated in the Invisalign Pro Program. I am currently an Invisalign Gold Provider, a member of the American Academy of Clear Aligners and was selected to be on Align Technologies (Invisalign) Valued Provider Advisory Board.
I am the proud mom of my son, Fletcher, and daughter, Reagan. In my free time, I love being active, cooking, watching Steelers games, and spending time with my children.
Dr. Ravi Patel
My passion goes beyond just serving patients with the highest quality of care, but also in utilizing the latest digital technology to help achieve each patient’s unique goals. As a South Carolina native I went to USC followed by MUSC dental school. Additionally, I enjoy training other dentists across the country in chairside crown fabrication and digital dentistry. When I am not chairside, I can be found on the water, the golf course, or in Columbia cheering on my Gamecocks. I look forward to giving back to the Charleston community and enjoy the collaborative environment at River Landing Dentistry.
Dr. Jennifer Stokes
Dr. Stokes is from Florence and graduated from the University of South Carolina followed by Dental School at MUSC. She has a passion for treating and caring for children of all ages.
Her hobbies include anything on the water, international dental mission trips, leading bible study through the Dental Community Fellowship for women dental students, and actively participating in her church. Dr. Stokes works in our Daniel Island and Nexton offices.
Dr. Shayla Stear
Dr. Shayla Stear was born and raised in Summersville, West Virginia and received not only her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University but attended dental school there as well. After completing her time in West Virginia, she found herself in Charleston pursuing Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Stear finds her passion in aesthetic dentistry and thoroughly enjoys treating patients with special health care needs. Her long-term dental career goal is to be recognized by the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Stear loves the dynamic of working with a team and is so excited to start her next chapter at River Landing Dentistry.
Outside the office you can find Dr. Stear doing anything outside! She loves to hike, kayak, go to the beach, travel, and just explore! Dr. Stear is very outgoing and loves to chat about anything and everything, come visit us to meet her!
Meet the Team
Dental Assistant (Soon to be Hygienist)
Morgan has been interested in dentistry since childhood, as she grew up watching her dad practice at his dental office in Missouri. Morgan joined our team after moving from Chicago in 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is excited to further her education as she begins the dental hygiene program at Trident Tech this fall. Her favorite part of her job is witnessing the happiness that radiates from patients as we help them perfect their smile. When she’s not caring for patients, Morgan enjoys spending time outdoors, running, hiking, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.
Dental Assistant / Front Office Admin
Gina grew up watching her dad practice dentistry in a small town near Kansas City, MO. She joined River Landing Dentistry a few years ago after relocating to Charleston with her sister, Morgan. Although this is her first job in a dental office, she has always admired dentistry. Gina enjoys establishing relationships with patients and getting to see their happy, healthy smiles. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach with Katrynia, and spending time exploring Charleston.
Katrynia is originally from the low country but completed dental assisting school in Ohio. After finding her way back to Charleston and joining River Landing Dentistry she quickly fell in love with working chair side. She loves how intricate dentistry is and hopes to keep expanding her knowledge in the field. She spends her free time going to the beach with Gina and hanging out with her dog, Duke.
Courtney relocated from Charleston to Houston, TX recently and now works remotely for River Landing Dentistry (we miss her!). Courtney lives in Houston with her fiancé Jon and their four dogs. Courtney has worked in the dental field for 10+years with both clinical and front office experience. She loves to see the changes dentistry makes in people’s lives! In her free time, she loves to work with her horses and spend time outside!
Born and raised in Indiana, Christie exchanged the cold winters for warm, sunny days. In her free time, you can find Christie, her husband, two young children and chocolate lab exploring all that Charleston has to offer; from the downtown life to time at the beach. Christie takes passion in educating our patients on the importance of oral hygiene while making them feel at home. Her favorite part about working for River Landing Dentistry is getting to know her patients, hearing their stories and seeing them back appointment after appointment.
Kasey is from Chicago and moved to Charleston in 2018 to enjoy longer summers and frequent trips to the beach! She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Southern Illinois University. Her favorite thing about working at River Landing Dentistry is the family-like atmosphere. On the weekends you can catch Kasey exploring new restaurants or at the beach!
Kellen is originally from Mississippi but spent several years living in Idaho. Kellen got into the dental field first working as a veterinary technician who specialized in veterinary dentistry. She loves working with River Landing Dentistry because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to helping all our patients. Outside of work she loves traveling, going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her pets.
