Meet Our Hygienists
Jill Baron RDH, BS, MSJill has been a vital part of our practice since 2000. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene and then from Old Dominion University with her Master's of Dental Hygiene. She grew up around dentistry in her father's dental practice. Her other passion is music. She is an organist and church musician at Saint William of York Catholic Church.
Melissa Polan RDHMelissa joined our practice in September of 2005 and has since become an integral part of our hygiene team. She graduated with honors from GCC/NVCC dental hygiene program in 2004. She has served as a member of the American Dental Hygienist's Association from 2004 to 2010, holding local positions as President and Legislative Chair. In 2010 she earned her certificate in anesthesia and nitrous oxide from GCC. Her interests include travelling domestically and internationally. She also loves caring for her Yorkie, Chicken, and the newest addition, Avi.
Cara McDevitt, RDHRegistered Dental Hygienist
Cara has spent most of her life in Fredericksburg, and returned to the area after graduating from VCU in 2017. Her favorite part about being a hygienist is being able to help patients feel confident about their smile. Since being at the practice, she has gotten married and had her first baby. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows (like The Office) and completing home improvement projects with her husband.
Deah RunionRegistered Dental Hygienist
Deah Runion moved to Virginia in 2010, at that time, she was a stay at home Mom for 10 years before discovering her passion in the dental field. She put herself through dental assisting school to get her foot in the door and before she could complete the program she applied and was accepted into the dental hygiene program at Northern Virginia Community College in 2013. Deah continued in both programs for the remainder of that year. She graduated from Germanna’s Dental Assisting program with honors at the end of 2013. Deah is the only student to this day, to have taken both dental programs at the same time.) She continued and graduated in 2015 with her Associates of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, shortly after she found the love of her life and was married in 2017. She has one son from a previous marriage and 3 children she welcomed with open arms with this marriage. She has also welcomed into her family 3 fur baby cats Luna, Tux, and Pixie. They were all adopted from the local shelter, as well as, a spunky yorkie- bi chon pup named Peanut.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sometimes she might mix it up and enjoy friends before animals. 😁 Other past times are laughing, (“Humanity has unquestionably one really exceptional weapon—laughter”), movies, wine, dining out and hanging out with her best friend, her husband Chris. Deah is also a big DIYer and crafter, she is always working on projects and remodeling the family home, not to mention, finding new projects to drive her family mad! Her passion, other than providing oral health to her patients, is her favorite past time, creating beautiful pieces of abstract art. You may notice some, as she displays them throughout the office as well as in her operatory. Deah would like to thank you for allowing her to care for you and your family while you get optimal, friendly, and informative health care. Welcome to the Family here at Fredericksburg Dental Associates voted the Best of the Burg 2019.