Grounded in experience and awareness, Dr. Aurora Fields and the team at Refresh Valley Dental have a mission to deliver personalized and exceptional patient service and professional treatment with tools that are the most advanced in dentistry. A supportive space for every diverse member of the community, and a provider of food security in the area, we focus on efficient oral rehabilitation in a shame-free, low-stress environment through continuous self-improvement in the dental field, and by eliminating as many barriers to care as we can.
Each day we strive to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our neighbors — both inside and outside of our dental practice. That’s why since day one we’ve partnered with the Northampton Survival Center, a local food pantry dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income individuals and families throughout Hampshire County. For every new patient that comes to Refresh Valley Dental for a comprehensive exam, Northampton Survival Center will provide a month’s worth of nutritious food and other resources in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We love to eat great food, and believe it's important that our neighbors can share that vital joy.
Growing up in New York City, Dr. Aurora Fields decided to pursue dentistry while taking a medical diagnosis class in high school.
She knew then that she wanted a career in medicine, but also that she wanted to engage more personally and artistically to help keep people happy, healthy, and thriving. She left the big city for Smith College here in Northampton to work on her undergraduate studies and fell in love with the Pioneer Valley area.
After graduating with a degree in Chemistry, Dr. Aurora returned to New York State and went to the University of Buffalo, where she completed her doctorate of dental surgery degree, and met her wife, Erin. After moving in and out of the area for several years, Dr. Aurora and her wife settled back here in Northampton, and she started searching for the perfect space to host our practice. When Refresh Valley Dental finally opened in December 2021, we partnered with the Northampton Survival Center. Giving back to the community has been of paramount importance since day one, and Dr. Aurora says often that she considers herself extremely lucky to have found such a wonderful place to call home and such a great opportunity to give back to the community.
During her free time, Dr. Aurora enjoys baking, painting, biking, birdwatching, and relaxing on the couch with her wife and cats over a mellow Netflix show. She also loves video games and good music — you might even hear her sing while she’s working!
Sam is an enthusiastic and caring soul with a love for education. She graduated from both Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate’s in Dental Hygiene and American International College with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies. Sam is dedicated to making patients feel at ease and informed about their oral health. She loves and encourages all questions with the hopes of helping everyone feel confident in their smiles. When Sam isn’t working you can find her exploring trails or on the beach with her partner, Nick. Otherwise she’s enjoying her time at home with her two cats, Buster and Munchie.
Originally from a tiny and frigid town in Northeastern Vermont, Chris fell in love with the Pioneer Valley while studying at Mount Holyoke College. She graduated with a BA in music in the early days of the pandemic, and is excited to help make her community smile at Refresh Valley. Chris never grew out of her “emo phase” in middle school, and still loves My Chemical Romance (ask her about her thesis). Outside of work, Chris can be found snuggling her cat Honey, and playing Dungeons n’ Dragons with the love of her life, Lauren.
Brittany (Britt) is a graduate from Springfield Technical Community College Dental Hygiene program. She started as a dental hygienist assistant where she quickly became passionate about dentistry. Britt is quick to make patients feel at ease by building confidence, trust, and long-term friendships with every patient. Britt loves the color pink and is a diehard Swiftie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and traveling with her fiancé Dan as well as being a cat mom to her two cats Luna and Oliver.
Mandy lives in Easthampton with her partner of 6 years, but is originally from a small town in New Hampshire. Like Dr. Aurora, Mandy is a Smith College graduate and can also often be found singing somewhere in the office. (You can hold Mandy responsible for the many K-pop songs on Refresh Valley Dental's work playlist.) Mandy loves the team at RVD and is a jack of all trades, thriving as a Dental Assistant, Office Administrator, and Billing Coordinator. She was thrilled to join RVD in its very early stages and be given the opportunity to contribute her talents and enthusiasm to such a generous, warm, and community-minded organization. Outside of work, Mandy loves listening to records, reading queer fiction, watching queer media with her partner, and eating almost anything that involves chocolate.
We get it — there aren’t many people who look forward to dental appointments. At Refresh Valley Dental, we work hard every day to make your visit a little better by promising professional service and prioritizing genuine care for every person who walks through our door. With our team of experienced dental experts you’ll enjoy every step of the process.
Our contemporary space uses top of the line CBCT imaging tools and intraoral scanners to get the best comprehensive look at your mouth. From custom confidence boosting makeovers to judgment-free restorative care, we can take care of your smile, no matter what brings you in.