Kuras Dental Health Associates
If you think that exceptional dental care has to be serious or stuffy, you've never been to Kuras Dental Health Associates! Your oral health is our first priority, but we know that it's important to put you at ease so that you will feel good about spending time with us.
Every friendly member of our team will go out of their way to make your dental care relaxing and enjoyable. Most of us are from Monroe and the surrounding areas, so we're not just your dental providers, we're your neighbors! When you are with us, you are our most important patient, and you have our undivided attention. We treat you as we would like to be treated – with respect and concern for your unique needs.
Please take a moment to learn more about our amazing team. We look forward to welcoming you to our family!
Meet Our Team
Dr. Jeffery Young
Dr. Jeffery Young attended Mt. San Antonio College and the University of Southern California as an undergraduate. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit, Mercy in 1990. Dr. Young was born and raised in Southern California – East Los Angeles to be exact. As a kid, he loved going to the beach and surfing. He moved to Michigan to attend school and loved the area so much that he decided to make it his home.
He uses a unique combination of dental expertise, technology, and artistry to give everyone the smile he or she deserves and the added self-confidence that comes along with it. Dr. Young is an excellent cosmetic and restorative dentist and is dedicated to continually expanding his education and skills, having completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education.
In order to bring his patients the most advanced, highest quality dental care available Dr. Young invests much of his time pursuing training in specialized areas of dentistry. He trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in esthetic dentistry and occlusion, and completed a nine-month Dental Implant Training Program. Dr. Young is also a Certified Provider for Invisalign, Clear Correct clear aligners, PowerProx Six Month Braces, and Inman Aligner.
Dr. Young served as President of the Monroe branch of the Detroit District Dental Society for four years and received their Outstanding Service Award. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Young was exposed to quality dentistry at an early age while visiting his father’s practice and noticing that the patients were always happy and having a great day. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, with the goal of having a practice where patients could enjoy the same type of relaxed, friendly environment. Dr. Young loves being a dentist because every day he can see the positive impact he has on his patients’ quality of life
Dr. Young is an avid mountain biker and loves spending his free time riding mountain bikes on Michigan’s many bike trails. He raced in the Michigan Mountain Biking Association Championship Point Series and took second place in the state in the over-50 category.
Dr. Stephanie Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a U of M Dental School graduate of 2015 who, before joining our team, completed a one year General Practice Residency at the Ann Arbor VA hospital. She has been awarded many achievements along the way, like the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Certificate of Recognition, and the Comprehensive Care Award. She is recognized by the Michigan Dental Association, the American Dental Association and has participated in the Mission of Mercy, which provides dental care to those in need.
Dr. Johnson is an Ann Arbor resident, originally from Rochester Hills. When she's not creating beautiful smiles, she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, running, and watching the hit show Game of Thrones. She was driven to dentistry by her love for learning, and her desire to help people. Her favorite part of work each day is seeing someone walk out with new crowns or dentures that restore their confidence in their smile.
Dr. Alkan Sezginis
Dr. Sezginis grew up just across the Michigan and Ohio border in Northwood, Ohio. After graduating high school, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist by continuing his education at Ohio State University, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He then relocated, and spent two years practicing as a general dentist in San Antonio, Texas, as part of a national program to help provide dental care to under-served communities. He's excited to be back in the Midwest, where he can continue to provide quality care in Monroe. What he loves most about dentistry is that it challenges him every day and gives him the opportunity to instantly make a difference in someone's life.
When he isn't serving our patients, he likes to relax by playing music - mostly guitar and drums. He's also an avid reader, and enjoys basketball, drawing and hiking.
Dr. Sezginis is associated with the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Lauren Hawkins
Dr. Hawkins grew up in Sycamore, IL. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University Iowa. She continued her education and earned her DDS from the University of Detroit Mercy where she was awarded the Delta Dental Leadership award and the Pierre Fachaurd Certificate of Merit.
Dr. Hawkins is dedicated to providing quality and thorough dental treatment to all of her patients. Dr. Hawkins continues to extend her knowledge about current dental treatments. She currently belongs to the Michigan Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society. She also enjoys giving back to her community; she is actively involved in the St. Vincent de Paul dental clinic and Mission of Mercy. When she is not providing dental treatment, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and traveling around during her free time.
Dr. Claudia Varvara
Dr. Claudia Varvara grew up in Romania. After moving to Chicago Northwest suburbs she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was a member of the International Honor Society. She continued her education at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where she was awarded the Dr. Frank Smith Memorial Award in Removable Partial Dentures.
Dr. Varvara’s passion for dentistry has one main goal: to help her patients to become healthier and gain back their confidence in their smiles. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Association of Women Dentists. She has been involved in the Give Kids a Smile and Taft Clinic events where along colleagues she gave back to her community by providing dental care to those in need.
Dr. Varvara is currently residing in Ann Arbor with her husband and two boys. Besides her passion for dentistry she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, remodeling, gardening and cooking. So, when you come for your appointment don’t be surprised if she talks a lot about food.
