Our Team



Surgical Dental Assistant

Carrie is a traditional dental assistant and joined AIP in the fall of 2021, after working for two and a half years at a general dentist.

When Carrie is not working, she enjoys dancing, singing, and swimming with her daughter, as well as playing with their new kitten.


Cyndee "Lou"

Dental Hygienist

After five years working with the Vermont department of health, Cyndee joined the AIP team as a dental hygienist in 2002.  She loves learning about her patients and is always elated to hear what they have to share. She delights in learning from and working with the doctors, admiring how Dr. Shuman gets to know his patients on both a clinical and personal level, and appreciating his awesome sense of humor. 


Heather "H"

Dental Hygienist

Heather joined the AIP team as a dental hygienist in 1992. She loves getting to know her patients and has a knack for helping those who are anxious feel at ease. Heather finds working at AIP to be truly rewarding. She loves to see the progress that patients make and is always looking out for the patients best interests.

Heather is married with two grown children; family time is of the utmost importance to her. She loves being outdoors with her dog, camping, traveling, and Jazzercise.




Front Office Coordinator

Kim entered the dental field with AIP in 1999 as the front office coordinator. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the patients, and she admires the doctors’ focus on patient care, and their high quality of clinical expertise. 

Kim is married with two children. She enjoys summers at her camp in Maine, swimming, biking, and spending time with her family.



Dental Hygienist

Kirsten graduated from UVM in 1997 and began her dental hygiene career in general practice. Dental hygiene has provided her with lots of diversity to form a well-rounded career. She has worked in general practice, prosthodontics with Dr. Bentley Merrick, the community health system, the executive leadership within her professional organizations, and as an adjunct clinical instructor at UVM and VTC. Throughout Kirsten’s dental hygiene career, AIP has always been a trusted partner with all the dental offices she has been so fortunate to be a part of.

Outside the office, Kirsten enjoys short jogs, long walks, biking, hiking, HIIT workouts, being spectators to her kid's sports, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.


Marketa "Keta"

Treatment Coordinator/Surgical Dental Assistant

With AIP for more than 25 years, Marketa plays an essential role in our patients’ care. In addition to scheduling surgical treatment and communicating with referring offices, she also assists the doctors with surgical treatment. Her goal is to provide thorough answers to patients’ questions and help them feel comfortable in our care.

Marketa is grateful to make a difference for our patients, not just with their dental care, but in their lives as well. She shares with our doctors a drive for the standard of care we provide for our patients and making sure they have the best possible experience with us.

Marketa and her husband have been married for 25 years and have one son. She enjoys the outdoors in the summer, whether she is golfing, camping, kayaking, or boating. In the winter, she likes to travel to visit her sister in Adelaide, South Australia!



Dental Hygienist

Talia graduated from the Center for Technology in Essex in 2008 for dental assisting. After that, she attended the Community College of Vermont while working as a dental assistant. Talia enjoyed the dental field so much that she went onto attend the dental hygiene program at Vermont Tech. Talia worked for a general dentist upon completing her degree, before she joined AIP.

When Talia’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, practicing yoga, and being outside in the sun or by the water.

Shuman Dogs

Thunder & 

Therapy Dogs

Thunder is our office therapist, offering nothing short of unconditional love and affection. He works and resides in South Burlington with Dr. Shuman’s family. Available for comfort by appointment only.