Hilliard, Ohio resident Dr. Rachel Sanyk’s road to a career in dentistry started with her love of working with her hands. As a child, she enjoyed helping her father with projects around the house (“My brothers could barely hold a screwdriver!” she jokes.) As she grew older, Rachel developed an interest in health care and realized she enjoyed the instant gratification of helping people in need. These passions molded her desire to become a dentist, and led her to graduate D.D.S. Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2007.
Rachel spent two and a half years in Texas after graduation; working as an Associate Dentist at South Texas Dental in Dallas and concurrently as a Managing Associate Dentist at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Allen. She then returned to Ohio to take the position of Associate Dentist at DentalWorks in Columbus and Grove City, where she developed her team management and managerial skills in preparation for starting her own private practice.
Today, Dr. Sanyk is the proud owner and principal dentist at Smile Hilliard, providing high-quality dental care and excellent customer service to a tightly knit community. “I see my family staying here, growing here, and putting down roots,” Rachel says, adding “We like that Hilliard is a large city but has a small town feel and a great sense of community. The neighborhoods have kids playing outside all the time, parents gathering to chat, teenagers babysitting, older folks walking their dogs… everyone knows and looks out for everyone else. It’s the ideal place to raise a family and run a business.”
When she is not attending to patient needs, Rachel spends time with her family. She married her husband, Nick, in 2007. Together they have two young children. She enjoys taking them to the Columbus Zoo, COSI, the pool, the library, parks, and community events, as well as spending time gardening, visiting family, traveling, cooking and entertaining, and attending sporting events, especially Ohio State Buckeye football games.
Dr. Stephanie Henderson discovered her passion for helping others during high school back home in West Virginia. She earned the opportunity to join the Health Science and Technology Academy and was mentored at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, which she would later attend. Her love of dentistry blossomed during her hands-on mentorship at the school. “I knew from the start that this was the profession for me. I specifically remember caring for a patient who had dental anxiety, and if felt so natural to listen to her, comfort her, and let her know her improving her oral health was worth it.”
After graduating from West Virginia University in 2012, Dr. Henderson perfected her clinical skills and established her own high standard of care while working at a private dental office in West Virginia. Her drive for excellence brought her to Columbus where she searched for the perfect office to spend the rest of her career.
"After meeting Dr. Sanyk and the team at Smile Hilliard, I knew this is the place I wanted to be," Stephanie saysadding, "Everyone is always smiling and encouraging one another to be great. It’s rare to find an opportunity whereveryone loves what they do."
Today, Dr. Henderson loves getting to know her patients. Her biggest joy is having the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures on a daily basis. "I love speaking with my patients, learning from them and getting to know them beyond providing dental care. I am a true believer in learning something new each day."
In her spare time, Stephanie spends time with her family. She married her husband, Festus, in 2012, and they have a young son together. She enjoys travelling and enjoying the many parks in the Northwest Columbus area with her son, especially the Columbus Zoo. She also likes to explore area restaurants and is a self-declared "foodie."
Nick Sanyk is an integral part of the team at Smile Hilliard. As COO, he manages daily operations, deals with vendors, and constantly evaluates practice policies and procedures to find ways to improve processes for patient care and team efficiency. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Nick holds a BA from The College of Wooster as well as an MA from The Ohio State University, and has been working in the dental industry since 2008.
“I got a chance to get my feet wet working at a large practice in Texas,” says Nick. “I got plenty of experience with insurance and collections, enjoyed myself, and realized a long term career working alongside my wife could be a reality.” Nick and his wife, Dr. Sanyk, subsequently relocated back to Ohio and opened Smile Hilliard.
Nick says he has a detail oriented personality and does his best work when he can plan ahead; both traits help make him a successful COO. “I love seeing all the pieces come together for a patient,” Nick says. “The patient’s history, their current needs and their insurance are the starting point. If I do my job right, estimates are correct, there are no surprises, and the patient is completely satisfied at the end of treatment. That’s a great feeling for everyone.”
Nick is involved with the College of Wooster Beta Kappa Pi Fraternity Alumni Organization and the neighborhood civic association. When he’s not taking his kids to COSI, the library or the zoo, he can be found cheering on the Buckeyes, playing recreational softball, or enjoying time with his wife and business partner, Dr. Rachel Sanyk.
Registered Dental Hygienist Katie J. has worked in the dental field since 2010, offering a versatile and complementary background. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and a certification to teach Early Childhood Education, Katie realized another joy in life in the field of dentistry. “I love providing care for patients based on their priorities and needs,” she states. At Smile Hilliard, she enjoys her role in giving her patients all the information they need to make wise choices about their oral health. “Being a hygienist allows me to help others learn how to keep a great smile for the rest of their lives,” she explains.
Katie always has a smile on her face and is happy to help others, describing herself as an “encourager.” She has a very diverse array of interests, including reading, researching and pondering theology, trying out new recipes, painting, crocheting, traveling, kayaking, and hiking. Growing up out west, she and her husband, Matthew, enjoying exploring Ohio together as well.
