Summit Dental

Meet the Team at Summit Dental

At Summit Dental, our entire team is dedicated to your needs! We understand that you are a unique individual, and we look forward to getting to know you as we help you meet your goals for your smile.

Dr. Karian is highly skilled as well as gentle, and he is happy to be carrying on the tradition of providing high-quality dentistry to patients in Middletown that was started by Dr. Jeffrey Foster in 1987. His friendly and caring demeanor puts our patients at ease, and his attention to detail ensures that your treatment procedure is comfortable and pain-free.

Our team has worked together for many years, and it feels like you're working with family when you choose our practice for your dental care. We are passionate about what we do here at Summit Dental, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come. Learn a little more about our team here. We can't wait to meet you!

Peter Karian, DDS

Dr. Peter W. Karian is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology from Carleton College.  Dr. Karian graduated from the University of Maryland, and then he pursued further training through a General Practice Residency at Christiana Care Health System. As a resident, he received extensive training in all aspects of general dentistry with a focus on complex medical and dental patients as well as implant restorations.

Dr. Karian believes in treating you as a person and not just your teeth.  Whether that means a full cosmetic makeover, transitioning to a new set of teeth or dentures or keeping your smile healthy with routine care, you can be sure Dr. Karian will work hard to find the best treatment for YOU.

When Dr. Karian is not taking care of patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kaitlin and their tuxedo cat, Heinz. You might also find him playing ultimate frisbee, cooking, hiking, mountain biking and traveling.


Office Manager

JoAnn is highly skilled and brings with her more than 40 years of experience in the dental field. She has worked as a dental assistant, receptionist, and office manager. Her expertise and knowledge are invaluable to patients. She can handle any question or concern you may have about our office. JoAnn moved to Delaware from New Jersey with her husband. Her interests include riding motorcycles, crafts, and spending time with her family.


Dental Hygienist

Shelli is a dental hygienist and has been with our practice since 1998! She received her training from Delaware Technical Community College. Shelli loves her patients, and being a dental hygienist has allowed her to promote oral health. She likes to help ease dental anxiety for many of our patients and loves meeting so many great people in her community.

When she's not taking care of patients, Shelli enjoys biking and quilting. She is also a beekeeper!


Dental Assistant

Liz was born and raised in Delaware.  She has been a dental assistant for over 30 years and loves it!  Liz enjoys working with patients of all ages with a warm and friendly smile.  She spends her spare time with her family at the beach and working in her garden with her dog, Luna.


Dental Hygienist

Dawn has over 34 years of experience as a dental hygienist.  You will notice her calm demeanor and exceptional ability to put fearful patients at ease in the dental chair.  She is an expert on oral health and the impact it can have on overall health.  In Dawn's free time she enjoys going to the beach, bike riding, and spending time with her family.


Dental Assistant

Lizzy grew up in Delaware and has been a dental assistant for 6 years.  Her favorite part of her job is making sure patients are comfortable during their treatment.  She loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 2 German Shepards Kirra and Ruger.  She enjoys listening to music, going to the beach, and cooking.

A Healthy Smile Is Just a Click Away.
Dr. Karian was very pleasant, efficient & informative

I saw Dr. Karian for a consultation regarding my bridge. After examination, he presented several options for this problem which were not given to my by a previous dentist. Dr. Karian was very pleasant, efficient & informative. I felt an immediate trust in him and am planning to have him do all the work needed to repair my dental problems.
- Karen T.

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