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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.

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Dr. James Chung provides the All-On-Four dental implant concept to his patients as a modern alternative to traditional dentures. This procedure can use as few as four dental implants to support a full denture. The All-On-Four concept restores the form and function of the bite for patients who did not seem like candidates for implants previously.

Dr. Chung offers a complete range of dental implant services, including the All-On-Four concept, removable dentures (“snap-in dentures”), Hybrid, Fixed Zirconia Bridge, and mini-implants. Mini implants are much smaller than regular implants, as the name implies. This makes them quicker and easier to place as well as often being cheaper. They are more comfortable than conventional implants, but because they are not so big, it’s not possible to load implants in the same way. You therefore may need either more mini-implants placed or have to have fewer teeth restored if mini-implants are used.

We take a comprehensive approach to your restorative care to ensure that we meet all of our dental health needs. Dr. Chung collaborates with patients to create custom-tailored treatment plans.

Boyang Zhang, D.D.S.

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Dr. Bo Zhang, originally from China, found his home in the DMV area after completing his education at The George Washington University. With Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, he emerged as a skilled dentist, integrating early Dental Implant training into his expertise during his Prosthodontics Clerkship program. Dr. Bo infuses his work with positive energy, setting high standards and bringing a sense of fun to each day with his Westphalia Dental family.

Known for his delightful terrible dad jokes and hosting delicious snack parties, Dr. Bo brings a unique warmth to the dental experience. Beyond the clinic, he and his economist wife, Selene, indulge their passion for travel, exploring diverse cultures and savoring local cuisines in cities across the country. His love for food has earned him endearing nicknames – Dr. BoJangles and Dr. Boba.

In his downtime, Dr. Bo enjoys a range of activities, from playing tennis to watching football and going to the movies. Recently, he and Selene have embraced the challenge of jigsaw puzzles, adding another layer of shared enjoyment to their life outside the dental world.

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.

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.

Mekala – Dental Assistant

Mekala Alysse Gillison is Dental Assistant offering excellent clinical and customer relations skills gained through years of classroom study and advance study with local dental schools. Mekala is currently employed with Westphalia Dental in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where she demonstrates calm friendly demeanor and gentle touch during all dental procedures, earning consistent praise from patients and employers. In 2019, Mekala graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) with a B.S. Degree in Biology.

Mekala is very outgoing and loves the art and creativity of dancing. While attending college Mekala was a member of the UMES HAUS of Legacy which allowed her to perform in numerous dance performances and modeling competitions on campus and throughout the state of Maryland. In 2021, Mekala participated in the Miss Maryland USA pageant.

Mekala’s love for fashion and style was very instrumental in the development of her business Kreative Kolors specializing in designing custom-made jewelry that are affordable, unique, complementary, quality-driven and establishes sentimental values.

Mekala plans to maintain a career in dentistry with the intent to grow and advance her professional knowledge with the hope of reaching high level goals. Mekala’s favorite quote: “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” – Connie Stevens

Brenda – Dental Assistant

Brenda is our new dental assistant from Guatemala, but relocated here at the age of 15. She completed her high school education at Crossland High School in 2019, and is currently pursuing further studies at Prince George Community College. Initially, she was uncertain about her career path, but things changed when she joined the team at Westphalia Dental. Now, she wants to bring joy to people’s lives. Her goal is to receive advanced training in the field of dentistry in order to provide support and care that will make our patients feel better.

Apart from work, Brenda dedicates her free time to spending quality moments with loved ones, taking camping trips, visits to the beach, or small family gatherings.

Wendy – Patient Care Coordinator

Wendy was born in El Salvador & moved to the state of New Jersey when she was just 5 years old. At the age of 19 she decided to venture out to the DMV! Which is where she was introduced to the dental field in 2021 & has appreciated learning new things about Dentistry ever since. She loves answering all your calls & greeting patients with a smile every day!

When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family & cuddling at home with her cat & German Shepherd Dog.