Meet Our Staff



Donna Wheeler-Hunt, CDA, EFDA, OM

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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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


Hello!  I am Tara.  I am an EFDA, Nation Certified Dental Assistant, and National Certified Phlebotomist.  I also teach an EFDA class at a local college.  I have been in dentistry for 20 years and am passionate about caring for your dental needs.

I was raised on a farm in Licking County, where I still reside with my son, significant other, and two rescue dogs.  My hobbies include riding quads, hiking, spending time with my family, and working on the farm.

Stacy Bowman

Stacy Bowman


Hello. My name is Stacy. 2022 marks my 30th year in dental. My husband Scott and I raised 5 boys in licking county. We have 2 German Shepherds 2 French Bulldogs And 1 cat named Marissa We enjoy spending time with friends and family, attending sporting events and of course loving on our animals. I feel so blessed to have found my forever family here at Newark Associates. The quality of the doctors and staff here are exceptional and I'm so proud to be a part of it.

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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.


Lauren Pennington

Dental Assistant/Front Desk Check-in

Hi, my name is Lauren! I graduated from C-TEC’s dental assisting program in 2020. Shortly after, I found Newark Dental in June of '21. I originally got into dentistry because of my experience with having braces, it made me want to help others love their smile too! I enjoy going to work every day and I am constantly learning and growing. Some things about me are my husband and I have an 8-month-old baby girl, her name is Charlie + I love to bake! I am grateful to have found such an amazing dental office with the most amazing coworkers!

Kayla Gray

Kayla Gray

Front Desk Check-in

Hello, I'm Kayla! I joined the team in 2023 and I'm loving every minute! When I'm not at work, I am busy with my family. My partner and I have three children, 2 dogs, and lots of chickens. I really enjoy traveling/hiking, reading a good book, trying new recipes, and hanging out with my friends and family. I love to learn new things and meet new people. I am extremely grateful for the life that I have and for the new work family that I have been graciously welcomed into.

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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!!


Michelle Cunningham

Dental Hygienist

I am a graduate of the Ohio State University and have been a dental hygienist for 23 years.  I am passionate about meeting people where they’re at in their oral health journey.   I am gentle, compassionate, and non-judgmental, and truly want people to look forward to seeing me!  My husband and I have been married for 18 years, and have four children, and two fur babies.  My faith and family are my everything!  

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.

Please call our practice to schedule your consultation:(740) 273-6761.

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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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