Meet The Team

We’ve assembled a great team of caring dental professionals at our Highlands Ranch, CO dentist office! All of them are committed to putting you and your family first.

Jessica Ferguson Registered Dental Hygienist

“Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”

Jessica was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Dentistry, where she served as vice president of her dental hygiene class. During her education there, she also volunteered at the Kansas City Zoo, where she experienced cleaning the teeth of exotic animals. Her “clients” included a cheetah, wallaby, African wild dog, and meerkat!

Jessica has been a part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles team since moving to Castle Rock in 2011. She loves to enjoy the Colorado outdoors with her husband, Matt, and their adopted dog, Buck. They enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and shed hunting. When Jessica is not working or hiking, she enjoys crafting, photography, and trying new recipes.

Jessica’s favorite thing about being a dental hygienist is seeing patients’ inner smiles shine when they are able to achieve a beautiful, healthy outer smile. She is proud to be a part of the Highlands Ranch team because Dr. Haynes is a caring, talented dentist and the team members maintain the perfect balance of professionalism, excellence, and a little fun!

Lindsay Thompson Registered Dental Hygienist

“Today is the Day”

Lindsay was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, living most recently in the Seattle area. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She was trained extensively in periodontal instrumentation, restorative procedures, and local anesthesia. Since graduation, Lindsay has continued to invest in continuing education.

Lindsay is passionate about the mouth-body connection and helping patients achieve wellness through their oral health. She feels fortunate to have found the Highlands Ranch Smiles team and appreciates the collaboration and effective communication. She enjoys seeing the vibrancy in the office every day!

Lindsay moved to Colorado from Seattle in October 2014. She and her husband have a 2-year-old son and two cat babies. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her son, Oscar, writing a personal blog, and crafting of all types. She also sews baby gifts for her sister-in-law’s Etsy shop and boutiques around Denver.

Amy Deschane Registered Dental Hygienist

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Amy joined the dental hygiene team from a periodontal practice. This experience gave her a strong background in periodontal therapies and a firm but gentle hand. She has been in the dental field for over a decade and started out as a dental assistant before returning to school again for dental hygiene.

Growing up for 12 years in Germany, Amy was a part of a military life. She enlisted in the Air Force after high school and served as an aircraft mechanic on the KC-10. Amy decided that her passion was for the dental field and started her schooling for dental assisting and hygiene.

Amy met her husband, Anthony, in the Air Force. They have a happy home with two 4-legged kids. She enjoys her dogs and also loves spending time in beautiful Colorado!

Holly Nelson Registered Dental Hygienist

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

Holly grew up in Southwest Michigan and graduated at the top of her dental hygiene class at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. There, she was trained extensively in periodontal therapy and myofacial therapy. Her passion for the dental field stems from her childhood visits to her family dentist, and she strives to provide that same great experience to all of her patients. Before becoming a dental hygienist, Holly spent 3 years as a dental assistant where she gained valuable knowledge about the field and her love for dentistry grew.

Holly moved to Colorado and joined the Highlands Ranch Smiles team in September 2013.  She and her husband live nearby and had their first daughter Addelyn in 2015 and their son Brady in 2016. They also have a dog named Mya.  They enjoy exploring the mountains as a family: hiking, snowboarding, camping, and biking. 

Holly feels blessed to be a part of an office that invests in the team as a whole and in each other individually so that Highlands Ranch Smiles can better serve our patients. She and the team are determined to provide excellent care in a positive and comfortable atmosphere.

Courtney Lundquist Registered Dental Hygienist

“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

Courtney has been working as a dental hygienist here at Highlands Ranch Smiles since June 2016. She is very excited to be apart of such an amazing dental team that is caring, patient-centered, and fun! She is originally from the midwest. Courtney has lived in Iowa, Illinois, and most recently, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where she also had to opportunity to swim at the collegiate level for four years. Courtney later went back to obtain her dental hygiene degree and is so happy she did. Courtney loves seeing patients have a happy and healthy smile.

Courtney and her husband Zach moved to Colorado in early 2016. Since then, they have taken advantage of all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer! On any given weekend you can find them hiking (their favorite spot is RMNP), kayaking, or hitting the slopes. When they are back in the midwest, they love spending time with family including their six nieces and nephews. In her free time, you can find Courtney at a yoga class, reading a book, or catching a Chicago sports team on TV. She looks forward to seeing you and your family soon! GO CUBS!

