Meet Our Staff
Mrs. Jamey Blankenship joined the Northstar Family Dental Team in 2014. As our Office Manager, Jamey insures that both the “front” and “back of the house” are running smoothly.
With an MBA in Healthcare Management, Jamey is a natural leader and thrives in a fast paced environment. Under Jamey’s expert leadership, the Northstar Family Dental team provides the ultimate customer experience.
She is also responsible for the office “extracurriculars,” including, coordinating patient rewards programs, staff outings and continued training. Jamey’s extra efforts and passion for her staff and her patients help to set the Northstar Family Dental office apart from other practices.
When asked about her decision to enter the healthcare management field, she simply says, “ It chose me.”
When she is not leading her team in the office, she can be found cooking, partaking in outdoor activities or hanging out with her Boston Terrier, Murphy.
If you’ve called the Northstar Family Dental office or been in for a visit, you’ve probably had the good fortune of interacting with our front desk lead, Ms. Kacey Pinkerton.
With a warm smile and sincere welcome, Kacey puts our patients at ease from the moment they enter the front door. With a Bachelor’s degree in business, Kacey efficiently and effectively assists our patients with scheduling, insurance and payments needs.
Beyond that, Kacey is a valuable contributor to office “extracurricular activities,” such as patient appreciation initiatives, staff recognition and continuous training.
Kacey enjoys the challenge of the fast paced and ever expanding environment and is grateful to be in a position that allows her to learn something new every day.
Outside of the office, Kacey is an avid runner and devoted mother to her toddler, Briley.
Alyssa is one of the first friendly faces that you’ll see upon entering Northstar Family Dental. While she is currently supporting our front office, Alyssa also brings invaluable hands-on dental assistant experience to our team.
Alyssa is particularly involved in welcoming new patients, which includes a full office tour and comprehensive introduction to the practice. She is passionate about insuring that patients feel comfortable, relaxed and informed.
When asked what she enjoys about her job, she answers, “interacting with great patients and seeing them leave with a confident smile.”
Currently working on her Associate’s degree, when Alyssa is not at work or school, she spends her time with her two-year-old, Paisley, and enjoys exercising.
Mrs. Cassie Wise is a Northstar Family Dental veteran, having started with the practice in its infancy.
A registered dental hygienist, with a BS in Dental Hygiene, Cassie became passionate about oral hygiene at an early age when her uncle, a dental technician in the Air Force, sparked her interest in teeth.
Cassie’s specialty is helping to calm and reassure nervous patients. To refine her abilities to do so, Cassie is a certified administrator of local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. She is dedicated and skillful in her work and as a result has established long-standing relationships with her loyal patients.
In addition to her hygienist responsibilities, Cassie is actively involved in our monthly charity initiatives and plays an important role on our leadership team.
Cassie’s interests outside of the office include running, being outdoors, spending time with her cats and her husband.
Ms. Cara Skaggs joined the Northstar hygienist team in August of 2015. Cara holds an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from CSCC. Additionally, she is licensed to administer local anesthesia and certified to administer nitrous oxide.
Cara chose a career in oral hygiene because she realized that one of the first things that she noticed when meeting new people was their smile and the confidence that could be expressed during such a simple interaction. She wanted to help people become more confident in their daily lives by helping them obtain happy and healthy smiles.
What Cara enjoys most about her work is patient education. She says that seeing the reaction on her patient’s face when she shares her tips and tricks for at-home care is her favorite part of the appointment.
When she’s not educating in the office, Cara enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and antiquing with her family. She spends her down time at home relaxing with her husband and their pets.
Ms. Malia Johnson has been a valued Northstar Family Dental team member since 2014. Malia holds a BS in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University.
Malia has the ability to offer her patients the full spectrum of services as she holds a license in radiology and is also certified in local anesthesiology.
Originally set on working in the psychology field, Malia credits her own personal experience with a dentist for her change of heart – and profession. After said experience, she dove head first into OSU’s dental hygiene program and has never looked back.
Malia’s warm and welcoming personality puts even the most hesitant patients at ease. She particularly enjoys the actual teeth cleaning portion of her job. She finds it extremely rewarding to see her patients leave the office with clean, healthy, bright smiles.
When she is not attending to her patients, you’ll likely find Malia in a yoga studio as she deeply passionate about the practice. She also enjoys live music events and traveling.
