Dentist in Lexington KY
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.
Dr. Kress has been recognized again as one of the three best dentists in Lexington, Kentucky from ThreeBestRated.com. Read the entire article here.
Heather – Registered Dental Hygienist
Heather graduated from San Joaquin College in Southern California where she grew up and has decided to make a life here in Kentucky. She brings to the office a fresh attitude and passion for providing oral health care and loves to spend time on education to encourage good oral health. She is quick to make patients feel at ease by building confidence, trust and friendship with each patient. Heather prides herself in staying current with the latest research in preventative oral health care. She has a passion for volunteer dentistry in rural parts of Nepal, India, Cambodia and Guatemala where dental is inaccessible. She has been doing these volunteer trips yearly post graduation. In her free time she enjoys working on her farm and playing soccer.
Amber – Patient Concierge
Amber is from southern Kentucky, where she obtained her associates degree from KCTCS. She then moved to Richmond, where she attended Eastern Kentucky University and received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology. After graduation, she primarily focused with careers in Human Resources, financing, as well as public relations. She fell in love with the dental field through obtaining continuing education courses. She has received her coronal polishing certificate as well as her radiology safety certification though UK and U of L. She strives to educate patients about necessary dental procedures and which financial options are available. She spends her leisure time watching documentaries with her husband, Ryan, playing video games, and spending time outdoors.
Areli – Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Areli is currently training under Dr. Kress to be an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. She joined our team as a student just before the COVID-19 crisis. Lucky for Dr. Kress, she jumped right in and helped manage all our helped treat all our emergencies. So we hired her! Areli has an awesome team player attitude and aspires to be an oral surgeon. She’s fluent in Spanish, enjoys singing and playing soccer.