Yvette Flores Registered Dental Hygienist

“Positive Mind. Positive Vibe. Positive Life.”

Yvette graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. Her prior dental experience includes 11 years as a dental assistant. Not only is she experienced in general dentistry, but she has also been employed part time in a periodontal practice for more than 10 years and three years in pediatrics. Yvette has been certified in soft tissue laser management at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and by the World Laser Institute. She has also taken additional continuing education courses to enhance her expertise.

Yvette moved to Colorado from Michigan in 2000. She spent her childhood in a small town in Ohio with her parents and two younger sisters, both of whom also work in health care.

Yvette and her husband, Damian, have three adorable children, Xander, Ayala, and Miranda. Yvette enjoys wake boarding and boating, as well as camping, snowboarding, and soccer. She also likes spending time with her family and friends.

A resident of Castle Rock, she loves coming to work each day. She is delighted to work in an atmosphere where each and every person is treated like they are the most important person there!

Nina Johnson Dental Assistant

Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful”

A Colorado native, Nina has been part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles team since 2014. She enjoys being led and working side-by-side with the strong, passionate, and professional women in our Highlands Ranch, CO dentist office. She also likes making sure our patients are comfortable, satisfied, and informed.

Prior to being a dental assistant, Nina served in United States Marine Corps with the 3rd Marine Division and 9th Communication Battalion.

She is blessed to have four athletic, smart, and handsome sons. Away from the office, she enjoys watching them play football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling. She is constantly on the road with her sons traveling to practice, games, and sport camps. And in their downtime, she and her family enjoy watching professional sports and college sports.

Ashton Lujan Dental Assistant

“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” – Luna Lovegood

Ashton has been working as a dental assistant since December 2017. She finds it truly inspiring to work alongside such talented and driven women. The office works like a well-oiled machine; no matter the situation, exceptional care is given!

Ashton was born and raised in Colorado, which is also where she worked and earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science/health promotion at CSU. Preceding college she worked as a nutritionist/weight loss counselor. This is where she realized her passion is in patient care. She is fairly new to the area and so far absolutely loves it. She lives here with her boyfriend, their dog (Zeus), and their chubby Siamese cat (Ketana). Her parents and younger sister currently live in New Mexico, and her little brother lives in Chicago to pursue acting! The most important thing for her, hands down, is spending time with her loved ones. She also loves finding new creative outlets for herself: painting, drawing, teaching herself how to play an instrument, etc.

Tanya Hill Dental Assistant

“Per aspera ad astra (through the thorns to the stars).”

Tanya has been working as a dental assistant at Highlands Ranch Smiles since April of 2017, although, her first experience here was as a patient. We had her at “Hello”, and Tanya couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to be a part of such a tight knit team that goes above and beyond for their patients.

Some of you may wondered where Tanya’s funny accent comes from. She was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine and moved to the United States as an exchange student in 2004. That is when she met her now husband of 12 years. Being a military family, Tanya and her family have traveled around for a while and landed in colorful Colorado. She and her husband have been blessed with three wonderful children (Kai, Trey, and Evelyn) who keep her on her toes. Some of their favorite things to do as a family are skiing, hiking, camping, and enjoying good times with family and friends (that usually revolve around great food).

Tanya looks forward to seeing you at our practice! And remember, a smile is happiness you can find right under your nose.

Lindsey Fredericksen Dental Assistant

Native American Name: Gshi Kowe – “Fast Moving Footprints”

Lindsey was raised in Cushing, Oklahoma, and has five brothers. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she moved to Colorado in 2013. November of 2014 was a significant month for her. That is when she married her husband, Tyler, and joined the Highlands Ranch Smiles dental team!

Lindsey enjoys being a dental assistant and helping patients achieve a beautiful smile and inner happiness with themselves. She feels fortunate to be a part of an amazing team that has created a great working environment.

In her free time, she enjoys being in the outdoors, playing sports, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, playing games, and spending time with her family and friends.

Megh Rodda Dental Assistant

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Megh Rodda is a dental assistant at Highlands Ranch Smiles and is a Highlands Ranch native. She has been here in this family-friendly office for a year and is loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about our office is working side by side with the doctors, constantly learning more, and getting to use the latest and greatest technology to improve our patient experience! With a love for surgical, Megh considers herself lucky to have continued education with the doctors to improve her techniques with extractions, root canals, implants, and more.