Kristie Young - Chief Financial Officer
Kristie has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates for over twenty years. She started out as our Registered Dental Hygienist and became our Business Manager in 2010. Kristie is a highly trained, experienced professional and received her Associates Degree in Applied Science and Dental Hygiene Technology.
As an integral part of our practice, Kristie’s goal is to build long-term relationships with our patients to put them at ease and help them feel like part of our family. She especially enjoys greeting her former patients who still ask for her by name.
Kristie grew up in Monroe and likes to relax by reading, hiking, and gardening.
Lenore - Executive Assistant
Lenore started with Kuras in March of 2015, and assists management to make for a more productive office. She attended Monroe County Community College for Business Marketing.
Lenore's favorite part of Kuras Dental is working with a positive, upbeat staff. She loves working for a company that gives back to the community and is always looking for ways to stay involved. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new things, shopping, and eating.
Lyndsay - Marketing Director
Lyndsay has been with our practice since early 2011. She attended Monroe High, Monroe Community College, and received Certification from the Scheduling Institute. She enjoys finding ways to help our patients have fun at our office, and working with a team who is dedicated to helping patients achieve excellent oral health.
Lyndsay likes to spend her free time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, DIY projects, and finding good food with her husband.
Ruth Ann - Dental Hygienist
Ruth Ann attended Wayne County Community College and is a native of Woodhaven. She works hard to get to know each of her patients individually so that she can provide them with the best possible dental care.
In her free time, Ruth Ann loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and riding dirt bikes with her family.
Lori - Dental Hygienist
A native of Blissfield, Lori has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates for over 15 years. She enjoys interacting with her patients and loves to see their healthy smiles.
Lori graduated from the University of Michigan and has three children and one grandchild. She spends her free time camping, biking, and listening to country music.
Tammy - Dental Hygienist
Tammy attended Owens Community College and the University of Detroit. She has a local anesthetic license and is certified as a CPR instructor through the American Heart Association.
As a member of our dental team for sixteen years, Tammy is proud of the strong patient relationships she has developed, which allow her to guide her patients to optimal oral health. Tammy is a native of Monroe and enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Sam - Dental Hygienist
Sam attended Owens Community College where she completed the dental hygiene program and received an Associate's degree in Applied Science. She has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates for eight years and loves addressing her patients' needs to help them achieve great oral health.
Sam is a native of southeast Michigan and enjoys music, art, sports, good food, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Jen S. - Dental Hygienist
Jen attended Owens Community College and is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates since 2004 and loves helping her patients and educating them about the importance of excellent oral health.
When she’s not helping our patients achieve optimal dental health, Jen loves spending time with her family.
Caitlin - Dental Hygienist
Caitlin is a native of Monroe and has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates since 2012. She is proud to be part of such a talented, knowledgeable team. Caitlin truly enjoys coming to work every day so that she can help her patients achieve the best oral health possible.
A graduate of Ferris State University, Caitlin is also certified in the use of nitrous oxide and local anesthetic. When she’s not busy helping her patients, Caitlin enjoys cleaning, organizing, gardening, and interior design.
Wendy - Dental Hygienist
Wendy started with our hygiene team in September, 2015. She is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina where she attended Fayetteville Technical Community College, but she now resides in LaSalle.
She loves the opportunity to interact with the patients. She's always wearing a friendly smile! When she's not keeping your smile in tip-top shape, she loves watersports and spending time on the lake.
Alec - Hygiene Assistant
Alec started in December of 2015 as a hygiene assistant, a new position in our office intended to help make your cleaning visit more streamlined.
He likes working at Kuras Dental because he gets to spend time with fun coworkers and learn more about the dental field, which he plans to go into. He's a first year student and Monroe County Community College and hopes to attend dental school at the University of Detroit Mercy. Alec is a Monroe native, who in his spare time likes to play video games and go to the gym.
Olivia - Hygiene Assistant
Olivia assists our hygiene department and doctors to aid in a smoother flow at your appointments. She is currently attending Monroe County Community College gaining her prerequisites for dental hygiene school.
She loves her job at Kuras because she gets to work with awesome patients and coworkers, and her job is changing hour to hour. When she isn't at work, she likes to wear sweatpants, eat and watch Netflix.
Jen - Dental Assistant
Jen has been with our practice since 2000 and loves meeting new people and helping our patients feel good about their smiles. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and attended Toledo Dental Academy.
In her free time, Jen enjoys reading and spending time with her husband.
Sarah - Dental Assistant
Sara started dental assisting with our office in 2015. She earned her dental assisting certificate from Ross College, and is a native of Monroe.
She loves working with a friendly staff, and having the opportunity to help patients. She prefers to spend her free time with her two sons, Cole and Jaxon.
Alison - Dental Assistant
Alison first started with Kuras Dental in 2008, and has returned to us after a break to start her family. She's had several positions in the office, from front desk to billing, but is back at your chair side as a dental assistant.
