Cuglewski & Associates

Meet the Staff

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At Cuglewski & Associates, we always try to create the best patient experience for you! This means making you feel at home. We pride ourselves on having a welcoming, family-oriented atmosphere to ensure your comfort every time you visit our office.


DENTISTS

Dr. Jim Cuglewski

Dr. Jim has been practicing dentistry for almost 40 years. He decided to become a dentist because he loved his dentist as a child and wanted to help patients be unafraid to visit a dentist. He worked in three different dental practices before choosing to open his own practice in Parma. "I wanted to have my own practice because I felt I could do gentler and better treatments in my own place, where I could make patients feel relaxed, comfortable and even make my office friendly and fun!" Dr. Jim's favorite part of practice is working together with his patients. He likes seeing his patient's amazement when he solves dental problems for them painlessly and professionally. He enjoys teaching his patients about the benefits of healthy teeth and gums as well as having fun with children, since most have some fear of the dentist initially.  When Dr. Jim is not in the office, he enjoys gardening, reading, playing basketball, singing and being with people. However, most of all he loves the practice of dentistry. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction he gets each day he's at the office, the people he gets to meet and treat, and the satisfaction of a "job well done!"

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Dr. Judy Kiss-Benke

Dr. Judy has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for 20 years, but practicing dentistry for 29 years. She has had an interest in the healthcare industry since she was in grade school. "I've always been drawn to beautiful smiles so dentistry seemed to be a perfect fit." Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to know each person she treats and helping them reach their dental goals. She enjoys our office because her co-workers are like family to her. When Dr. Judy isn't in the office, she loves spending time with her two children and her husband helping out at school and at their parish.


Dental Assistants 

Dental Assistant, Becky Meek, comforts a patient.

Dental Assistant, Becky Meek, comforts a patient.

(Left to right: Becky Meek and Jill Beeble)

(Left to right: Becky Meek and Jill Beeble)

Becky Meek

Becky has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for over 10 years. She was inspired to become a dental assistant because she just loves teeth and knows how important they are to a person's appearance. Her favorite part of the job is witnessing the cosmetic side of dentistry and how it changes a person's confidence and looks. Becky enjoys working at our office because her co-workers are like family. She also enjoys the patients, whom she has gotten to know so well over the years, and the conversations she has with them.  When Becky is out of the office, she enjoys watching and playing with her two children.

Jill Beeble

Jill has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for 30 years but has been a dental assistant for 38 years. She was inspired to become a dental assistant when a course at Cuyahoga Valley Joint Vocational School (CVJVS or the CVCC) caught her interest. She has loved dentistry ever since! Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the patients and making them feel comfortable. "I enjoy seeing many of the patients we've had since they were little, now they are bringing their children in!" Jill enjoys working at our office because she really enjoys her coworkers. When Jill is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, scrap booking and doing crafts.

Autumn Hegedus

Autumn has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for a few months. She was always interested in dentistry which inspired her to become a dental assistant. Her favorite part of the job is how friendly the staff is. "I felt so welcomed the moment I stepped into the office." Autumn enjoys working at our office because she enjoys interacting with the patients and getting to know them on a personal level. When Autumn is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  


Dental Hygienists 

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Kris Vano

Kris has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for 27 years but has been a hygienist for 37 years. She decided to become a hygienist after taking a two year dental assisting vocational program in high school, after which, she knew she wanted to become a hygienist.  Her favorite part of the job are the people who like to come in every six months because they know the staff are helping them keep on top of their oral health. "Our patients have become very dear friends, it is nice to know they feel very comfortable in our office." Kris enjoys working at our office because she loves the family atmosphere, and how very warm and friendly it is for patients. When Kris is not in the office, she enjoys taking walks, gardening, bike riding and visiting wineries and restaurants. 

Sheri Salerno

Sheri has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for 30 years, first as a dental assistant, then as a hygienist, which she has been for 25 years. She became a hygienist after deciding to continue her dental education. Her favorite part of the job is seeing how excited a child is when they come in for their first dental checkup. She especially enjoys seeing patients who have grown up coming to the practice and bring their children. Sheri enjoys working at our office because she likes working as a team with our staff to give the patients the best dental treatment possible to keep their teeth healthy. When Sheri is out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as going on vacation anywhere there are palm trees and a beach to relax on!


Patient Coordinator

Teri Poch

Teri has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates for 22 years and loves working in the office. Her favorite part of the job is speaking with the patients about the importance of taking care of their health. She enjoys working at our office because of her co-workers and the patients she has met over the years. When Teri is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her two granddaughters. She also enjoys seeing the sites of Cleveland.



Dental Practice Technology Coordinator

Thomas DeCastra

Thomas has been a part of Cuglewski & Associates since February of 2016.  His favorite part of the job is helping his fellow employees learn new technology and processes that will make the patient's experience better. He enjoys working at our office because of the family atmosphere among the employees and the connection with each patient since the number one priority of the office is patient care. When Thomas is not in the office, he enjoys computers and reading.