Dr. Jessica Kress
A native Lexingtonian, Dr. Jessica Kress has bluegrass in her blood. Her pedigree includes Lafayette High School, Transylvania University, and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry—GO CATS! And she’s got that warm, southern, welcoming attitude that central Kentuckians all know and share. “Since being very little, I knew I wanted to be a ‘hand holder,’” says Jessica. She toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher or a nurse for a while, then, after working as a dental assistant, an office manager, and even a general manager of a dental office for three years, she knew that dentistry had to be her true calling. Her goal is to rescue folks from pain and empower them with the tools they need to maintain their own oral hygiene.
For Jessica’s entire academic and professional life she’s leaned toward that desire to help and give back, too. While in school, she volunteered with the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Special Smiles for Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House, Florence Crittenden Home, and these days she’s a member of the American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, and the Bluegrass Dental Society, where she serves as President-elect. She is also an active board member for the Bluegrass Parents of Twins and Multiples Club. In January 2016, Dr. Kress held the very first Dental Day in her office, with the help of Surgery on Sunday and Mission Lexington Dental Clinic. Dr. Kress is very excited to be continuing her dental education as a Spear study club, where she works with other local and national dentists and specialists, in order to provide he patients the best care possible.
When not at work, Jessica enjoys family time with husband David, twins Abby and Graham, and their rescue dog Samson. Jessica looks forward to the new lifelong friends she’ll be making at Commonwealth Smiles, holding their hands, relieving their pain, and guiding them in their quest for dental health. Dr. Jessica Kress—she smiles when YOU smile.
Megan Stephens , Office Manager
Originally from Plano Texas, Megan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a health administration degree and a business minor. Megan has 13 years of dental management experience and enjoys making patients feel informed, welcome, and comfortable. She has two wonderful girls, Lilly and Kensley ages 12 and 9 and two furry children Cooper and Olivia. As if her kids don’t keep her busy enough she volunteers at their school and is on the Baby Health board. When not at office the she enjoys working out, and hanging with her kids.
Niki Gula , Dental Hygienist
Niki is a registered dental hygienist and graduated from Youngstown State University, in Ohio with a degree in Dental Hygiene, as well as a degree in Anesthesia from Weber State University in Utah . Nicole has 22 years of experience as a dental hygienist, and 5 years as a dental assistant. Niki loves to see people smile and knows it instills confidence and happiness within themselves. She strives to give patients an experience that is pain free and a overwhelming sense of comfort that will make them want to take care of their smiles for years to come. She moved to Richmond 3 years ago with her husband, Chris, and 2 children, Katie and John. She enjoys watching sports, running, and being outside. Family is everything to her, and that’s the way she treats her patients.
Kristin Hall, EDDA
Kristin is an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant with 2 1/2 years of experience since graduating from the Institute of Dental Technology in 2015. She is always willing to help and loves making people smile and feel confident. She is from Winchester, Kentucky and currently lives in Bourbon County with her husband, Jeff, german shepard, Benny, and kitty, Ella. When Kristin is not at the office, she loves cooking, shopping, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and exploring the Bluegrass State.