In Megh’s down time, she coaches girl’s soccer teams for the Highlands Ranch Soccer Association and Littleton Academy. She has been a coach for five years and enjoys getting girls ready for competitive play. Megh keeps busy at home with her 2-year-old blue heeler Cookies, 3-year-old chiweenie Poncho, and beautifully kind and smart 10-year-old daughter Autumn! Her life is in constant motion, and she can’t wait to meet you and your family and help make the dentist office a loving environment you continue to want to be a part of!

Katie Neisler Dental Assistant

“Watch a sunrise at least once a day.” – Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

Katie was born and raised in Double Oak, Texas. Before moving to Denver in 2016, she attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and played on the volleyball team. Her time as a student-athlete taught her the importance of hard work and time management (and even how to sleep on a bumpy 8 hour bus ride).

Now that the competitive volleyball days are behind her, Katie enjoys playing whenever she can, whether it be sand, grass, or court. She loves snowboarding, hiking, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer with her sister, who is also her roommate, and their two dogs, Carter and Indie. She has been part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles family since July of 2016 and is excited to continue to grow personally and professionally with the team!

Emily Paul Dental Assistant

“The sun will always rise tomorrow.”

Emily Paul has been a dental assistant at Highlands Ranch Smiles since November 2016. She always knew she wanted a career where she could help people and feels incredibly lucky to have found just!

Emily was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado and could never imagine living anywhere else. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she met her amazing husband. They currently live in Littleton with their beautiful daughter and three rescued fur babies.

Emily is a huge sports fan, but she especially loves the Denver Broncos and has her Grandma to thank for that. When it’s not football season, Emily enjoys sitting on a patio with friends, camping in the mountains, attending concerts at Red Rocks, and just soaking up the Colorado sun!

Jackie Henz Front Office Lead & Treatment Coordinator

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

Jackie Henz (A.K.A. Jack) was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from Arizona State University where she majored in health & wellness, Jackie worked as the practice manager for one of Phoenix’s most reputable skin clinics. Wanting to find and explore new avenues for herself, Jackie made her move to Colorado in late 2012.

Jackie has been with Highlands Ranch Smiles since December 2013. When asked what continues to attract her to Highlands Ranch Smiles, Jackie responds “The team…The women who work here have the unified strength, professionalism, and compassion that I strive to embody within myself.” When Jackie isn’t working as your treatment coordinator at HRSmiles, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending quality time with her husband Pete and her son Grey.

Cydney Staples Patient Experience Coordinator

“She believed she could, so she did.” – R.S. Grey

Cydney grew up all over the country, but New Orleans was always considered home. That was until she packed up everything she owned and headed to the great state of Colorado in 2016, determined to make a significant change in life. Having previously worked as a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, helping people feel like their best selves has always been a driving passion of hers, in addition to her dedication to excellence and providing exemplary customer service.

In summer 2017, Cydney joined the Highlands Ranch Smiles team as a devoted member of our front office staff. She has been thoroughly enjoying working and collaborating with such a talented and likeminded group of women. She is committed to continuing to grow and evolve with the team.

In her time away from work, Cydney enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring the beauty of Colorado, whether it be hiking, taking a scenic drive, or trying a new cuisine. Embracing the magic of the mountainous landscape has been a highlight of her Colorado journey.

Ellen McDermott Patient Coordinator

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”– Mary Oliver

Ellen has been working in the front office at Highlands Ranch Smiles since July 2016. She is so grateful to be part of such an incredible team and has enjoyed expanding her knowledge of dentistry. Ellen grew up in Fort Collins and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at Colorado State University. She is very proud to be a Colorado native. During and after college, much of her time was spent leading Wyldlife, a ministry for middle schoolers, and working at Camp Timberline in Estes Park.

Ellen has lived in Denver for about two and a half years and is lucky enough to live close to her brother’s family, including her sweet (and sassy) 2-year- old niece and mellow baby nephew. Her parents, other siblings, and their families are spread out around the country, but they love to FaceTime and prioritize spending time together whenever possible. When she’s not working or playing with her family, Ellen loves to be outside running, exploring new Denver spots, or reading a good book.

