Meet our Periodontal Staff


Paola Gutierrez

Office Manager

Paola our office manager grew up in Northern Virginia, she’s originally from El Salvador. She’s currently working on her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. She has really enjoyed the experience she has gained & the personal relationships she has developed with patients over the years.

On her free time Paola loves traveling, outdoor activities, exploring new restaurants as well as spending time with her puppy and her husband who is active duty military.


Kathleen Kriss

Dental Hygienist

Kathleen grew up in Northern VA and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. She has been in dentistry for over a decade and enjoys working closely with people and improving their health. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and their dog. They thrive on outside activities; bike rides, hiking and the beach. She enjoys trying new foods and considers herself a self proclaimed amateur chef.



Azita Barber

Dental Assistant

I have been working in the dental field for over 7 years as a Periodontal Assistant.  I’m married and a proud mom of two amazing (twins) children. I love spending time with my family & friends. I love to travel, I enjoy spending time with my husband doing different activities that include hiking, biking, dining out and visiting wineries as some of my favorite things to do in the DC area.

One of my most fulfilling experiences in life is being able to assist at Alexandria Periodontics helping people with their dental needs and working alongside an amazing doctor.

I work closely with Dr. Lakkis to ensure that each of our patients receives the best care possible and the smile they desire.  

As an assistant, I get to meet so many wonderful patients and assist them in looking their best and feeling better about themselves.  I always have a cheery disposition and outgoing personality that help our patients feel comfortable while ensuring they will receive the best care possible.  My top priority is to listen carefully to our patients and treat them with the care and respect they deserve. Each time we restore a patient’s smile I feel a deep sense of accomplishment that we can help others in such a profound way.

We Offer Patient Centered Quality Care

Dr. Lakkis offers a number of dental treatments that can keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. Contact us today!
Call us: 703-823-2228