Meet Leasa Hlavinka, DDS
Dr. Leasa Hlavinka is a Nebraska native, having grown up in Lodgepole, NE, just 18 miles from her office in Sidney. Dr. Hlavinka earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and worked as a dental assistant for several years before attending dental school in Lincoln. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in 2007. Dr. Hlavinka has been in private practice since that time.
Dr. Hlavinka completed her dental implant placement training through the University of Texas San Antonio Preceptorship in Oral Implantology in 2009. This is a rigorous program that requires three-day training sessions every month for six months at UTSA. Dr. Hlavinka is a member of the Nebraska Dental Association and the American Dental Association, and she is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She was trained to administer Botox® through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and is a member of that organization. Dr. Hlavinka meets and exceeds the ADA's requirements for continuing education, and she strives to stay educated on the newest techniques and products available in dentistry.
Giving back to her community is important to Dr. Hlavinka, and she does this by volunteering to care for the underserved in both the Nebraska Mission of Mercy program and the University of Nebraska's Dental Day. She hosts dental students each year when they do extramural rotations to share the experience of private practice dentistry.
Dr. Hlavinka is a member of Sidney Regional Medical Center's Foundation Board and leads her daughter's Girl Scout troop. She and her two children enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family. She feels so fortunate to have a wonderful, supportive family and a career she absolutely loves. Her main goal for her patients is to make their dental experience a positive one by providing the highest quality care in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Meet Our Team
Lindsey Huck, Office Manager
Lindsey is a native to Sidney. She worked as a dental assistant in the past and has expanded that knowledge to her current position as our office manager. Her dental background and training has given her the knowledge and expertise necessary to answer your dental questions, coordinate financial arrangements, schedule appointments, and file your insurance claims. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Robin Snyder, Registered Dental Hygienist
Robin is a registered dental hygienist with 31 years of private practice experience. She graduated from Sheridan College in 1981 with an associate's degree in dental hygiene. Robin has been a dental hygienist in the Sidney community for 15 years. Robin enjoys volunteering for public health projects around the panhandle. Her patients' dental and overall health are of the utmost importance to her. Robin lives in Kimball with her husband, Darrell, and she has two grown daughters.
Karen Carlson, RDH
Karen brings over 30 years of dental hygiene experience to our practice. She says, "I still love what I do! It's rewarding to get to know people, help them understand the benefits of a healthy mouth, and work together to achieve and maintain that goal." Karen graduated from Normandale Community College in Minnesota in 1983 with an associate's degree in dental hygiene. She's been married to her dear husband, Dan, since 1988. They have two wonderful teenage children and live on acreage near Gurley. Karen's farm and her family keep her busy when she's not treating patients at LifeSmiles.
Haley Derry, RDH
Haley is originally from Oshkosh, NE. She received her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is most looking forward to developing relationships with her patients. She says, "Everyone deserves to have a healthy smile that gives them confidence!" She enjoys using her skills to help her patients accomplish just that. She is proud to be part of the LifeSmiles team, where she knows patients receive the highest quality dental care. Haley lives near Chappell with her husband, Jared. Together, they enjoy traveling and skiing in their spare time.
Barb Johnston, Dental Assistant
Barb has 17 years of experience as a dental assistant. She is certified in dental X-rays and coronal polishing. Barb enjoys the relationships she develops with our patients as a dental assistant, and maintaining patient comfort is a top priority for her. It is her desire to see her patients educated in the relationship between good dental health and overall physical health, as well as the importance of brushing, flossing, regular dental check-ups, and the awareness of the benefits of fluoride for children. Barb has been married for 32 years, and she has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has lived in the area for seven years.
Cherie Stone, Dental Assistant
Cherie joined the LifeSmiles team with 12 years of experience in the dental field. She truly enjoys the people she works with, and that feeling shows in the quality of our work and atmosphere of our office. Working with patients has been a dream come true for Cherie, as she has gotten to meet and get to know patients on a personal level. She strongly believes in the philosophy that our patients should look at coming to our office like they are going to visit a friend! When not working, Cherie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys camping, working in the yard, and leading a quiet, simple life.
Jenna Holly, Dental Assistant
Jenna is originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, where she first found her passion for the dental field when she worked as a dental assistant. She now cares for patients both as a receptionist and as a dental assistant at LifeSmiles. Jenna strives to always make patients feel comfortable, help them understand treatment options, and provide them with the highest quality of care. For her, gratification comes from knowing she's made a positive difference in a person's smile! Jenna's husband is a Sidney native and they moved to Sidney in 2004. Together they have two daughters and two sons.