Laura Moore Front Desk

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Laura has been with the practice since moving to Colorado in the summer of 2017. Helping to bring joy into every patient’s day is an exciting new career for Laura after completing more than 20 years teaching high school students the joys of mathematics.

Laura grew up in Texas and graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She then moved on to a life-long career in instructional technology and secondary mathematics both in Florida and Georgia. Laura is excited to now call Colorado home.

Being able to share positivity with our patients and interact with such an enthusiastic and collaborative group of coworkers makes every day a grand adventure at Highlands Ranch Smiles. When not working to welcome patients, Laura loves spending time with her husband, Gary. You will most likely find them on the mountain bike trails, hiking with daughters Zoe and Emily, and simply enjoying the beautiful vistas around every corner.

Ashley Herring Hygiene Coordinator

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

Ashley was born in Hawaii, raised in Southern California, and came of age in Colorado. After four years of living in Texas working as a contractor for the United States Army in their medical department and some extensive traveling, she decided to move back home to Colorado to be closer to family. Within a month of moving back, she was offered the position of Director of First Impressions with our front office here at Highlands Ranch Smiles, and she couldn’t be happier with her choice!

Previous to working here, Ashley had very little background in dental healthcare and has loved learning so many new things about dentistry, which help her assist you! Helping others has a huge place in Ashley’s heart. She has done a lot of grassroots community and environmental organizing in and around Denver and in the Austin, Texas area. Being able to help patients every day makes her incredibly happy and is her favorite part of the job!

In her free time, Ashley is busy adventuring around Colorado with her fur baby (a Chow Chow-Retriever mix named Penny), cooking, singing, and trying to learn how to play the ukulele rather unsuccessfully. Another huge passion for her is traveling. After visiting California, Costa Rica, and Hawaii this year, she’s looking forward to spending more time close to home with family and working here at Highlands Ranch Smiles!

Jennifer Gabara Treatment Coordinator

“The day will be what you make it, so rise, like the sun, and burn.” – William C. Hannan

Jennifer is a Michigan native and graduated with her bachelor’s of science degree in health sciences from Michigan State University in 2015. Jennifer relocated to Colorado in August 2017 along with her boyfriend, Ryan, and their two dogs, Chara and Miller. She happily made her return to the dental industry, joining the Highlands Ranch Smiles’ team, as a treatment coordinator in October 2017. Her favorite part of working for Highlands Ranch Smiles is the genuine care and enthusiasm each member brings to the team daily. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending as much time as possible in the sun with her pups exploring all that beautiful Colorado has to offer.

Sydney Gregory Treatment Coordinator

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve always imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

Sydney is a proud Colorado native and has been with Highlands Ranch Smiles since October 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in film theory from the University of Colorado in Boulder, but health and wellness have always been passions of hers. She has loved helping patients achieve their oral health goals as a treatment coordinator at Highlands Ranch Smiles!

When she’s not busy helping patients navigate their treatment plans, Sydney loves getting outdoors to stretch her legs in the beautiful Colorado wilderness alongside her adventurous husband Tanner. The two love traveling together and hope to continue crossing exotic locations off their bucket lists. Syd is also passionate about Colorado craft beer and enjoys exploring the plethora of great breweries in the metro area.

Above all else, family is the most important thing to Sydney. She’s very lucky to live close to her immediate family, all of whom reside in and around Denver. More often than not, you can find her hanging out in her childhood backyard with the fam, eating her dad’s famous home-cooked food, and watching her little nephews playing.

Sarah Babbit Insurance Director

“Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.”

Sarah has the pleasure of being the insurance director at Highlands Ranch Smiles. She joined the team in February of 2017 and has loved every minute of it! She was born and raised right here in Colorado and earned her B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry at UNC. She worked as a chemist for 8 years, but after her son was born, she wanted a career change to achieve a better work-life balance.

It was true serendipity for her to find this unique position at such a gem of a practice! It’s so energetic, skillful, compassionate, and on-the-rise! With a strong background in math and problem-solving, she thrives on the challenges of dental insurance, and she loves going to bat for our patients behind-the-scenes.

Now, it’s her, her husband James, and her son Luke taking on the world and smiling every day! They love keeping things simple: swimming, playing at the park, movies, and lots of art! Couldn’t ask for more!

Getting great dental care in Highlands Ranch doesn’t have to be a challenge – schedule an appointment with us today! We look forward to seeing you soon!