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Meet the Faces Behind Premier Dental Associates

Meet the dedicated team at Premier Dental Associates, committed to providing exceptional oral care. With expertise and compassion, they ensure your dental needs are met with personalized attention and advanced techniques.

At the heart of our organization lies a cohesive team of passionate individuals, each characterized by their unwavering dedication to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Comprising our team are individuals who embody kindness, friendliness, and genuine care, making it their mission to transform your visit to our office into a truly enjoyable and memorable experience.

Our staff is carefully selected not only for their professional expertise but also for their commitment to fostering a positive environment. With a wealth of experience under their belts, our team members bring a dynamic energy to their roles, ensuring that every interaction is infused with enthusiasm and a genuine desire to serve. We understand that effective communication is key to building trust and providing exceptional care, and our team excels in establishing open and transparent dialogue with our patients.

From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted by a team that is not only skilled in their respective fields but also genuinely invested in your well-being. Whether you’re seeking medical advice, undergoing a procedure, or simply paying a visit, our team is here to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout your entire journey with us. With a shared commitment to excellence, our team members collaborate seamlessly to deliver the best possible care, leaving you with the assurance that you are in capable and compassionate hands.

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Discover the skilled and friendly professionals at Premier Dental Associates—your dedicated team committed to providing top-notch dental care. Experience excellence in oral health with our compassionate and knowledgeable staff.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Becky has worked in the dental field for 20 years. She attended the Dental Hygiene Program at Cuyahoga Community College to obtain her hygiene license in 2010. Prior to being a hygienist, Becky worked as a Dental Assistant. She has been a part of the Premier Dental team for over 9 years. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, she says, “Sharing my knowledge & educating patients on the importance of Oral-Systemic Health, and seeing the difference this can make in a patient’s life.” She has a calm, nurturing demeanor that helps to put our patients at ease. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her 2 children and husband.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Melissa has been a hygienist since 2006. She graduated from Lakeland Community College.  Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of working alongside and learning from numerous accomplished practitioners. She has been with Premier Dental Associates since November 2020, and then officially joined our great staff the following January. She has learned so much about the cutting edge of dentistry and is excited to be part of it working with Dr. Rita. Melissa finds joy in her interactions with patients and takes pride in assisting them in achieving a healthy and beautiful smile. Each one is a “patient”, not a condition. Her dedication and commitment to providing excellent dental care make her a valuable asset to our team!


Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Nicole has been involved in the dental industry since 2010 and became an EFDA after completing her licensure at Case Western University in 2015. Her professional journey has led her to work alongside Dr. Rita since 2015, an experience she greatly cherishes. Nicole possesses a genuine enthusiasm for dentistry and finds joy in dedicating time to her growing family. During her free time, she likes to play golf.


Treatment Coordinator

Meet Erica, our dedicated team member with over 10 years of experience in the dental field. She has a genuine passion for patient interaction and takes pride in helping patients throughout their treatment journey. Erica is committed to making the financial aspect of treatment comfortable and affordable for all our patients. With her friendly and caring demeanor, she strives to ensure that every patient’s experience is nothing short of wonderful.

When Erica is not at work, she cherishes spending quality time with her two children, Enzo (8) and Stella (5), and her wonderful husband, Matt. Having been happily married for over 9 years, Erica understands the importance of family and brings that same warmth and compassion to her interactions with our patients.


Certified Dental Assistant

Hi, My name is Michele. I have been a dental assistant for over 30 years. In my spare time, I enjoy my family, friends, and my 3 German shorthair pointers. I also enjoy reading thriller novels and watching our favorite Cleveland Sports Teams. Looking forward to seeing you in the office.


Registered Dental Assistant

Family is everything to Michelle who cherishes her two fur babies, Lila and Dior. Bringing joy to her life daily. As a dedicated dental assistant educator, she is passionate about enlightening patients and students alike. Adventurous at heart, Michelle loves to travel and seek new experiences. Celebrating 8 wonderful years in the dental industry, she looks forward to many more smiles and memories!


Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Alison started her dental career in 2008 and has never looked back. She jokes about celebrating its “Sweet Sixteen” in 2024, though we suspect that she is quite serious.
She received her EFDA certification at Case Western Reserve University in 2018 and takes great pride in restoring teeth so even the patient can’t tell they have a filling. 

In her spare time she enjoys live shows whether they be music, comedy or the latest showing at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. 
She is also an avid cook, making comfort food favorites as well as exploring new recipe ideas.


 Office Manager

Cindy’s passion for the dental field has been a lifelong adventure, beginning at the age of 21. With over two decades of experience as an office manager, she shows a natural comfort within the dental office that puts everyone at ease. Her mission is to make sure that every patient experiences a sense of ease and confidence during their visit.
Equipped with a wealth of knowledge, Cindy goes above and beyond to address questions, offering guidance on insurance and financial matters. As a valued member of the Premier Dental team, she has witnessed countless smiles transformed under the skillful hands of the remarkable Dr. Rita.

Dr. Rita is not only highly skilled in the art of dentistry, but she also knows how to make every moment enjoyable. Working alongside such an exceptional doctor is not only a privilege for Cindy, but an absolute delight.

Beyond working, Cindy enjoys spending time with loved ones, both family and friends. Cindy looks forward to the countless years of collaboration and smiles yet to come.

meet our doctor

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Rita Kutsikovich DDS, MSH
Dr. Rita Kutsikovich, DDS, MPH., is a specialist in the field of prosthodontics and offers a wide array of services and treatments in specialized dentistry. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her undergraduate training and immediately advanced to Dental School at the Medical College of Virginia, completed the four year doctoral degree program in 2001, and became a licensed dentist.
She went on to pursue additional specialized education for three more years and graduated in 2004 from University of Pittsburgh with Masters Degree in Public health and Certificate in Prosthodontics. During those three years she has also managed to earn her Diplomate Status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists , DICOI (www.icoi.org to find out more about the requirements to earn the status of DICOI). Her rigorous training enabled her with the expertise to provide comprehensive, complex treatments for patients.

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Discover why patients rave about Premier Dental Associates! Our top-notch dental care and friendly staff leave a lasting impression. Read glowing reviews showcasing exceptional experiences and radiant smiles.
3 weeks ago
Deborah DeGrange
Loved getting my teeth cleaned & the hygentist was very informative and helpful. She helped me plan out future plans for my dental care in conjuncture with my insurance coverage.
3 weeks ago
Sharon Decker
This was my first visit to Premier Dental and I was very happy from the minute I checked in until I left. Everyone took the time to explain things and that they truly care about you. Very caring and warm atmosphere in this office. I would definitely recommend them.
1 month ago
Juan Dornel
Thank you Dr Rita and staff for your incredible professionalism and support! My Invisalign journey was nothing short of your continuous and diligent care and help. I am so happy with my new smile! My whole family only trusts you with their dental care! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
3 months ago
kim wynn
My first visit at Premier Dental Associates Inc, in one word was "AMAZING". Starting from my appointment confirmation, to the warm inviting greeting of the team, to the Dental Technicians professional care and finally to my doctor. The wholistic consultation for my problem to providing me with various solutions was very enlightening. The best part, was feeling confident in knowing I am being provided with quality service from a team that looks at providing me with Quality Results. Thank you so much.
3 months ago
Warren Serrani
I’ve been seeing Dr. Rita for the past 9 years - everything from general teeth cleanings to most recently my Invisalign treatment! Her knowledge and care has made such a difference in both my life and my smile. 🙂 The staff is a true highlight of this office & always make me feel so welcomed and cared for. Everyone from Cindy and Erica at the front desk, to all of the wonderful hygienists who have worked on me over the years. I can’t imagine doing anywhere else for all my dental needs.
4 months ago
Oksana Zvereva
I wanted to thank Dr Rita and all of her amazing staff for treating my parents with the outmost love and respect! My father needed a lot of specialized care that only Dr Rita was able to provide. Unfortunately, chemo therapy did a lot of damage and he could not eat everything he wanted and was loosing his confidence. Dr Rita’s office welcomed him as their own family and gave him back what cancer had taken away. I can never thank Dr Rita and her staff enough for all their professionalism and kind hearts!
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