Ms. Desirae Kirk recently joined the growing Northstar Family Dental team in 2015. Desi, as she is known around the office, graduated from Fairfield Career Center with as a Certified Dental Assistant. Desi provides a wealth of value to our team as she holds a Dental Radiographer’s license and is CPR/AED certified.
Desi was initially intrigued by the dental field because of the rapid technology and advancements used to benefit oral health care. Her passion has continued to grow as she builds relationships with her clients and is a part of their transformations.
When Desi isn’t helping patients in our office, she can be found whipping up something delicious in her kitchen, working out or exploring downtown Columbus.
Ms. Megan Hall recently joined the Northstar family in 2015. With two degrees, one from Ohio State in Dentistry and a second from Ohio Business College, Megan is a well rounded and versatile team member.
She has been interested in dental hygiene from an early age and credits her enthusiasm towards the craft to the positive impact she has on her patient’s self confidence through a healthy smile.
Megan’s special licenses and certifications not only include E.F.D.A., but also CDA, coronal polishing and sealants, and Sedation Assistant.
When she is not working hard to inspire new confidence in our patients around the office, Megan enjoys spending time with her three-year-old American bulldog, Jax. Megan comes from a large family whom she enjoys seeing in her free time.
Ms. Liza Green is a valued member of the Northstar Registered Dental Hygienist team. Having graduated from The Ohio State University, Liza spent five years practicing dentistry in Las Vegas before returning to her home state.
In addition to being a RDH, Liza is also a certified EFDA. When asked, Liza says that she chose a career in dentistry because she was interested in the one-on-one patient interaction and the opportunity to make a positive impact on her patients’ overall health. The confidence that is projected by healthy smiles is Liza’s favorite part of her job.
Outside of the office Liza enjoys running, reading, spending time with her dog Oliver and is an avid OSU fan!
As the Northstar Family Dental Treatment Coordinator, Mrs. Courtney Knapp ensures that our patients have a clear, comprehensive understanding of their diagnosis and treatment plan.
With a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Business Administration, Courtney’s position highlights her passion for learning and working one on one with patients. Courtney has a natural ability to set our patients at ease while helping them map out their personal plan toward optimal oral health.
Courtney appreciates the opportunity to create ongoing relationships with our clients, seeing their progress and ultimately, being a part of the end result of a healthy, confident smile.
When she is not assisting Northstar patients, Courtney enjoys spending her free time with her husband. She also enjoys expressing her creative side through home decorating DIY projects.
Mrs. Jamie Wiggand joined the growing Northstar Family team of dental hygienists in 2016.
Jamie earned both her Dental Assisting certificate and her Associate Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Coastal Carolina Community College, in Jacksonville, NC.. Jamie is currently a certified RDH and CDA.
Jamie says that she has always had a passion for teeth and when it came time to choose a career, she took a leap of faith. Attesting that her choice in dentistry is one of her best decisions yet. What Jamie enjoys most about her job is seeing her patients’ reaction when they are pleased with their results. She feels most rewarded when a patient feels confident in the health and appearance of their smile.
Outside of our office, Jamie enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures with her husband and dogs. She’s also passionate about her home design and decorating hobby. On top of all of that, she still manages to find time to coach her niece’s cheerleading team!
Mrs. Cayla Beam was a welcomed addition to our growing team of Dental Assistants in 2016. Cayla is a great asset to our team as she is both Radiology and CPR certified.
Cayla chose a career in dentistry because she wanted to be a part of a team whose focus and dedication was on making people healthy, happy and confident. What she enjoys most about her job is working with a supportive team and the unique opportunity to meet, get to know and form lasting relationships with her patients.
Outside of work, Cayla stays entertained with concerts, movies and exploring new restaurants. When she’s not on the move, she likes to relax with her family and spend time with her thirteen-year-old Lhasa Apso, Jinx.
Ms. Breanna Atwood is a member of our Dental Assistant team. She joined our practice in 2016 and in addition to offering support to our Dental Assistant team, she also oversees our sterilization process.
Breanna offers a unique specialty to our office as she is a licensed esthetician, holding her certification from the Aveda Institute.
For Breanna, a career in the health care industry is a perfect fit because of her passion for helping others feel good, on the inside and the outside. Breanna ‘s natural supportive nature and strong teamwork skills make her an essential member of our Dental Assistant team.
When she is not working hard in the office, Breanna likes to spend time outside and exploring all that Columbus has to offer – restaurants in particular!