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Michael S. McCormick, D.M.D., FAGD

McCormickDr. McCormick began his dental career in 1981 in the United States Army as a Dental Assistant and then a Dental Hygienist. While serving in the Army, he earned the Expert Field Medic Badge and two Army Commendation Medals. After serving, he obtained his Associate degree in Dental Laboratory Technology from Erie Community College where he now serves on the Dental Laboratory Advisory Committee.

He then continued his education at Temple University School of Dental Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. After graduation, he began practicing in Syracuse, NY before moving back to his hometown of Western New York. He began practicing in East Aurora, NY in 2003 and eventually purchased the practice in 2007.

Dr. McCormick is a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, a member in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International Association of Orthodontics, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Dawson Academy Alumni Association, the Metropolitan Study Club, the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Society and the Eighth District Dental Society.

With his extensive advanced post-graduate training, he is emphasizing his practice towards treating the whole masticatory system and not just tooth dentistry. This includes Head and Neck Pain, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD), Orthodontics and Sleep Disordered Breathing (sleep apnea), Bruxism and Occlusal disease (clenching/grinding/wear) and the treatment of these interconnected problems as a whole.

Dr. McCormick enjoys spending his free time with his wife Jean and their daughter Abigail. He also likes going to the Bills and Sabres games and spending time at the beach.

Lisa M. Hughes, D.D.S.

Dr Lisa Hughes

Dr. Lisa Hughes grew up in Lockport, NY and attended Canisius College for her undergraduate studies to obtain a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude degree in Biology. She then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine for her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Hughes completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the VA WNY Healthcare system in Buffalo where she advanced her career in all fields of dentistry.  Outside of work, Dr. Hughes enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. 


Stacie Fisher, R.D.H.

Stacie RDHStacie has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for nine years. She lives in West Seneca, NY with her husband and two children. Haley attends St. Mary's High School and her son Patrick attends SUNY Fredonia. Stacie also has a rescue dog named Phoebe.


Brittany Prisinzano, R.D.H.

Brittany Smith, HygienistI am the newest team member at Michael McCormick, D.M.D. LLC.  Born in Buffalo, NY - my family moved to Florida when I was three and moved back to Elma, NY when I was ten. We have been here in Western NY ever since. When I'm not at work, I love to spend time with my family and my cat, Lilly. A quote I like to live by is "It is not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you are not."- Denis Waitley

Jill Kmiotek

Jill KmiotekJill is the newest assistant at Micheal S. McCormick, D.M.D. LLC.  She was born and raised in Elma, NY.  Jill went to the Educational Opportunity Center program for Dental Assisting eight years ago and has been working in the field ever since.  Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, biking and spending time with her loved ones and fur babies!


Sally Mucha, C.D.A., R.D.A.

SallySally has worked in the dental field for 36 years and has been Dr. McCormick's assistant for 15 years. She is certified with the Dental Assisting Nation Board and a New York State Registered Dental Assistant. Sally has extensive training and certifications in Orthodontics, TMD/TMJ, and Sleep Apnea. Presently Sally is working on her American Dental Association Fellowship and advance training in Airway Centric Dentistry. Sally enjoys spending her free time home with her family, 2 grandchildren, reading and gardening.


Shannon O’Connell

SOConnell.jpgI am one of the newest members to this dental office, I was born and raised in Angola, NY.  I am a dog mom to a goofy Goldendoodle named Sheldon who loves to play fetch. I love to ski during the winter and I spend my summers on the water. In my spare time I love to cook and try new restaurants in the Buffalo area.
Go Bills.


Vanessa Hayes, RDH, BS, MHR


Vanessa graduated with top honors from SUNY Erie School of Dental Hygiene and was awarded the New York State Dental Association Albert H. Stevenson Award.  She was also elected as a member into the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, Vanessa served nine years on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force and served both stateside and overseas in California, Texas, South Korea, Germany, as well as three deployments to the Middle East. After a rewarding career in the military, Vanessa became a Certified Professional Organizer and for six years, she helped hundreds of people simplify and organize their lives. 

Vanessa is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 205. When not at work, Vanessa enjoys camping, hiking, working out, traveling, baking and relaxing on her front porch (when it’s not too cold) here in East Aurora with her wonderful husband, daughter and two rescue dogs.






Cyndy Hickey (Office Manager)

Cyndy Hickey office managerCyndy grew up in Cowlesville, NY and attended Attica High School. She started her dental career right out of high school as a Dental Assistant. Cyndy took time off to have four girls and upon returning Cyndy worked as an Administrator in a dental practice. She was then promoted to Practice Manager and was a Best Practice Trainer.

As life happens Cyndy's family was relocated to Albany, NY. Cyndy worked for a dental affiliate as a Practice Manager of two locations. Her family has since moved back to Cowlesville, NY.

Cyndy is a lifetime member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers, graduate of American Dental Partners Leadership, and enjoys her time with her family and traveling in her motorhome.


Danielle Carter

  • My name is Danielle and I have been with Dr. McCormick's office for over 3 years and in the dental field for 18 years.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. But most of my free time is spent watching my boys playing the sports they love.

Alicia Ventura

My Name is Alicia, I’m the newest member of Dr. McCormick’s office. I bring 13 years of dental experience with me, most of my time has been spent in Orthodontics. Outside of work, I am a mother and spend time volunteering as a Fire Fighter and EMT.