Amanda, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Amanda is responsible for patient care and education, and the placement of dental restorations when needed. “I feel like I’m a perfect fit for pediatric dentistry, because I care!” she says. “I believe in good quality dental care and instilling dental hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.

Originally from Fort Charlotte, FL, Amanda now lives in Worthington, OH. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University EFDA program, and continued her education in coronal polishing. “Dentistry chose me,” she says. “I was offered on the job training at a non-profit in Grand Rapids, MI, when I was 18 and fell in love with it.”

Amanda has two sons who enjoy skateboarding, baseball, and basketball, and she and her fiancé are expecting a third child in 2017. They enjoy outdoor living, camping, cooking out, and travel. “I love every minute of my busy days, both at home and here at HLS with my second family!”

Hollie Jones

Hollie, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

For Hollie, working at Hines Little Smiles provides her with a great privilege: teaching kids about oral health. “I always loved my dentist when I was a kid!” she says, adding, “I try to make going to the dentist fun!”

Formerly from Columbus, Hollie now lives in Heath, OH. She completed the EFDA program at Ohio State, and has 9 years of experience in the field. “My boss is amazing, and it shines through the entire practice and all of the employees,” she comments. “The kids are definitely the best part of the job – they keep you on your toes, but I have the personality to keep up with them!”

When she’s not teaching oral health in a fun way, Hollie can be found enjoying leisure time with her husband, Nick, and the couple’s infant son. They all enjoy being outdoors with the family’s two fur babies in tow, and Hollie says they love travelling as well.   


Kristi, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristi provides x-rays, cleanings, fluoride, and sealants to patients as well as educating them on a healthy at home oral hygiene regimen and a healthy lifestyle and diet for good dental health. “I love helping others and working on teeth,” she says.

Kristi recently relocated from Dayton, OH, to Columbus, OH. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She says the most impressive thing about the practice is the outreach they do to provide dental care for uninsured and under privileged patients. “I love being around children and teaching them healthy dental habits for life!”

When she’s not ensuring kids have healthy smiles, Kristi is hanging out with her husband and her golden retriever Ki-Ann. She enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and riding a Jet Ski or motorcycle.


Macyn, Dental Assistant and Coronal Polisher

Macyn assists with sterilization of instruments, trays, and rooms, and takes x-rays to help guide the dentists. She says, “I want to help people be happy with their appearance!”

A Baltimore, OH native, Macyn settled on her career track in high school, graduating from a 2-year dental assisting program at Eastland Career Center. “I adore kids, and like things neat and orderly, so my job is an ideal one for me!” she says.

Macyn was part of the Skills USA and Diversity Club at her school. She says being part of Hines Little Smiles is more like being part of a family than just part a team.


Renajia, Registered Dental Hygienist and Clinical Team Manager

Renajia stays extremely busy in the practice. She takes and processes dental radiographs, applies dental sealants and fluoride treatments, provides oral hygiene instruction, and coaches patients on nutrition and how what they eat impacts their dental and overall health. “I love our kid friendly atmosphere!”

Originally from Toledo, OH, Renajia now lives in Blacklick, OH. She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Dental Hygiene, and a Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Ohio State University. “I love helping people, and chose dental hygiene over nursing as a better fit for me,” she says.

When she’s not giving kids better smiles, Renajia can be found spending time with her husband Michael and their daughter Makhlei. The couple is expecting another child in 2017. She is also very involved with the family’s church.


Renada, Dental Assistant

Renada is always busy, whether she’s on laboratory duty, helping with patient care, chair side, taking x-rays, or completing coronal polishing. “I have a fascination with teeth, and love seeing my patients get through their appointment and realize it was no big deal,” she says.

Renada is from Pataskala, and has had 6 years with the Hines Little Smiles family. She is looking forward to achieving her EFDA. “I have a great boss, I love the kids and being around them all day, and I’m so glad I work in such a happy place,” she says.

When she’s not making sure the kids have great smiles, Renada can be found enjoying her time away from the office with her husband of two years, with whom she is expecting a baby in 2017.


