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.
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 to 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.
Nikki Myers – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Nikki Myers received her Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary License from Sinclair Community College and has worked with Preferred Family Dental since 2002. Her experience with the practice and wide-ranging knowledge is an asset for the entire office. Nikki is a strong believer in advancing dentistry through science and is interested in how dental health affects the health of the whole body. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys hiking and spending time with her friends and family.
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.
Kristina Jones CDA – Receptionist / Treatment Coordinator
Kristina Jones has worked as a dental assistant/orthodontic assistant and now serves as a receptionist/treatment coordinator at Preferred Family Dental. She has worked in dentistry for over three years and enjoys explaining to patients the benefits of the variety of treatments offered by the practice, ranging from teeth whitening to TMJ Disorder relief. Her goal is to boost patient self-esteem and help them feel proud of their smiles.
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.