Introducing the Team:
At Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman’s office we pride ourselves in striving to exceed our patients’ expectations. As an office we are actively engaged in continuing education and community service. We participate at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting annually and we also volunteer with GMOM, an organization that provides dental services to the underprivileged. We are committed to staying at the forefront of patient care and are happy to introduce our team to you:
Valerie, CEDA graduated from Georgia State University with an Associates Degree in Biology. She has received training from the Levin Institute, the Scheduling Institute, the Pride Institute, and is a graduate of the Reissiger School of Professional Coaching. Valerie is a native of Atlanta with over 33 years of experience in quality patient care. She has both clinical and administrative certifications, and owns a consulting company. Valerie is now our Director of Operations. She enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, farming, and riding horses in Carroll County. Valerie has been a part of Dr. Kauffman’s team for 18 years.
Aja, CEDA graduated from ACT College and is a Certified Expanded Duties Assistant. Aja started at Dr. Kauffman’s when she did her externship here during her final year at ACT. She is also a member of the Dental Assisting National Board Association. She likes to spend time with her family. Aja also enjoys reading a good book. Aja has been a member of Dr. Kauffman’s team for over 9 years.
Mai, CEDA attended the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University in Vietnam. She is a Certified Expanded Duties Assistant with over 28 years of experience in the dental profession. Mai has had extensive training with the CEREC, our same day crown system, and she is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association. When she isn’t working on making great smiles, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and shopping. Mai has been with Dr. Kauffman’s team for over 9 years.
Doretha graduated from Scott Community College in Iowa with an associate’s degree in accounting. She has over 9 years of professional experience as a Dental Administrative Assistant. She is also the recipient of the “Pride Award” for personal responsibility in delivering excellence, from Security National Bank. Doretha likes to spend time with her family, traveling, and cooking. Doretha has been with Dr. Kauffman’s team for over 5 years.
Ericka, RDH graduated at the top of her class from Macon State Dental Hygiene Program. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 15 years of experience. Ericka also serves her country as a member of the United States Air Force Reserve. When she isn’t cleaning and brightening smiles at Dr. Kauffman’s she enjoys running 5K races, hiking, and traveling. Ericka has been with Dr. Kauffman’s team for over 4 years.
Olivia, CDA EFDA graduated from the Air Force Dental Assistant program, is a certified dental assistant, and an expanded function dental auxiliary with 9 years of experience in the dental profession. Additionally, she is trained in the use of the CEREC system, and has taken specialized courses in sleep apnea, Botox, and dermal filler. Actively involved in continuing education, Olivia is a member of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), and DentalXP a continuing education group. When she isn’t brightening smiles, Olivia enjoys riding her motorcycle and spending time with her husband and little girl. Olivia has been with Dr. Kauffman’s team for over 2 years.
Kellie RDH, was a Hinman Scholar, class president, and top graduate of her hygiene program at Columbus State University. Kellie is a Registered Dental Hygenist with over 25 years of experience. When she isn't cleaning and brightening smiles, Kellie volunteers with raceway ministries at Atlanta Motor Speedway. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and watching her 2 sons play baseball. Kellie is a new member to Dr. Kauffman's hygeine team.
Gabriela, EFDA graduated from ST. Mary University in Caracas, Venezuela in 2011. She practiced dentistry for 4 years in her country and volunteered in several organizations providing care to the less fortunate in the Amazonian jungle. She relocated to the United States, obtained an expanded function dental assistant certification in 2015 and now has 7 years of experience in the dental profession. Gabriela is proficient in speaking both English and her native language Spanish. She has an x-ray certification and loves to further her knowledge any opportunity she gets. When she isn't brightening smiles, Gabriela enjoys spending time with her family, and watching movies. Gabriela is the newest member to Dr. Kauffman's team.