Doctors and Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make Westphalia Dental Implant Center the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Upper Marlboro.
James M Chung, D.D.S.
Life has a tendency to lead you to your calling – albeit sometimes in a circuitous manner.
Dr. Chung was born and raised in the U.S; growing up in San Francisco.
Dr. Chung comes from a family of physicians. He was expected to adopt the same path. His education was catered to facilitate this path and ultimately led him to attend the prestigious Yonsei University Medical School in South Korea. While in Korea, Dr. Chung taught English and served as an adjunct martial arts instructor for ROK Special Forces.
Dr. Chung eventually left South Korea to return to the U.S. He briefly attended law school, but quickly realized that his calling was, in fact, in the medical field. During this transition, he met his wife, a jewelry designer. He also received training in aesthetic and wax carving which served as the impetus behind his entrance into NYU College of Dentistry.
Dr. Chung completed a general practice residency in Jersey City Medical Center where he was introduced to implants and third molar extractions. Since then, he has piously and vigorously continued to enrich his implant education through the AAID’s (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) Maxicourse, an intensive year-long training compendium with courses through International Academy of Dental Implantology.
Dr. Chung is a devoted father and husband. He enjoys wrestling, Jujitsu, indoor rock climbing, and racetrack driving with his daughter, Serene. Currently, he is teaching her chess and Othello.
Dr. Chung enjoys giving back to his local community. The practice will be sponsoring our local junior sports football team!
Michelle – RDH
Michelle was born in Washington DC and raised in Charles County, Maryland. At the age of nineteen, she enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed her training as a dental assistant. After tours of duty in Bitburg, Germany and Yigo, Guam, Michelle returned to Maryland and continued her career as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Appreciation for the field of dentistry, along with its overall impact on total health, prompted her to pursue her passion for achieving the next level in her career. In 2015, after over twenty years as a CDA, Michelle acquired her Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene from Fortis College. Her desire to provide optimal and compassionate care is evident with every individual she encounters.
When Michelle is not doing what she loves by providing exceptional care, she enjoys traveling— especially to an island with Jamaica being her all-time favorite. Other hobbies include meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and anything that involves Prince or the color purple!
Jaci – Lead Dental Assistant
Jaci was born in Alexandria, Virginia but moved to Maryland when she was 6 years old. Jaci graduated from Potomac High School in 2018. Jaci fell in love with dentistry when she was introduced to it in June 2020. Jack took to dentistry as a fish takes to water, loving surgical procedures as well as the aesthetic aspect. Jaci’s favorite part of her day is making people smile.
When Jaci is not at work she loves spending time with her family and friends.
Carson – Hygienist
The man. The myth. The legend.
Carson has been practicing for 20 years in dentistry. He loves engaging with patients and his priority is to provide people with quality, honest, and sensible dental treatment. His family is his motivating force. They keep him grounded and extremely busy. He enjoys his job and looks forward to serving the community.
Nika – Front Office Executive
Nika was born in Washington DC but moved to Prince Georges County in 1998 where she earned her high school diploma from northwestern high school in 2001. After high school, Nika worked at a nonprofit company for 10 years until the company went out of business. In 2012 she was blessed to have the opportunity to enter the dental field.
With over 9 years’ experience in dentistry, she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from some great doctors. Nika is very knowledgeable when it comes to consulting or talking with patients when it comes to dental treatment and procedures. She prides herself on being a people person; making her personal goal to ensure the patient’s first visit is not their last.
When Nika is not working she likes bowling, karaoke, being a mom to 3 great kids, and loves spending time with family and friends to ensure she lives her life to the fullest.
Yenifer – New Dental Assistant!
Born in a small country called El Salvador located in Central America, Yenifer is the third child out of four daughters. She moved to the states at the age of eleven, living in Virginia for a little while but then moved to Prince George’s County where she currently resides.
Yennifer’s passion for working with people, always having a positive attitude and networking skills has guided her into the world of dentistry. When Yenifer is not working, she loves to hang out with her family and friends, enjoy learning new things and taking care of herself.
Melva – Director of Administration
Melva was born in the nation’s capital and raised in Northern Virginia. Melva is accustomed to diversity. With over eight years in customer service, she sets the bar for competence and integrity.
Melva’s intensive training in fast-paced environments has prepared her for all situations, and her compassionate nature makes patient care a natural fit. Her dental background consists of attending seminars, completion of education courses and working in various areas in dentistry such as endodontics, pediatrics, and general dentistry.
With her strong leadership skills and strategic thinking abilities, she ensures that the administrative functions run smoothly while improving the quality of patients’ lives through excellent dentistry and communication.
Melva’s mission statement is to create an efficient and profitable practice that is well known in the community for excellent service to its patients.
When she isn’t making people smile at work, she enjoys wine tasting, spending time with family and friends and binge-watching Netflix.