We at Preferred Family Dental are committed to bringing the medical model of disease risk and management to our patients. We strive to improve their overall wellness and quality of life. We recognize the fact the oral cavity and teeth cannot and should not be separated from the health and wellness of the entire body.

Team Members at our Paintball Outing

Our Staff

Kristin Black – Office Manager / Registered Dental Hygienist

A graduate of Sinclair Community College, Kristin began her career in dentistry in 1991 as a dental hygienist. As a trained surgical assistant, she helps Dr. Hurst during dental implant procedures. In addition to her training in Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®, Kristin is certified to provide anesthesia, nitrous-oxide sedation tooth-colored fillings, and place certain dental restorations. Kristin has been working with Preferred Family Dental for nearly ten years and has fully embraced the practice’s emphasis on continuing education and advancing self-knowledge. One of the most fulfilling aspects of her job is working directly with the patients, brightening their day, and leaving them with a beautiful smile.

Nikki Lawrence – Registered Dental Hygienist

Nikki began her career in 1997 at MVCTC in dental assisting school. After that, she decided to enroll at Sinclair Community College to become a dental hygienist and graduated in 2003. As the newest member of the hygiene team at PFD, she loves the tender care and the generous time allotted for each patient to perform an excellent and thorough job. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with a team committed to advancing their skills and in an up-to-date environment with a great team atmosphere. Her favorite part of being a hygienist is getting to know each patient’s specific needs and helping meet those needs individually.

Gail Davis – Certified Dental Assistant

Gail Davis is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry Auxiliary and has been a dental assistant for 31 years. She is certified through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. and licensed through the Ohio Dental Board for Dental Assistant Radiographers. Her patient care philosophy is to ensure each patient understands that Preferred Family Dental is invested in caring for the total health of the person. Along with assisting Dr. Hurst as a dental assistant, Gail runs the practice’s sterilization center. She enjoys creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for her patients and helping to calm dental anxiety.

Allison Ashworth – Dental Assistant

Allison Ashworth is a graduate of The Miami Valley Career Technology Center and is working on becoming a Certified Dental Assistant. She views patient care as the most important aspect of her job and believes in educating patients about oral health, along with providing them with a healthy smile.

Erin Koon, Certified Dental Assistant

Erin has been in dentistry for nearly 10 years, with experience in all aspects of dentistry from pediatrics to oral surgery. Graduate from MVCTC in 2009. Erin enjoys helping Dr. Hoss with all of his patients and assisting them with their smile and dental needs. Erin is a Certified Dental Assistant, she can place sealants, coronal polish, and monitor nitrous oxide. Outside of dentistry Erin and her husband just welcomed their first child and enjoys camping, boating and fishing.

Jill Black – Financial / Insurance Coordinator

Jill Black has worked in dentistry for over 30 years and serves as Preferred Family Dental’s Financial/ Insurance Coordinator. She has experience in all aspects of the dental field, from assisting the dentists to specializing in insurance/billing. Jill’s goal is to help patients maximize the benefits provided by their insurance companies while achieving their general and cosmetic dentistry goals.

Nicole Potter / Medical Assistant

After 12 years in the medical field working in plastics as a certified medical assistant, Nicole decided it was time for a change. She transitioned into dentistry in 2018. Nicole is very outgoing and loves people. She loves helping people get financing to achieve the smile they want to have! You will hear her friendly voice on the phone or in the office and know that she genuinely cares about people. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her two amazing sons!

Mikayla Welch / Medical Assistant

Mikayla Welch is a graduate from Miami Valley Career Technology Center. She has experience in all aspects of the dental field, from assisting the dentist to giving treatment plans. Outside of the office, she loves spending time with her family and friends and being outside taking her dog Loubell to the park.

Wendy DeChellis / Dental Hygienist

Wendy has been in the dental field for over 35 years. She started her dental career as a Certified Dental Assistant before pursuing her passion to become a Dental Hygienist. She received her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2000 from Sinclair Community College. Wendy’s favorite part of her job is building positive friendly relationships with patients, making them feel comfortable. She spends time with patients educating and encouraging them in their journey to achieve and maintain good oral health. Wendy is a resident of the Englewood community and is an active volunteer in community health and dental health programs. In her spare, time she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Leslie Buzan / Dental Assistant

Leslie Buzan has been in the dental field since 2006. She makes it a priority to be trained in many areas of dentistry to be able to provide the best care for her patients. She is a certified Dental Assistant, Certified Expanded Auxiliary Dental Assistant (graduate of University of Cincinnati). She attended the Midwest Implant Institute and is a Certified Phlebotomist. It is important to her that patients are always comfortable and well informed. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband watching sports, traveling, and hanging out with their Yorkie Payton

Alexis Nance / Dental Assistant

Alexis started her dental career in 2013. She enjoys the restorative aspect of dentistry, but is cross-trained for the front desk and works with both of our specialists as well. It brings her life great fulfillment to help patients with all of their dental needs. When Alexis isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend – Douglas, black lab dog – Maico, and brown cat – Katie. She treasures time with her family, especially when they are traveling! Next time you see Alexis around the office, suggest your favorite get-away spot for her next adventure!

Contact Us

If you would like more information on our dental team and the procedures we offer, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.