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Dentist in Lexington, KY - Amelia

Amelia, Sterilization Technician

Amelia is a Sterilization Technician and a student at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Biology with a Pre-Dental focus. She plans to attend dental school upon graduating in 2025, and enjoys learning about all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into owning a dental practice. 

Amelia is passionate about working for Commonwealth Smiles, where the team is willing to help aspiring dentists like her. Patients enjoy interacting with Amelia, as she always does her best to provide a positive and safe environment for them. 

When she is not at work, she enjoys running, reading, and playing card games with her friends and family. Amelia is excited to continue her education in the upcoming years and to pursue her dreams of becoming a dentist.


Ari, Dental Assistant

With a background in the Army’s 68 E dental specialist program and a passion for dental care, Ari is eager to make a positive impact on people’s lives. What she enjoys most about her role is witnessing the transformation in her patients’ smiles, knowing she has contributed to their health and confidence. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor make interactions with clients enjoyable, creating a welcoming atmosphere where everyone feels at ease.

Ari finds fulfillment in her work at Commonwealth Smiles, where Dr. Kress’s mentorship has expanded her knowledge and skills. Driven by a desire to continually improve and inspired by her supportive team, Ari embraces each day as an opportunity to grow and make a difference in the lives of others. Balancing her civilian career with service in the Army Reserves, Ari embodies dedication and commitment to both her profession and her country.

Outside the dental office, Ari leads an active life in Richmond, KY, alongside her boyfriend Tyler and their loyal Black Lab, Memo. She is the eldest of three siblings and a former college softball player at Kentucky State University.