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.
Tammy Heyne Barnes
Tammy Heyne Barnes has worked in dentistry for over thirty years. She is a graduate of Montgomery County Joint Vocational School(now known as MVCTC). She has experienced all aspects of the dental field , from assisting the dentists to specializing in insurance, billing, and treatment planning. She 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 smile.
Shannon joined our team in 2017. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Sinclair Community College in 2000. Shannon loves her work in dentistry and cares for each and every patient she treats. She especially feels accomplished when she can help people with previous negative memories of dentistry, comfortable and happy again. Helping them receive their dental care that is needed is a great reward. Shannon and her husband, David have five children and three grand daughters that keep them busy.
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.
Katasha Milbry – Registered Dental Hygienist
Katasha has 17 years of dental experience. She started her career as a dental assistant in 2000. She found she had a passion for helping patients improve their dental healthcare, so she enrolled in Sinclair Community College where she obtained a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008. She is certified to administer local anesthetic as well as monitor nitrous oxide . As a new team member of Preferred Family Dental I love that the company values align with my core values of treating patients like people and not numbers. I also love how every patient has there own individualized care plan to meet their oral health goals. I look forward to creating and maintaining smiles.
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.
Monica Gary – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Monica began her Dental career in 1994 at Patterson Cooperative High School, She later went on to advance as a Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary in 2010 at Sinclair Community College. She’s Known for great rapport with patients. She enjoys making the patients feel at ease in the Dental Chair. Since becoming part of Preferred Family Dental, she is excited to have a greater opportunity to educate and create lasting relationships with patients as well as the staff.
Tyra Famble, Dental Assistant
Tyra joined the Preferred Family Dental team in February 2018. She received her dental assisting education at Ross Medical Education Center 2013. She started her career as an Orthodontic assist then moved on to general dentistry. Tyra’s passion in dentistry is educating her patients on the importance of their Dental health. She is the proud Mom of three beautiful children who keep her on her toes. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading and most of all she is a self proclaimed foody.
Erin Koon, Certified Dental Assistant
Erin has been in dentistry for nearly 10 years, with experience in all aspects of dentistry from pediatrics to oralsurgery. Graduate from MVCTC in 2009. Erin enjoys helping Dr. Hoss with all of his patients and assisting themwith their smile and dental needs. Erin is a Certified Dental Assistant, she can place sealants,coronal polishand monitor nitrous oxide. Outside of dentistry Erin and her husband just welcomed their first child and enjoyscamping,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.
Wesley recently joined the Preferred Family Dental team and works as a treatment coordinator and scheduler at the front desk. Wesley is from Chattanooga, TN where he attended the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga for Psychology. He moved to Ohio over 13 years ago and recently married. He has 15 years of experience in customer service/management, his background includes working as a flight attendant and retail management. Outside of work Wesley enjoys traveling and vacationing on the beach. Wesley’s passion is to help patients arrange finances and schedule in a way that is convenient for them and are able to get treatment done.
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.