Abigail was born and raised in Colorado but moved to South Carolina in 2019 to start hygiene school. Her favorite part about working at River Landing Dentistry is connecting with her patients and being able to educate them about oral health. Outside of the office, Abigail enjoys spending time outdoors fishing and kayaking with her husband.
Baylee was born and raised in southern West Virginia and recently graduated from West Virginia University with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is excited to begin making a difference in patients’ lives and keep them informed about the importance of good oral health. She is eager to join the team at River Landing because she loves the atmosphere and the family feel the office brings; it reminds her of home. In her free time, she hopes to enjoy the beautiful weather here in Charleston and spend time at the beach.
Lucie is originally from Charlotte, NC but moved down to Charleston after graduating from the University of South Carolina last year. Having grown up visiting the area she knew when the opportunity arose to join River Landing Dentistry, she couldn’t turn it down. This is Lucie’s first job in the dental field, but she loves the ability to educate herself within her role. Outside of the office Lucie loves going to the beach and experiencing all the wonderful things Charleston has to offer.
Janice is new to the Charleston area; she is originally from Tampa but was born in Puerto Rico. She started her career in the dental field in September 2021 and she loves River Landing Dentistry because of the immense opportunities to learn and grow! During her free time, she likes exploring local areas with her family, dancing and cooking!
Front Office Admin
Chelsie was born and raised in the low country. She started her career in dentistry in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. Cheslie’s favorite part of working at River Landing Dentistry is the rewarding feeling of seeing patients leave with a smile. In her personal time, she enjoys most artistic activities such as painting and crafting!
Kaci was born and raised in Elkins, West Virginia. She is a lover of the mountains, but she felt like it was time to explore the coast and Charleston, SC felt like the perfect place to call home! She chose to pursue a dental career because she wanted to help patients realize going to the dentist can be enjoyable. She has a passion for making people feel more confident and prouder of their smiles. Kaci loves River Landing Dentistry because it is such a positive work environment, and she is constantly surrounded by people who want to work hard and provide the best care for our patients.
Macie is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but attended dental hygiene school at West Virginia University. She began her dental career at 16 by attending dental assisting school. The love she had for dental assisting pushed her to continue in the field and become a dental hygienist. She loves River Landing Dentistry because everyone is so welcoming and caring! Outside of work, Macie likes to travel and go to the beach.
Heather grew up in New York but moved to New Jersey to pursue her education and has now found herself in sunny South Carolina. She began her dental career in high school doing front desk administration but transitioned into clinical work when she moved to New Jersey. Her favorite part about working at River Landing Dentistry is the advanced technology we offer, allowing us to go above and beyond to ensure excellent patient experiences. When Heather is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Jackson.
Jordan is from Kansas City and recently moved to Charleston to join River Landing Dentistry. She has always been interested in dentistry as she grew up watching her dad practice. Jordan knew she wanted to join the team after seeing how much her sisters, Morgan and Gina, loved it. She loves River Landing Dentistry because of the family-like atmosphere, getting to meet so many new people, and the amazing learning opportunities that our wide variety of services offer her. Outside of work you can find Jordan exploring the outdoors, crafting, or cuddling with her cat, Yam.
Lauren has been in the dental field one way or another since 2006 but graduated from York Tech’s Expanded Duty Dental Assistant program in 2008. She has been in South Carolina most of her life but moved to the Charleston area 10 years ago with her husband. They now have two beautiful children, 10 years old and 7 years old, and 3 (yes 3) dogs. Lauren’s favorite part about being in dentistry is the patients. She loves seeing someone who is anxious about their smile transform into someone who has all the confidence in the world. She enjoys being a part of River Landing Dentistry because of all we offer to the community and the family-like staff. Outside of work you can catch Lauren on the boat with her family and friends.
Lindsay is originally from Florida but recently moved to Charleston. Her dental career started by working at the front desk for a few years, but she quickly realized she would love to interact and do more for patients. Upon joining River Landing Dentistry, she found herself working chairside as an assistant and hasn’t looked back since. Lindsay loves the practice because of the people she gets to work with, patients and staff, and the friendships she has already begun to form. In her free time, she enjoys anything outdoors and hanging out with friends.
Sarah Beth is a Charleston native and has always had a passion for dentistry. She loves working with people and helping educate patients on healthy oral habits. Getting to know each individual patient and building a relationship with them is what she thinks the most rewarding part of working at River Landing Dentistry is. She takes pride in exceeding patient expectations. Out of the office, Sarah Beth likes to do many things such as relaxing on the beach, spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, and exploring the beautiful Charleston area. She looks forward to meeting you!