Our Doctors

Dr. Carol A. Blake, DDS

Dr. Carol Blake, a Massachusetts native, established the Blake Dental Group in 2011, after more than 20 years of providing care to patients in the Washington, DC area. She grew up outside of Worcester, and was drawn to dentistry because she wanted to be in a healing profession and work with her hands. Dr. Blake earned a bachelor of science in zoology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst; and, in 1988, graduated magna cum laude with a doctorate in dental surgery from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. She then went on to complete a general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Following her residency, Dr. Blake returned to Washington to begin clinical work. In 2000, she joined Dr. John Beschenbossel’s practice in Friendship Heights; and then, eleven years later, bought the practice and made it her own.


One of Dr. Blake’s passions is helping underprivileged people obtain their badly needed dental care. For more than 20 years, she volunteered in the dental clinic of Washington’s Spanish Catholic Center, which offers free and low-cost dental services to its community. In her off-hours Dr. Blake uses her hands in another way, molding pottery. She is married and has one son.

Dr. John H. Beschenbossel, DDS

Dr. Beschenbossel was born in Duluth, MN. He lived in South Dakota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Japan, and Maryland. Dr. B. went to Temple University School of Dentistry as well as Temple Undergraduate School. He also served on active duty with the Army upon graduation for three years, then on call with the Army Reserves for the next 35 years. During that time and later, he had advanced training in General Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral Medicine, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, Oral Pathology and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. B. has had a dental license to practice in Japan, Hong Kong, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington D.C. He has been a member of Psi Omega Fraternity, the John A. Kolmer Honorary Medical Society (Post President), The Association of Military Surgeons, The District of Columbia Dental Society, The Maryland Dental Society, The Capital Academy of Clinical Dentistry, the American Legion, the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of the World Wars, the International Club of Annapolis, and the Davidsonville Area Civic Association.

Dr. B. is listed in 2008 Cambridge Who’s Who, in 2005 National Register’s Who’s Who and was listed in Virginia Living Top Dentists based on a Peer Review Survey in 2011. He has also been listed as a top dentist in the Washingtonian Magazine for the last 8 years. His free time is occupied with collector car clubs, boat clubs and authoring children’s books. When not at a car show or on a boat, Dr. B. spends his time with his wife Jeane and French bulldog, Sofie.

Dr. Gregory W. Martin, DDS, MS

Dr. Gregory Martin grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia and has spent his entire life in the Washington DC metropolitan region. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics earning both a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Masters of Science in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. During this time he volunteered as a dental assistant at a community health clinic in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery and completed their oral surgery clerkship program.

Dr. Martin’s past includes working for several years as a high school math teacher. His love of education and teaching have followed him into the dental field as well. His warm personality and passion for teaching help patients clearly understand their treatment plan and treatment options. He is always happy to answer questions and to explain every step of any procedure.

Dr. Martin is a strong advocate of healthcare both inside and outside of the dental clinic. He has worked as a group fitness instructor for the last six years in Washington DC and loves to exercise. He is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the area’s underserved dental population by participating in local Mission of Mercy dental clinics. He is a member of the American Dental Association and attends regular study group meetings in addition to his Continuing Education courses. He loves classical music, traveling, and is fluent in German.

Our Staff

Hygienists

Carol Woodhouse-Hart
Carol is a Washington DC area native and provides dental hygiene services with a focus on patient education to maintain and promote good oral health. On her down time she loves reading, gardening, quilting, chauffeuring her three young ladies around, and reminding her patients to floss every day.

Dental Assistants

Helen Orellana
Helen was born and raised in El Salvador. She joined the practice in 2002 as a part time job and fell in love with dentistry so much that she decided to pursue her degree in dental assisting, graduating from Southern Maryland Dental Society in 2003. Helen enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hiker.

Angelica Alvarez
Angelica was born in New Jersey. She received a certificate from
Fortis College as a dental assistant. She joined the practice in 2016. In her free time she loves playing and going for long walks with her dog.

Patient Coordinator

Paula Martinez
Paul has been with Blake Dental Group for ten years and oversees the patient experience.  She is our insurance liaison and will answer any of your questions pertaining to the financing of your treatment plan as well as obtain pre-treatment insurance authorizations on your behalf when necessary.  In her spare time Paula enjoys traveling and reading. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Our Care Goes Above And Beyond Your Smile

We pride ourselves on our work and the relationships we create with each of our clients. Our care goes beyond your healthy smile, and extends to you and your family for all your dental needs.