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.
Dr. Sanyk's approach is simple: to listen. "People want to be heard. A dentist should include patients in their treatment planning and goals. My goal is to educate my patients, give them options, and let them decide. I am their partner, and they are mine," she states.
Rachel spent two and a half years in Texas after graduation working as an Associate Dentist in the Dallas area. The experiences she encountered in Texas laid the foundation for her philosophy of patient education and developed her expectation in standard of care. Upon returning to Ohio in 2010, Dr. Sanyk took 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 love Hilliard! This is where I want to be as I watch my children grow, and as I continue to take exceptional care of my patients. I am very proud to be a member of the Hilliard community,” Rachel says, adding “I 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 their various after-school activities, the Columbus Zoo, the neighborhood pool, the library, parks, and community events. Rachel also loves 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 says, adding, “Everyone is always smiling and encouraging one another to be great. It’s rare to find an opportunity where everyone 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 is an integral part of the team at Smile Hilliard. As COO, he directs daily operations, interacts with vendors and suppliers, 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 gained significant experience with planning patient care and handling patient insurance and financials. It was then that I 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 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 sporting events, 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 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 wears a genuine smile on her face every day and loves her job at Smile Hilliard. She has so much fun coming up with creative ways to encourage her patients to take care of their teeth! Katie also has a diverse array of interests, including reading stack of books and artistic expression through cooking, painting and writing. She is a true “Renaissance Woman” and can intelligently speak on many topics of conversation. Additionally, she absolutely loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and caring for her children.
Registered Dental Hygienist Jenny has been in the dental field since 2013, first as a Dental Assistant and now as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Originally from Cincinnati, she 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 boyfriend, Joe. They have recently purchased a home in Galloway and are looking forward to making it their own.
Registered Dental Hygienist Brooke graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) from The Ohio State University and 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. Additionally, Brooke may be the happiest person you ever meet, and constantly has a smile on her face. When not taking care of her patients, she 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 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 Administrative Team Leader 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.” Caitlin plays an instrumental role in our ability to maintain excellent patient care before, during, and after appointments. “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, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. She also loves spending time with her husband, Johnny, exploring new restaurants and travelling to Tennessee, Florida and the Outer Banks. She is looking forward to growing her family in the Hilliard area.
For Patient Care Coordinator Ana, 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 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, going to his soccer games, swimming and ice skating. She also loves to cook, travel and spend time with friends and family.
Patient Care Coordinator Danielle is no stranger to customer service. As an Ohio State graduate with over 10 years of experience, she has an extensive background in taking care of the needs of others. Danielle is always eager to apply her vast knowledge and happy demeanor to help brighten the day of Smile Hilliard patients. “I understand there may be a little apprehension when new patients first arrive at Smile Hilliard. I love welcoming them to our great office for their initial appointment as well as chatting with returning patients like we’re old friends.”
Behind the scenes, Danielle works hard with scheduling appointments, verifying dental benefits, corresponding with specialist offices. Her favorite aspect of working at Smile Hilliard is how all of the team members have a common goal. “We all work as a wonderful team. Everyone loves what they do and by working together, we provide the best care and customer service for our patients.”
In her spare time, Danielle is a self-proclaimed “foodie.” She enjoys exploring new local restaurants and trying the “weird” foods on the menu. She also has started to cook her own recipes with a molecular gastronomy flair. Danielle is a big fan of rock music and enjoys going to concerts with her friends. She is also a huge Harry Potter fan.
Certified Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Ashley has been working in the dental field since 2014 and has quickly increased her clinical skills and dental knowledge. A native of Groveport, Ohio, she attended Eastland Career Center Vocational School for Dental Assisting and Sinclair Community College for EFDA training. Her passion for education has enhanced her clinical abilities as well as furthered her love of caring for patients.
Ashley’s interest in dentistry started when she had braces as a child. “I loved seeing my orthodontist and dentist. I really enjoyed seeing the benefits of oral health care in my own smile.” Ashley’s favorite aspect of working at Smile Hilliard is interacting with patients and getting to know them. “I feel that once I learn more about each individual patient, I can truly make their experience here a better one.”
When Ashley isn’t placing beautiful fillings at Smile Hilliard, she enjoys relaxing with her friends and family. She loves to travel, watch movies and go shopping.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Certified Dental Assistant Niki truly has the perfect combination of customer service and clinical experience. She graduated top of her class at the Ohio Institute of Health Careers and has almost 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. As general manager of a busy restaurant, Niki gained valuable skills that seamlessly correlate to a busy dental practice. “My job is to help Smile Hilliard run as smoothly as possible,” she says, adding “I love the way everyone communicates and works together.”
Making the career change to dentistry was an easy decision for Niki. “Dental Assisting is a perfect fit for me because it allows me to work both independently as well as with other fellow Assistants, Hygienists, and Doctors,” she states. “I also get to work with great patients that put their trust in me.” Niki especially enjoys learning about the latest dental products and techniques and applying them to be more efficient in giving the best care to our patients possible today.
Currently residing in Plain City with her husband and two dogs, Niki enjoys the quiet scenery away from the hustle and bustle of the city. She likes to complete DIY projects around the house, cooking and spending time with her family. She also participates regularly in The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and enjoys donating her time to this wonderful cause.
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