At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.
Practice Team Leader & Director of Human Resources
Christene Oliver is the Practice Team Leader here at Navarro Dental Center. She loves being part of the Navarro Dental Center team because it gives her a great opportunity to have a huge impact on our community. She has been a loyal and consistent employee in our practice since September 2013, and has been in the dental field for over 10 years. She grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 2003. Christene has filled many roles in her dental career in both the clinical areas as well as administrative positions. This uniquely qualifies her to head up our awesome team here at Navarro Dental Center. When she is not at work, Christene enjoys doing anything outdoors and spending time with her family, Derrick Dickerson and her, stepchildren Madison and Maddox.
Team Leader & Registered Dental Assistant
We were delighted to have Lisa Hayes join Navarro Dental as a Registered Dental Assistant in December 2014. Lisa brings 17 years experience to our dental team. She has obtained her certifications for Sleep and Snoring Disorders, CPR and Nitrous Oxide monitoring, as well as numerous other Advanced Continuing Education courses in the dental field. Lisa was born and raised in Navarro County and could never leave her roots. She graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1994 and received her degree as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2001. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her husband Danny and their two boys Hunter and Keller. Lisa loves working out, hunting, fishing, camping and just being outside enjoying the sun and the water.
Team Leader & Registered Dental Hygienist
Brittany Grounds has been a Dental Hygienist with Navarro Dental Center since August 2012. She says she enjoys working here at Navarro Dental Center because “It feels like family-we have FUN!” Brittany takes pride in her work and strives to treat each patient she comes in contact with like she would her own family. Brittany is very goal oriented and she enjoys working hard to meet her goals. Brittany grew up in Navarro County and is a 2007 graduate of Blooming Grove High School. She obtained an Associates Degree in Science from Navarro College and an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, Lee Grounds, in July of 2013. Lee teaches and coaches at Blooming Grove High School. Brittany and Lee live outside of Blooming Grove and are the proud owners of two labradoodles, Trixie and Roxie. On April 27, 2016 they were blessed with twin girls, Leighton Jane and Langston Ann. Brittany and Lee are active members of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. She truly enjoys spending time with her husband and family. In her free time (with twins….really?) she enjoys reading, Netflix, traveling, spending time on the lake, and walking her dogs.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Christine Baxter Howell began her higher education at Navarro College, transferring to Tyler Junior College to complete an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene graduating Cum Laude in the class of 1998. With 17 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is experienced working with patients of all ages and dental conditions. She enjoys learning and is current with continuing education and is certified in CPR, Pit and Fissure Sealants, Nitrous Oxide Administration, Compliance Training of HIPAA and OSHA and Oral Health Screening by professionals. Christine ensures to give each patient the highest individualized care.
She began her dental career as a certified dental assistant, has managed a family business, and holds a current real estate license. Spending time with family, attending church and community involvement are high priority. She has spent the past eight years serving as musical event coordinator for the Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival benefiting the Kerens Library, of which she serves as Vice President. Fun activities include daily physical fitness, dancing, fishing, collecting antiques and canning jelly and hot sauce.
Insurance Coordinator & Registered Dental Assistant
Cristina is originally from Chicago, IL and has been with Navarro Dental Center for five years. She moved to Texas with her husband in 2006. Cristina has four children and a granddaughter & grandson. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, dancing and spending time with her grandbabies. Cristina has contributed to our team at Navarro Dental Center in many capacities, not the least of which is her Bilingual skills. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and has assisted the doctor and the hygienists at chairside. Her certifications in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Coronal Polishing are very beneficial to our clinical team. She has also has served as the Hygiene Department Coordinator. Cristina’s natural attention to detail led her to her current role of Insurance Coordinator. She enjoys helping each patient to be able to receive the treatment they need while maximizing their insurance benefits.
Team Leader & Registered Dental Assistant
Lead Assistant, Jessica Owen, received her Dental Assistant training at Texas State Technical College where she graduated in 2008. She has obtained her certifications for Sleep and Snoring Disorders, CPR and Nitrous Oxide monitoring, as well as numerous other Advanced Continuing Education courses in the dental field. She joined the Navarro Dental Center team in May of 2010 and loves that, “It feels like home.” Jessica goes out of her way to make sure she delivers personal care to our patients and makes them feel at home here too! Jessica says, “I show up to work with a smile on my face because I love my job and the mission God has set in place for me each day.”
Jessica was raised in Tupelo, Texas by her parents Mark and Lynette Dickens. She graduated from Rice High School in 2006 and married her high school sweetheart, Jeremy Owen. They have three beautiful children, Kami, Krislynn, and Kinzler and now reside in Mildred, Texas. Jessica and Jeremy enjoy coaching their kids in softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer (whew!).
When they aren’t at ballparks playing games, they also enjoy having family time at their grandparent’s lake house and maybe have time to grab dinner and a movie! As God plays a huge part in their lives, Jessica states, “Faith, it doesn’t make things easy, it makes them possible.”
Registered Dental Hygienist
Stephanie Miller graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1995. She joined the team at Navarro Dental Center in 2014 and immediately felt at home. Stephanie has worked in general practices, periodontal practices (practices that specialize in gum treatment) and pediatric practices. She also practiced for 9 years in a periodontal practice that specialized in Oral Medicine where she learned how to treat patients with numerous systemic diseases that manifested oral symptoms.
Stephanie enjoys reading, gardening, photography, and quilting. She also volunteers on the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department, and is a certified Emergency Medical Responder. Stephanie genuinely enjoys people and taking care of their needs whether in the dental office or on medical/fire scenes.
Registered Dental & Orthodontic Assistant
Stephanie Ramsey is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been with Navarro Dental Center since October of 2014. Stephanie feels the “the best part of being a part of this practice is the family feeling we have with our team, as well as with our patients, and the fun we all have together.” Stephanie has been a Dental Assistant for over 20 years. She has obtained her certifications for Sleep and Snoring Disorders, CPR and Nitrous Oxide monitoring, as well as numerous other Advanced Continuing Education courses in the dental field. In addition to many years of training and experience in the areas of General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Stephanie has had the opportunity to become very proficient as an Orthodontic Assistant and is our Lead Orthodontic Assistant here at Navarro Dental Center. She is also one of the assistants credentialed at Navarro Regional Hospital to assist our dentists who provide sedation dentistry, outpatient services to our patients at the hospital.
Stephanie is married with two sons and she says, “They are my world!” Any opportunity she gets, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors and being with friends and family.
Specialty Treatment Coordinator
Tish Arnett was born and raised in Corsicana. She has two daughters, Chasity Blue and Megan Dockery and three grandchildren, Logan Gruver, Makinna Dockery and Maci Dockery. Tish loves spending time with her grandchildren. She also has one puppy, a Schnauzer named Lucy. Tish enjoys fishing, boating, river rafting, riding horses, camping and cooking with her family and friends.
She began working at Navarro Dental Center in 2009 when Dr. Eeds purchased the practice from Dr. Gober. She had worked for Dr. Gober for more than 21 years. She overall has 28 years of experience in the dental field.
Tish says that what makes her job so rewarding is the friendships she has formed throughout the years with her patients and co-workers. She really enjoys taking care of her patients and it shows though the work she does.