“I love my doctors and co-workers. We are like a family—always there for one another in and out of the office. The patients are great as well!”
Charlene’s fascination with teeth and wanting her own teeth to be exceptionally white sparked her interest in working in the field of dentistry. She is a 2008 graduate of the Academy of Dental Assisting in Louisville. She finds satisfaction from being around patients and seeing how happy they are when they leave the office.
Charlene is originally from Nicholasville, KY. She and her husband, Kyle, have a daughter, Olivia. In her leisure time, Charlene enjoys reading, shopping, going to movies, and spending time with friends and family. And she loves the art of dance. As a former dance team member and coach, she now enjoys watching her daughter dance at recitals.
Janet has been an office administrator since the 1980s. She decided to work in the field of dentistry because she finds it interesting and enjoys working with patients.
Janet is a native of Lexington, KY. She has one son, one daughter, two grandchildren, and two “granddogs.” When she is not at work, she enjoys the outdoors, family pool parties, and spoiling her grandchildren.
“I find dentistry particularly satisfying because not only do you get to see a patient’s oral health improve, you make long-lasting friendships with them.”
Denise decided to become a registered dental hygienist while she was in high school and working for her family dentist. She attended the University of Kentucky and has worked as a hygienist since 1983.
Although Denise was born in Lousiville, KY, she considers Lexington her home. She loves the beautiful farmland, enjoys the change of seasons, and likes the fact that the city is neither too large nor too small.
Denise has two children, two grandchildren, and two standard poodles. When she’s not at work, she enjoys gardening, walking, and watching movies.
“The team I work with at Kentucky Dental Group motivates me to come to work each day. We do not sell dentistry. We treat the individual and treat each patient with compassion and quality care.”
Ilene was accepted into nursing school and dental hygiene school at the same time. She pursued dental hygiene because she thought it would be more conducive to part-time work and being a mom. In 2003, she graduated from University of Kentucky/LCC as a dental hygienist. What she enjoys most about dentistry is developing a long-term relationship with patients and helping them become very aware of how the quality of their dental health affects their total well-being.
Although Ilene currently lives in Lexington, she was born and raised in Louisville. She and her husband, Scott have two dogs, three children, one granddaughter, and another grandchild on the way. When she is not in the office, Ilene is a certified Pilates instructor. She also enjoys throwing clay on a pottery wheel to handcraft jewelry, gardening, traveling, listening to music, spending time with her family, and working on home projects with her husband.
“Helping patients develop a healthy smile is what I find most satisfying in my job.”
Susan worked seven years as a dental assistant and decided she wanted to work more one-on-one with patients. So, she went back to school. She’s now a graduate of Plymouth State College and LLC and loves her newer role of dental hygienist. The people she works with, along with her patients, motivate her to come to work each day.
Susan and her husband, Mike, share their home with her elderly mother as well as a yorkie named Trinity and a poodle named Mitzy. Susan loves being on the ocean to swim, snorkel, and body surf. Her next goal is to learn to scuba dive.
“What I find most satisfying about my job is when patients leave happy, no longer fearful of going to the dentist.”
When Caitlin was a young girl, she loved going to see the dentist and felt inspired by her hygienist. She looks forward to coming to work each day and seeing the patients she’s formed such incredible bonds with. She also loves spending time with her co-workers who make each day pleasant.
Caitlin has a keen interest in the development of dental technology, with an eye toward improving ergonomics for the clinicians and treatment more efficient, comfortable, effective for patients.
She and her boyfriend, Matt, have two cats named Orion and Dusty. In her freetime she plays flute, loves to read, and do home improvement projects.
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“There’s nothing more satisfying than changing a person’s life by giving them back their smile.”
Layna has worked in the dental field since 2003. She and her husband have a son named Brayden. He’s extremely athletic and she spends much of her time traveling around the country for his wrestling matches. He also plays football and baseball.
When she’s not working or assisting Brayden, you can find Layna goofing off with her two dogs Lyla Bean and Honey Bun.
“Our office staff and patients motivate me to come to work each day. I have such a great time with all of the people I am around each work day. I love coming to work because working in our office is such a joy due to the people that I am spending my days with.”
Miranda decided to work in the field of dentistry because she loves to smile and loves being able to help people have a smile they love. Originally from Richmond, KY, Miranda is a graduate of Fifield School of Dental Assisting in McKee. She has been a dental assistant since 2012. As a dental assistant, Miranda finds it satisfying to talk with patients and build a relationship with them.
Miranda and her husband enjoy being very involved parents with their son, Braxton, and daughter, Millie. And they enjoy watching their children play sports. She also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, fishing, and spoiling the family Dalmatian, Lillie.
Lainey is a Lexington native. She attended Dr. Burton’s dental assistant program and has been a dental assistant since 2001. She particularly enjoys seeing people feel better about their smile. Lainey is married and has two sons, two dogs, and a cat. She enjoys boating during her leisure time.