Our Team

Kaitlyn, Dental Hygienist

Kait, our dental hygienist, has been working in the dental field for over 2 years. She resides in her hometown, Salem, Connecticut, with her fiancé Rick, and their beloved pit bull, Remi! Formerly a dental assistant, Kait is well rounded in many facets of dentistry. She is someone who loves to laugh, and make her patients feel comfortable at their hygiene visits. She says “I love cleaning teeth of course, but most of all I want my patients to feel that they are getting more than just a cleaning out of their time with me. I strive to give them the tools and the knowledge they need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health! Making a difference in my patient’s lives and seeing their beautiful smiles is what I love about my job and what makes it so rewarding.” In her free time, Kait likes to go fishing, trips to the beach, arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends.

Donna, Front Desk Coordinator

Donna entered the dental field over two years ago after a career in IT at a large insurance company and then as a Practice Manager of a veterinary hospital. She has an M.B.A. in Business Management from UConn. She resides in Moodus with her husband, Bob, and their six cats. She has three grown children—twins: a daughter pursuing her doctorate in Psychology and a son pursuing his doctorate in Music; and a daughter with her B.S. in Mathematics and working in a sterile pharmaceutical compounding facility. Besides spending time with family and friends, Donna enjoys scrapbooking, card-making, and doing service projects.

Carissa Morgan, Dental Assistant

Hi, I am Carissa. I am a dental assistant dedicated to the field of dentistry and enjoy bringing smiles to all my patients. I studied dental assisting at Three Rivers Community College and completed the program in 2020. In addition, I hold both ICE and RHS certifications. I’m looking forward to all that the field has to offer. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs and my fiancé. We enjoy all that nature has to offer. We spend much of our time in the outdoors, and with family. Thank you for trusting me in assisting Dr. Canakala with the best care and treatment for you and your family. I’m looking forward to having the pleasure of helping you.