Meet The Team

Dr. Howie

From a young age I wanted to do something worthwhile that would help people. I had two dentists as a child and they were both kind and gentle men; I wanted to be like them. In addition, being healthy and feeling good about yourself are two things that are vitally important; if we are not healthy then we simply are not free to be the best that God intended us to be.  Likewise, having a great looking smile goes along with feeling good about yourself, so the combination of these things was obvious to me: become a Dental Health Coach since great teeth make for a better life.


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Julie Evans, Administrative Assistant, Certified Dental Assistant

“I enjoy being a part of this team and seeing what we are able to accomplish through the art of smiles.”

With over 20 years of experience in dentistry, Julie will be able to handle all your dental care needs when it comes to scheduling, handling phone calls and making arrangements.  She spent many years chairside with dentists, so she is able to answer any questions you may have in regards to treatment that we discuss with you in our office.  Julie will also be certain to help you fit your dental needs – big or small – within your budget.

Julie and her husband, Mike, live in West Harrison, Indiana.  Her two children, Jamie and Lindsey and their families (including her four grandchildren), are always close by to spend time together.  In her spare time, she keeps herself busy enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.  She always enjoys gardening and fishing with family and friends.

Shannon Tanner, Chairside Dental Assistant

“To watch someone’s face light up after we have transformed their smile is always so rewarding.”

Shannon was born, raised and still resides in Hamilton, Ohio.  After graduating from Talawanda High School, she received her dental assisting certification from the Institute of Medical and Dental Technology.  Now with more than 17 years of experience she can be found alongside Dr. Dean creating beautiful smiles.

She and her husband Steve have two sons, Levi and Coulton.  The boys keep them busy with 4-H and playing sports throughout the year.  When she is not taking care of their many animals, Shannon can be found camping and spending time relaxing with family and friends.

Kristina Hoefker, RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist

“Every patient is different. What I really enjoy is being a Dental Health Coach to help our patients protect their health and have great smiles.”

Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters in 1995 with her dental hygiene degree, Tina came to work for Dr. Dean.  She also received her license to administer local anesthesia in 2010.  Her primary role is to oversee all aspects of the hygiene department, including our Dental Fitness Program, Vizilite oral cancer screenings and salivary diagnostics testing.

Tina lives in Oxford with her husband Mike and their twin boys, Hunter and Kyle.  She enjoys taking weekend camping trips with family and friends throughout the year.  Otherwise, she and Mike are usually running the boys to practice, games or other school activities.