My name is Heather, and I am one of Dr. Iten's dental hygienists. I have been a hygienist since 2003 and have worked for Dr. Tim since 2006. I often tell the parents of our patients, “there is no parenting handbook on children's dentistry…” so the real joy I take from my work here is being able to teach parents and patients about how to best care for their smiles. The relationships I build with our patients and seeing them learn and improve their brushing skills makes coming to work so rewarding. I am privelged to make a child feel special upon leaving his or her appointment and helping to create a positive experience at the dentist office. Our staff genuinely loves children and Dr. Iten will take the time to care for all the child's needs.
My husband and I were married on a beach in Jamaica in 2009. We have a grown son Brandon and a little boy Chase. I enjoy reading with my son, traveling on adventures, playing sports, and participating in my church and local community. Sharing the importance of dental health with children combines two of my favorite things!
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in dental hygiene, and I am a registered dental hygienist for our practice. I help our patients by cleaning their teeth, taking radiographs, providing fluoride treatments, and teaching great dental hygiene tips to both our patients and their parents. I love interacting with all the patients who come to us for treatment, and I really love to hear about what’s going on in their lives outside of the office. Our doctor is always so upbeat and energetic, and always show our patients how much he cares about them.
I am a wife and mom of three, and I love the time I get to spend with my family. When I have free time, I enjoy reading, shopping, attending my kids’ school and sporting events, and vacationing with my family. We are also very active in our church and community activities. I also devote time to continuing my dental education so that I can provide our patients the best care available.
Patient education is my favorite part of my job as a dental hygienist. I love teaching the little ones how to brush and floss, and love it even more when they leave an appointment smiling! We have a lot of fun together! I am so thankful to be part of an office full of genuine, caring people who love working with kids.
My husband, Wynn, and I have three children. Tanner lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and our twins Olivia and Mason attend Walsh University and OSU Columbus. Olivia is in the nursing program at Walsh and plays volleyball for them. Mason is attending the Fisher Business College of OSU and is majoring in marketing. We also have a dog named Nala. Life keeps us pretty busy, but I like to find time to dance and go for walks. Spending quality time with my family and friends is a must!
I am a dental hygienist in our practice, so I spend my time educating our little ones about how to best take care of their smile, conducting preventive treatments, and applying sealants to the little teeth of our patients. The entire staff and doctors are so caring of our patients and their parents, and I love how committed our office is to the happiness and health of the kids who come to see us. Knowing that I contribute to the healthy life habits of the kids I see each day is incredibly rewarding.
At home, I am married with two children, and when I have some time to myself, I relax by reading, weaving, and beading. Also, I have been a camp counselor for the past six years.
My patients, by far and away, are the best part of my job! I love to get to know each child personally so I can give them the individual care they deserve, and hopefully make them laugh a little, too. I understand that many kids are scared of the dentist, but I work hard to give them a positive, gentle experience. Everyone at our office is so kind; I always leave work with a smile because I’m surrounded by such wonderful, caring people.
My husband, Joe, and I have four children, Regan, Riley, Alyson, and Cooper, as well as a dog named Tyler and two cats, Ozzy and Oliver. When I’m not busy with the family, I enjoy playing tennis and golf, skiing, and swimming.
Being the practice’s office manager, I handle the insurance billing, accounts receivable and payable, collections, payroll, and confirming patients’ insurance benefits. I also help the office by ordering office supplies and scheduling appointments for patients. I love working with our patients’ parents to help answer any questions they have about their insurance coverage. Knowing that I help parents facilitate those beautiful smiles on their kids’ faces is the greatest reward I could ask for.
My husband Bill and I have two children - Joshua, who is stationed in Texas with the US Airforce is now married and has a son of his own, and Jonathan, who is pursuing his career and has a daughter of his own. In my leisure time, I love to read, watch the Cleveland Indians, and spending time with my grandchildren. Also, whenever I am able to get away, I love going on vacation with friends and family.
At Pediatric Dentistry, I am another one of the smiling faces at the front desk. I check patients out, assist with phone calls, schedule appointments, co-coordinate IV sedations with anesthesiologists, send out monthly billing statements, post insurance payments, and verify our patient’s insurance coverage. I cherish the moments when our little patients show off to me their shiny new smiles after their appointments and they then pick a toy out of our toy box. We are all grown up children in our office, so we love to keep our environment fun and energetic.
My husband, Dave, and I have been married for many years, and we have two children and one grand child. I love going out to dinner with my family, going to the beach, and traveling with Dave. Some of my other favorite actives are reading, spending time at the pool in the summer, and skiing in the winter.
When I’m not answering phones and scheduling patients, I’m busy with data entry and filing (there’s never an end to our filing needs!). I love helping people of all ages, and it’s great when I can make our patients smile. Every day I see that our doctor and staff make a difference—they are the best! Everyone here is all about making a great experience for each child.
My husband Jim and I have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Yoga is currently at the top of my list, but I also like to paint, play golf, and hike. I enjoy being part of a book club and a card club. Volunteering is important to me—one of the things I do is help with church meals. No matter who or where, I love to cook and feed people!
I help make sure our patients' experience in our office is stress free by checking in patients for their appointments, scheduling future visits, and verifying insurance coverage. I enjoy seeing all the new patients for their very first dental visit, and watching as they grow up into young adults with healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Iten has such an upbeat, caring, positive attitudes that is hard not to smile from ear to ear whenever I come to work.
At home, I have two children. We spend our time watching Buckeye football and basketball as well as several other Ohio sports.
