Meet The Team

Teresa (1)


Office Manager

Teresa joined our Pure Smiles Westerville team in September 2023. A native of Ohio and a graduate of Newark Sr. High School, she’s been part of the dental industry for 18 years.

Teresa loves the close-knit dental community and embraces evolving technology. Her strong suit lies in building meaningful relationships with both her colleagues and patients, making her an essential team member.

Outside of work, Teresa enjoys quality time with family and friends, sports events, reading, catching up on shows, and unwinding through relaxing vacations. Married for over two decades, her proudest achievement is being a loving mother to her two sons.

Teresa’s guiding motto is, “I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.” – Mother Teresa


Lead Administrative Professional

Melanie was born and raised in Ohio. She joined our Pure Smiles Westerville team in July 2022. With a certification in Dental Assisting, one of Melanie’s favorite things about the dental industry is helping patients feel more comfortable going to the dentist. Outside work Melanie enjoys reading, camping and kayaking. She recently got married and purchased her first home! Fun fact about Melanie is that she was born without wisdom teeth!


Administrative Professional

Viktoriia is originally from Russia and moved to the US in 2016. With a bachelor’s degree in teaching French, Viktoriia brings a diverse skillset to her role. Viktoriia joined Pure Smiles in June 2023, where she finds joy in being part of the experience of helping people fall in love with their smiles again. Outside of work Viktoriia enjoys reading, hiking, and kayaking.


Talent & Operations Specialist

Katie was born and raised in Ohio. She holds her Associate’s Degree in Mental Health, her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and her Master’s Degree in English. Katie joined our Pure Smiles family in October 2022 as a Talent and Operations Specialist. Katie enjoys building relationships with the patients ensuring they are always well cared for. When she is not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, and crafting. A fun fact about Katie is that she lived in Germany for six years while her spouse served with the U.S. Army.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Marissa was born and raised in West Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene. Marissa joined the Westerville & Pataskala teams in June 2022. Her favorite thing about working in the dental industry is establishing new relationships with patients and watching their growth at each visit. Outside work Marissa enjoys spending time with her niece & nephew, working out, baking,  and  traveling to dirtbike races with her boyfriend.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Bre’Ona grew up in Ohio. She completed her Associate of Applied Business Management and Technology at the University of Toledo and her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Youngstown State University. Bre’Ona is currently working to complete her Master of Public Health degree. She is a member of the Ohio Dental Hygienists Association and Chi Delta Pi Alumni. Bre’Ona joined our Pure Smiles Westerville team in January 2023. She looks forward to helping patients improve their overall health. Bre’Ona also enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Fun fact: Bre’Ona has visited 18 states and 14 countries!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Eileen grew up in Pennsylvania. She completed her Associate’s Degree in dental hygiene at Santa Fe State College and is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the Ohio State Dental Hygiene Association, and the Columbus Dental Hygiene Association. Eileen joined the Pure Smiles Westerville team in January 2023. Eileen enjoys helping people to achieve good oral health. 

Fun fact: Eileen plays in a bell choir for her church. She also enjoys crafts, puzzles, walking her dog, and spending time with her family. One of Eileen’s favorite quotes is, “Peace begins with a smile” (Mother Teresa).

Alivia- Westerville


Registered Dental Hygienist

Alivia is a Registered Dental Hygienist from Ohio, graduating from Hocking College in 2023. Joining our team in February 2024, she thrives on forming personal connections and helping patients feel confident in their smiles.

Outside of work, she enjoys time with her goldendoodle, Quincy, visiting family, shopping, and relaxing with her boyfriend. Her goals include improving her cooking skills and traveling more. Her favorite quote, ‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been.’, by George Eliot, inspires her pursuit of dreams.


Lead Dental Assistant

Grace is from Columbus, Ohio. She completed her DA program in 2018. She previously worked as an orthodontic assistant and joined our practice in 2020. She enjoys creating amazing smiles and helping patients enhance their oral health! Outside of work she spends time with family, friends and enjoys going to antique stores and coffee shops.


Dental Assistant

Vicky was born and raised in Ohio. She joined the Pure Smiles Westerville team in October 2022. Vicky enjoys making others feel great about their smile. Her favorite thing about working in the dental office is the friendly smiles and nice environment. Vicky’s hobbies include spending time with her family, exploring nature, and traveling with her husband and son. Vicky is also a dog owner. Can you guess what her dog’s name is?



Dental Assistant

Meet Dakota, our dental assistant originally from sunny Florida. Dakota studied phlebotomy before becoming a part of Pure Smiles in August 2023. She has a passion for learning new things daily and enjoys fishing and golfing with her boyfriend. Dakota has plans to obtain her CDA and EFDA certifications next year. 

And, here’s one of Dakota’s favorite fun tidbits: the wave of toothpaste on a toothbrush is called a “nurdle.”



Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Born and raised in Kentucky, Dani received her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) certification from the University of Louisville Dental School. She joined Pure Smiles in May 2024 and is passionate about changing the narrative around dental treatment. Dani enjoys helping people smile and feel less anxious during their visits.



Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Introducing Bridget, our Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) from Ohio. With a dental assisting certificate from Hayes Technical School in 1999 and EFDA certification from OSU in 2012, Bridget brings a wealth of experience to our team. Joining Pure Smiles in May 2024, she finds fulfillment in building relationships and creating smiles. 

Outside of work, Bridget enjoys walking dogs and continuously expanding her knowledge in dentistry.


Dental Lab Technician

Alex is a native of Ohio and a skilled dental lab technician at Pure Smiles Westerville. He takes pride in crafting custom dental appliances and finds fulfillment in making a positive difference in people’s lives. Beyond work, he stays active in his community through volunteering and enjoys playing sports and spending time with family, especially his nieces.

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