Meet Our Staff
At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.
Ginger has worked for the practice since 1996 . She graduated from the dental hygiene program in 1995 from The Ohio State University branch in Lima, OH. She is passionate about working with her patients and educating them about their dental health, which makes her an important member of our dental team. Ginger’s personality is always positive which many patients recognize. Her hard work very much contributes to the success of the dental practice. When away from the office, Ginger likes to be outdoors and also enjoys spending quality time with her family.
Kim, Office manager
Kim has been with the practice for over 20 years. She participates in all aspects of the front office administration and patient relations. Her duties include, but are not limited to, helping with patient scheduling, payment coordination and insurance inquiries. She is often responsible for a majority of the “behind the scenes” work but also helps cover the front desk when other staff members are out of the office. Kim can often be found working with patients helping them find solutions to insurance or general payment questions. She really enjoys helping our patients find payment solutions so that each patient can receive the very best dental treatment available. In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling to see her grandchildren with her husband Craig.
Jo Ellen, Patient Care Coordinator
Jo Ellen has been with the practice for 11 1/2 years. Jo Ellen is responsible for scheduling treatment appointments with the doctors, insurance filing, and other administrative duties within the office. She provides excellent customer service through detailed and thorough interaction with patients. Specifically, she is the implant coordinator among various other office duties and her favorite part of her job is interacting with the multitude of patients that are seen at our office. Jo Ellen is married to her husband John and lives in Ashland. They have three children and four adorable grandchildren. While not at the office, Jo Ellen can be found reading, doing crafts, scrapbooking and spending time with her family.
Jill, Dental Assistant
Jill is a dental assistant and has been with the practice for 31 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the practice and is a valuable asset not only professionally but personally as well. Patients are frequently greeted with hugs and a huge smile. She grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School. While not at work, Jill finds herself reading, biking and walking her dog Nellie and resides in Ashland.
Tara has been a dental hygienist since 2008 where she graduated from Lorain Community College with an Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She has now been with the practice for 7 years and is an extremely valuable asset. She enjoys building dental relationships, but also loves getting to know each and every patient personally as well. The comfort level that her patients have reported as well as her relationship with the office staff is unmatched. She strives to inspire patients to become educated in their oral health both in and out of the office. She possesses a great work ethic and enjoys working with anyone she encounters.
Sarah, Dental Assistant
Sarah joined our team in July 2015 as a dental assistant. She completed her formal dental assisting training from the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center in November of 2014. In addition to her dental assisting she also obtained her radiography certificate and also is CODA (certified Ohio Dental Assistant) certification. In June of 2016, Sarah also completed a Phlebotomy program with Ashland County West Holmes Career Center where she obtained her certificate as a certified Phlebotomy technician through the NHA (National Health Career Association). In August 2016, Sarah completed an implant externship with Dr. Priest through the Midwest Implant Institute.
Sarah is dedicated to continually improving her skills as well as learning through continuing education. She is scheduled to graduate from Case Western Reserve University’s EFDA program in May 2018 (Expanded Function Dental Assistant).
Prior to dental assisting, Sarah served seven years in the Air National Guard with the 179 Airlift Wing and the 200th Redhorse Squadron Det 1. She has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband who is also currently serving in the Air National Guard. When not at work, Sarah enjoys camping, hunting, and spending time with her family.
Sonya, Dental Assistant
Sonya joined the Priest Dental team in May of 2016. She completed her formal dental assisting training from the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center in 2014. In addition to her dental assisting she also obtained her radiography certificate and also is CODA (certified Ohio Dental Assistant) certified. She enjoys interacting with our patients and helping them feel comfortable during appointments. Sonya is looking forward to broadening her dental background through continuing education this year and is always eager to learn. In addition to continuing education Sonya will become a certified phlebotomist by the end of 2017 which will further help our patients.
Outside the office, Sonya enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and baking as well as volunteering at her church.
Pam has been a dental hygienist for 37 years and has been with the practice for 26 of them. She graduated with a dental hygiene degree from The Ohio State University. The dental hygiene expertise she brings to the practice is instrumental to making this office a success. Pam enjoys meeting the variety of patients that are a part of the dental practice. She also enjoys working and growing with the staff each and every day.
Tracy, Dental Assistant
Tracy is a dental assistant and brings a lot of experience and expertise to our practice. She primarily works with Dr. MacDonald but can be seen helping around with various other aspects of the practice. She attended Pioneer Joint Vocational School where she learned the skills needed to be a dental assistant.
Tracy has been with the practice officially since 1981, originally assisting Dr. Spreng. She did so until she married her husband Rod in 1983. When she married Rod, she moved to Germany due to Rod’s service in the United States military. Upon returning a few years later, she worked the front desk for a about year until once again, military service called and moved Rod and Tracy to Fort Knox. Then in 1999, her husband Rod retired honorably from the military after several years of dedicated service to his country. Tracy then found herself back home in Ashland, and once again with Dr. Spreng as a substitute dental assistant. Tracy came back in a chair side role but also helped at the front desk when needed. When Dr. Macdonald came into the practice in 1999, Tracy became his dental assistant and has been working with him ever since. Her favorite part of the practice is interacting with patients as she loves developing relationships with each and every person that seeks care at our office.
Tracy and her husband Rod have been married for almost 34 years. They have two boys. Logan is married to Jessi and Cameron is married to Alyson.
Stacey, Hygiene Coordinator
Stacey joined our team in October of 2015 as our Hygiene Coordinator. She is responsible for scheduling your routine exam and cleaning appointments with each hygienist and manages our “No Cavity Club” for our patients who are 12 years and younger. She provides excellent customer service and greets every patient with a smile! Stacey is also an administrator for our social media pages and manages our automated appointment reminder and texting systems. She is constantly looking for ways to improve the patient experience and is not shy when taking on new tasks. Stacey has been married to her husband Paul since 2008 and lives outside of Jeromesville with their two beautiful children. Outside of the office Stacey is involved in her children’s school activities and sports.