Registered Dental Hygienist Jenny B. has been in the dental field since 2013, first as a Dental Assistant and now as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Originally from Cincinnati, she has recently relocated to the Columbus area after completion of the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Dental Hygiene program. Jenny has a strong passion for the field of dentistry. “I’ve always loved going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned and I knew for sure that I wanted to be in the health field, so going to school for Dental Hygiene seemed like the perfect choice for me,” she states. Educating patients in ways to improve and maintain the health of their teeth and gums is very important to her.
Jenny’s favorite part about working at Smile Hilliard is how everyone works together to make sure each patient appointment is a great experience. “I love taking the time with our patients to assess their immediate and long term needs,” she remarks. Outside of Smile Hilliard, she is a lover of all things outdoors. Her hobbies including camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing, as well as refinishing furniture and doing other crafts. She also enjoys spending time with her sister, Monica, as well as her niece and nephew.
Registered Dental Hygienist Brooke P. is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University Dental Hygiene Program and has quickly excelled in her work at Smile Hilliard. She considers herself to be a "comprehensive preventative specialist". Her favorite part of working in the dental field is the connections she makes with her patients. "I enjoy making a difference in peoples' lives by helping them to have a beautiful smile, healthy gums, and better overall health," she states. "I love personally connecting with people and being able to share my knowledge with my patients, which is such a big part of being a dental hygienist."
Brooke is a lifelong Hilliard resident and feels a strong bond with the community which helps her fit in well at Smile Hilliard. "Our team here works together amazingly well to take the best care of our patients possible," she notes. When not taking care of her patients, Brooke loves to be outside enjoying nature, hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association.
Born and raised in Hilliard, Ohio, Caitlin B. is a graduate of Darby High School and Kent State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Communication. Her passion for public health and helping others is a wonderful combination for her role as a Patient Care Coordinator at Smile Hilliard. “Dentistry is the perfect choice for me because of the focus on patient care and satisfaction,” she states, adding “I am a big believer in preventative care and enjoy helping to keep our patients on track with their routine appointments.” In her eyes, the best part of working at Smile Hilliard is getting to be the first and last person that a patient sees. “I like being able to make a lasting impression with our patients,” she says.
With strong ties to the area, Caitlin is devoted to serving the Hilliard community. Along with caring for our patients, she is involved with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. She also loves baking and spending time with her family, especially her niece and two nephews.
For Patient Care Coordinator Ana L., the best part of working at Smile Hilliard is getting to be the first point of contact for new patients. A Springfield, Ohio native, Ana got her start in the dental field going through the Dental Assisting program at Ohio Business College in Hilliard, Ohio. “I love being one of the first people to welcome patients into the Smile Hilliard family and helping to make them feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door,” she says.
Ana also enjoys being an advocate and educator for our patients, in presenting treatment plans and insurance benefits and assisting with financial transactions. “We are always up-front with patients from the moment they enter the office,” she says, adding “we always take the extra time to go over the specifics of their treatment so that they can make an informed decision about their care.” In her spare time, Ana spends most of her time with her son, attending his soccer, baseball and basketball games as well as ice skating and swim lessons. She also loves to cook, travel and spend time with friends and family.
Dental Assistant Brittney L. is very proud to have begun her dental career at Smile Hilliard. Upon completing her dental assisting program in May 2015, she quickly accepted a position with the practice, exclaiming that she knew the small, family-like atmosphere was the right fit. “I love that Smile Hilliard places such an emphasis on customer service and thrives to be more than the average dental office. We really try to get to know our patients and give them a comforting experience. It is very rewarding when I get to motivate individuals to take control of their health; and see the results firsthand,” she states.
As a new Columbus resident, Brittney spends her free time learning about the city and visiting family in her hometown of Thornville, Ohio. She especially enjoys exploring the city and trying different restaurants and events in the downtown area. When she is not out and about in the city life, she spend leisure time with friends and family going canoeing, hiking, and camping. In addition, she is a former collegiate runner and coach and still enjoys supporting past teammates and volunteering at the YMCA.
As a Dental Assistant, Jessica G. greets and seats patients, provides patient education, helps Dr. Sanyk with a variety of procedures and ensures that each patient is familiar with their specific diagnosis and course of treatment. Originally from Woodhaven, Michigan, she recently graduated from the University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program and now lives in Dublin, Ohio. She has always had an interest in dentistry. “I really enjoy meeting and interacting with new people. Being a part of the reason that they smile is very gratifying,” she states.
The thing Jessica likes best about working at Smile Hilliard is the great atmosphere at our office. “We are an awesome team,” she added, “Everyone is always willing to help out and lend a hand, which leads to a better experience for our patients!” When she isn’t charting or helping with x-rays or impressions, Jessica loves to do anything outdoors and spends most of her time with her fiancé and dog. She also likes to visit with her family back home in Michigan.
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