Meet Our Staff



Donna Wheeler-Hunt

Office Manager

Hello! My name is Donna WheelerHunt. I am raising our last teenager of the bunch. His current schedule is my current hobby and oh so enjoying these moments. This has been my 34th year in dentistry. I will say 2020 has been the year with the most changes. My experience as a certified dental assistant led me to OSU expanded function (tooth filler) school in 2003. Along the way, I gained administrative experience that has led me to my best and current position as the office manager. This has truly given me daily does of organizing critical thinking educating and most importantly gaining new relationships with patients, staff, and business leaders in our community. This combo of my family (16 in all)  and Newark Dental leaves me living my best life. I am here to ensure your dental appointment is safe comfortable and stress-free.

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Kari Bonnett


Hello, my name is Kari Bonnet and I just recently joined Newark Dental in August of 2020. I recently got married in September of 2019. My husband and I just bought our first home in Newark Ohio and couldn't be more excited about it. We have three fur babies at home to keep us busy. In my spare time, I enjoy walking the dogs, fishing, and painting furniture. We love watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. GO BUCKS!

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Trista Dembski


I’m Trista, I’ve been with the Newark Dental Family since May 2019. This is my 8th year of being in the amazing dental field. I started out as an assistant and have transitioned over the years into Insurance and Administration. When I’m not at work I am spending all my time with my huge family. I am married and have 4 fur babies : 3 cats and 1 dog. My husband and I are always trying to travel anywhere we can and hike any mountain we can find. 2020 has been a crazy year but it has given us our first little baby. In July we welcomed a precious little girl named Gwendolyne into our life.

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Janelle Schwartz

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Janelle!  I was raised in Utica, Ohio. I have a wild and crazy cat named Moose who always keeps me on my toes. I enjoy going to concerts, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Tara Rhoads


I have been in dentistry for 17 years and am passionate about caring for others! Born and raised on a farm in Licking County, where I still reside with my teenage son, significant other, and my fur babies. My hobbies include snuggling my dogs, riding quads, hiking, spending time with my family, and working on our farm.

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Ashton Cole


I'm Ashton, I joined the Newark Dental team in May of 2018. I've been a Dental Assistant since 2012, and an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant since 2016. I married my high school sweetheart, Trevor, in 2016, and we have two dogs. When I'm not seeing patients I love spending time with my Husband and family.

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Pat Helser

Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Pat Helser a Dental Hygienist with Newark Dental Associates.  When not in the office with my “work family” I love camping with my family and friends enjoying nature and new adventures. It’s a beautiful world we live in !!! Take time to soak it all in!!

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Michelle Cunningham

Dental Hygienist

My name is Michelle Cunningham. I have been a hygienist for 20 years. My family and I are buckeyes through and through! I am a graduate of The Ohio State University, grew up in the small Ohio town of Granville, and I love to visit my hubby when he is working the OSU games! My family and I love to dance and laugh our way through life! I am a woman of faith and genuinely care about loving others well! Oh,' and the way to my heart may be coffee, chocolate, and wine! 😉 🍷

Kaitlyn Howell

Kaitlyn Howell

Dental Hygienist

Outside of work, I have a lot of fun with friends and family doing some of my favorite things like traveling, concerts, shopping, and of course, rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes. But my most precious and priceless time is spent with my daughter and how we show each other how awesome this life is.


Amanda Orr

Dental Hygienist

I graduated with my Dental Hygiene degree in 2015 from Shawnee State University and joined Newark Dental Associates with my father, Dr. Brian Stickel. I love building relationships with my patients, making them comfortable and educated about their oral-systemic health. Outside of the office, I love to sing and relax on any beach I can get to. My husband, Dan and I, love to cheer on the Buckeyes and are avid skiers.

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Bringing contemporary, comprehensive, and compassionate care to the Newark OH  Area: Newark OH, Heath OH, Granville OH, Pataskala OH, Mt. Vernon OH, Zanesville OH, Columbus OH, and all cities in Franklin, Fairfield, Licking, Knox, and Muskingum counties.

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