Rod, Dental Assistant and Coronal Polisher

Rod says the best thing about Hines Little Smiles is the practice’s fast pace and the entire staff’s love for children.

A Columbus native, Rod has 10 years of experience in the profession and holds EMT license from Columbus State as well as a CDA license from the Academy of Health Sciences.

Rod is a Freemason and volunteers as a scoutmaster for Cubs and Webelos in the Boy Scouts. He also enjoys fishing and cooking.




Abby, Call Center Specialist

Call Center Specialist Abby answers patient calls and makes appointments so patients don’t have to wait on hold for the front desk. “I’m compassionate, and I have great customer service skills,” she says.

From Groveport, Abby is in school to be a lawyer. She says she started working in the dental field when an opportunity presented itself. “Everyone in the practice is very compassionate, loyal, professional, and hardworking!” she says.

Abby loves animals, particularly her 7-month-old greyhound, Lucy. She supports Meals on Wheels, Toys for Tots, and the Red Cross.

Ashley Kirk

Ashley, Dental Surgery Center Coordinator

Ashley’s job is to consult with parents and dental specialists and schedule patients for their dental surgeries. “I love working with people and especially with the kids,” she says. “The kids are the best part of the job!”

Originally from Mt. Sterling but now living in Circleville, Ashley has 9 years of experience, with 5 of those years spent scheduling for an ENT. “I got a chance for a new opportunity with a twist on my surgical experience,” she says of her move to Hines Little Smiles.

When she’s not ensuring the surgical appointments flow smoothly, Ashley is active in her church where her husband serves as worship leader, and chasing down the couple’s three boys, whom she refers to as “the Kirk brothers”.


Chelsee, Front Office Manager

Chelsee is responsible for inputting insurance payments, recording denied and pending claims, handling billing issues, and working with insurance companies.

Originally from Columbus, OH, Chelsee now lives in Ashville. She has 12 years of experience, and says she originally started working in the dental industry thanks to a good opportunity coming open. “My personality and dedication to deadlines was a plus, and I love the mutual respect between everyone here,” she says.

Chelsee is married, with four children, a daughter in law, and 1 grandson. She enjoys scrapbooking in her free time, and also supports Autism Awareness, Hunt for Hope, and Moving Day.


Krystal, Treatment Coordinator

Krystal schedules appointments and coordinates treatments, goes over treatment plans with parents, and covers financial responsibilities with them as well.

A Carroll, OH, native, Krystal says the dental field has always intrigued her, and she finds the innovations amazing. She is also a trained dental assistant, and says “I have a personable character, which you definitely need in this field!”

When she’s not working with kids and their parents, Krystal is spending time with her family, friends, and says she enjoys shopping and being out of doors with her dog, whom she refers to as “my fur baby!” She also supports the ASPCA.


Megan, Marketing Coordinator

Megan wears dual hats as a receptionist and data entry specialist, and also answers phones, orders supplies, and greets patients as they arrive.

From Ashville, OH, Megan earned an LSCC Associate’s Degree at Ohio University, has 2 years’ experience in childcare and is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She enjoys being able to apply her experience with children in the dental setting. “Our practice is like a family – patients and employees are all valued!”

Megan enjoys listening to music, playing with her dog, Winnie, hanging out with friends and family, and studying people and how they interact. She also is active in her church and tries to help out with the Faith Mission in Columbus.


Tiffany, Surgery Coordinator

Tiffany’s many tasks include organizing office events, managing the practice’s Facebook Page, taking care of internal marketing, and organizing community events. “I love working and interacting with people, and reaching out to the community!”

Tiffany was born and lives in Columbus, and attended some college followed by continuing education to stay sharp for her job. She says working for a dental practice was originally a surprise, but the opportunity presented itself and she loves being part of a fun, friendly, kid and family oriented environment.

An avid supporter of various charities, including Hunt for Hope, Moving Day, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Volunteers of America, and Operation Gratitude, Tiffany has been married for 7 years to her husband, Paul. The couple has two bloodhounds, Abe and Ellie Mae.

Areas we serve: Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville, Blacklick, Reynoldsburg