HONESDALE - After nearly nine years and two changes of ownership in the last five years, Dr. Kristin Erk Erbach has stepped away from the former Cherry Ridge Dental Center. She has joined the Zefran Dental Group in Honesdale.

Dr. Erk started working for the founder of Cherry Ridge Dental Center, Dr. Lawrence G. Caruth, in 1995. She was employed at the office by Dr. Caruth part time through her years of high school, college and dental school.

After graduating from dental school, she returned to the same small town that she was born and raised in, to begin practicing general dentistry under Dr. Caruth. When Dr. Caruth sold the practice in 2007 to Dr. James Sirotnak, Dr. Erk stayed on board, continuing to be the only full time dentist in the office.

After serving the people of Honesdale and neighboring communities for nearly nine years at Cherry Ridge Dental Center, Dr. Erk decided to step away from the practice she had called home, when it was announced this November that Dr. John Evanish III, DDS, the owner of Horizon Dental near Hawley was purchasing the office.

Dr. Erk began pursuing the next chapter of her career. She was lucky enough to quickly join the Zefran Dental Group, located at 1214 Texas Palmyra Highway in Honesdale.

Doctors James Zefran and Marissa Nacinovich and all of the supporting staff of the Zefran Dental Group share the same philosophies of patient care that Dr. Erk believes to be of the highest quality. Dr. Erk is honored to be a part of this group.

She looks forward to continuing to serve the former patients of Cherry Ridge Dental Center and the people of local communities and beyond with the same level of professionalism, honesty and clinical excellence that Dr. Erk put forth for nearly the last nine years and that the patients of the Zefran Dental Group have known for over 25 years.

Although the team of the former Cherry Ridge Dental Center has been suddenly torn apart by the recent change in ownership of the practice, Dr. Erk is confident that her patients will experience a similar level of professionalism, respect, honesty and compassion from the new family oriented team that now supports her.

Dr. Erk and the members of the Zefran Dental Group are committed to achieving clinical perfection and patient satisfaction with every procedure and every patient. Together, they will strive to develop relationships with patients and their families and to provide them with the highest standard of care in a warm, friendly, family oriented environment.

Their goal is to treat every patient comprehensively, ethically and like a member of their own family, while considering each special patient’s needs and desires, in order to make every patient’s dental experience as pleasant as possible.

Dr. Erk graduated at the top of her class from Honesdale High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton in 2000, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

She completed her dental school education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2004. Dr. Erk received the E. Howell Smith award for Excellence in Prosthetic Dentistry during her studies at PENN.

Dr. Erk is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Tri-State Dental Society and the Scranton District Dental Society. 

Appointments with Dr. Erk can be made by contacting the Zefran Dental Group at (570)253-6342. She said that former patients of Cherry Ridge Dental Center need not be concerned with the transfer of any dental records for the initial visit.