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. Steven Moss
Dr. Steven M. Moss graduated in 1990 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He spent three years doing extensive research at the University of Michigan in biomaterials. He then spent three years at Sinai Hospital working in the Oral Surgery Department. Dr. Moss was published in the Journal of Operative Dentistry, and has taught CEREC dentistry locally for the past ten years and performed over 15,000 of these restorations.
Dr. Moss believes in providing his patients with his concept of whole life dentistry. It is his philosophy of striving to do what the patient wants and needs, and being able to do it right every time while being as conservative as possible.
Dr. Rebekah Sheppard
Dr. Sheppard has been providing our patients with exceptional care since December of 2017. She has a CEREC certification, allowing her to offer same-day crowns for our patient's convenience. Dr. Sheppard is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Michigan Dental Association.
A Michigan native, Dr. Sheppard graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2011. She loves working in a fast-paced office that allows her to get up and move around and really get to know the people around her, coworkers and patients alike!
Dr. Sheppard enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband, enjoying the great outdoors boating, golfing and skiing.
Dr. Nader Tawakkol
Dr. Nader is a graduate from the University of Michigan Dental School. He is a member of the Michigan Dental Association, American Dental Association and Seattle Study Club. He loves his job because it allows him to combine the art of dentistry, clinical evidence and communication with patients to help meet and improve their daily function. The evolving dental materials and procedures motivate him to invest in both his future as well and the patient's.
In his free time, Dr. Nader loves traveling, especially immersing himself in new cultures! His favorite travel destination thus far? Vietnam. Where he would like to travel next? New Zealand. Aside from traveling, Dr. Nader enjoys eating delicious foods, the Detroit Lions and soccer.
Dr. Jun Sup Park
Dr. Park is a 2017 graduate from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry in 2013. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and Washtenaw District Dental Society. Dr. Park has a published article in the March 2016 WODS Newsletter-Volume 30, issue 3 "Effectiveness of Preventative Care in Community Outreach Clinics".
Originally from Sterling Heights, MI, Dr. Park is currently an Ann Arbor resident. He loves seeing patients walk out of the office with a confident smile thanks to their new crown and/or composite restorations. Another thing he really enjoys about Dentistry is the capacity to continue his education through courses and classes in order to keep up with the ever-changing advances, allowing him to provide the best possible care to his patients. In his free time, Dr. Park enjoys running, playing Tennis, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
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. 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.
Lyndsay - Business Manager
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.
Lenore - Marketing Director
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, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants and relaxing at home with her animals and fiance.
Tammy - Dental Hygienist
Tammy attended Owens Community College and the University of Detroit. She has a local anesthetic license and is certified in CPR.
As a member of our dental team for twenty 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.
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.
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.
Nicole Jacobs - Dental Hygienist
Nicole is a 2002 graduate from the Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Program. She was the only person in her graduating class to receive a perfect score of 100% on the clinical portion of her state required boards. She also has experience with Periodontal Lasers.
Nicole joined our team in December of 2017 and loves working with such a fun staff. She brings a great positive energy to the office and thinks her patients are awesome!
Nicole enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters, they teach her so much! Her family has an Australian Shepherd they also enjoy spending their time with in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
Beth Presson - Dental Hygienist
Joining us in December 2017, Beth has proven to be a great addition to our team! Beth is a graduate from Wayne County Community College where she achieved her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
Beth is a Michigan native who grew up in South Rockwood. She takes full advantage of our Michigan weather year round! She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children doing fun activities together and being outside whether that is swimming at the beach in our beautiful summers or sledding in our cool, white winters.
Sam received her Associates in Applied Science in the Dental Hygiene Program from Owens Community College in May of 1998. She has been with Kuras Dental for over eight years and is a great asset to our team.
A southeast Michigan native, Sam loves the beautiful outdoors, music, art, sports, good food and spending time with the ones she loves! What does Same enjoy most about her career? Her patients! She loves helping them achieve good dental health and addressing all of their dental needs.
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.
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.
Olivia - Dental 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.
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.
Dominique - Dental Assistant
Dominique earned her certificate in dental assisting from Ross College before joining our team in September of 2017. When asked what she likes most about her job, she answers "Everything! I love dentistry."
She's a Toledo, Ohio, native. When she isn't working, Dominique likes to spend time hanging out with her daughter.
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.
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.
Tara - Insurance Coordinator
Tara assists our Billing and Insurance department in ensuring you have a smooth appointment. Tara was born right here in beautiful Monroe, Michigan and joined our team in November of 2018.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys spending time with her son, family and friends, watching tv, eating, drinking coffee and trying new restaurants. She also loves traveling to new places with her husband in his Semi Truck and motorcycle. What does Tara like most about being a part of the Kuras Dental team? The family-friendly atmosphere!
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 who enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Angie loves coming to work everyday because she loves the team she works with.
Kristin Richardson- Scheduling Coordinator
Kristin joined our team in October of 2017. She helps ensure your time is optimized when you schedule an appointment with your Doctor. When asked what she likes best about her job, she says it's all of the great people!
Kristin is a Monroe native who enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching Netflix, baking and the Detroit Tigers.
Lisa - Hygiene Coordinator
Lisa joined our team in September of 2016. She is a Monroe native and Monroe High School Graduate. Lisa has also received certification through the Scheduling Institute.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys cooking, baking and taking walks at Sterling State Park. She loves everything about her job, especially the people she works with, giving patients great care and turning a patient's outlook on their dental appointments around when they are nervous or scared.
Amber - Scheduler
Amber joined our team in February of 2018. A Monroe native, Amber spent twenty years working in the health field before joining our team.
What Amber loves most about being part of the Kuras Dental team is helping people and that her coworkers are awesome to work with. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking care of her two pet goats.
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.
Brittany - Front Desk Associate
Brittany joined our team in August of 2018. She is a Jefferson High School graduate, currently working toward an Associate's Degree at Monroe County Community College.
Brittany likes hanging out with family and friends, reading, camping and exploring nature in her free time. What does she love most about her job? Meeting new people!
Lindsay - Receptionist
Lindsay joined our team in September 2018 through the Cooperative Education Program at Monroe High School. She assists our front desk in checking patients in and out.
While not working or at school, Lindsay enjoys spending time playing with her animals and getting ahead on her school work.
Shelby - Front Desk Associate
Shelby joined our team in November of 2018. She assists our front desk in ensuring you have a smooth visit at Kuras Dental.
Originally from Hillard, Ohio, Shelby moved to Monroe in 2003. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two-year-old, painting or drawing, watching movies and going for walks at Sterling State Park. What she loves most about her job? The relaxed and friendly atmosphere everyone creates.