Meet the Staff

Angel Sapp

Angel Sapp
Office Manager
Financial Coordinator

Angel was raised in West Columbus and graduated from Bishop Ready High School. She then went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Franklin University.
Angel has been in the dental field since 1998 and has been with the Gentle Family Dental Care Team since 2000.
Angel lives in Grove City. She has three children: Paige, Vennie and Victoria. She also has three grandchildren.
Angel enjoys being outside, relaxing by her pool and spending time with her family.
Gail Risher

Gail Risher
Patient Coordinator

Gail was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. She married her husband Scott and moved to Columbus in 1978.
Gail worked as an executive and legal secretary in downtown Columbus for many years before staying home to raise her two children..….son Alan and daughter Hannah.
Gail has been a valued member of our dental team since 2004. She enjoys playing tennis, reading mystery novels, cycling, hiking and most of all, spending time with her family!
Carol Hinton

Carol Hinton
Hygiene Coordinator

Carol was born in West Virginia, where she graduated from John Marshall High School in Glendale, West Virginia.
She moved to Ohio in 1977 and worked as a chiropractic assistant for 21 years. Carol joined our dental team in 2000 as our Hygiene Coordinator.
Carol and her husband Jim enjoy spending time with their family. She also enjoys NASCAR, football and gardening.
Desiree Howard

Desiree Howard
Insurance Coordinator

Desiree was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated from John Marshall High School. She then went to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Cleveland State University.
Desiree moved to Columbus in July 2016 in hopes of personal growth. She lives in Victorian Village and could not be happier with her decision.
She joined Gentle Family Dental Care in June 2017 and has become a Great part of our Team.
In her free time she enjoys playing coed volleyball, exercising and spending time with her family and friends.
Marie Choate

Marie Choate
EFDA

Marie is one of four children including her twin sister, Tammie. Her father was in the Air Force, so she and her family moved all around the world until they settled in Ohio in 1972.
Marie attended Hamilton Township Schools and graduated from Eastland Career Center in dental assisting. Marie is trained and licensed as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary. She has been part of our team since 1991.
Marie lives in Utica with her husband Joe and their son Tyler.
Marie loves spending time with her family and pets as well as gardening and anything outdoors.

 

Amanda Gates

Amanda Gates
EFDA

Amanda has been a great addition to our practice as of mid-2003. Her cheerful, caring attitude has fit right in with our team.
She was born and raised in West Columbus. She graduated from West High School and received her Certified Expanded Functions certificate from Ohio State University.
Amanda loves to spend time with her son, Grayson. She also likes to bike, read and work around the house.
Julie Riffle

Julie Riffle
EFDA

Julie is from the small town of Genoa Ohio. She attended Case Western Reserve University, where she earned her Certified Expanded Function Certificate in 2007. She and her husband moved to Columbus in 2016. Julie joined the Gentle Family Dental Care Team in 2017.
She and her husband, Justin, live in Dublin. They have two Chihuahua’s named Bentley and Baxter.
In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid runner and a volunteer coach for the Worthington Kilbourne High School track and cross county.
Kelly Walker

Kelly Marks
Hygienist

Kelly graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 1995 with a degree of Associate of Applied Science-Dental Hygiene. In 2000 Kelly became a Licensed Massage Therapist after studying at the Ohio College of Massotherapy. She enjoys incorporating massage techniques with dental care to improve patient relaxation and comfort. In 2004 Kelly joined the Gentle Family Dental Care Team. 
In her free time Kelly is an avid bibliophile, enjoys gardening and visiting her family in her hometown of La Grange, Ohio.
Melissa Wohrle

Melissa J. Wohrle
Hygienist

Melissa has been a full-time Dental Hygienist with our staff since 1995. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene, and a specialization in Health Science.
Melissa grew up in West Columbus and graduated from Bishop Ready High School.
She lives in Eastern Franklin County with her two sons, William and John. William is pursuing a law degree at The Ohio State University and John is in High School.
Melissa enjoys watching John play baseball and volunteering in his school activities.
Kathryn Davies

Kathryn Davies
Hygienist

Kathryn is a registered dental hygienist who grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, a large suburb just south of the Twin Cities before finding her way to Columbus about seven years ago. Once in Columbus, she attended Columbus State as well as Ohio State University in order to earn her degree in applied science in dental hygiene. She has been seeing patients over the last four years, and officially joined our team at Gentle Family Dental Care in April 2017.
As a child Kathryn had a fear of the dentist which leads her to understand the importance of feeling trust and security of your provider while in the dental chair. One of the most rewarding parts of being a hygienist for Kathryn is being able to recognize this apprehension and allow the patients to feel at ease with her patience and compassion towards their fear.
In her spare time Kathryn enjoys spending time outside, taking weekend trips to downtown Cleveland and adventuring around new restaurants in her neighborhood in the Short North.
Sam Auck

Samantha
Hygienist

Samantha grew up in the small town of Crestline Ohio. She attended Owens community college in Toledo and earned her Associates of applied science in dental hygiene.
Sam has been a hygienist since 2012. She joined our practice in Jan. 2016.
She now lives in Powell with her husband Justin and their two dogs . Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time.