The Amazing and Caring Team At Bristol Park Dental

Mikayla Farnsworth

Office Assistant

Mikayla, a Middlebury native and graduate of Middlebury Union High School, is fairly new to our practice. She is our jack of all trades, sometimes assisting at the front desk and sometimes assisting the dentist chairside. After working in a veterinary hospital for 3 years, she decided to apply her skills to people. While working here at Bristol Park Dental she is currently enrolled as a Dental Hygiene student at Vermont Technical College, with plans to graduate in 2022. When she’s not studying she can be found fishing, camping, and riding ATVs. She lives with Rebel, her 4-year-old pit bull and her boyfriend Garrison.

Barbara Rakow

Dental Hygienist

Barbara Rakow, Registered Dental Hygienist, is a graduate of The University of Vermont.  Barbara has been practicing for over 20 years.  As a Dental Hygienist Barbara places particular focus on Periodontics, and believes in the therapeutic benefits of providing excellent care.

Barbara hails from Rutland County where she lives with her husband Jimbo and their lovely fur babies.  Barbara likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain. She has a trained Beta Fish that jumps through hoops. She also is particularly fond of marshmallows and unicorns.

Barbara believes in individualizing treatments in order to provide the most effective outcomes.

Gretchen Dunn

Dental Hygienist

Gretchen comes from a highly varied background with an original degree in Geology and Mathematics with previous experience as an Environmental Geologist, Registered Dental, Dental Office Manager, and Mathematics Professor before settling on Dental Hygiene.

Gretchen is passionate about community and teaching, volunteering on numerous boards and is involved in community action. She also has been an active member of the Vermont Dental Hygiene Association since becoming a hygienist in 2010.

Gretchen enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, gardening, sewing, reading, and hanging out with her mini-pit mix, “Stella”.



Dental Hygienist/ EFDA

Jill was born and raised in southern Vermont. She lives just a hop, skip and a jump away right here in Bristol Village. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she earned her degree in dental hygiene as well as a B. S. in biological science. She has been practicing dental hygiene for over 20 years and has been a certified expanded functions dental assistant for 17 years. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and patient care. Her gentle touch and chairside manner helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit.

Outside the office she loves spending time with her husband Gary (Bristol native) and her two children Griffin and Ava. She enjoys playing soccer, and loves snowboarding,Hiking, biking, wake surfing, surfing and anything else one could think of that involves physical activity and outdoor adventure!


Operations Manager / Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica is a Vermont native.  She began in the dental field 13 years ago.  Jessica graduated from the dental hygiene program at Vermont Technical College and earned her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.  She brings vast experience from dental assisting to dental hygiene to practice management.  Jessica puts a particular focus on education and enjoys working for a local school district as a Tooth Tutor part-time.

When Jessica is not working she enjoys spending time with her two boys and four dogs.  Her hobbies include reading, quilting, and lots of fishing!


Patient Coordinator

Rebekah is a born and raised Vermonter from Middlebury. She graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 2018. She went on to attend esthetician training at O’Brien’s Aveda Institute in Williston in 2019, attaining licensure shortly thereafter. After working as Assistant Manager at a local restaurant for almost four years she decided to apply her new-found skills elsewhere!

When she’s not working she’s painting, cooking, planning her next road trip, and being an animal mom to her hamster fur-baby Stevie.


Dental Assistant

After high school, Allison graduated from the Center of Technology for Dental Assisting program and jumped right into the field.  Allison is a true Vermonter, raised in south Lincoln with her family. She loves all kinds of animals and spending her time outside either fishing, four-wheeling, or reading on the patio. Allison has a passion for helping others and enjoys increasing her knowledge however she can. She lives here in Bristol with her wife Britney, their dog Darla, and their cat Bonnie.


Office Manager

Jenn hails from Ohio where she attended the Ohio State University, completing a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.  After college she worked in banking long enough to save money and solo hike the entire 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Wanting to live in the mountains she loves the most, she moved to Vermont in 2012.  This move launched her career in healthcare through an Americorps Service year at the VA Medical Center combined with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Vermont.

In the last 7 years Jenn has had a wide range of experience including: managing community health teams with VT Blueprint for Health, School Based Health Centers, Homecare, Home Oxygen/DME, and Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Centers. Jenn is passionate about healthcare quality, operations, workplace culture, workforce development, and social justice.

In her free time Jenn loves long distance hiking, winter mountaineering, ice climbing, and volunteering with her husband Owen.


Lulu is proud to be part of the team at Bristol Park Dental!  She LOVES people and is here to greet you, and make you feel at home.  Feel free to give her some pets, she loves the attention!  If you have dog allergies or fears and would like Lulu to be put away during your visit, please let us know and we are happy to accommodate.