Alison earned her Associates Degree in Science from Monroe County Community College, and is a native of Ambler, Pennsylvania. She's enjoys working with our great patients, and spending time with her coworkers. When she's not at work, Alison spends her time hanging out with her 3 year old, her Great Dane, and her friends.
Haley - Dental Assistant
Haley Started with our office in February, 2015. She attended Owens Community College where she received her certification in Dental Assisting. She loves the people she works with, the patients she gets to meet, and that she is able to learn new things every day.
Haley is a resident of Toledo, Ohio. In her spare time, she likes to work out and take her dogs to play at the park. In the summer, she spends most of her time boating on the lake with friends.
Marissa - Dental Assistant
Marissa was added to our dental assistant team in May of 2017. She achieved her certificate in dental assisting from Ross College, and is originally from Fayettville, North Carolina. She loves her career as a dental assistant because she has the opportunity to make people feel more confident in their smile.
When she isn't helping our team, she enjoys spending her time with her son, Jace.
Olivia - Dental Assistant
Olivia has been with our team since January of 2016. Her favorite part of her job is her "wonderful" coworkers. Olivia earned an award in Academic Achievement in highschool, and is now attending college to become a physical therapy assistant.
Olivia is a Monroe native, and in her spare time likes to work out and spend time in the sun boating on our many lakes.
Heather - Dental Assistant
Heather has been a member of our team since 2013. She's earned an Associates of Science degree from Wayne County Community College, and a Certificate in Dental Assisting. She enjoys educating her patients on their dental health and assisting the doctor on big procedures, and is excited to start school to be a Registered Dental Hygienist this fall.
When Heather isn't working, she enjoys going up north, shopping, watching movies, reading and hanging out with family and friends.
Brittney - Dental Assistant
Brittney joined us in September of 2014. She attended Ross Medical Education Center in Granger, Indiana.
Brittney's favorite part about dental assisting is interacting with and meeting new people. She's from Chassell, Michigan. In her spare time, she does yoga, and likes to cook and bake.
Chiara - Insurance Specialist
Chiara joined our team in July of 2015. She's a member of our billing team, and takes care of verifying your insurance plans before your appointments. Chiara loves working with a team of amazing people, and having a job where she can learn something new every day.
When she's not at her desk, Chiara likes to spend time with her daughter, family, and friends.
LeAnn - Insurance Coordinator
LeAnn joined our billing department team in June of 2017. She's an Eagle Lake, Florida native, where she attended Lake Region High School. She loves the teamwork-centric atmosphere at Kuras Dental, and when not streamlining your billing experience, enjoys spending her time with friends and family.
Laurie - Scheduling Coordinator
Laurie attended Monroe County Community College and is proud to have earned a Five-Star Certification from the Scheduling Institute. Laurie has been with Kuras Dental Health Associates since 2010, and when asked what she likes most about her job, she says, “Everything!”
She grew up in Monroe and in her spare time, she keeps busy by spending time with her grandsons.
Angie - Scheduling Coordinator
Angie started with Kuras in December of 2015. She studied locally at Monroe County Community College, and is a great addition to our growing front desk team.
She's a Monroe native, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Angie loves coming to work everyday because she loves the team she works with.
Ashley - Scheduling Coordinator
Ashley joined our team in September, 2016, coming to us from a law office, where she exercised her Criminal Justice degree earned at Monroe County Community College. You'll see her smiling face at our desk where she aids in helping you keep your dental visits on track.
She's a Monroe native who enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, watching college sports and going to concerts.
Amanda - Hygiene Coordinator
Amanda returned to our clerical team in July, 2017, as our hygiene coordinator. She's attended Dorsey Business School and the Phlebotomy Career Training Center. When asked what she loves most about her job, she said the "positive atmosphere".
Amanda is a Monroe native, and when she isn't working, she spends her time with her son.
Lisa - Receptionist
Lisa joined our staff in September of 2016. She is a wonderful part of our front desk team that helps you keep your appointments on track and work your oral care into your budget. She loves Kuras because of the people she gets to work with each day.
Lisa calls Monroe home, where she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and spending time at our local Sterling State Park.
Aimee - Receptionist
Aimee has been with our team since January of 2016. She attended Ross Medical Education Center where she earned her certificate in Dental Assisting, she is also phone certified with The Scheduling Institute.
Aimee loves the opportunity to interact with her coworkers and patients. She's a Dundee, Michigan native, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, baking and doing DIY projects.
Caitlin - Patient Coordinator
Caitlin joined our team as Patient Coordinator in February of 2017. She loves coming to work with the opportunity to make patients feel welcomed, comfortable, and hopes they leave excited to come back.
Caitlin is originally from California, and is a licensed cosmetologist. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, playing and listening to music, shopping, eating good food and traveling to new places. She loves to try new things, and is excited to be a part of our dental family.