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Dr. David L. Sykes

Dr. Sykes has been practicing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the Atlantic City area since 1980. He graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Dentistry, in 1975. Following dental school, Dr. Sykes served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps until 1977. He then completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, in 1980. Dr. Sykes is on the staff at Shore Medical Center and Bacharach Rehab Center. He is also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Sykes is board certified by the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons and is BLS and ACLS certified.

Meet Our Staff

Connie Elwell – Office Manager

Connie serves as Dr. Sykes’ office manager and has worked with Dr. Sykes since January of 1986. She is a Certified Medical Manager, CPR certified, and has also earned her fellowship with AADOM. She belongs to the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) and is a lifetime member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). In 2005, she received the AADOM Office Manager of the Year Award. She lives with her husband and has 2 grown children. She loves spending time with her 3 springer spaniels at the beach and EHT nature reserve. Connie also loves gardening, kayaking, reading, fishing, and target shooting.

Debby – Dental Assistant & Front Desk

Debby has been with the office of David L. Sykes DMD, LLC for over a year, and she thoroughly enjoys the great rapport everyone in the practice has with each other. She loves what she does and always strive to help our patients with her in-depth knowledge of medical information and dental insurances. Before becoming a dental assistant, Debby graduated from Cape May County Technical School in 2009. Her favorite hobbies include kayaking and playing the guitar.

Leah Lavigna – Dental Assistant

Leah graduated from a licensed, accredited dental assisting program with a dental assisting certification and dental radiology license. She is CPR certified and presently working on an advanced degree in science studies. She has accumulated over 15 years of experience in dental and oral surgery. Leah resides in Brigantine with her husband and three children. Her interests include cooking, reading, ice hockey, and her love of animals.

Wendy – Front Desk Coordinator

Wendy joined our staff last year as our Front Desk Coordinator. Previously, she worked as Dr. Sykes’ medical transcriptionist. She enjoys meeting patients and helping them with their scheduling and insurance needs. As a life-long resident of the area, Wendy has an Associate’s Degree from Atlantic Cape Community College and also attended Stockton University.

Heather Connolly – Surgical Assistant/Implant Coordinator

Heather came to work for the office of David L. Sykes DMD, LLC at the beginning of 2017, bringing with her a background in oral and maxillofacial surgery. She graduated from dental assisting school in 2016 with a CDA, RDA, and X-ray license. Heather is thrilled to work for a practice where everyone works together well and is passionate about what they do. She contributes her own success to her incredible work ethic and dedication in making sure everything is organized and running smoothly. Heather has a wonderful 4-year-old daughter and in her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and relaxing at the beach.

Desiree Cooper-Gill – Dental Assistant

Desiree is a certified dental assistant with more than 25 years of experience, in a variety of dental specialties including periodontics, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. She graduated from the Technical Institute of Camden County in 1991 with a CDA, RDA, and dental radiology license. She also holds a license as an NJ skin care specialist. Desiree resides in Egg Harbor Township with her husband, Chris, their golden retriever, and two cats.