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. 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. 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.
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 - 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, trying new things, shopping, and eating.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.