With the ability to work both up-front and in the back of the office, I have a variety of duties to keep me busy throughout the day. As a receptionist up front I stay busy with taking payments, answering phones, scheduling patients, and updating our website. On the few days that I work in the back as a dental assistant I seat patients, write up charts, take x-rays and assist with sealants/fillings. I am very lucky that I get to work for such an upbeat and generous doctor who encourages me to continue my education.
At home I am a dog-mom to an English bulldog named Gilbert. Growing up in a large family of eight, I realized early on that I love helping others. I am an aunt to three nephews Lincoln, Branson, and Grayson! My Husband Doug and I recently got married and are looking forward to starting a family of our own in the near future. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, and traveling. I am always up for an adventure.
I am one of the girls upfront checking patients out, helping to answer phones, scheduling patients, and pulling charts to help get ready for our next couple days. I graduated from First Impressions Dental Assisting School. Currently, I am not assisting due to needing more people up front to go over our current Covid-19 protocols and questions with patients prior to their appointments.
When I am not at the office, you can usually find me on the softball field or in the woods. I enjoy hunting for deer and their sheds (antlers), as well as, hunting for mushrooms in the spring. My boyfriend Josh and I have been together for 4 years. He has 2 sons which constantly keep us busy between baseball, football, basketball, and hunting. I am a dog mom to my amazing 6 year old boxer mix Bailey. She is a huge baby and loves to give kisses to everyone she meets. I am also an aunt to 2 nieces and 3 nephews whom I try to see regularly and spoil them as much as possible.
In addition to being a certified dental assistant at our practice, I am also an EFDA, so I am able to place fillings and sealants on the teeth of our little patients. In our office, we are all like big kids ourselves, so we love having as much fun as we can with our kids. Our doctor makes our office such a lively and fun environment, and they are so good and caring with our patients and their parents. I feel blessed to work for such a caring and loving practice. The best part of my job, by far, is getting that big hug from our kids at the end of their appointment!
At home, I have a son, Josh who lives in Dayton and a step-daughter, Jordyn who lives in Columbus with her husband Evan. My husband, Jeff, and I are big time dog lovers, so our house is also filled with our three four-legged children: our rescue dog, Willy (black and tan Coonhound), Wrangler (French Bulldog) and our latest edition Peanut (French Bulldog) with loving memory of Hooch (Bulldog) and Ginger (German Shepherd). In my free time, I love snowboarding, camping, crafting, and reading. But more than anything, I love spending time with my family and friends.
I graduated from Stark State Technical College in 2017 with my EFDA license which allows me to place fillings for Dr. Iten, take X-rays, place sealants and help to calm any anxious patients. I love working with kids! They make each day brighter with their smiles, stories, and laughter! Everyone here is fun to be around and really excels at providing excellent care!
Right now, I'm busy planning my wedding to the love of my life Alex. We also have a beautiful Golden Doodle Maci Mae. I enjoy working out and shopping with my mom. I love spending time with my family and friends.
Here at Pediatric Dentistry, I am a dental assistant with my coronal polishing and sealant certificates so I assist Dr. Iten chairside during appointments and help children learn about good oral hygiene. Our doctors are such a joy to work with because they are patient with our children, and they love to fill our office with laughter. Making kids smile is the best part of my job and I love that I get to do that every day.
I am married to my best friend, Wayne, and we have two amazing little boys Mikey and Gunner. When I’m not in the office, I love to spend time with them. I also enjoy playing with my dog Hank. Some of my other favorite activities are fishing, camping, hanging around a bon fire.
In our office, I am a dental assistant with my coronal polishing and sealant certificates so I help Dr. Iten chairside and by providing general patient care. Being able to see the smiles on the faces of our kids is awesome and it is definitely my favorite part of my job. I also love working with such a loving and thoughtful staff. Our doctor is amazing with our kids, and you can tell he really loves what he does. Even though we all connect with our patients so well, I think I have an advantage because of my height; kids sometimes think I am a kid!
At home, my wonderful husband Cyril and I have a son named Beckett. We also enjoy walking with our Havanese named Tilly Cinderella and a Yorkie-Poo named LuLu. When I'm away from the office, I loving spending time with my incredible family and working out.
As a dental assistant, I help the doctors give care to our patients, especially with the tasks of coronal polishing and sealant placing. My favorite part of my job is playing and having conversations with the children. I like to make them feel welcome by becoming their friend—someone who is more than just another adult. Helping the kids to pick out their prizes is good bonding time (and being the first to play with the toys when they are delivered is a great perk!). Dr. Tim is fun, outgoing and upbeat. My hard work doesn’t go unnoticed; each day as I head out, I am thanked. As I always say, “Teamwork makes dream work.”
When I’m not working, I love to spend time with family and my Maltipoo named Daisy. I’ve been known to binge-watch Netflix series, and I can take impressively lengthy naps!
I am a new addition to the team here at Pediatric Dentistry. My job is to assist the doctors, hygienists and EFDA's, as well as prepping, cleaning, and performing lab work. I studied American Sign Language at Columbus State and received my Deaf Studies Certification. I have past experience in both pharmacy and phlebotomy, and I am excited to dive full force into the dental field, learning as much as I can and furthering my education. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you! Having grown up in this practice myself, I will strive to make each child's dental experience as positive as mine always was!
Outside of work, I am Mama to a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Amelia. We are outdoor girls who enjoy spending time with our kitty Dip & Dot, playing board games, and taking weekly trips to our favorite local coffee shop: Nickel and Bean! I am a crazy plant lady who loves Jesus, reading, and watching Disney movies. Hope to see you soon!