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Treatment Coordinator / Office Manager / Registered Dental Assistant
Tina has been working in the orthodontic field since 1984. She started at the front desk part-time while still in college, and after graduation, she moved into a full-time position. When Tina first started scheduling patients, it was actually done by hand with a written schedule book. Now, more than 27 years and several computer programs later, she is our treatment coordinator! Tina can answer any questions you have about payment options.
Tina and her husband Dwayne live in Huntington with their two children, Brax and Macy. Tina loves her church and teaches an adult Sunday school class. She also enjoys working out, reading, water skiing, and snow skiing.
Scheduling Coordinator / Registered Dental Assistant
Margaret was a chairside assistant and clinical technician for nine years before joining our team in 2003 as scheduling coordinator. She rises to the challenge of coordinating the treatment needs and school or work schedules of our patients. Margaret especially likes interacting with the youngsters and enjoys working with patients of all ages.
Margaret is married to Terry and has two sons, Chris and Cory. When she is not working, she enjoys taking long road trips, four-wheeling, baseball games, reading, and antiquing.
Clinical Coordinator / Registered Dental Assistant
Amy joined our office in 1994, took a few years off for raising children, then came back in 2003. She is a second-generation employee. Her mom worked in our office for several years when Amy was growing up! Amy serves as our clinical coordinator, responsible for the smooth operation of the clinic, and as a clinical technician, to aid in the direct care of our patients. Additionally, she is responsible for the preparation of the diagnostic X-rays for Dr. Hinckley.
Amy and her husband Toby have three daughters named Presley, Chandler, and Madelyn, and a son named Bayley. She enjoys traveling, looking for antiques, fishing, and hanging out by the pool with family and friends. Also, Amy is obsessed with sports!
Registered Dental Assistant
Serving as a clinical technician, Tisha works directly with our patients during their orthodontic care. She is also a diagnostic records technician, so she is often the person to take X-rays and impressions when patients begin their orthodontic journey. Tisha enjoys all aspects of her job, but getting to know our patients on a personal level is her favorite. She loves to see them smile!
Tisha has three sons named Dillon, Wessten, and Talon. She spends most of her free time watching her sons play baseball and basketball, because having three boys keeps her very busy! She also enjoys taking pictures of her boys whenever she gets a chance.
Registered Dental Assistant
Joan joined our office in 2011 and serves as a clinical technician. In this capacity, she provides direct care to our patients and coordinates our sterilization efforts. Joan’s cheery disposition toward our patients is especially noticeable when she works with children, because she loves working with kids!
Joan is married to Jim and together they have four children: Troi Lyn, Jordyn, Hollyn, and Tristan. When Joan is not in the clinic, you can find her at church or cheer competitions, and spending time with family and friends. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandson Wyatt!
Darla grew up in Lufkin, graduated from LHS, and attended Angelina College. She began working in the orthodontic field in 1987. After ten years she left to spend time with her family. In 2005 she returned to our office and took up the position of financial coordinator. She handles all the financial needs of our patients, including insurance.
Darla is married to Kennith and they have one son, Colton. She loves animals and enjoys walking, watching youth sports, and spending time with her family. Her favorite athlete is her son and more often than not, you can find her at the baseball park!
August 6, 1958 - February 19, 2011
Sheri began working in orthodontics in 1980. She was a dedicated employee of both Dr. Kent and Dr. Studer for more than 30 years. Sheri never met a stranger. Her love for people of all ages was one of her most endearing qualities. Sadly, Sheri lost her battle with breast cancer in February 2011. Sheri will be remembered as a faithful employee and cherished friend, and will always be a part of our smiling staff!
Lesvia provides assistance to Dr. Hinckley while he cares for our patients. She also lends a helping hand or two to our other assistants when needed, and she removes wires and changes colors for patients. Very people-focused and friendly, Lesvia loves her conversations with our patients and the relationships that she develops with them. She also enjoys watching the transformation that happens as a patient’s smile develops and seeing the results when the braces are removed.
A happily married mother of two young children, Lesvia has found her best friend and soul mate in her husband. She loves spending time with her family and they’re always her highest priority.
Office Manager / Front Office
Kristy keeps us organized, so we can focus on what’s important: exceeding the expectations of our patients! She works with our patients on financial issues, such as maximizing their insurance benefits and finding financial arrangements that work for their budget. She handles insurance billing, too. Kristy also schedules appointments, to make sure the times work for our busy patients. She loves talking with parents and patients, especially hearing about a child’s accomplishments in school, and is thrilled when patients arrive smiling, because they’re looking forward to their visit.
Away from work, Kristy spends much of her time with her son Walker. Together, they enjoy many outdoor activities, especially fishing. She also loves spending quality time with her family members and friends.
Front Office / Registered Dental Assistant
Samantha is always available to help our patients while they’re visiting us. She provides assistance to our doctor during patient procedures, and talks with the patient about what Dr. Hinckley is doing and why. She’s very warm and friendly, and sets our more timid patients at ease by helping them learn that a visit here isn’t anything to worry about. Creating lasting friendships with each person she cares for is Samantha’s favorite part of her work.
Married to her best friend Wyatt, Samantha has a beautiful young daughter, Madison, and an amazing American bulldog named Spike. She loves to travel and does so often.