Meet the Staff

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We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.



Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Barb will be assisting Dr. Hawkins with taking impressions, placing fillings, taking X-rays, and scheduling and making temporary crowns and bridges, as well as dentures. Barb has been working for The Dental Center since 2001, but has been a dental assistant since 1993. She earned her certification in expanded functions for Restorative I and II, Fixed Prosthetics, Nitrous Oxide, and CPR.

Barb’s favorite part of her job is working in a field is that she enjoys working with great patients alongside some of her best friends and coworkers. She loves working at The Dental Center and with Dr. Hawkins because of our great work ethic and commitment to patient care.

Barb has been married to her husband Tim since 1996. Together, they have twins Taylor and Tanner. Barb loves spending time with her family, as well as her parents.



Treatment and Accounts Coordinator

Belinda will be the one you'll hear when you call; she also coordinates the dental benefits for you in order to give you the best estimate for your treatment. She tracks claims that are outstanding by insurance and handles the accounts receivable. Belinda will also be seen assisting in the back when she is needed. She stays very busy!

Belinda’s favorite part of her job is meeting new people, seeing friendly faces, and making friends with long-time patients. She feels fortunate to have great coworkers that have become like family and a boss that fun to work for, but also believes in excellence and high quality work. Dr. Hawkins, although he has been with the practice since 2017, has become a great addition to the team. She loves to laugh, have fun, and be a part of our awesome team.

Belinda has been married to her husband since 1990 and they have two children together, two stepchildren, and two dachshund mix dogs that she absolutely adores. Belinda loves hiking, camping, yoga, golf and anything that keeps her going. She is a very upbeat and happy person who loves to be around others and make them smile.



Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Justine will be the one assisting the doctor with taking impressions, placing fillings, taking X-rays, scheduling, and making temporary crowns and bridges. She has worked at The Dental Center since 2014, but has been an assistant since 1992. Her experience in dentistry includes a Certificate in Restorative I and II, Nitrous Oxide, CPR, MBDA, and Fixed Prosthetics.

Justine loves making patients feel as comfortable as possible. Seeing patients smile after they haven't in a long time is very rewarding. Justine loves working at The Dental Center because she feels our team is the best at what they do with a mix of laughter, fun, and professionalism.

Justine has been married to her husband Jimmy since 1991. They have a daughter Colleen. Justine loves spending time with her family, hiking, going to hockey games, working out at the gym, and she loves reading, crafting, and gardening.



Hygiene Assistant

Kate is in charge of patient X-rays, sterilizing, and assisting the hygienist. She began working at The Dental Center in 2017; however, she's been in the dental field since 2014 as a certified dental assistant.

Kate enjoys teaching others how to properly care for their teeth and seeing their smiles after a positive dental appointment. Here at The Dental Center, Kate loves working with our great team. She appreciates the mix of professionalism and fun, as we all enjoy creating a positive work environment.

Kate has been married to her husband Jamie since 2017 and together they have three dogs named Roxy, Hazel, and Maida. She enjoys spring car racing and running races in her spare time.



Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristi’s position at The Dental Center entails performing preventive, periodontal, and maintenance cleanings. She also examines patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease along with educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Kristi graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1998 and worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Lexington, KY until she moved to St. Louis in 1999. She began working at The Dental Center in 2002.

Kristi’s favorite part of her job is meeting new people, making relationships with her patients and coworkers, and providing the most updated dental care to her patients. She loves working with Dr. Hawkins because he is genuine, generous, caring, and always wants to provide the best treatment to his patients. Her coworkers are some of her best friends, which is also a plus! They have all worked together over a decade and feel the same about providing the best care to their patients. They provide a fun-loving atmosphere and patients always feel at home when they are at The Dental Center.

Kristi has two sons Cole and Carson, and two stepdaughters Brooke and Meagan who are very active in sports locally, which keeps her busy most every day of the week. She enjoys spending time with her children, boating, and getting together with friends.



Patient Coordinator

Teri is the patient coordinator here at the office. She works with Belinda and will also be a voice you will hear when you call The Dental Center. Her job is to coordinate the very best dental experience with the treatment that fits your needs.

Teri began working in the dental field when she was drafted for a position during her own dental appointment. She has since then earned her degree in business, certificate in dental assisting, and a certificate in expanded duties. Getting to know patients and helping patients feel comfortable with their dental choices is very rewarding, as the patients here have become her friends. She appreciates Dr. Hawkins and her coworkers, as they are a great group of people who manage to have a light-hearted environment and still provide excellent care for patients.

Teri has been married to her husband Jay since 1993. She has two sons, five grandchildren, and a maltipoo named Teddy. When Teri and her husband are out of the work environment, she loves to be outdoors with children, grandchildren, friends, and her little dog. She has added a kayak and camper to her outdoor arsenal this summer and enjoys both, along with hiking and gardening.

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